Coron rests as one of my most favorite places in the Philippines. I still consider it to be very different from El Nido, even though most people think they are the same. El Nido may win in rock formations and beautiful lagoons but Coron wins in island escapes.
Coron town is where the action is. Most people stay here, as accommodations are cheap. A lot of restaurants are found here also.
Since Coron town doesn't have a decent beach, you have to get out of town to reach paradise. And paradise can be found in the white sandy beaches of the virgin islands of Calamianes. But don't worry. Renting a boat to the islands of Calamianes is easy.
A boat to Coron island (the one with Kayangan Lake) will set you back P1,500 for a small one for the entire day already. If you plan to head out further to the beach islands, it will cost you minimum of P3,000. Not bad, since the journey is almost 2 hours one way!
And believe me. It's really worth going island hopping. As we moved out to the open sea, leaving behind Coron island, the water got choppy. But it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be.
There will be nothing much to see for an hour after seeing Banol Beach, so better take a good nap from here. It's such a pleasure to wake up to a place like this.
We started our island hop tour in Bulog Island, which is actually an islet just beside Two Seasons Coron. I haven't stayed in Two Seasons, which looked like a typical island resort stereotype. I wasn't interested, because I had this island to myself that morning.
Bulog Island had white sand all over. It was small enough to be navigated in 15 minutes. I loved the castaway feel of this island.
A short climb up its hill and you can see Two Seasons and its sandbar.
The sandbar can actually make you walk (cross) to the island where Two Seasons is. See the picture above? The top left portion is actually a villa at the end of Two Seasons already. So near!
We then moved on to the star island of the day, one of my favorites in the country as well - Malcapuya Island. Here, we had our typical grilled fish and pork lunch served with grilled eggplant salad and tomatoes on the side. YUM!
After lunch, we usually doze off in one of the hammocks or on the powder white sand itself. But now, I decided to trek to the end of the beach, just to burn all those calories as well. It was my first time to do so.
I was so glad I decided to explore. This is what Malcapuya looked like on the other side. The rock formations were amazing. They weren't massive, but they gave so much texture to the shoreline.
After basking under the hot sun, we decided to move to Banana Island, where we would chill out with some drinks and snacks. Banana Island is another popular island for picnics especially for those on tour. I like the garden area of Banana Island - very relaxing.
It was already past 3 in the afternoon, and the sun was beginning to hide under a dark cloud. We already were on our last round of drinks as 4 came, so we began to head back to Coron.
There are more islands around the area, but most of them were private. I kept asking our boatman to dock in islands that I pointed to, but he said we needed to get permission first. I was irritated, since some of the islands looked more beautiful that the ones we already visited.
We charged back to Coron as the sun began to set overt the horizon. The islands slowly faded into the radiance of the sun. But the dark clouds were also getting heavier, and the wind, stronger. We knew a thunderstorm was fast brewing. We arrived safely back in Coron town, as the rain pour down like it was the end of the world.