HOW TO GET TO MAQUINIT HOT SPRINGS
Maquinit Hot Springs are around 5 kms east of town and basically there are only 2 ways to get there besides walking. You could rent a vehicle such as a van, jeepney, motorbike or charter tricycle. Of course the hot springs are also included in some tours of the town. The trike fare would be around 200 pesos o/w, but you could probably arrange a return with an hour waiting time for 300 pesos. The fare is for the whole tricycle, not per person. We actually went in the morning when there were no other visitors but the most popular time to go is in the late afternoon when the sun is about to go down.
ATIENZA SHIPPING LINE
Atienza Shipping Line have a ferry that operates between Manila, Coron, El Nido and Limanangcong. Please see photograph for details, or check the website below.
In Coron there are many agencies that will book a ticket for you.
While there are quite a few places to rent motorcycles we were recommended by our guest house to get our bike from Angel Motorbikes which is located along the National Highway at Barangay 5. actually it is very near the center of town. They have small bikes and bigger bikes and you can rent one for as little as 2 hrs or longer. The price list is posted on the wall. The first time we took a RUSI off road bike for 7-12 hrs which cost 700 pesos.. they gave us helmets and they don't inspect the gas level. We were lucky as there was 3 liters in our tank so we were surprised when we filled the tank and it could only take 4 more liters. We circumnavigated the island on it, found it a little difficult to handle when w the road was muddy, otherwise it ran fine. The second time we hired a Honda XRM125, found it a little difficult changing gears as i found my ankle just could not move that much. We just visited a few local attractions and the bike was a good runner. It cost 300 pesos for 2-5 hrs.
NOTE--- check the bike out before renting and go for a practice run.
Just like to mention that trike fares are 9 pesos per passenger and this price is good for anywhere inside Coron Town. Tricycles can be flagged down anytime and will take you to wherever you want to go.
Ferry to Coron
One of the cheaper ways to go to Coron is via Superferry or Negros Navigation. My friend recommends Superferry. It takes you about 12hrs for a 1-way trip but since departure from Manila is late afternoon, and arrive in Coron 6-7am the following day. Going back to Manila, your departure from Coron is 10:45pm, and you arrive at Manila pier the following day 1:30pm. You travel & sleep. By the time you wake up, you're at your destination. It will be a different travel experience. You can book your tickets online.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Coron town is a Fishing village that offers mostly sea attractions so traveling on outrigger boats will be part of your vacation. Prices depends on what destination but it starts at P1500.00. Boats ahve various sitting capacity depends in the number of your group.
Most boats have cooking utensils because your boat captain will cook your food on board and you will eat to an island where you want to have your lunch. The food will be at your own expense bought from Coron Public Market.
There are also boats that are going to El Nido from Coron town.
Princess Welia Supercat departs on Thursdays and Sundays for inquiries you can contact Ding Manait at +639067185317.
MBCA Jessabel departs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for inquiries you can contact +639076741918 and +639085620916
Boat fare is P2,200 per person and all will depart at 7:30 AM in the Coron Pier.
There are also jeepneys located near Lualhati Park that are bound to different areas of Busunga Island but it is always full so it is not comfortable to travel so renting a tricycle or van is still recommended.
The fastest and more convenient way to to reach Coron is via local airlines that have regular trips to Busuanga everyday. check the availability of flights on their website. The last time I checked all airlines only have 1 flight schedule everyday. To avail discounted airfare, one must book 2 months in advance. Fare usually starts at P1500.00 depends on the date of booking and season.
Philippine Airlines - www.philippineairlines.com
Cebu Pacific - www.cebupacificair.com
AirPhil - www.airphilexpress.com
Zesta air - www.zestair.com.ph
Tricycle is the mode of transporation around Coron town. I noticed that the design of the tricycle specially the seating on the rear part resembles that of jeepneys which is quite different from the ones in Manila but I’ve seen this design to other provinces too.The Price varies depends on the destination. P8.00 when you will go to SUbasco and P300.00 to Maquinit hot spring.
Breakfast and Lunch while in the Boat
If you want to save on time, get the best value for your money while enjoying your food afloat a boat and surrounded by breathtaking sights, then you should contact our boatman Kuya Jong! He can cook superb food, at your choice. He also knows the exact spots of the 2 Japanese shipwreks which were ruined during the WWII. These are now home of the countless species under the sea. We had danggit, boiled eggs and rice for breakfast while Kuya Jong was steering the boat on our way to the 1st island. (Coron danggit for me is the best since it is not too salty and you can still taste/eat the real fish meat!) For lunch, we had steamed crabs, fish sinigang, and inihaw na pusit. The next day, we had the same breakfast (which confirmed our craving for Coron danggit). And for lunch, we had pinakbet and grilled fish. I can honestly say that i enjoyed everything that he cooked. And if you want to burn the calories after the sumptuous breakfast/lunch you can take your plunge and enjoy the grandiose beauty of Coron under the sea!
Coron is tiny town in Palawan archipelago, you can walk all the town in 20 min and there is no much to see there, all people coming there for island hoping or diving.
Boat renting for nearest islands cost 1500 php and for far islands 2000-3000 php, lunch and entrance fees are not included.
If you are group of 1-3 maybe it is better to buy a boat tour. Actually we found only one travel agency with good prices which I can highly recommend. It is “Calaman expedition travel and tours”, their advertising you can find in the attached file.
The island hoping I cost 650 php including simple lunch and all entrance fees, I don’t know how they survive as entrance fees was about 350 php by itself. I was in Coron just 2 days so did only 1 tour with them but they have a lot of tours to select from.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Boatman / Tour guide / cook
I think i was the one who told you regarding the boatman in Coron, his name is Kuya Jong - 09084499523
if you also intend to go to Calauit, i heard it was nice there, and i also plan on going there when i go back to coron.
You can negotiate terms with him, but it will depend on the date, how many you are and the weather of course..
make sure you contact him earlier so he can reserve that day for you.
i hope this helps. :)
For going Island hopping, you have to get in touch with either a tour operator or a boatman. here're are the recommended ones:
1. Mang Jhong, 09084499523 - he is highly recommended by someone in Pinoy Exchange and the others have also recommended him.
Best way to enjoy island hopping in the different islands in coron is to have privacy and control of your time.
I would suggest that you rent a boat. Contact a person who has a boat not a person who can get a boatman for you.
I recommend him for your coron trip, he knows a lot and you can trust him. He owns a bangka, not like those tour guides that only looks for a bangkero for you, it would be cheaper to contact a bangkero directly since no other charges will be added. We didn’t joined a group, we want to control our time and decide where to go, also the food is not in a styro, you can pick the food you want, and kuya jong will cook it for you.
Kuya Jong Asutilla, 09084499523, “Jerwin” – name of our counqueror boat (small but the best boat ever)
- Diving and Snorkeling
Vans at the airport
The trip from Manila to the Busuanga National Airport takes about 1 hour. The airline we used was Cebu Pacific and they were on time. Outside the airport are vans for hire that will take you to your accommodation in the town of Coron. Fare is 150 pesos per person and per way and the ride is comfortable. The view is also amazing. The provincial government is finishing up the construction of the highway from and to the airport but the ride is still comfortable because of the airconditioned vans and there are not that much vehicles on the road. The trip takes 30 to 45 minutes per way. The drivers are nice and helpful.
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