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Monday, January 23, 2012

Coron, Palawan

Palawan which is known to many as one of the greatest and most wonderful Island Paradise in the Philippines. I’ve been here in Palawan twice now. My first travel in Palawan was last March 2011 in Puerto Princesa City. In fact, it was my first blog debut that I featured on my site.

It was truly an amazing experience to travel in Palawan. Seeing the place the first time was truly awesome, it’s like falling in love in a place that seems to be perfect and serene. People are very nice, and hospitable. So me and my family decided to visit again Palawan and this time in the island of Coron, actually it’s the 2nd largest island municipality in the Calamian Group of Islands.

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Unlike the city of Puerto Princesa, Coron has few commercial establishments. But in fairness to the town itself was very safe with zero crime rate where you can safely walk on streets even at night. The airport known as Francisco B. Reyes Airport was located in the municipality of Busuanga which is located couple of miles away which about 30 minutes to 45 minutes away from the municipality of Coron. It is even more dumfounding to know that the airport has only 400 square meters of total land area because it was first design as an airstrip for small private plane before it became a commercial airport, but the local government are planning to rehabilitate the airport to accommodate more flights in the future since Coron and Busuanga are now becoming the island paradise of the south next to Boracay when it comes to pristine beaches and clean waters. Coron was before part of Busuanga but later on was separated into 2 municipalities.


Main source of income in Coron was fishing, but when Coron became famous in its marine treasure, Tourism started to boost which added to its income and most fisherman and residences have benefited to this new opportunity and made a joint effort, which is a new version of Bayanihan in Filipino to protect its natural resources and marine reserves by maintaining cleanliness and promote environmental awareness to everyone.

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Like some parts of Palawan, The islands of Coron are surrounded by limestone cliffs or limestone base and wildlife. Small islands at the surrounding area are exquisite, with bleach white sand beaches, calm and clean waters which attracted most tourist to visit the place over and over again. It is also rank as one of the top ten best dive sites in the world in Forbes Traveler Magazine. There are lots of activities to do here in Coron like island hopping, diving and snorkeling in a fabulous Japanese ship wrecks of the World War 2 which is still in its pristine condition, different kinds of coral reefs, and wildlife eco-tourism to discover diverse number of species are among the few attractions.


We stayed at the famous Ralph Pension House for 4 days and 3 nights with tour packages and full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).  The foods served are great and we ate a lot. They prepared 3 different sets of dishes in every meal. Ralph Pension House is the number one choice of most tourist coming from Europe and China and it also featured as a recommended travel accommodation in most online forums and travel review sites including Tripadvisor. Ralph Pension House is manage itself by the owner Mr. Oscar “Jun” Gutierrez Jr where you will personally be welcomed by him upon your arrival. He is so friendly and approachable. He can tell you everything about Palawan specially about Coron and the attractions that you would want to visit.


We were accompanied by our licensed Tour Guide kuya Pepito "Nonoy" Dionela since day 1. He is so polite and cares about nature where he picks up any trash he sees during our tour and put it in trash bins. He worked as a Security Guard and a Social Worker Volunteer for DSWD that is why he cares about people. We recommend this very simple and nice Guy if you are planning to visit Coron, his nickname is Nonoy and he has his own tricycle too if you would want to explore the side streets of Coron and even to go to Maquinit Hot Spring.

See more stories about Coron Islands click here.

Check below my Coron Photo Gallery to see the real treasure of the Islands. Courtesy of PictoBrowser. 

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