First days in Coron, Philippines – Island hoping the highlights

 

Now I’ve finally met up with my boyfriend and we spent one night first in Manila.

We arrived in Coron with Philippine Airlines, the flight only took about one hour, but it was delayed one hour too, haha. It was a small airplane, but it worked fine, we even got a snack and all on it even if it was only 1 hour! The airport in Coron was really tiny, and as in the galapagos, they hand over the luggage by hand in the waiting hall.

Our airplane :)

Our airplane :)

At the airport of Coron :)

At the airport of Coron :)

We took a minivan for 150 pesos (3 euro/usd) to our accomodation in Coron town on the other side of the island, about 30 minutes drive away.

We are staying at Corto Divers apartments just above their dive shop, super nice apartments!! We have a big bed and it’s really nice furnished. We share lounge, kitchen and bathroom with the other residents.

Our common area at Corto Divers, so nice!

Our common area at Corto Divers, so nice!

Our room at Corto Divers in Coron :)

Our room at Corto Divers in Coron :)

The internet doesn’t really work here though, I’ve been trying to upload pictures to the blog but as for now I’ve been about 10 minutes and it’s only come up to 17% of ONE picture. And I have plenty!!! So…. We’ll see when I can upload this post! Haha. Anyhow.

After installing ourselves in our room we walked around Coron town, can’t say it’s a beautiful town really, mostly because it’s very noisy from the tricycles and there are no good pavements to walk on, so you always have to watch out for the vehicles. If the mainstreet would be without vehicles or if they had pavements for pedestrians everywhere (that weren’t used for parking!), and fixed cozy warm lights instead of cold white lights at night, it could be a nice little town.

The mainroad in Coron

The mainroad in Coron

People are very friendly here and say hi to you all the time. It’s very calm by the docks when you just go outside the main road, and it’s safe here. People are honest here too and don’t try to scam you (compared to India where you had to bargain all the time).

We had dinner at a place called Brujitas, which had delicious food, and quite many vegetarian options. A little bit more pricy than what we had eaten in our hotel kitchen in Manila, but this is an island. I got a doggy bag with me too :)

La Brujita

La Brujita

Dinner at Brujitas

Dinner at Brujitas

We booked a tour around the highlights of Coron for tomorrow (1500 pesos, about 30 euros, included boat, guide, entrance fees, lunch and snacks) and then bought some beers and chips on our way back home and watched some TV at night.

Next day I woke up about 3am and couldn’t fall asleep again, so I went up and did some meditation and listened to all the roosters ”singing” or whatever you say about what they do. There are houndreds of them! I made some ginger and lemon tea then and enjoyed watching the sunrise. After that I did 1 hour of yoga until Duilio woke up and we had breakfast together.

At 8am we got picked up by the tour company and went down to the harbour in a minivan. It was a really nice boat, we saw many other’s that wasn’t as nice as this one I think. (My picture is now at 95%,!). Our tour guide was super funny, he made jokes about everything! This trip was mainly a bath and snorkel trip.

Me on the boat preparing to dive in (snorkel in;)

Me on the boat preparing to dive in (snorkel in;)

We went to the Coron Island and started at ”Seven Pecados”, which refers to the Seven Islands area. Legend has it that seven sisters drowned there, having defied their mother who told them not to go swimming.  Because of the Mothers grief and love for her daughters, they were transformed in to the seven beautiful islands of Siete Pecados.  We snorkeled around one of the islands watching lots of coral floor and small fishes. Crystal clear water!!

Snorkeling around Seven Pecados, much to see here!

Snorkeling around Seven Pecados, quite deep! Much to see here!

Snorkeling!

Snorkeling!

After that we went to Barracuda Lake where we docked the boat. From there we had to hike up a hill (from where we had a stunishing view over the Barracuda Lake) and then hiked down on the other side to the second larges lake in Coron, Kayangan Lake. It was truly clear and blue water, very nice to swim in, but not much marine life and the only thing worth snorkeling was the rocky side on the lake which had some cool formations. But the surrounding was beautiful!

Approaching the Barracuda lake

Approaching the Barracuda lake

View over the Barracuda bay

View over the Barracuda bay

Hiking up and down to the other side

Hiking up and down to the other side

Me and Duilio :)

Me and Duilio at Kayangan Lake :)

Duilio snorkeling in Kayangan lake

Duilio snorkeling in Kayangan lake

Then we went to Beach 91, a tiny small beach where they served a nice buffeet with beautiful paradise view. The buffét was good, they had both meat and fish, and for the vegetarians there were some eggplant, rice and then a weird seaweed salad. Haha.

Then we moved across the lake to the Skeleton Wreck. We snorkeled above a small shipwreck there, only half of it was visible, but it’s cool that you can see it from the surface!

 

Lunchbuffet at beach 91

Lunchbuffet at beach 91

 

Paradise at Beach 91

Paradise at Beach 91

Skeleton wreck

Skeleton wreck

With fishes :)

With fishes :)

From there we went over to Banol Beach, it looked like a small small beach island. Very shallow water, we walked there from the boat that was docked like 30 m away. We enjoyed on the shore together with a dog, which I don’t know who it was or how it got there.

There was also a banana-lady that was cruising around in a tiny boat there, she sold fried bananas, a kind of sweet snack, for 10 pesos each. We were all hungry again so we got a bunch of them! Mmm!

 

Banol beach, tiny little beach! Very sweet!

Banol beach, tiny little beach! Very sweet!

Hey doggie!

Hey doggie!

Ah, this is paradise!

Ah, this is paradise!

The banana lady! 10 pesos for a snack :)

The banana lady! 10 pesos for a snack :)

Our final stop was the Twin Lagoons, the boat docked at the first of the two Lagoons and we snorkeled through a crevice in the rocks to the other sides lake.

The first lagoon had salt water and the second hand sweet water, which results in an increase and decrease in water temperature as well as a blurriness in the water, where the two meet. So many blurry pictures! So.. just a few from there.

Views from the boat

Views from the boat

Ahhh, this is life! At twin lakes

Ahhh, this is life! At twin lakes

Someone last a card in the twin lake

Someone last a card in the twin lake

It was a really nice tour and we are happy that we got to see a little bit of the surroundings of Coron.

Tomorrow we’ll start diving!! :)

 

See also: Shipwreck diving in Coron
Last days in Coron, visiting Malcapuya Island and Banana island

 

Snorkeling in Tulum

Yesterday we talked with a guy at the tourist information point by the ruins of Tulum about a tour where you would get the entrance to the ruins, and later you go to a beach where you take a boat that takes you outside the ruins so you can get the photo there, and after goes to the reefs, lens you snorkel equipment and guides you there. That would cost 35 dollars, about 410 pesos. Without the entrance to the ruins, if you have a student credential, it would cost 350 pesos.

Having breakfast, long time we wate out... first time since holbox actually. And we miss chayas so much! haha.

Having breakfast, long time we ate out… first time since holbox actually. And we miss chayas so much! haha.

So we were going there in the morning today, we woke up around 8 and we were looking for a place where to eat breakfast first. On the way there we saw a stand where they sold snorkeling tours,  so we went there and asked how much it would cost, and they would do the tour for 250 pesos. We kept on looking for yet a place to eat breakfast, and passed by another stand where they had snorkeling tour, and they would do the same for 150 pesos. Wow! So worth it. We got that instead. Getting your own entrance the ruins will cost 60 pesos, so we saved around 200 pesos each. We are very happy! Haha.

In front of the ruins of Tulum.

In front of the ruins of Tulum.

The reefs are only 1-2 metres underwater here so you have a good view when you snorkel. :)

The reefs are only 1-2 metres underwater here so you have a good view when you snorkel. :)

Doing snorkel in Tulum

Doing snorkel in Tulum

It was fun to snorkel too, not the same as doing scuba dive, but still it’s a window to the other world, much closer than just to swim. Duilio was very excited haha. We saw small dishes, coral reefs, sea cucumber.. haha. Later we walked along the beach the way back, took a siesta, went down to the private beach, read our books… now I’m writing this and soon we’re going to eat something close by where they have internet. We are planning on staying here until Sunday and then go to Isla Mujeres or something. We’ll see!