ILIGAN CITY – MINDANAO
So here comes my own travel story of Coron, Palawan – probably the dream place of many including myself. I’ve only seen Coron in full colors around magazines and televisions. I thought it would take me 10 decades and more to visit this stunning island until I stepped into its borders last January 9 – 11, 2012 together with David.
I’ve always wanted Palawan, and everything that surrounds it. I pulled out MetroDeal and found Shore to Shore Travel Services tour package to Coron for 2 at P8,499. The 3-day, 2-night stay at Coron Village Lodge with free breakfast and van transfer sounded just so perfect to me so I grabbed my card for initial reservation of P2,000, hit Confirm button and all was set.
Plane was booked prior to this reservation – Air Philippines for P892.00/person roundtrip. *cheaper than ever!
So here comes the voucher!
So I’m coming to Coron with my fiancee – such a good way to start the year.
It was a mix of thrill and happiness that overwhelmed me the night before our travel. At last it’s Coron that I’m visiting and I just couldn’t wait. However, time and weather wasn’t on our side that day and that somehow gave me an ill-feeling.
We should be out in Manila at exact 12:35pm and be in Coron at 1:30pm but it was an hour and another 2 hours of waiting at the gate . San ka na ba plane? Ididang tika run!
Missing One Day at Coron, WHY?
Due to the unfavorable weather condition, flights were delayed, pushing ours at the edge of the clock. It was 5pm when we were called to board the plane. When everyone’s already seated and feeling the relief to finally go, the pilot announced that we could no longer proceed due to the lack of runway light at Coron’s airport. The runway doesn’t have enough light and guide for any plane to land beyond 5pm. To end, we have to stay in Manila for another night and get the earliest flight on the following day. Our tour was supposedly to start at this day at 2pm, so we just have thrown 1 day paid-tour away.
Kahilakun na kos kalagot, naghulat pami, wala pajud mi gipadayun! Atimana!
To somehow ease the tension, AirPhil offered all the passengers a free overnight stay at a hotel in Malate, Manila and free dinner. Still, I’m frustrated but hopeful to get a glimpse of the place I’ve been dying to see.
Panawagan: Ayuha intawun ninyo ng airport sa Coron palihug. Butangi na og runway light. AirPhil, CebuPac, PAL og Zest Air pag-amut amut nalng mo, please!
Meeting the Beautiful yet Humble Ms. Dindi Gallardo
Who would thought that this unfortunate circumstance would lead me to meeting Ms. Dindy Gallardo upclose? 😀 I spotted her instantly while we wait for our flight . She was so simple, no make-up at all but still stunning!
We’re on the same flight. The bus that picked us up was packed of people so David offered her his chair so we were seated right next to each other. She was very soft-spoken, young than her age and humble. I couldn’t even think of words when she asked me a couple of questions. Right after the plane dropped us off to Coron, David asked her if we can have photos together and right away, she said Yes!
Right after tasting the flavorful lunch, we hopped to witness the majestic beauty of Coron! *huli na kami so kelangan bilisan.
The Top Sights we Explored!
1. Kayangan Lake
Huwaw, mao man jud ning naa sa postcard oh!
Who would dare to miss the chance to be in this exact spot? The most popular representation of Coron – Kayangan Lake! It was around 4pm when I took this shot, if only there was a bit of light. Entrance fee is P200 pero covered naxa samung tour. You need to take a small trek to reach this area.
The edges of these cliffs are extremely sharp, be careful. Fishes and other marine creatures are still visible despite the shade of the old grassy rocks.
2. Atwayan Beach
Atwayan Beach offers a couple of spectacular inside and outside views. Feast your eyes to all these small and giant islands competing in beauty.
Feeling tourist ko ani na time, nakiblend sa ila. 😀
3. CYC Island
According to our guide, CYC Island has once nestled Palawan’s cleanest and whitest sand. It was during the Marcos time when the locals nearby have sold almost 10 trucks of the island’s sand to complete the construction of a resort owned by the mighty President Marcos. *Hay naku, nanipis na nuon ang island plus nahugawan pajud!
*Nakikita mo ba ang nakikita ko B1? *Ang alin ba B2?
Mr. Boatman gladly pointed us the sleeping giant and it took me a couple of minutes to find it. Can you see the figure? 1..2..3…Sige nga paki-point daw!
4. The Twin Lagoon
The way going to the Twin Lagoon was breathtaking. You’ll be welcomed by an array of beautiful cliffs stuffed with some greens. With the blue water that’s within reach, you could almost feel heaven in your hands.
There were small fishes underneath, so cute! The water was a bit scary though, especially on the other side where a much larger lagoon can be seen. It was a mix of cold and hot and my mind was playing on the shark that could come up anytime for a bite. *Sus ko, huwag naman sana!
5. The Coral Garden
The spot where David enjoyed the most that I could hardly get his puwit off the water. I regret I didn’t join the group to see what’s beneath but he told me it was the most amazing marine sanctuary he has seen in his entire life. *Ai sayang, takot kasi ako sa blue na tubig.
Not far from here is a ship wreck where thousands of fishes and corals are found. Who wants a dive? I absolutely love but needs to learn the swimming tricks first!
What I love the Most in Coron!
1. The awesome cliffs!
I swear Coron is one of God’s most wonderful masterpieces!
According to history and geography, Palawan was once part of Java that drifted close to the Philippines. Now this made me realize why it’s so different from the rest of the country’s lands.
2. The foods and more foods!
Grilled tuna, a must-try at Coron! Taste? Guaranteed out of this world!
3. And YES, the time I had with David.
And what could be more exciting than to spend the 3 magical days with my sweet man?
All the struggles experienced just to get to the place were totally chipped away by what my eyes have seen and heart has felt!
Coron, I’ll soon embrace you again!
Stayed at: Coron Village Lodge
Transportation: Plane and Private Van
Enjoyed most: the sight of the cliffs and meadows
Missed: snorkeling at Coral Garden
Overall Impression: 9 stars
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