Coron, Palawan is among the best tourist spots in the Philippines. We have fought tooth and nail just to be able to visit this wonderful island but being listed in Forbes Traveller Magazine as one of the best scuba diving sites in the world wasn’t the reason why we were so adamant in spending the remaining days of summer of 2013 here in this paradise – we just love to travel and the girls just wanna have fun!
First thing we did was to set the date. You must also consider the type of vacation you want for you to be able to know when to pack your bags and be off. Since most of us were in the mood for a little sun and sand, a trip to a beach was decided. But since we were also in the mood for nature tripping and some quietness, we opted to go to Coron. Good thing we were able to get a seat-sale from Cebu Pacific for a roundtrip airfare of Php 1,780 each (not bad huh). The trip was booked from June 20-23 (4 days and 3 nights)
Our adventure did not start when our plane landed on Busuanga, it started while we were still up in the air. We were so excited to finally experience Coron but while the 8 of us were looking at our window to have a glimpse of the island, our pilot decided to burst our bubble and informed us that we were not be able to land because of zero visibility in the air strip of Busuanga. Imagine our dismay on that day. We landed back to NAIA and since we’ve got nothing else to do but to wait for the next flight which is the next day, we decided to checked-in in a hotel wherein we spent our supposedly Day 1 in Coron. This was a crucial part because our hotel in Coron didn’t allow us to cancel the first day of our stay even though it was an unforeseen circumstance and our expenses were already budgeted. We didn’t want some unnecessary spending. A stay in a hotel was something that we have to talk through. We have settled to stay in One Pacific Place, a hotel in Makati which is not that pricey and not cheap either. But because of the said connections that we have, we were able get two bedroom suites for the price of Php 1,000 each for that night (thank you, Tita Cecil). We ate bread, noodles and canned goods for our dinner just to stay in budget but time spent with the girls during that first night was priceless.
For the remainder of the whole trip we are just in awe of all the things we have encountered. From cliff diving at the Barracuda Lake to snorkeling one of the shallowest shipwreck sites at the Skeleton Wreck. We pampered ourselves with a dip from one of the hot springs during our last night and on our last day, we got pleasure from the picturesque view of the whole town after climbing the 700 steps of Mt. Tapyas.
And oh, I told you earlier that we aimed for a good time without being off the budget right? Guess how much we spent for the whole trip? We each paid Php 6,700 for the incredible experience. It was totally worth it! So if you plan to take your next vacation in this stunning island of Coron, be wise on how to get a priceless trip with cheaper expenses.
- Kat Reyes