More than a month and still counting, I still have no internet connection at home, thus lesser blog updates. The upside is I can concentrate on things I have set aside for the longest time and that includes organization of photos. If you only knew, gais, if you only knew…
Anyway, even if I have a trip this year, it’s nowhere at or near the beach. So I’ll just look, reminisce, and share the Coron beach trip with the family 6 years(!) ago. 🙂
Flight and Arrival
We had a surprisingly hassle-free flight with CebuPac, but we didn’t have snacks–the downside to really cheap air fares.
I have long wanted to go to Palawan and I took the opportunity when I found low-priced accommodation in Coron through an online voucher site.
Coron Gateway Hotel
The staff upgraded our voucher to this sweeeeeet room.
Glass doors separate the bed area from the bath tub.
(That’s my brother btw.)
Coron Gateway Hotel & Suites (I guess that’s their name now 🙂 ) is located at Coron Harbour Town with a view of Coron Bay. Back in 2011, it’s the only hotel of its kind in Coron afaik. They have function rooms and a restaurant. I don’t recall if they had wifi, but they should have improved their amenities since then.
They also have airport pickup service. I hope it’s better this time though. I requested for an airport pick-up, but we were grouped with other tourists booked elsewhere.
Coron Harbour Town
After some minute’s rest, we walked around the harbor.
Coron is quite a small town. Public transportation mode is tricycle, but we were able to get around by just walking.
Lunch at La Sirenetta Restaurant & Bar
After getting burned for a few minutes under the sun 😆 , we went to La Sirenetta Restaurant & Bar for lunch.
Good view from the resto-bar.
Based on La Sireneta Restaurant & Bar’s FB Page activity, the resto’s still quite popular although with mixed reviews on food and service. I can’t recall the quality of food it serves, obviously, but I did enjoy the sights from it.
There were many choices for island hopping and boat ride to El Nido, only rates differ.
We did the Coron Island tour for that afternoon. We also made a deal with our boatman and tour guide for next day’s tour because we preferred to tour without strangers. 😛
Iirc, it was a group of islands. We took a dip; snorkeled to see the colorful fishies and corals.
These photos make me miss snorkeling. 🙁
Our boatman and tour guide brought us to a cave. Not much to see because you got to be really small and thin to explore further.
A few photos later, we left for our last stop of the day’s tour.
Our last stop was at Twin Lagoons.
All tours must end by 4PM, so we didn’t stay too long in that island. The return to the Harbor was almost an hour too. I was so sleepy on the way back.
Fast forward to evening, we were back at the hotel before 5PM. Our accommodation came with a dinner buffet iirc. There weren’t many options, so it was very disappointing. It was disappointing enough that I remember being disappointed. 😆
My brother and I walked around to look for where we can have drinks. We discovered a bar with foosball tables and lots of foreign customers. It was the only lively place that night. We went there, played foosball, and had beer with free popcorn.
After a couple of rounds, we returned to the hotel because we had to be up early for the second and last day of island hopping.