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Jul 13, 2012

Coron: The Philippines' Last Paradise (4 days and 3 nights travel guide)


Kayangan Bay
Coron is located in Northern Palawan and is one of the 1,780 islands of the province of Palawan. This small fishing village located southeast of the island of Busuanga, Palawan is known as the homeland of the Tagbanuas who are also the owners of some of the most popular islands and tourist spots in Coron.

Being a popular diving location, the island of Coron has been a favorite among divers and anyone who loves marine life. As a matter of fact, Forbes Travel Magazine regarded Coron among the Top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world on the year 2007 because of its rich marine life and WWII Japanese Warships wreck that sunk in Coron Bay during the 1940's.

Below is a 4 days 3 nights travel itinerary to Coron, the Philippine's last paradise.


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75 comments:

Gabz said...

Very informative guide! Your post made me miss Coron. Was there last February and had a great time. :)

Toni said...

Thanks, Gabz! I miss Coron too. Too bad banned na raw yung ibang sites dun like Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Atwayan Beach, etc. Buti na lang nakapunta na kami bago ma banned. Hopefully maayos na yung dispute with the Tagbanuas. =/

Tins said...

Hi,

by any chance, did you get any contact details of Coron Harvest?

or would you know any place here in manila that sells the same quality of cashew as the one there?

would apppreciate a reply!

thanks

Tina

Greg Chua said...

This was very informative guide. Thanks for this very well presented guide about this Coron in Philippines; wishing someday to travel in this place.

Toni said...

@ Tins...here's what I found on the net

Contact number: (0928) 2693-998 (Lita Escarda)

E-mail address: escardacoronharvest@yahoo.com

Toni said...

H Greg, thanks for dropping by. You really should visit Coron soon. =)

clangclang said...

Just pass through it but i know i will get really helpful info here. Thanks! I and 2 officemates are set to Coron in November. Have bookmarked this page already. Soon...we'll be planning this trip.
And maybe...i could post queries? =)

Toni said...

Hi Clangclang,

Surely, feel free to throw questions. Thanks for visiting my blog. ^_^

madel arbo said...

i love this blog..

actually im done for Coron booking
oct 27-30 2013 this is promo from cebu pac

and i have no idea where can we find a tour guide ... cause E-Phil was too expensive for the package..

any advice for the cheapest price? and i love to go anywhere in coron speacially the listed in this blog

please help me guys... or advice and list of tour..

Toni said...

^

Hi Madel,

Thanks for visiting my blog. =)

Anyway, i highly recommend Kuya Charlie. Nice guy. Until now we're still in touch and Facebook friends. Hehehe. Tell him Toni Alvarez recommended him to you. =)

You can go for a private tour with Kuya Charlie or if you are on a tight budget, you can always join a tour with other tourists, led by him.

Package na yung kay Kuya Charlie so no worries na pagdating dun. Dinner na lang ang problem niyo since during tour kasama na sa package ang lunch. Breakfast naman is sa hotel niyo na. May mga accredited hotels/inns si Kuya Charlie so better ask him and for his recommendations. tell him your budget so he can recommend kung ano lang ang kayang magawa o mabisita given your budget. Hope this helps. Thanks! ^_^

clangclang said...

I didn't realize i posted a comment here already. haha. again, thank you...now, i'm really getting an official guide. thanks Toni!

Coron on the 23rd, so we're rushing with the bookings, details, etc.

Any cheap accommodation? We'd like to really cut down our budget.

This blog is such a blessing :)

Toni said...

Hi ClangClang,

Who's your tour guide. I think oriental lodge is already affordable considering its location. anyway, what's your budget ba so I can give recommendations. Thanks for the kind words. =)

clangclang said...

this blog is our official guide.haha

great!!!we'll check oriental lodge then.

as regards the budget, we're really eyeing for a 5-7k max.aaaaah.is it realistic conaidering there's just 3of us? ;)

Toni said...

5-7k just for the lodging? how many days kayo dun? if yes, okay na yan. pero don't expect too much sa oriental lodging house ha, pero okay naman siya tulugan. i assume gaya namin most of the time nasa labas naman kayo so tutulugan niyo lang talaga yung hostel. kung ano yang nasa pix ng oriental ganyan talaga sya. nothing special pero pwede na. strategic din ang lugar kaya okay sya for me. lagi din ang black out sa coron so prepare your anti repellent although may generator naman halos lahat. requires kaso yun sa lahat ng establishments dun.

Doreengineer said...

Hello!

Nice blog! :D Malaking tulong! :D

Ahm, did you avail of a private tour? Or naki join ka sa ibang groups. I'll be there on Nov11-14. Dun sa 1st two days kasi, ako lang mag-isa and on my third day, kasama ko na yung 2 friends ko.

My plan is to tour the town proper on my first day then on the 2nd day go to Malacapuya/Bulog Dos or yung Calambuyan Tour. Then on the third day saka kami mag-Coron Island Tours. Alam mo ba kung possible yung half day na island hopping? Balak ko kasi sa 4th day na magtour pa kasi 4pm pa ang flight ko pabalik.

Hahaha! Sorry, andami kong tanong.. :) Thanks!

Doreen

Toni said...

Hi Doreen,

Thanks for visiting my blog. =)

Regarding your questions...

Yes, we availed the private tour para hawak namin oras namin.

Sa 1st day mo pwede ka nga magsolo, ang medyo malayo lang naman sa town tour is yung maquinit hot spring pero pwede ka naman mag trike papunta dun, or rent much better.

Sa Malcapuya, Bulog Dos, beaches, pwede siguro maki join ka sa tour since mag-isa ka lang naman. Ask Kuya Charlie (tour guide namin) if may tour sya sa Malcapuya etc. ng Nove 12, which is your 2nd day. =)

Nov 13 si Kuya Charlie na kunin niyo if free sya for Coron Loop Tour, private ba gusto niyo?

Pag half day naman, Lusong Gun boat shipwreck pwede pa siguro yun at Coral garden. Unless gusto mo ng Lusong Gun Boat shipwreck at Pass Island, eh beach din yun so I assume sawa ka na pag galing ka nam Malcapuya. Pwede pa yung shipwreck at coral garden.

Doreengineer said...

Hi!

Ang bili ng reply! Salamat! Hmm, magkano yung private tour? Saka, si Kuya Charlie na mismo ang itetext ko, not his agency, yung CoronTour? :D

Thanks, again! :)

Doreen

Toni said...

Hi Doreen,

Php 6,500 that time yung samin. per head yun, pero kasi inclusive na yun ng lahat talaga, pati airport transfer at accommodation then yung half day town tour and 2 day touring sa mga islands. Ask mo kuya charlie if how much pag 1 day and half day lang and private tour.

Si Kuya Charlie na contact niyo diretso kasi nagffreelance din naman siya eh. tell him nirefer ni toni alvarez. kilala niya ako. =)

clangclang said...

TONI....yung 5-7k all-in na sana. haha. anyway,4 days 3 nights kami. 3 lang nga kami so we're afraid mas magastos since 3 lang kami magshashare. but anyway, will check oriental lodge for their rates and kuya charlie too! haha.

thanks a lot toni. big help:)

Toni said...

5-7k is per head ba? Hehehe

clangclang said...

Yes Toni...per head naman.haha.

Thanks ha. :)

Toni said...

Hehehe...i guess okay na yun, lalo na kung mag join lang kayo sa group tour. =)

clang said...

Alright. Great! I'm at peace now. At least may nagconfirm nga na pwede na yung ganyang budget.haha

thanks much!!! :)

Mimieko said...

This is a very helpful Blog!
Thank you s mga Q&A nyo.

I'll call Kuya Charlie further queries for my tour on March 2013.

Toni said...

@ Clang...

enjoy your Coron tomorrow. =)

@Mimieko

Thanks for visiting and commenting. Just tell Kuya Charlie Toni Alvarez recommended him sa inyo. May friend kami na kakagaling lang sa Coron and si Kuya Charlie kinuha. Okay naman feedback nila. Okay daw si Kuya Charliea. Thanks! =)

clangclang said...

Thanks toni.just finished packing.pretty excited for tomorrow. :)

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Rhen Dumaran said...

Wow!This was amazing island that people in the Philippine should visit.I hope that if have the chance to travel in the Philippines, I would visit this Coron.

clangclang said...

Speechless about this coron trip...or maybe because don't know where to start.haha.

But there's one thing...yes kiua charlie is really nice. We'll definitelu go back.

Toni said...

Wow! Glad you had a great time, naku sana pala nakikamusta ako kay kuya charlie. hehehe

Natalie Tesorio said...

I would really visit this place soon. I love to see their lagoons here. I would search some best hotel reservation site,where I can stay if I get here.

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Spicy Trekker said...

I read your blog word per word! I don't usually do that and go straight to the highlighted destinations.
Thanks for your post & I'm sure my planning for our Coron trip will now be easier. :)

Toni said...

Wow! Thanks so much, Spicy Trekker. Just holler if you need more info. Thanks again and enjoy planning your Coron trip. ^_^

Paulo said...

Hi toni, is 20k a good budget for 2 persons excluding the hotel for 4 days and 3 nights travel in coron??

Toni said...

Hi Paulo,

Is 20k inclusive of the airfare? Were you able to avail of a promo? If yes, then 20k is okay I believe, if you'll join a group tour, then you can save a lot. Usually packaged na yung accommodation and tour eh, pero you can always choose your own pension house/hotel and just get the tour. Kuya Charlie can adjust to your budget, just tell him Toni Alvarez recommended him to you guys. Thanks! =)

na said...

Thank you for posting this wonderful guide. It's very informative. I look forward to reading through the rest of your posts as I make my way through the Philippines!

Toni said...

^
Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy Philippines! ^_^

Expat in Philippines said...

Hi,

You have a nice informative blog.

We had visited Coron a few months ago, stayed at Discovery island resort (beautiful - and secluded away from Coron on a small outlying island).

You can read my Coron blog here - http://goo.gl/uEHnn

I have also posted photos and details of all the places in Coron - snorkeling in siete pecadoes, beach bumming, etc. Feel free to see my blog and do write a line or two if you liked it.

yigsdep said...

Hi Toni,
Do you think 6K/pax is enough for tour and accommodation considering our travel dates fall on a peak season (Apl 6-9) and I'm with 4 friends? Are the accommodations with breakfast na? <3 ur blog btw!

Toni said...

Hi there. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Do you mean 6k per head? If yes, that should be enough for the tour and accommodation. =)

thejoysofjourneying said...

very informative =) made me want to go back to Coron.

Toni said...

^

thanks for dropping by. I also want to go back to Coron. =)

MARICAR PANGILINAN said...

Hello i want to know kung may masasakyan from airport to town proper of coron..? we're traveling on March 17-20,2013
your blog is very informative..

Toni said...

^

Thanks, Maricar for visiting my blog and for the comment. Glad you liked my travel blog. =) There are many vans sa airport pero much better if you inquire about airport transfer kung san ka mag stay. may kalayuan kasi ang airport sa town proper eh. San ka ba mag stay?

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Greg Funtemayor said...

WOW!what a wonderful blog is this most especially those places. I am hoping to travel and visit in this place also. Thanks.

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Bopie Bautista said...

Hi Toni,

Same pa rin ba yung number ni Kuya Charlie as what you posted on your blog?

Planning to book a tour with him this coming June 15-18, 2013.

Thanks!

TheBeachExplorer said...

Please do not get Charlie Labajo as your Tour Guide. We got him because of this blog, and he turned out to be mayabang and unhelpful to us! Also while we were on tour with him in the Public Market 2 guys tried to collect debts from him and he hightailed and ran away from the 2 guys as fast as he could leaving high and dry and fearing for our safety. One of the 2 guys said that he is a "manloloko" or scammer in English and don't believe in anything he says! We were about to find out that what he said was true!

He asked us for a much higher rate than we originally agreed upon at the end of the tour! We haggled but we eventually gave in because we had no time and had to fly back to Manila!

PLEASE DO NOT GET THIS GUY BECAUSE HE IS A SCAMMER AND A THIEF!

TheBeachExplorer said...

Hello Toni,

Sorry to have negative comments on your blog but what Charlie did to us was unjust and unfair! Please do not recommend other people to get him because he might scam other people too. This blog is a very powerful informative tool and I want future Coron trippers to ultimately enjoy their experience there, not be hustled by some Bulaceno with little knowledge in the proper way of doing business with people. He was held up in the police station to protect himself from the debt collectors and we were fearing for our safety because the debt collectors might seek some money from us that Charlie owed them. Just a word of caution from future readers of this blog :)

Toni said...

Hi Bopie,

Yes. Same pa rin number ni Kuya Charlie. =)

Toni said...

Hi BeachExplorer,

Sorry to hear about that. Many people have read my blog and decided to get Kuya Charlie as tour guide. I have also personally recommended him to friends and so far they are satisfied with Kuya Charlie's service.

If you don't mind, when did you visit Coron and get Kuya Charlie as tour guide?

Thanks!

TheBeachExplorer said...

Hello Toni,

Just recently. On the first day of the tour, he wasn't available so he asked two other tour guides to come with us. They were brothers named James and Mark, whom we found very polite, pleasant and helpful. They took time to take lots of pictures of the whole group, assist us with our vests and snorkels, lead and come with us while snorkeling, constantly checked the area for sea snakes, jellyfishes and other dangerous sea creatures, pulled us and carried our stuff thru strong current. In short, they were doing their jobs 100percent of the time. Charlie, on the other hand, snorkeled on his own, slept on the boat most of the time and talked to us like we weren't his guests. We kept on asking him questions like where to eat, but he answers "ahhh kayo nalang bahala or sige kayo na lang ah, uwi nako.. " in a very lazy way.

At the third day, he was even proudly shouting/fighting someone on the phone in front of us. Later that night on the way to dinner, the intense confrontation of the 2 men, who almost beat him up hadn't he ran as fast as he did, happened. After several hours, he texted not to apologize for putting us in that situation / leaving us or to explain what had happened; he texted because he wanted us to pay him the balance and talk to the police for his protection. We want to understand him but he didn't even ask what happened to us or if were able to find a place for dinner. He only thought of himself.

Even Micasa hotel staff and our 2 bangkeros told us that he has an attitude problem. That's he's really mayabang and he doesn't like the guests to be talking to the bangkeros, only him. That's why the bangkeros didnt go swimming us on the 2nd and 3rd day because they didn't want a complain from him.

Palawan and its tourists do not deserve someone like him. We do not hope for anybody else to experience what we have experienced with him. Again, this is not to bash him but to warn fellow tourists. We're sure you'd also want the best trip for your friends and readers.

jp said...

hi nkontak n nmin si kua charlie and thanks sa blog mo P4600/pax bgay nia 2 lng kc kme with acomudation 3N4D july18-21 mura na ba price nya? thanks

Toni said...

Hello JP,

Mura na rin sya. Private tour ba yan? =)

jp said...

sori po late reply maybe... cguro pag wala cxa nhanap n ksma nmin pero its ok lng nmn po smin kung group mas ok kc 2 lng nmn kme e ;) were leaving tom sana lng good weather ;) tnx to ur blog and i found kua charlie and lots of info more power stay blogging godbless

Toni said...

Hello JP, sana nga okay weather. Say hello to Kuya Charlie for me. =)

kit pelaez said...

hi this is very imformative dami ko natututanan from this site. may tour po kami with my gf this sept bali 4d 3n kami, any advise for the cheapest tour around, like was recommended hir about kuya charlie any information about him that we can inquire? many thanks po...

kit pelaez said...

some new blogs have bad comments dito sa kuya charlie na to, better look for another contact that can be trusted. mahirap na.....

Toni said...

hello, i actually asked kuya Charlie bout sa nagrereklamo sa kanya just so he's aware. if ever you plan to get him, mention na i recommended him. thanks! =)

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Gerald said...

Thank you for this blog and info on Coron. 3 of us are going there 24-28 October. Am inclined to take the Day 1 (Oct 24) and Day 2 Coron Loop tour on the 25th then private tour beach and favorite places 2nd time around - Siete Pecados, Twin Peaks, Kayangan, Coral Garden, Sangat Island. Id like more info on Malcapuya and Banana Island. Am interested in Snorkling and Marine life - relaxed mode. Im also lacto-ovo-pesce vegetarian (seafood, vegetables, fruits, milk and eggs are ok). What would you suggest? Thank you so much! Very helpful. So excited!

Charlie Labajo said...

Hello mam liz

i am charlie labajo here is my new travel agency and office here in coron,palawan...

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Mobile: 09998826043/09178384661/09293019172
Email: seafarerstravelandtours@yahoo.com
Website: www.seafarerstravelandtours.webs.com
CLTGA President (Coron Licensed Tour Guides Association)

thank you
gud bless

Toni said...

Hello Kuya Charlie,

Thanks for the update! =)

Toni

Charlie Labajo said...

Hello mam toni

msta poh?

welcome poh thank you so much poh sa blog spot nio,dahil poh dun,marami akung na22nan sa lahat ng guest na recommend nio skin..

pki like poh pla yung facebook page ng green fins,that's our future project here sa coron..

thank you
gud bless

Toni said...

Hello Kuya Charlie,

You're always welcome! =) Kaya ba may sarili na kayong touring company? Hehehe. I'm happy for you. ^_^

Sige I'll look for the FB page. Thanks! God bless! ^_^

enabels said...

Hi Toni! super informative ng blogs mo. actually bi-nookmark ko sya sa browser ko for future reference hehehe... Plan din namen ng hubby ko pumunta sa coron. How much do you think ang budget for 2pax (tour accommodation, food and pocket money ) airfare not included. Btw, I sent you friend request sa FB. Sana iaccept mo :) Nagsstart palang ako magtravel that's why I wanted to ask some travel tips from you :)

Toni said...

Hi Enabels,

Thanks for visiting my blog. =) Pocket money of 20,000 is actually okay already. Hindi pa kasama airfare. Private tour na yan. =) But if you want na mas makatipid, you can join a group tour. If you plan to visit Coron, get Kuya Charlie Labajo then mention to him na I was the one who recommended you guys. Thanks and happy traveling! ^_^

ed547d6c-d0fa-11e3-99ed-7b11f9ce135b said...

Hi Toni,

We wil be going to coron this year, possible ba na magjoin kami sa other group for island tour para makasave kami, 2 pax lang kasi kami. Mga how much kaya yan per tour?.. We've been to el nido last march and nakaya namin ng 6-7k per pax budget (all in na :)), u think kaya yan sa coron??

BTW, can i have kuya charlie's no.?

Thanks much!

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Leslie Lemuels said...

This is really helpful indeed and such a nice travel blog. Just want to add though especially for travelers who are always seeking for new places to see and visit, try the very amazing scuba diving spots in the southern part of Cebu. Been to Dive Spot Asia in Dalaguete and couple beaches in Alcoy and I must say they're worth everything. :)

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The next time you go back, please consider our services. We
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Looking forward to having you at Ultimate Coron Experience!

Ultimate Coron Experience said...

Ganda po ng
photos niyo! :)

The next time you go back, please consider our services. We
have packages and boat rentals. Kindly check our website at
www.UltimateCoronExperience.com or contact us at 0918-4659010.

Looking forward to having you at Ultimate Coron Experience!