Category Archives: Palawan

Coron: Vacation and Diving Destination

Asia is known for its pristine white beaches like the ones in Malaysia, Thailand and of course the Philippines. All over the archipelago of the Philippines, one can find unexploited natural white sandy beaches from north to south. Dive and vacation destinations abound in this country. There is a particular spot in this country that was listed among the world’s natural wonders. One of the places that are frequented by foreign and local tourist alike, is Coron Island in Palawan.

Coron is a wedge-shaped limestone island (which is very common in Palawan), with few of its coastal areas being covered by mangrove forests. It has seven lakes, famous of which is the nationally-acclaimed cleanest lake in the Philippines, the Kayangan Lake. It also has a number of islands with white beaches and clear blue waters perfect for snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and shipwreck diving.

Coron is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. The municipality of Coron from Mount Tapyas view deck to Coron public utility vehicle terminal covers part of Busuanga Island and all of the nearby Coron Island. Both islands are part of the Calamian group of islands in northern Palawan. Coron on the other hand is also a popular diving destination. The aquatic views from the sunken Japanese warships off Coron Island are listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world.

Another Beach Holiday Plan

My wife and I started planning the possibility of having our next trip in Singapore. But since I had a blast during my getaway in Palawan last March, I can’t wait to have our next travel there. Although everything is not final yet and there’s a possibility too that our next destination could still change. As of this time, we are still busy browsing the web in pursuit of finding cheap vacation packages that we can possibly avail. As a matter of fact, we found some sites already but we have not just decided which place to go. There are too many beautiful places to explore with so little time and yes, with a really tight budget.

We are considering of going somewhere quiet and peaceful to at least have a time to read Bram Stoker books. And I am thinking of visiting Coron since I have read a lot of great reviews. I know I just had one this year but obviously I haven’t had enough of it so I would like to try again the experience of waking up early in the morning to catch the sunrise and watch the sun as it sets in the evening. But this time, it is with my family already and it’s also possible that we might go back to El Nido since they haven’t seen its beauty yet. And wherever it is, we are looking forward to experience something unique in the place that we finally choose.

Exploring Palawan

Palawan is an island province of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Puerto Princesa and it is the largest province in terms of land area and is considered as the last frontier of the Philippines.

The island of Palawan stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the West Philippines Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast. Palawan is considered to be the Philippines’ last ecological frontier. The province boasts many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Prinsesa Subterranean River two of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites are located.

So Exploring Palawan is a wonderful experience considering that what you can see here are not common in most parts of the Philippines or even on the other parts of the world. You can see the limestone cliffs, lagoons and hidden beautiful white beaches in El Nido, the Underground River in the national park and its inhabitants in Sabang town. This place is also teeming with seafood and exotic meats like the crocodile which is a good viand while watching the presidential debate.

Getting to this place is easy as they have flights going straight to Puerto Princessa airport in Palawan from Manila. Or a connecting flight from Cebu and Mindanao. And if you want to maximize your short getaway in Palawan, I would recommend that you talk to someone who knows the area very well and who could give you the best offer of your money with straight forward deals that you don’t bother to haggle. So I want you to check out Paradise Village Travel and Tours for they will give you personalized packages that would surely fit your itinerary.

Palawan Getaway: 3 Days and 2 Nights (First Day)

Our Palawan Getaway last March 2012 started when we arrived at Puerto Princesa Airport from Mactan Cebu International Airport via Cebu Pacific Air. We have chosen Cebu Pacific’s flight not because it is a budget airline nor they have an excellent service but purely because we want to maximize our trip in Palawan. Cebu Pacific’s only flight from Cebu at 11:00 AM put them strategically on top from the rest of the airlines. Most especially if you want to maximize the places you want to visit in your trip like going to the Underground River because they have a cut-off time of the day for the last trip going to the cave which is at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

Anyway, we arrived at about 12 noon and immediately went to Ka Inato Restaurant for our lunch so we won’t waste any time, knowing that it will take 1 ½ hours going to Sabang, where the Subterranean River National Park is located. Our tour guides Alex and his partner Jessica, who owns the Paradise Village Travel and Tours, brought us to the place for it is not just along the way going to Sabang but they said that it is also one of the best in Puerto Princesa. I will be talking more of our experience with them in a separate post and for the meantime you can visit their Facebook Page for promos and updates.

So indeed, Ka Inato lives to what many have said in terms of food preparation, the taste and the prices are affordable as well. I usually don’t recommend anything unless I am satisfied with it but because we all have different taste buds when it comes to food so all I can say is for you to try it then let me know about your experience.