Around the Calamianes Group of Islands

If you’re eyeing Palawan as an end-of-summer destination, the first week of June is the perfect time to go. The beach goers are gearing up for another year in school, so competition is slim, and there’s just a bit of rain to counter the scorching sun. And if you’ve crossed Puerto Princesa and El Nido off your bucket list, it’s time to head to CORON. Here’s a 5D4N itinerary to help you make the most out of your vacation. This is a short version of the itinerary my friends and I used when we went to Coron in 2013.

DAY 1: CORON

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Our plane to Busuanga arrived in the morning, so we used the remaining hours before lunch to settle down then we went out to grab a bite at Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station. It’s a great place to eat especially when you’re with a vegetarian. After lunch, we went around the town to arrange tours for the next few days and find more restaurants to eat in. We took our sweet time with lunch and our town exploration, so by 4pm, we were ready to have a dip at Maquinit Hot Springs. A tricycle with a carrying capacity of 4 people can bring you there and wait until you finish for only PhP300. The entrance fee to the Springs is PhP100.

It’s not advisable to bathe at the springs before late afternoon, so for those who would rather do something fun with their post-lunch hours, you may hike up Mt. Tapyas. It has 718 steps and offers a great view of Coron Town, the sea, and the nearby islets. The ascent can be found near Mt. Tapyas Hotel, and if you ask around, the locals will point you to the right direction.

DAY 2: CORON ISLAND ULTIMATE TOUR

We arranged a tour with Coron Galeri the day before for PhP650/person, minimum of 5 people. The tour is inclusive of a licensed tour boat, life vest, first aid kit, packed lunch, fruits and drinks, entrance fees, and a tour assistant. A 2-person kayak is available for PhP450.

Bulungan Beach

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Calachuchi Coral Eden

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Hidden Lagoon

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Kayangan Lake

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Twin Peaks Reef

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CYC Island
There’s nothing much to see on the island except for the mangroves, but there’s this just a couple of meters away:

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DAY 3: SUN, SEA & SAND ISLAND ESCAPADE TOUR

We were so satisfied with the previous day’s tour that we got another, albeit more relaxed, one. The tour, priced PhP950/person for a minimum of 6 people, had the same inclusions. We added two more destinations for PhP250/person.

Malcapuya Island

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Banana Island

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Bulog Island

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DAY 4: KAYAKING AND BIKING

After spending two days going around islands and different bodies of water, we decided to kayak through a mangrove forest at Kingfisher’s Park (PhP400 inclusive of kayak rental) in the morning and rent bikes in the afternoon. The bike ride was a bit nerve-wracking since the road was rocky and downhill meant… very downhill, but I got through it without a scratch (although we did get drenched in the rain).

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DAY 5: BACK TO CEBU

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