Coron Palawan Day 1 | Coron Village Lodge
B and I dropped by the Travel Expo in SMX Convention Center. We chanced upon a Coron Palawan Package Trip offered by SkyJet. The package costs Php 5,168 per pax which includes round trip airfare via SkyJet Air, two nights room accommodation in Coron Village Lodge, daily breakfast, round trip airport transfers, taxes and applicable service fees. We found the package of good value so we decided to avail for the two of us.
We planned our itinerary as follows:
AM/Noon – Hotel/lodge check-in and lunch
PM – Mt. Tapyas Climb
Maquinit Hot Springs
Dinner in one of the local restaurants
AM- Complimentary breakfast in hotel/lodge
Start of Coron Island Tour
We didn’t get a pre-arranged Coron Island Tour. B and I agreed to just select among the Island Tour packages offered in the airport or in our hotel/villa, this would give us more tour options.
Noon – Lunch, depends on tour location
PM – Continuation of Coron Island Tour
Dinner in one of the local restaurants
AM – Complimentary breakfast in hotel/lodge
Local town/market tour
We usually check the local town and market for food and pasalubong.
Noon – Lunch in one of the local restaurants
PM – Travel back to Airport/Departure from Coron
Departure from Manila
Our flight was at 10:30 am on a Thursday. We left our car at Park ‘N Fly at around 7:30 am and we were already at NAIA’s Terminal 4 at around 8 am. After checking in, we got ourselves a sandwich, doughnut and coffee for breakfast while waiting for our flight. I couldn’t find a sit-in restaurant where we could eat breakfast comfortably.
Our flight was delayed for 45 minutes due to inclement weather. Thanks to wi-fi and Candy Crush we didn’t get bored at the airport.
It was my first time to ride in SkyJet. The plane was shorter in length than the usual commercial flight planes. Flight is a bit shaky, probably due to the weather, but was bearable.
Arrival in Coron Palawan
It was raining when we arrived in Francisco Reyes Airport in Busuanga, Coron. We were given umbrellas as we exit the carrier that we could use while walking through the runway.
The airport is small. Our check-in baggage were just placed on the floor for our claiming. After claiming my baggage, we proceeded to the airport’s exit door to look for our transfer van going to our hotel/lodge.
There were a number of transfer vans from different resorts and hotels waiting for tourists. We found ours by asking the Manong drivers which among the vans was going to Coron Village Lodge. It was later on that we noticed that there was a welcome signage for B.
Coron Village Lodge
It was almost an hour drive going to Coron Village Lodge. We were given welcome drinks as we checked in at the reception area at around 1:30 pm. We were already starving so we ordered lunch while waiting for our room get prepared.
We ordered Pork Sinigang, Fresh Lumpia and 2 orders of rice. The food taste good and has huge servings good for 2-3 persons.
Rain, Rain Didn’t Go Away
The rain didn’t stop, it even poured harder as the night approached. We weren’t able to do our planned itinerary in the afternoon. We instead rested in our room and planned to reschedule the Mt. Tapyas climb and Maquinit Hot Springs dip either in the afternoon of Day 2 or in the morning of Day 3.
We also took advantage of the time to check on a number of Coron Island Tour packages being offered. We chose and arranged a tour with Be Cool Travel and Tours. I’ll share more of this on my next blog post.
It’s a Wrap for Day 1
We had an early dinner so we could wake up early for our Coron Island Tour. We had a chitchat with the villa’s local server while having dinner asking for tips about Coron food and places. The locals usually give significant tips on the best food and places in town.
It was time to sleep after dinner. We were hoping that the heavens would stop crying so we could enjoy our Day 2 in Coron Palawan.
Check out my Day 2 blog post soon!