Monday, December 24, 2012

Kwentong Kaladkarin #49: Captivating Coron – The Trip's Travel Tips

Da Where: Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Da When: September 9-12, 2012
Da Who: me and Vin to celebrate our golden monthsary. ;D

They say Coron is the 'cheaper' Palawan experience, comparing it of course to El Nido or worse, Amanpulo. Maybe it depends on who's spending. Haha! I'd rather call it possible than cheap and just like any other trip, the decision lies between 'need-to-have' and 'nice-to-have'.

I, for one, is fine sleeping on a cot or even a tent as long as I can experience a new place. Good thing we didn't have to do that as we were able to snag a room from the often-fully-booked Patrik and Tezz Guesthouse. It's a well-known backpackers' place in Coron and currently Tripadvisor's #1 recommended inn.

PTG's hallway. A good book or your laptop and this would be just perfect. :)

For P450/night, we had room with a charming Filipino finish and comfy beds and an electric fan to ward off the heat during the day. The place also had free wi-fi and a communal area with a flat-screen TV and refrigerator. The owners, Patrik and Tezz Sjostrand were also very accommodating  answering all my questions via e-mail before booking and cheerily welcomed us when we arrived.

And so did their fluffy cat. :)

Coron always experiences intermittent power supply so some parts of the night, the generator is used for all the guests' comfort.
Our room, for only P450/night
Sala with TV, ref, books and comfy couches

The best part though is that the guesthouse is right next to the port where our tour boat's picking us up so we got to save on transport fees and manage to sleep in for a few extra minutes each morning. :)


Patrik & Tezz Guesthouse
Coastal Road, Coron
Patrik Sjostrand - +(63) 9279531407 /

DIY Coron - For do-it-yourself tour packages
Owen Ferrer - +(63) 9189854785 /

Ruel Araojo - Boat captain, direct contact for tours
+(63) 9283187740
Boat Rental, Logistics, etc.

Kuya Jay-jay - +(63) 9199914078
Airport Transfer


  • Flights to Busuanga is one of the most-often-cancelled-flights due to bad weather. On our way there, the pilot had to circle the Calamianes islands several times until visibility in the airport was better for landing. Check and double check with airline companies for your confirmed booking. Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express and Zest Air flies daily. The airport terminal fee is only PhP 20.00.
  • The town of Coron is a good 20-30 minutes from the airport. Get a seat reserved in one of the numerous vans plying the route. You may also get a seat upon landing but better safe than sorry. You don't want to spend the night in the airport, do you?
  • For your island-hopping, leave the meals to your boat captain or tour coordinator. Fresh, cheap seafood cooked in the boat is the bomb!
  • No bringing out of sand, shells or corals, they are searched in the airport and you'd be asked to leave them. Cm'on, leave those poor things alone! Bring back kasuy nuts and photos, instead!
  • Bring insect repellent and sunblock when visiting the numerous beaches and islands. You'll thank me after. ;D
  • If you can afford it, water shoes would be great for parts that may need you to step on karst stones during snorkeling. Bring an underwater camera too! You won't regret it.
  • Again, Coron still has power supply issues. Charge your cameras and phones whenever you get the chance. And restaurants close at around 2100H  so get your evening grub early.

Ready for some tropical lovin'? Book away! :)

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