Busuanga Travel Guide

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Busuanga Things to Do

  • THE MARINES ARE HERE

    Just as you leave Busuanga Airport you will come across a Marine Detachment on the left. They seem to live in native huts and looks like they have a hard life!

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  • STOP THE DEFORESTATION

    Although there are many trees growing around the island there are plenty of hills that have been stripped bare of trees as locals require the wood for construction purposes. Let us hope that the local authorities deal with this problem quickly before it is too late.

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  • CHECK OUT THE VIEWS BY THE SEA AROUND...

    If you rent a motorbike to circumnavigate the island you will never be to far from the ocean as the road is nearly always within sight of the water except for the northwest corner and of course when you leave the northern shore to return to Coron Town. You will see small communities by the sea, fishermen preparing to leave in their bangkas, inlets...

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  • SEE NIPA GROWING

    A few kms after Concepcion heading west you will see nipa growing on your left near the sea. Nipa branches look similar to coconut and are used to roof native houses, but nipa is longer lasting and a little more expensive. The branches are soaked in the sea for a few days before they are used for roof thatching. A nipa roof can last for up to 7...

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  • CONCEPCION FALLS

    40 kms west of Coron you will come to Concepcion and about 1 km after the village you will reach a bridge, and just before the bridge you will see the sign for Concepcion Falls. This time i did not visit the falls as i was there 24 years ago when it was deserted, but you can follow the path just before the bridge and after 10 minutes you will reach...

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  • SPEND SOME TIME AT THE CONCEPCION PIER

    Around 40 kms west of Coron try to stop at Concepcion and take a walk to the end on the pier. From the pier you can see a few islands and mangroves on each side. If you are able to find a fisherman or any local to take you out to see you will see many protected oyster farms.

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Busuanga Restaurants

  • GOOD FOR A BURGER

    There are not too many places to eat if you end up in Concepcion but at Ann and Mike's you can enjoy a simple burger with fries for around 260 pesos. It is not the best burger i tasted but it filled a hole in my stomach. There are quite a few other items on the menu, perhaps a little pricey but you have to consider that the place is in the middle...

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  • Disappointed by the online reviews

    I normally surf for the local best when visiting a place. Bistro Coron was one of the recommended place to eat in Coron. I was very disappointed with the menu and the service. Ordered their house specialty - Beef Bourguignon. It was a one plate meal served with rice. The beef sauce was passable for the french dish but what turned me off was the...

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  • Kamalig Restaurant

    The only restaurant in the island and they really serve good and fresh food.In the evening, a group of musician will serenade while having your dinner.My husband requested a tagalog song and he couldn't even understand it,so I ended up translating the song,grrr!!!;)

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Busuanga Nightlife

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    by Dyesebel Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    A good place to hang out in the evening and enjoy mango shake cocktail or a cold San Miguel beer.And you'll have the chance to talk to the other guests and management,share your experiences and opinions.

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Busuanga Transportation

  • GRAB A WINDOW SEAT

    Actually this applies to any day time flight, just try and get a window seat as you may have the opportunity to take some wonderful photos of the cloud formations

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  • ARRIVING AT BUSUANGA AIRPORT

    When you arrive at the airport you will pass by many tourist agency counters as you leave the arrival hall. Shuttle vans are waiting in the car park to take you to different parts of the island for a fixed fare. Make sure that you get on a regular passenger shuttle that takes many people and not a private charter which will cost you too much. If...

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  • PHILIPPINE AIRLINES and CEBU PACIFIC to...

    The plane that flies to Busuanga from Manila is a DHC-8-400 which is a De Havilland Canada and has propellers which seemed to give us a bumpy landing. PAL has 2 flights a day form Manila leaving at 8.30 am and 14.40 pm.Cebu Pacific also has 3 flights and it seems to also use the DHC plane too, although it seemed to be a slightly different modelCebu...

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Busuanga Local Customs

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    by iclee Written Nov 25, 2010

    As Metro Manilans, we were just accustomed to our fast paced way of life where instructions were given as one-liners. We were quite surprised that we encountered at least 2x people from Busuanga who felt offended by our one liners. Example: when we were picked up by a 3rd party provider of our hotel, we instructed the loader person to put our cabin bag on top of the heap because there are breakable items inside. Upon alighting from the vehicle, we found our cabin bag at the bottom of the heap because we were the first to step inside the van. My hubby asked the loader what's the use of giving instructions when they clearly disregarded them. They spoke Tagalog just like we do so language/dialect barrier is not the issue. Instead of apologizing, the loader stated he can pay for it and appeared offended. Another instance where we encountered ultrasensitivity is when we left instructions with a hotel personnel (let's call her A). The morning shift personnel said she can do same job as A, she can call A if we want and appeared offended when we mentioned we left instructions with A.

    And mind you, we said please all the time but we still saw the same look of offense.

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Busuanga Warnings and Dangers

  • LOOK OUT FOR CATTLE AND CATTLE GRIDS

    All over the island are many cattle farms so there are cattle grids that can be dangerous if you are going fast on a motorbike, or even herds of cattle will sometimes be walking along the road and hold you up. DRIVE CAREFULLY

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  • Be careful of the Rocks

    be careful when going near the rock formations.. sometimes they are too sharp and you just might not notice them and hurt yourself.

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  • Ants!

    I admit,I don't like flowers,but this time,there's a good reason;) the flowers in our cottage caused a big problem.So many big red ants came into our cottage.As soon as I threw the flowers away,ants were also gone;)

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Busuanga Tourist Traps

  • Romantic Dinner

    You'll still have to pay additional $10 for setting up the table.It's not actually an a la cartè, you'll have to choose your food from the buffet and they'll gonna serve them for you.And there were lots of mosquitos outside;)

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  • Busuanga - Boracay Connection SEAIR

    SEAIR is opening new flight from Busuanga to Caticlan (Boracay) on 22 Oct every SUNDAY 12:15h. Caticlan to Busuanga is on THURSDAY 12:15h (already existing).

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Busuanga What to Pack

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    by zoe_girl18 Updated Apr 19, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Backpacking is the best way to go.. This will assure fast and easy movement.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear light clothing as it is very warm and you will spend most of your days on the sea. Don't forget your swim suits and wear rash guard if possible to avoid too much sun exposure. Wear hat/cap to protect your face. And most important, bring lots of sunblock, apply and reapply as much as possible. The sun is scorching hot! :)
    Wear comfortable footwear.. those with velco straps are more advisable that slippers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring insect repellant for mosquitoes are plenty especially at night time. Bring band aids for emergency purposes.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Although snorkeling gears are provided, bring your own snorkling gear if you are not comfortable with borrowing.

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Busuanga Off The Beaten Path

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    by Dyesebel Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    Club Paradise House Reef offers a good under water life.There are lots of colorful fish here. Unfortunately,the giant clam was destroyed by the typhoon last december.

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Busuanga Sports & Outdoors

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    by Dyesebel Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    Hiking will not just make you fitter but it will give you also a breathtaking view of Dimakya Island and its neighboring islands and islets.

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Busuanga Favorites

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    by Gerhard_Beer Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: When you are in Busuanga, you MUST go to Popototan, a small Island, one and a half hour away by boat. It is a Diving Ressort, but a special one. A grazy german Guy leads them and nothing is normal at this beautyful place. The Ressort is called Evergreen-Diving, you can find more informations here: http://www.evergreen-diving.com
    If you go to Popototan, say Hello to Arno from me!

    Fondest memory: Busuanga is Coron - and Coron is just a Place for going to the Islands

    The beach of Popototan
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    • Hiking and Walking
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