In case you missed it, I highly suggest you read first part 1 of the Coron 2011 blog series.
Second and last day of island hopping
Our boatman recommended we buy fresh meat at the wet market for our lunch. Part of the island hopping tours (that go for the whole day) is lunch to be prepared by the tour guide and boatman. 🙂
Friends from HS and I were on TG yesterday. One retorted where there could possibly be no traffic and I answered Palawan. I added that if only there is a very good-paying job in Palawan, I would move there, and often beach after work. *dreams*
This was our first stop. Not that island, but from where the above photo was taken. There’s a rock formation near our boat that made the water somewhat shallow.
As I see all photos of us swimming and snorkeling, which I’m obviously not sharing for your sanity 😆 , makes me wish I’m in Coron right now. T_T I’m blogging in my dining room with the fan on 3 and it’s still so hot.
There’s more to see than just fish and corals. Our boatman showed us a kamikaze and other war relics under water.
The island’s where tourists/island hoppers (if there’s such term) eat their lunch
I don’t know if boatmen coordinate (and how they do it idk because phone signal was shit then) when their guests would have lunch in the island because I think they take turns. Upon asking, the boatman coyly referred to a website from where he brought a transistor from, to which I was astonished at the influence of technology this deep in the village. This only intrigued me to check out their site.
This doggo tried to be adorbs and sweet for food. 🙂 ?
We spent quite a while in the island for lunch and took lots of photos.
We don’t have photos of the lagoon we went to, but I remember we had to swim and go under what seemed to be a cave. The lagoon had very dark water. At first it was fun because we were the only people in the lagoon since it was almost 4PM. The farther I swam, the more I got scared because I started to imagine what might be under that body of water. I nearly panicked and drowned. 😆 Because we couldn’t get out of the water–no land, soil, whatever–we swam back to the boat. My arms were tired at this point.
One more cave
I remember our tour guide said that you have to pass through a cave to get to the white sand beach.
We didn’t go to the beach anymore, but we checked the cave. You can already see the white sand from there already.
Back to the harbor
Before we returned to the hotel, we went to the market to look for souvenirs since we wouldn’t have free time the following morning. I bought keychains and a Coron tee. The sunglasses I wore in the trip was a pair of fake Ray-Bans I also bought there. They’re cheaper than the fakes sold in Metro Manila and even sturdier. I had to buy fakes to use for island hopping because I dont’wnat to risk the sunglasses I brought with me. 😆
Another foosball night
We went to Coron during the non-working All Saints and All Souls Days that I would consider to be peak dates, but there weren’t many people in the island then. Maybe it’s different during summer or maybe it’s just not as popular as, for example, Boracay.
Here are some necessary information if you have plans to visit Coron.
- The following airlines offer flights to Busuanga: SKYJET Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific Air. Cebu Pacific Air is the cheapest option among them.
- Avail airport pick-up from your accommodation should they have it.
- Back then, cellular network signal of Globe and Smart are shit in the islands. I’m not sure now, but you might want to still keep that in mind.
Don’t be an assholeBe kind to the environment. 🙂 Don’t throw your garbage in the waters of Coron.
- I don’t remember if we paid for any environmental fee, but they might charge now.
If you recently went to Coron, please share your experience below plus other information and tips we could share to other readers. My return to Palawan is long overdue. 🙂 Anyway, I hope this gives you an idea and what to expect about Coron albeit “old.” LOL! I hope you enjoyed the photos too. Everything is uploaded in this Flickr album.