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Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 2 - Coron, Palawan


As early as 4am, gising na ko. Probably because even in my dreams, my crush visited me, in Palawan pa ha..hehe. Pero syempre excited din ako sa araw na ito! This is it, the ultimate island tour I've been wishing for.


Around 8:00AM after an overloaded breakfast in Village Lodge, we met Kuya Jhun at the market to buy food for our second day island tour. While he and papa were at the market, we took pictures of the view.


Lualhati Park is equipped of tile paving, benches, gazebos, and various plants right in front of the Coron Bay. A literally simple park.





The view is so refreshing and windy. 


Lualhati Park is close to Coron's Public Market, Coron Gateway Hotel, public transportation terminal and tourism office.

We''re heading on our first stop - MALCAPUYA ISLAND


We left the town at exactly 8:30am.  This is our second/ last island tour.  So gusto namin sulitin! Before leaving, an old man and the care-taker of Siete Pecados joined us on our 1.5 hours boating, marami siyang baong experiences that he shared to us expecially to papa. Siya lang naman ang nagparami ng mga fishes sa Siete Pecados!!  And now, kinuha na siya ng Malcapuya to manage the island also. GALING! With his magic hands napaparami niya at naalagaan ng husto ang mga corals and fishes.
Going Malcapuya Island is farther compared to our FIRST DAY which we only traveled by a less than 30 minutes.

About 30 kilometers south of the Coron Poblacion and east of Culion Island is a sub-cluster of islands that includes Malcapuya Island, Dicalabuan Island, and Bulalacao Island.


It is said that Malcapuya is virgin island and very much looked like BORACAY because of its fine white sand.  But since I haven't gone to Boracay yet and knowing it is already over crowded especially on weekends and holidays, I definitely keep my two thumbs up at Malcapuya Island! 

Malcapuya is a good spot for snorkeling. It is a slice of paradise found only in Coron, Palawan. 
Finally, the island came in sight

Time Check: 10am eksaktong eksakto. Galing!
A long stretch of Malcapuya

We put our things at the cottage near the assigned cooking area. Kuya Jhun and Eman started preparing foods. Hindi na namin pinalagpas ang pagkakataon, we immediately change our clothes and splurged at the inviting white fine beach of Malcapuya!
Kahit saan ka pumunta, ma- iinlove ka sa lugar!

It was indeed, a perfect getaway for our family.  I still cannot compare it to other resorts and even beach that I've been to ^^


Mama and Papa cannot resist to strike a pose in a hut located at the right side of an island. By the way, nice shots Mavic!

Papa took the SLR and click it, capturing every inch of a beauty in front of him!!!!!!!
I haven't much noticed these beach flags pictures at the net




Akala nyo deluxe room lang ang meron, syempre my deluxed lunch din! (We also have pork chopped during lunch)

After making ourselves full, we went to the upper left side of the island where you can have a perfect view from the cliff.

STUNNING!
While taking gorgeous photos, we spotted dark clouds at the background (Banana Island).  There's something sinister to our vacation huh! Take a look at the picture, you see the white, foggy thing at the background,  Yes, That is rain! It's already raining on that part, eh that's our second destination pa naman. huhuhu..

Banana Island - our 2nd stop was bombarded by heavy rains

We go back to our cottage when the rain started pouring us. But the rain did not stay that long so we still able to savor this very moment! 
Our second destination for the day was just 15minutes sailing from Malcapuya.  The Dicalabuan Island or more popularly known as Banana Island. 

Actually, we have five lined up itinerary for today but due to the weather condition, we all agreed not to pursue Bulog Dos and Malaroyroy Island. Even prior going to Banana Island, we had a discussion with papa whether to go or not.


Ayaw na ni papa kase umuulan nga daw. He said that it might be risky to go with it because of the waves that we were going thru, although I also have the "nerve- cracking" thoughts at the back of my mind, I still asked Kuya Jhun if it is still safe since the rain has subside already and he said it is....!So, we insist!

Ayaw pa nung una pumunta eh, sight seeing naman siya, peace papa :)
Time Check: 2PM
Since Banana Island is too close to Malcapuya, it has almost the same features. White fine sand, Crystal clear/ turquoise water but shorter version. Just like Malcapuya, it has cottage and hammock.

The Island Bench

Nagulat ako when I see the place. There were about 3 to 5 small houses in the island.  None of them I've seen at the net though.  

Kuya Jhun guided me to the island owner so I could pay the entrance fee. From what I read, there is a couple who fortunately owned the island. Swerte ha! Sana ako din someday..(wink)!
Hehe, another incorrectly written signboard!


I just noticed now.  I suddenly get curious. Bigla tuloy ako nag Google search for the right spelling ng "SNORKELING" Maybe, in our family ako lang naka noticed nito. Lol!
White sand
On our way, I asked Kuya Jhun, why is it named "Banana Island".  As expected, he told us that the island is shaped like a banana. aok.

Shots by Dicapac
There were also plenty of fishes here. Dito kami nagtagal, uber snorkeling and bumming!

GOD is really good! Rain stopped!

Endless Bonding!
Regret was the term when I realized that there's no way anymore to go with Bulog Dos and Malaroyroy but Banana Island was enough for us to fulfill our dream vacation.
The snorkeling around Banana Island is excellent experience with its abundant marine life to explore within, parang Siete Pecados!

You can enjoy different activities around the island

A beautiful secluded place yet relaxing

Our satisfied faces with Kuya Jhun and Eman, eh sinu ung nasa likod? hmmn, who the hell are you!? hehe
We left the island at 3:30PM.
Upon sailing, there were harsh waves which seldom hit our boat.  Mas malakas kesa nung papunta kami sa island. At 5:00pm, we were safe landed at the town once again and decided to go straight to Maquinit Hot Spring to have some relaxation.

It is really HOT!

We rent a tricycle to get through to Maquinit. Hindi pala pede ang hindi mag rent, kase malayo at liblib ang lugar within 10-15mins from the town. This is suitable to ate, mama and papa para makapag relax, parang nakapag massage na kaming lahat diba and it is used to be sort of therapy na rin over the years in Coron.  

So, prepare to dip up to 40 degree temperature hot spring. 

Clue: You have to dip gradually to the hot water. I'm telling you, it was HOT! You can dip first your feet until your body can thoroughly adapt the hot water. Parang lalapnusin ako nung una. Eh as per Ate Diane, I have to try this because in Wensha Spa it is alot hotter. Ganon?! May mas mainit pa dito?

Maquinit hot spring na maraming lumot. hehe
We asked the tricycle driver why Coron has hot spring, why it is salty and where the water comes in. He said that the salty water is coming from the nearby volcano. It is said that it is from the underground volcano that is why it's hot.  Salty because the water is mixed with the ocean water.

At 6:30PM, we're back on the lodge and went to Kawayanan Grill to indulge for dinner at the town.
Let's call it another superb day! 

Day 2 - Actual Expenses



Per group
per pax
Breakfast
750
150
Boat Rental
3000
600
Snorkeling gear (2) for whole day
300
60
Entrance Fees
Lunch
700
140
Malcapuya Island + Cottage
1100
220
Banana Island
1000
200
Maquinit Hot Spring
500
100
Tricycle - Back and forth
350
70
Dinner
1020
204
TOTAL
8720
1744


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10 comments:

  1. Ay ito pala yun. Ganda ng mga pix girl. At ang sesexy nyong lahat. nakakainis. hahaha! Kami din before, gloomy siya kaya may panaka-nakang ulan but nevertheless, fun pa rin kasi super ganda talaga ng Coron. Thanks for promoting the place through your blog din. Sana marami pang trabaho para sa mga mahal nating boatman.. makiki-promote na rin ako sa boatman ko
    dun.. that's Kuya Jason - 09085053687

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  2. hehe sexy ba..thanks. fave ko tlaga dun ung Kayangan at Malcapuya. One of the best of Philippine island! Through blogs nagkakaron ng mraming chance ang pinoy na puntahan at kilalanin pa ang sariling atin! Choose Philippines ika nga!

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  3. hi.. ask q lng po # ng boatman nio? xah din po b ung smundo senyo s airport? tnx po.. =)

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  4. Hi there, I think ther're somewhat related. Magbayaw ata. Our van driver is Kuya Joy 09215762753 was the one who picked us up at the airport (2way). Kuya Jhong 09084499523 or Kuya Jhun 09196823414, boatman/tour guide. Thanks for dropping by.. Enjoy your vacation..

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  6. ansaya ng family bonding nyo. kakainggit. ♥

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  7. Pakyaw: the name..hehe. I'll check this offer. Great, thanks for the info.
    Chyng: The best vacation ever Chyng..to spend with family! Th

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  8. Hi pwede ko po bang gamitin yung pictures mo for my tourism project??? pls :)

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  9. Hi Zari.. sure n problem.. also you can link this one if u want to:P

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