Read Part 1 here- CORON TOUR: From Readers to Friends
One of the conversations went like this,
“Facundo! Gusto ko mag-swimming, ipa-reserve ang Coron.”
(“Facundo! I want to swim, reserve Coron”)
That actually happened during our extended day in Coron. We went to Twin Lagoons and Balinsasayaw Beach.
The day started with a buffet breakfast again, my friends are loving my fave dish whenever I’m on Coron- friend lamayo (danggit soaked in vinegar with salt and pepper dried half-day under the sun). Perfect with vinegar and sunny side-up. Hmmmmm!
Sadly, Melvin is leaving as he didn’t extend his stay.
We just did it by ourselves (Me, Alvin, Eena, Ivy and Muriel). We rented a boat then off we went to Coron Island again.
Since we have the boat all to ourselves. We were not in a hurry and can easily ask the boatman to slow down or stop if we want to take photos.
Twin Lagoon is quite famous because you get off from a big lagoon and you have to dive (especially when its high tide) under an opening in order to go to the smaller lagoon. The lagoon is smaller than Kayangan Lake and water is a mix of sea and fresh one. Its so clear you can see up to 10 meters down. We killed time taking photos and appreciating the limestone karst around us. It was so serene I forgot what time is it. I was just there laying on my life vest while counting the swiftlets playing on the rocks above. The banyans give a magical feel to the place and before long, my friends are calling me as they want to go to the bigger lagoon.
The big lagoon has stunning rock formations around, clear dark blue and calm water. We decided to take some time to do some photo-bumming. That time there were no other visitors so we have the lagoon all to ourselves. The girls enjoyed posing on the camera then I took a backdive before we left.
After the lagoons we went to the beach- Balinsasayaw Beach. Its the small beach in between Banol and Beach 91. Again, we have it all to ourselves. So that opening statement was spoken.
We had grilled squids and fish and ate until we are full.
Everyone was sleepy and took their power naps. I had a good life and I shared it to them. I let them play under the sun, sand and sea. I know they are having fun as time is non-sense.
We left before 4 o’clock so we can see the sunset again at Mt. Tapyas.
I don’t know but Mt. Tapyas has been my favorite spot here. I want them to have a good look before they go back to their respective jobs in Manila.
Me? I’m staying here for a week more. I want to dive. I want to get certified before I go back to Manila.
Ivy, Eena and Alvin went back to Manila after breakfast.
Ivy said, “It was indeed a wonderful and unforgettable Coron experience. I would have missed 75% of my life if I didn’t exert the effort to join this tour! The island is truly one of Philippines’ treasures, and being there with amazing people made my visit extra special.” On a more personal note, she tweeted: “Wonderful experience. 1st time kung nag snorkeling. Saya! Thanks @journeyingjames”
Eena tweeted on her last day in Coron: “Sunset was like a cotton ball that caught fire…and the moon is cast in gold. Could Coron get any more magical? 🙂”
Muriel has one more day left so she had more time to do some soul-searching. 🙂 This she has to say after the trip: “It was my first trip with people I dont personally know. Strangers, I must say. But with my camera and planner ready, I went out, booked a flight and met strangers. So far, I have learned that most strangers are good and open you up to a new world.”
That’s it. I’m glad they enjoyed Coron as I enjoyed touring them around in Palawan, my Palawan.
For those who want to join my future guided backpacking tours, always get posted by visiting my FB Page notes: www.facebook.com/journeyingjamesFB/notes
For those who want a 3days-2nights stay, you can use this suggested itinerary. If you have an extra day, this would also be helpful.
More photos on my FB Page: CORON TOUR 2013
1pm Travel Time Airport to Coron
2pm Hotel Check-in
5pm Sunset viewing at Mt. Tapyas
7pm Maquinit Hotspring*
9pm Back to hotel
7am Buffet Breakfast
9am Island hopping
– Swimming at Kayangan Lake*
– Twin Peaks
12nn Kamayan Lunch at Skeleton Wreck/Beach
4pm Back to hotel
5pm Pasalubong buying
9pm Full Body Massage
5:30am Sunrise photoshoot*
7am Buffet Breakfast
8am Free time
(Day 3 Extension)
9am Twin Lagoon and Balinsasayaw Beach*
4pm Go back to town
5pm Mt. Tapyas
*Highlight of the day
For those who want to join my future guided backpacking tours, always get posted by visiting my FB Page notes: https://www.facebook.com/notes/journeyingjames/coron-island-hopping-tour-march-19-22-2015/869325763092116
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How to get to Coron?
Cebu Pacific Air flies daily to Busuanga (Coron) from Manila and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Cebu. For bookings and inquiries, go to www.cebupacificair.com or call (02)7020-888. The latest seat sales and promos can be found on Cebu Pacific Air’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages (/cebupacificair).
Form Busuanga Airport, you just take any AC van parked outside the terminal to bring you to Coron Town (45mins travel time). Fare is Php150/person.