BUY CASHEWS ELSEWHERE
Palawan is famous for growing cashew trees but the price of cashews on the island of Busuanga seemed to be very expensive as at the time of our visit the stores were selling them for 700 pesos a kilo. If you are continuing your journey to Puerto Princesa you will pay half that price or even less. Cashew harvest time is normally between February and June.
If traveling on an off-peak season, it's best to just go there and rent a boat by the pier beside the marketplace. Online tour packages, as well as those offered in your resort/hotel, are most likely over prized. We booked a package for 10 online, but when we got there and inquired with the boatsmen on the pier, their offer is much less and we could have even bargained. Of course, i wouldn't risk it on the peak season like summer.
Don't be fooled by more expensive tour packages
Try to book ahead if you want a hassle free vacation. Try www.corongaleri.com.ph since they can help you find a group to join so split tour cost.
They are DOT accredited and safe.
Heard from another thread swedish guy patrick does not provide enough life jackets for the tourist.
Unique Suggestions: Text coast guard in the area in case your tour provider does not have enough life jackets for everybody - 0920-956-1435 or inform the Municipal Tourism Office 0919-474-8262.
Fun Alternatives: Try the Calamian Tour at www.corongaleri.com.ph
Hi! Coron get away
Hi! Were goin to Coron/Busuanga on Nov. 25-27, 2008. I am looking for very reasonable/cheap place where we can stay. Can you please share your itinerary on your Oct. tour☺. It wud help us a lot. Thanks!
Anybody who are interested to join us on our island hopping are welcome to minimize expenses for the rental of boat and car. You may reach me thru firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't book in a resort for 4 nights
It's not difficult to find a resort in Coron, unless you arrived on a Saturday. A Manila-Busuanga ferry arrives early Saturday morning bringing in a considerable number of local tourists. Some resorts will demand a prepayment of at least 50% or equivalent to two nights if you plan to stay there for 4 nights. Initially you are willing to take a 10minutes tricycle ride to the pier and hire a banca to reach secluded beaches & wrecks. But after a whole day of island hopping you are too tired to walk and look for a tricycle. The worse thing is that there is no electricity and you cannot use the a/c and they are not willing to give you a discount. You have no choice but to stay there for another night and hope that there will be electricity.
Fun Alternatives: Buy a Palawan map, listed here are the resorts, restaurants and attractions. Initially get a fan room, if the heat is unbearable you can transfer to an a/c room.