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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.
Updated Jul 25, 2009
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.
Updated Dec 19, 2009
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.
Written Mar 2, 2010
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. :)
Written Mar 4, 2010
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!
Written Sep 17, 2010
The only plane that travels to Coron during the time that we went there are Asian Spirit and SEAir. We took SEAair, and it's a very small 19 seater plane. The size is just like that of a small bus and the seating arrangement inside the plane is based on weight, should be balanced on both sides. Before, departing the stewardess conducted the briefing and gave candies and left us on our own. That's how small the plane was, no room even for the stewardess :-)
Written Mar 28, 2008
The best way to go, for those who just plan to stay in Coron for just 3 days and 2 nights, is to go there early Friday (or on your day 1), take the first or the only plane that goes there in the morning.
Going back (on your day 3; in our case Sunday), take the ferry that leaves at around 9PM. You will reach Manila at 8AM.
Taking the plane on your way back would mean preparing to go to the airport at around 11AM on your day 3 to be in the airport by 1PM which will be waste as there are a lot of places to explore.
This way, your 3 days stay is maximized.
Updated Mar 28, 2008
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
The boat trip back to Manila could sometimes experience delay as it comes from Puerto Princesa, which is 12 hours away from Coron.
Be sure to call the pier for updates so you don't have to wait at the harbor for a long time. We had to wait for more than 3 hours because we didn't know about the adjusted schedule.
Written Jun 2, 2008
Tricycles is the primary mode of transportation around Coron town. The fare is P6.50 per person for short distances. There's a terminal close to the market and pier but a lot or tricycles just drive around so you can hail one from just about everywhere.
Updated Apr 13, 2007
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