The Darayonan Lodge offers tour packages for island hopping inclusive of boat rental fees and entrance fees. However, if you prefer to arrange trips on your own, you may try to contact "Manong Ton", a local tricycle driver who we met in coron and who arranged an island hopping tour for us together with a local boatman we called "Manong Toks". We went to about 6-7 major snorkling spots (twin lagoon, barracuda lake, siete pecados, a ship wreck, kayangan, etc.) for around P1,500 for the whole boat for half a day.
We were only 3 in the group but the boat could comfortably seat 8-10 people, it was in good condition and it has livevests (i can't swim so this is a must hehe!). The price is a bargain for such an activity-filled tour.
Hopefully you can still reach "manong ton" through 09283880246 so he can make the same arrangements for you.
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Tricycles around Coron
We call them tricycles. Three-wheeled cars that can accommodate up to 5 passengers :) Going around town, the fare is P8 per passenger.
Nonoy is one of the drivers you can call. He's really nice and helpful and can even point you to the good places to check out.
The best thing is that he has a cellphone so you can communicate any time :)
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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.
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
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.
Coron city proper is literally a small island and tricycle is the only mode of transportation around town. Try Mang Anton 0928-388-0246. He can show you around Coron and will gladly bring you to anywhere you need to go. Nice, helpful guy that does not overcharge or rip-off tourist.
Negros Navigation to Coron
Negros Navigation's San Paolo has weekly trips to Coron, Palawan.
Departure: Thursday 4PM
Arrival: Friday 4AM
Check their website for the most updated schedules and fares: http://www.negrosnavigation.ph/index.shtml
These are expected arrival and departure times but since this is a boat, they rarely leave on time. If you can afford it, choose the admiral accommodation (or higher) since the private toilet and bath will be worth it, especially if there are a lot of passengers.
When we took the trip in March, the admiral rooms were newly renovated and still smelled strongy of paint. Nakakahilo! The other problem was that the water pressure was low. There were several calls for the ship's plumber, which could only mean they are getting a lot of problems with the toilets...
The worst thing: The boat stopped over at the Batangas port this one time to pick up ~1000 athletes for the regional games. This was apparently planned some months ago but we weren't informed. Bad information handling from NN. Instead of 4AM, we arrived almost 12 noon. Not good.
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.
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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.
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)
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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.
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.
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.
Coron to/from El Nido by boat
I came up to El Nido by jeepney and later flew to Coron/Busuanga. However, the very same day I did that, two of my friends came by the boat (M/V Jessabel) and we all met for a few days.
They said the boat was very rough. The winds made the trip take 10 hours. They said that the seats were not comfortable and had to take clothes out of their bags to sit on and add cushion.
Boat leaves ~5 times week (weather and season depending) and cost is approx 2200 PHP. Most hotels and travel desks in Coron and El Nido will help with bookings.
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!
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