Coron, Palawan: Exploring Coron Town

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Following our cancelled trip to Bangkok and Cambodia because of the flood crisis and inundation of Thailand, we just rerouted our plane ticket to one of the best places to visit in the Philippines, Coron in Palawan. And truly, God blessed us with so many sights to see and experiences to remember for the rest of our life. Coron is truly beautiful in so many amazing ways!

Coron is found in the beautiful Palawan of the Philippines, and is part of the Busuanga Island which is part of the Calamian Group of Islands.  It is a well-known diving spot for shipwrecks and of course, for its rich and exquisite marine life.

If you know Pao and I’s travel dynamics, you would very well be sure that getting a travel agent would always be our last option. We always prefer to have Do-It-Yourself adventures for the thrill and fulfillment of the experience. But because this was a last minute trip, we availed a tour package particularly for our convenience. We booked a tour package for our entire Coron trip from Calamian Islands Travel and Tours, and I must say, I really recommend their superb service.

Before landing in the Francisco B. Reyes Airport (Busuanga Airport) as we hovered over the land area of Coron, I just knew that Coron would deliver life’s best surprises. And I was not mistaken at all! From the start until the end of our trip, we were captivated by the enchanting island of Coron.

For our accommodation, we personally picked our resort particularly because we did not want to sacrifice comfort and relaxation. Because we availed of a tour package, we requested our agent to book us in Sunz en Coron Resort, and our travel agent took care of everything! Thus, we were all set for a “living-the-life-escapade”

Sunz en Coron by day

Sunz en Coron by night

Part of our itinerary was the Coron Town Tour. Coron Town is 40 minutes away from the Busuanga Airport  and is very much different from the famous Coron Island. The first day was pretty much laid back as we just surrendered to the simplicity of life in Coron. Amid the fresh cool wind wafting through my hair, with the sun shining so bright in the sky, I just knew that this trip was for real and would not in any way be cancelled anymore (at long last, after 3 cancelled flights due to bad weather!)

Courtesy of Cebu Pacific's Smile Magazine

We landed in Busuanga just before lunch time, so our first agenda for the day in Coron is to have a hearty serving of Coron’s gastronomic specialties. We asked our agent and the friendly resort employees about the most recommended restaurants to eat in and they were unanimous in recommending Kawayanan Grill. Being the spontaneous people that we are, we just hopped on a tricycle courtesy of the resort and followed our instincts to try Kawayanan Grill and just leave the judgment to our taste buds.

8-seater tricycles are plenty in Coron.

Around 4:15 pm, we were picked up courtesy of our tour package for our Coron Town Tour. We strolled around the significant landmarks of the town. We visited the Town Plaza, their very own Baywalk in Coron named Lualhati Park, and Harbour Center. We visited souvenir shops, admired cashew nut factories (I love cashew nuts!) But at the time of our visit, the cashews weren’t so much in season, thus, the price of cashew nuts was high.

Coron's Hollywood-ish sign

Coron Souvenirs!

Lualhati Park

Solar Panels to create electricity in Coron!

Harbour Center

After much sight-seeing in the heart of the town, we had to see Coron in a bird’s eye view perspective. Thus, we trekked onward and towards Mt. Tapyas, the second highest place in Coron Town. We had to take around 730 steps to reach the top, but the view from above was very much worth it. The mountain stands 210 meters while its cross is more than 2,000 feet above sea level. It offers a panoramic view to the Coron Bay and other neighboring islands belonging to the Calamian Group of Islands. To add to the blessed feeling was the priceless sunset charming the skies of Coron Town.

Mt Tapyas from below

730-step climb to reach the peak of Mt. Tapyas

The priceless sunset as seen from the summit of Mt. Tapyas

Finally made it all the way to the top!

After a tiring feat to outdo gravity in Mt. Tapyas, we surrendered to relax ourselves in Maquinit Salwater Hot Spring. Maquinit Salt Water Hot Spring is the only known saltwater hot spring in the Philippines, if not in the world. And yes, define nakakapaso. I never thought that this particular hot spring would be indeed super hot! But after a few seconds of wading in the water, it was nice to surrender and relax to the soothing hot waters of the only saltwater hot spring in the world.

After a long day, it was great to come home to Sunz en Coron, truly relaxing and amazing! And we were off to doze to a good night’s sleep because we were going to wake up the next day to marvel at our very own African Safari here in the Philippines!

Getting There:

  • Hop on the next flight to Busuange (Coron) in the Philippines!
  • Tour packages may be more convenient especially for those who would like to travel in groups. The more, the merrier, the cheaper the expenses will be.
  • Options to backpack and create your own adventure is also feasible. Just do your research well and marvel at the best things Coron could offer!

Tour Inclusions courtesy of Calamian Islands Travel and Tours:

PACKAGE:   4D/3N (B04) Busuanga Safari Tour Package
Package Rate: PHP10,750.00/person (Rate applicable to 2-3persons)
   
Inclusions:
Accommodation:   

3

Nights stay at SUNZ EN CORON RESORT

1

Twin/Triple sharing air-conditioned room/s with private toilet room, hot and cold shower, wifi access, cable tv & swimming pool
Meals:

3

Sets breakfast per person

2

Buffet picnic lunch and pm snacks on the island during Coron Island Tour & Calauit Safari with Reefs & Wrecks Tour
Transfers: Roundtrip airport transfers
Meet and greet at the airport
Air-conditioned van for all land tour transfers
  Welcome leis
Complimentary souvenir item
 
Tours: CoronTownTour
CoronIslandTour
Calauit Safari & Reefs & Wrecks Tour
Tour Inclusions:   • Air-conditioned van for land transfers• Tourist boat• All permits and entrance fees• Calauit tour truck• Buffet picnic lunch and pm snacks during island tours• Life vests

• Shed rentals

• Tour guide services

• Government tax

Coron Town Tour Itinerary:

1st day
AM/PM Arrival at the airport, 45min travel to coron town
AM/PM Arrival inCoronTown; Hotel Check-in
03:45–04:00PM Pick- up time
04:00PM CORON TOWN TOUR
Running tour to TOWN LANDMARKS

  • Public market
  • TownPlaza
  • San Agustin church
  • Coron baywalk
  • Harbour center
souvenir shop visit/cashew harvest factory
MT TAPYAS trek
MAQUINIT HOTSPRING dip
07:00PM End of the tour

9 responses »

    • Hi Ronel! Thank you so much!
      I had such a great time in Coron! We’re fortunate to have met you guys during the trip! We can’t wait to visit Cebu really soon! If ever we come to visit, we know the persons to ask.

      Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and to Divine!😀

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  2. hello miss mia..gus2 quh rin pho snang mpuntahan ang coron..i just wanna ask kng okay b ung calamian travel agency??kng mpgkkatiwalaan pho s package tour?? hoping for your response🙂 godbless!

    • As far as our experience, we did not encounter any problems with them. They provided us with very friendly staff, yummy lunches, and quality service. Although their rates might not be as cheap as the ones in the group buying sites, I think it’s very reasonable to avail their package.

      I hope I was able to help!

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    • Hi Reineer!

      At the time of our travel, November 2011, we did not experience any problems with Calamian. Are you having second thoughts on booking with them? I believe we were able to get our money’s worth at the time of our travel last 2011.🙂

  4. Hi, how was your stay in Sunz En Coron? Were the rooms clean? And how was the food? Also, what can you there during nighttime? Thank you!

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