Day 7 - Coron - This is what all the fuss was about , Scuba diving or a helicopter ride , cause there wasn't enough time for both , I highly recommend both if ya'll can make the time , cause the scuba dive was not just like any other dive , it was a dive at a shipwreck, the Japanese shipwrecks that sank during the war , I mean , whaaaaaaa ? we did somehow choose the latter , I do not regret it though . IT WAS A DAMN HELICOPTER RIDE ! Cost us probably 10k per person , but the view though !Stay : Casa Montemar ( bnb) .
Day 5 - El Nido to Coron - OHHHHH CORON here we come , opted for a High speed ferry to Coron that cost around 36 euros (again from bookaway.com) , so we started the journey via the Ferry at 6 am and arrived at Coron by 9.30 am . So we opted for a budgeted stay here as we knew we weren't going to spend alot of time in the resort/hotel , there are beautiful but expensive stays in Coron , do take you pick . We decide to stay at Casa Montemar (Bnb) , cause it was close to the centre (great restaurants) and also close enough to Mt Tapyas . Once you are all settled in go to the centre and explore your food options , there a quite a few , and great vegan ones as well . For the evening , go for a hike to Mt Tapyas , the sunset from there is beautiful , all that hiking got us hungry and we went for Dinner to this restaurant called Fika , brilliant food .Stay : Casa Montemar ( bnb) .How to reach : it cost us around 150 php to reach Casa Montemar from the port .Day 6 - Coron - One of my most favourite views of places in Coron happened to be from this day . I highly recommend you opt for a private tour and leave before the season crowd kicks in , places we visited that day : Kayangan lake , coral island , barracuda lake (blew my mind) , banol beach and some island hopping , the private tour cost us 6700php , so damn worth it . Please please please make sure you go there early , we had the places to ourselves , I mean what a bonus ! This took us half a day , got back , thought we'd check out another restaurant for Lunch that we had heard a lot about hence , lunch was in Dali Dali , ah the burger *slurp* , and Dinner at Altroves . Do check out these places . They are fab !Stay : Casa Montemar ( bnb) .
We have never thought that a typhoon could pass Philippines at the end of december, when we booked our trip. I checked the weather every day before our flight and it looked fine except a couple of rainy days. Everything was booked and ready for our perfect trip to Coron and later to the Palawan island. A few days before the storm, we saw warnings about the typhoon, but noone actually knew what was happening. Noone was making any fuss about it. Our first 3 days in Coron were amazing, with great weather and a lot of amazing tours and trips around the island. But on the day when we had planned to leave with a ferry to El Nido, the harbour closed due to gale warning. They didn't put any official notice, they were just closed. It was frustrating, because there was no wind and it was sunny that day so we felt like it would still be possible to travel by ferry. We searched for alternatives, but there were none to get us to El Nido that day. The only thing we could do, was relax and try to make the best out of the situation. So we rented a tricycle and went to the Cabo Beach. We enjoyed it, but we had that sour taste as we couldn't follow our initial plan. The weather forecasted the typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) to come on Christmas day. A perfect gift for our long planned trip!
Island hopping day again. We did Super ultimate tour in Coron. We covered following locations -1. Kayangan lake2. Barracuda lake3. Coral reef garden4. CYC beach5. Twin lagoon (and since we took kayak we also had a chance to see blue lagoon, green lagoon and secret lagoon)6. Skeleton reefWe snorkeled in almost all locations, saw a Japanese sunken ship, beautiful corals, big Nemo, multicolor fishes, one of the finest rock formations in Barracuda and Kayangan lake. Chilling at beach and watching sunset.Beauty of Coron is unmatched!
We went from El Nido to Coron in Fastcraft (Montenegro Fast Ferry). It's duration is around 4 hours and it starts at around 6 am. We reached Coron around 10 am. We checked in our hotel Kokosnuss garden resort.We took a half day city tour that covers1. Mt Tapayas2. Maquinit Hot Spring3. Other small locationsMt Tapayas has great town view and is one of THE BEST sunset place. To reach till Mt Tapayas you need to climb around 700 steps.Maquinit hot spring is a very good place to relax.City tour in Coron is highly recommended!