Coron 6Days/5 Nights relaxed trip

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Full Itinerary

Day 1: Fly in

We got on the early morning Jetstar flight from Singapore to Clark, where we had to change flights and board a Philippine airlines propeller plane to Busuanga. (Note: Every airport in the Philippines charges passengers a ‘Terminal Fee’ which is basically extortion.) The views of the sea and islands during the 75 minute morning flight to Busuanga were absolutely stunning.

One of the thousand pictures Saniya clicked from the sky
Saniya, looking at the sun set from the infinity pool

Day 2: Busuanga to our resort in Coron + Fireflies tour

Next morning we checked out and took off for Coron town. Firstly because we had to have lunch, and secondly because we had to transfer for our main Coron lodging, the Coron Underwater Garden Resort (See review here).
There are really good, cheap, fresh sea food options in Coron. There are also some options for travellers with an underdeveloped coastal palate, a local dish we loved was Sisig, normally eaten with rice. There are 2 kinds of beer here: San Miguel and Red Horse, although both come from the same brewery.

The bangka is a widely used Filipino boat generally having two outriggers made of bamboo, to stabilise it in tough tropical waters. Notice the Coron sign on top of the hill in the background.
Panget, the only floating restaurant in Coron, by night.

Day 3: Coron Island Tour

Got up at 5:30, ate rice, eggs and fish for breakfast, and left for Coron town, where we had to meet our boat for the coron ultimate island tour.

View of the Karst Topography from the climb en route Kayangan lake. Also Notice the “Parking lot” where all our tourist bangkas are parked.
Snorkeling in the immaculate Kayangan Lake. The coron island group is dotted with numerous fresh water lakes, but only 2 are open to the public. The rest are protected and belong to the indigenous tribes.
Can’t wipe the smiles of people who just snorkelled at Balinsasayaw coral reef
View from our table at the restaurant at Beach 91
A ‘Floating 7-eleven’ selling beer, water and snacks. At the right-back: CYC beach. Mostly if the sun is up, and you’re in waters less than 10m deep, you can see the shadow of your boat at the bottom of the sea.

Day 4: Relaxing at the resort + Walking around Coron town

A basic Filipino breakfast: Rabbitfish, fried egg, garlic rice and soup.
Dos, the friendlier dog, getting too attached to Saniya. Background: Uson Island

Day 5: Reef and Wreck Tour

After much debate we decided to do the reef and wreck tour. Mostly because we’d rather spend the day gazing at the millions of colours under water than the millions of blues above, but also partly because we were still hopeful of seeing a sea turtle.

Lunch at Pass Island was seafood, rice and lots of fruits. This picture was helping 1 out of 3.
Me, chilling at Pass island after a hearty lunch.
Saniya, ascending, at Pass Island
Heading back to Coron town

Day 6: Fly out

On Day 6 we had to leave for Cebu by the afternoon flight. We checked out of our resort, said goodbye to the dogs, took the boat to town, and then hopped on a van (unfortunately not a Jeepney) that would take us to Busuanga airport.

Busuanga airport. Behind us: our ride to Cebu

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Akshat Agarwal

Akshat Agarwal

Engineer because I couldn’t make travelling lucrative