Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ - Coron

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Tips ๐Ÿ‘

  • Coron island is actually wild and not the one where hotels are which is called Busuanga island.
  • Coron Town is as busy as El Nido if not bigger and more messy.
  • The airport is quite far away but there's a bus shuttle.
  • There's all the facilities needed (pharmacy, doctors, ATMs, shops...)

๐Ÿ  Accommodation

We stayed again at The Funny Lion this time in Coron and was fantastic. It was a bit more further away from the busy city (about 20min walk of 5 by tricycle) and had a strong well-being retreat vibe compared to El Nido. Located very close to the sea, with three swimming pools and surrounding jungle, this is the place to stay to relax after day trips and excursions.

The staff was super attentive (almost too much) and lovely, mostly composed by young locals folks ramping up on English. Food & breakfast delicious and facilities top including a great restaurant. There's a rooftop bar with two jacuzzi with a view on the bay and draft beers you have to check out.

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๐Ÿšฒ Getting there

We flew directly (40mins) from El Nido using AirSwift and didn't had any problems. We read it's also possible to take the boat, but we wanted to flight for the view. This time we booked a transfer since the airport is quite far and we didn't wanted to waste time.

โฑ Duration

We stayed 4 nights and felt that was the good amount. We missed quite a lot of stuff so a bit more would have been great. It's also such a cool place generally so even for chilling and doing nothing it worth it.

โŒ Miss

On Coron we unfortunately missed out on quite a lot of stuff. Sadly Barbara caught a parasite on arrival, and had to get medical assistance for few days (more on that below). If we would have had more time:

  • Pala-One free diving: We were planning to take an introduction course to free diving and checkout lovely surrounding spots at the same time
  • Reggae Dive Center: We wanted to dive in the wrecks and would have done so with this centre.
  • Dugon watching: Coron is one of the rare place where it's possible to snorkel with Dugon at the north of the island. Get extra info when planning your trip since tours are not daily and the reserve is sometimes closed up. Count a full day for this.

Tapyas viewpoint and town ๐Ÿ“ธ

We started Coron island exploration by searching the best bay view possible, the Tapyas Viewpoint. We made our way by foot from the hotel, crossed the town and after around 20 minutes we arrived at the bottom of the open-air stair case. We started the climb of about 700 steps, making few stops in the shadows on the way. Few litters of water after we reached the top (count 20 to 30 minutes) and admired the wonderful view of the entire bay, below the Hollywood-like Coron sign. We then briefly explored the path going on various hills at the back and made our way down.

Make sure to bring water and some food with you since there's nothing at the top. There's also a bunch of lovely cats browsing around at the observation deck so leave them a little something. It's also a great spot for the sunset!

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Once in the city, we walked around the various small streets, observing religious ceremonies, street basketball games and local pier market, before heading to Lou Spa massage for a cheap and efficient Thai massage. We then grabbed a nice fresh tortilla at Castizo before making our way back to the hotel in tricycle.

Super Ultimate Boat Tour ๐Ÿšค

The next day we organised a private tour labelled the Super Ultimate Boat Tour with the hotel reception. We picked this tour because it's pretty much going to all the famous spot in one shot, and we took it private because it's quite a lot of places to see so we wanted to optimise accordingly (good balance of chill & views).

We got picked up at 8AM and paid in cash once arrived at the pier. We rented a transparent kayak (1500PHP) and fins (200PHP) to be boarded on the boat and started the journey around 9AM.

Our first stop was the Kayagan Lake on the opposite island. A crystal clear lake with crazy underwater visibility, composed of salty and fresh water. To access it we first had to climb 15 minutes of stairs where we could admire a great viewpoint, before making our way down on the other side and jump in the lake.

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