Coron and Busuanga - what the Philippines are best at
|Arriving on Busuanga island|
If you haven't booked any expensive resort, your only choice to get to Coron town (about 25 km from the airport) are minibuses for 300 PHP per person (6 EUR). Not exactly a bargain, but not a rip off either. There is a surprising shortage of cheap accommodation in Coron town and Busuanga in general. If you're not willing to spend over 1000 PHP (20 EUR) per night for a simple double room, you're limited to three options. We got dropped directly next to Coron Backpackers, where we had made a reservation for six nights. This proved to be an excellent choice. For 500 PHP (10 EUR), we got a simple but nice room in a cozy house with free drinking water and a kitchen we could use freely. After several months without cooking ourselves, this was heaven.
|On the way to Barracuda lake on Coron island|
Coron town is, as every human settlement we've seen in the Philippines, no pretty sight. But the people are friendly and the market provides you with all the fresh fruits, vegetables and fish you could possibly want. Plus the main reason for coming to Coron is anyway
We of course wanted to enjoy nature to the fullest. So apart from enjoying Coron town and our fellow guests at the backpackers, we wanted to get out to the islands. We heard diving around Coron is spectacular. So we researched on TripAdvisor for the most reliable and safe dive operator and booked a day with
|Malwayuyo beach on Coron island|
Rocksteady Dive Center lived up to our expectations. We had a perfect day out with nice people, the staff was knowledgeable and safety-aware and the water was just perfect. The first dive of the day was in Barracuda Lake on Coron island. While the top layer of the lake consists of fresh water (our first fresh water dive), at a depth of 13-14 meters the water changes to be salty and very warm. We dove without wetsuit, as our bodies would get too
On our last day, our friend Jesper invited us to join him and his business partner to the beach they just started to lease and wanted to develop. It was again a perfect day out. Spotless white sand on Malwayuyo beach, snorkeling on the reef and above a shipwreck and drinking plenty of San Miguel. We definitely had a blast in Coron and Busuanga and plan to go back there to see how Jespers business is going and dive the world class Apo reef nearby. Do you want to join us?
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