Coron Palawan Travel Adventure Day 3 & 4

Coron Palawan Travel Adventure Day 3 & 4

April 12/13, 2010
Coron, Palawan
Philippines

The Coron Adventure Itinerary:

April 12, 2010: Our destinations- Kayangan Lake, Siete Pecados, Banul Beach and Twin Lakes.

7am: Kayangan Lake is totally the best lake i visited so far. From the mountain top, you can see the famous “coron shot” of the twin islands with the blue water with rows of bancas in the shore and there’s also a cave with beautiful yellow stones formation just at your back. I am totally proud being in this place and I do admire the indigenous people of Tagbanua for preserving the beauty of this islands. Their message to the tourist visitors: “Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints, Kill nothing but Time, Keep nothing but Memories.

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Swimming in the lake, you can feel being one with nature, the fresh water, the clearest lake I’ve ever seen here in the Philippines, and most of all, no commercial establishments around 🙂 just the sound of nature, the cheerful tourists saying wows and omg!…and yes I’m still in the Philippines.

10am: From Kayangan, we sailed to Twin Lakes and we have witnessed the scenic island formations and the black stone curved by nature which is amazingly beautiful. And when we reached the Twin Lakes, I was mesmerized on this wonderful natures beauty! This is Pilipinas! and I should showcase it to the world! The water mixes from salt to fresh and it looks like an oil/water mix up but its not, and there is a short passage to swim from the sea salt water to the fresh water and you will be welcome by a school of fish…really a wonderful experience!

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Banul Beach
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12:30pm: We sailed to Banul Beach for our lunch, and yes it was included in our package. What’s for lunch? we had a grilled fresh squids and fish sinigang, crabs and lato, and fresh mangoes for dessert. Yum yum!
At first, I thought the island was just an ordinary beach shore, until I walked around and see the amazing black rock formations and cliffs. You can spend all day in the white sands shaded by the black rock formations with Kalachuchi trees in between. Truly I am one with nature 🙂

2:30pm: Off to Siete Pecados, a known snorkeling area in the Island of Coron. But since I had so much of swimming and snorkeling on Day 2, I just went down for 15 minutes and noticed this tiny soft gels spread out all over the water. I thought it was just a water bubbles, until I focus and realize its moving like a jelly fish, and i start itching! I went up immediately and ask our boatman what are those tiny floating things and yes, it’s a jelly fish! I never went back in the water since I bet I swallowed some of them already when I am swimming and opening my mouth to breath! Maybe this area requires the tourists to wear a dive suit for skin protection. Next time I will wear one.

330pm: Back to Coron Town. They offered another island but I believe I had enough and got scared of the tiny jelly fish so in my mind I wanted to take a bath and get rid of the itch bites in my body. It was almost a 45 min boat sail until we reached our hotel.

5pm – Lambingan Bridge. I think this is the main loading and unloading port area for tourist and passengers. Nothing fancy to checkout, but just in time for the sunset 🙂 and had my tripod for the long exposure silky water shot.

630pm – back to Michaelangelo’s hotel, on our way I bought some pork barbecues and had some cold beers while watching the sunset colors from the hotel.

730pm- we had our dinner in Mila Gamboa’s office. She cooked for us – lobster and grilled fish plus lato. Yummy!

Day 4: Shop around Corod Town for dried fish and Kasuy nuts, prepared our things and drive to Busuanga Airport. Say goodbye to my new travel buddies in the airport and fly back to Manila. This time Cebu Pacific is on time. Very Good! And btw, I hope that the airport authorities will soon have their luggage scanners soon! I pity the security guards opening and checking all the luggages piece by piece.

Until next from my life best shots,

Rman

For your Coron Palawan Travel needs, you may get in touch with;

Coron Travels and Tours
Mila Gamboa
0063 (0)921 672 1865
0063 (0)917 858 1799

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The Coron Palawan Travel Adventure Day 1 & 2

The Coron Palawan Travel Adventure Day 1 & 2

April 10 and 11, 2010
Coron Palawan
Philippines

The Coron Adventure Itinerary:

April 9, 2010 – Manila Public Holiday (Day of Valor), we booked at Cebu Pacific for the Manila-Busuanga flight and would like to take advantage of the Long Weekends. We were already at the airport by 10am for the 1pm flight. And by 1:15pm- they cancel the flight! they said its an aircraft technical problems. As expected all the passenger got angry and questioned the announcements, asking for refund, rebooking, monetary damages. Cebu Pacific however offers, an overnight hotel accommodation (a second rate hotel somewhere in Roxas Blvd), 500 Pesos for transportation if you want to go home, and a refund of the airport fee. And I didnt avail any and signed any documents to waive my complaints. The Customer Service Manager is nowhere to be found, they attend to each complaint one by one without any standard response, we even get our bags individually, and worse the Cebu Pacific Staff do have this so called – “that is not part of my job” “im not from that department” “please speak to this person for your concern” – passing the back! they’ll be sure a good football player in the field! We also thought we are lucky enough to have this VIP co passengers who said they were former ambassadors to the UN and ambassadors to ADB asking for our signature to file for a block complaint but it seems the aircraft personnel gave them a special treatment of flying them out on a special aircraft and booking leaving us all behind. Bravo to you Madame Ambassador!

April 10, 2010 – Atlas! Welcome to Coron, Palawan Day 1. We first went to our hotel then proceed to Mt. Tapias for 746 steps climb! and its worth it. On top, one will have the birds eye view of Coron town, Coron bay and its islands, the road to Busuanga, the sprouting commercial buildings and the greenery of Coron. Very Beautiful indeed, most capturing the bay on sunset. So another 746 steps going down and we proceed to Maquinit Hot Springs, a 38 degrees Celsius salt water hot spring in the mangrove area. There are two hot pools adjacent to the spring, both cascade down into a larger pool, the water flows directly into the sea. This place is ideal to visit in the late afternoon or evening, after the tour. Our served dinner – lobster and fish sinigang (sour soup) with the palawan famous sidedish “Lato” seaweed commonly known as “sea grapes” because they look like a bunch of small green grapes, and when bitten into it releases refreshing saltwater into one’s mouth.

April 11, 2010 – We woke up as early as 3am for a trip to Calauit Island. The countrys major conservation showcase and unique nature park. It showcases a successful trans-location of African animals from Kenya in Africa such as, giraffes and elands, zebras and gazelles co-exist with endemic Philippine animals, like the Palawan bearcat, mousedeer and peacock pheasant. It was a long-wait boat ride for almost 6 hours! from a rough to a smooth ride till sunrise. On the way, I also witnessed a pearl farm said owned by the Japanese investors and it was a huge volume that is being farmed out from the Philippine sea to Japan market to the world. They said we are a poor country, are we? maybe poor government governance to protect our natural resources. On the other note, Calauit is really a good place to witness a Safari like adventure less the elephants, wild tigers and the lions. We really had fun with the zebras and giraffe’s anyway.

The boat ride going back with the sun up was really scenic and beautiful. We hop at the Black Island for lunch and went to a cave with a lake inside, had a snorkeling activities in Cogbatan Beach and it became my longest hour of snorkeling and farthest freestyle swimming so far. Had a ship wreck skin diving too and yes, I need to brush up my scuba diving soon to go back soon and enjoy the beauty of underwater life. Also, Im thankful for the wonderful group who filled the boat with laughters and fun. Cheers to my new travel buddies and friends!

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For your Coron Palawan Travel needs, you may get in touch with;

Coron Travels and Tours
Mila Gamboa
0063 (0)921 672 1865
0063 (0)917 858 1799

Mila also cooked the best butter/garlic lobster I tasted so far 🙂

Till next post for Day 3 and 4 🙂

Rman