Coron

Coron Trip: Expenses

Expenses below are for a group of four. The boatride would definitely be cheaper if there were more than four of us. But I find the amount still reasonable. 🙂

airfare – 2,292.88

van transfer – 300

hotel – 1850

trike – 87.50

boat – 1250♣

entrance fees – 950

lunch (from the market) – 127

TOTAL: Php 6857.38

♣ Our agreement with the boatman prior to arriving at Coron was Php1500 for the Coron Loop (day 1) and Php3500 for the other farther islands (day 2). Due to the flight delay, we opted to still give the Php5000 even if we had the tour of the different islands for just 1 day. They were very kind and accommodating anyway.
 

The computation above does not include the “pasalubongs” and the trike fare (around Php20 each) during our last day when we bought the pasalubongs. And the lunch we had before leaving for the airport at the Kawayanan Grill Station.

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Coron Trip Day2: Island Hopping

We’re supposed to have 2 days of island hopping but due to the delay in our flight, we only had 1 day for island hopping. We have contacted a boatman prior to our trip so everything has been settled with Kuya Betan (boatman). We just coordinated with him upon arriving at Coron regarding the time and place of meet up.  We met up with him at the market near our hotel coz we had to buy the ingredients needed for our lunch that the boatmen will cook. After that, our Island Hopping Adventure started!

There are entrance fees (per person) for each island:

Siete Pecados – Php100

Banana – Php200

Malcapuya – Php200

Twin Lagoon – Php100

Kayangan Lake – Php200

As much as we wanted to go to other islands, there’s a cut off time for island hopping. I think it’s 5PM so we had to go back (just in time for the sunset – again). It was such an unforgettable trip. I’d love to go back to Banana and Malcapuya Islands!

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Coron Trip: Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit Hotspring

Due to the delay in our flight, instead of having one of the 2 island hopping that we have scheduled for Day 1 and Day 2, we went to Mt. Tapyas. Fortunately, our hotel was situated where tricycles were so upon stepping out of the hotel, a tricycle was already there waiting for passengers. He said he could take (4 of) us to Mt. Tapyas, wait for us, take us to Maquinit Hotspring, wait for us, and bring us back to the hotel for only Php350 (that’s Php87.50 for each of us). We initially asked the van that took us from Busuanga airport but it was too expensive. Mt. Tapyas wasn’t too far from the hotel. From the drop-off point, it’s a 700 plus steps going to the top. It was quite exhausting for someone like me who does not have regular exercise. But you could take breaks as you go up the steps. There were areas with benches so you could stop and catch your breath and take pictures too. The sight from the top was really nice. Our timing was also great as the sun was about to set.

I think it took us 2 hours to climb up and down Mt. Tapyas. We all wanted to bathe. Good thing our next stop was the Maquinit Hotspring. Entrance fee’s at Php150/person.

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It was an exhausting but very fulfilling day! We hurried back to the hotel as dinner is to be served only til 8:30PM. We made it on time and had full tummies. We slept early as our next trip was gonna start very early in the morning.

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Coron Trip: The Hotel

Last October 2011, I was able to see one of the local destinations I really want to visit – Coron, Palawan. Thanks to Ensogo‘s discount voucher. We had a 3 days and 2 nights accommodation at Coron Gateway Hotel (really really great hotel!) for 4 people for only Php 7400! That’s like Php925/night/person. Plus, nightly dinner is included.

Our airfare cost Php2,292.88 (roundtrip/person) c/o Cebu Pacific. Our flights were delayed though to and from Busuanga Airport. We had to change our itinerary because of this. But things turned out to be great still. We availed of the roundtrip van transfer from the hotel (Php300/person). It took more than 1 hour from Busuanga Airport to our hotel. Despite the delay, we were able to maximize our time during our stay there. We were able to experience climbing at Mt. Tapyas, swimming at the Maquinit Hotspring, and island hopping!

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