A glimpse into paradise. That's how I saw Coron in Palawan. It was amazing. Everything was just wonderful.
Flying to Coron, Palawan is easy. Just an hour away from Manila or Clark, you could land in BUSUANGA. Just 30 to 45 minute away from the airport, the town proper would greet you.
Just on the outskirts, an amazing boutique hotel is present. Granted that it only has around 30 rooms and internet and cell signal isn't as great as it is in town, this place is worth the visit. It's just the perfect place to stay at. The FUNNY LION HOTEL in Busuanga is just relaxing.
After checking in, you could head on over to town. At the dock, you get to see the CORON sign. It's actually a free place to go to. There's stairs that head up there for you to see the grand view.
And that's the bay. There's a couple of hotels there that you might want to check out as well.
If you need to relax and get your weary body a rest, I suggest visiting MAQUINIT HOT SPRING. It's a bit off the usual path but it does let you enjoy the hot spring water coming from the mountains.
Most if not all of the tours out to CORON and nearby islands dust off from the main port area. If you get a tour, usually a van would pick you up from your hotel and bring you here.
If there was one tour that you would pick, go with the KAYANGAN LAKE. Don't be surprised as this poster card picture isn't the actual lake. This is from the viewing deck a few hundred steps up. The lake itself is on the other side. There, you get to frolic in the water and do a bit of floating. Remember to bring a vest as they won't allow you to swim without one.
A few minutes out, you could also visit CALACHUCHI beach. Here, the front part is covered with calachuchi trees. Hence, the name.
This is where we were able to try out the freshly cooked food the boatman prepared for us. They actually cook it while in transit.
Just in front of the beach, there's a small coral area that has tons of fishes. There, you could see schools of fishes surround you.
Another place not to miss would be SIETE PECADOS MARINE PARK. These are small islet that are surrounded by corals. As such, there are a number of sea creatures that lurk and swim in the area.
After everything, you will definitely be full. Here are some of the dishes we tried at in THE FUNNY LION HOTEL.
In terms of the food, Busuanga's town proper isn't really the place to be at when you're craving for a specific dish. The restaurants we tried were just okay. In case you didn't know, BUSUANGA hasn't let big corporations and franchises show up. There's no McDonald's nor Jolibee there. We did enjoy and chose to just eat in the Funny Lion instead.
You could have a few snacks by the pool. The Calamares are pretty good and and cheese fries not bad.
Their rooftop turns into a bar starting after lunch and even has an acoustic band play during specific days in the week.
I think it's the chill vibe, excellent marine sanctuaries, and the view that makes CORON a must visit place when in the PHILIPPINES.
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A beer, book, and some peanuts. Staying in a jacuzzi and watching the sunset is one of the best things you could do. Relax and enjoy the ride. Welcome to the Philippines!