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CORON PALAWAN

Coron Photos with Antoine de Saint-Exupery quotes

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.” ~
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“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. It would be a bit too easy if we could go about borrowing ready-made souls.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Sparkling Malcapuya Island

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March 6, 2013

It was day 3 of the 4-days/ 3-nights Coron trip. The face-hidden wanderlust a.k.a. Violet  and her cousin took the island hopping tour D which includes Bulog IslandBanana Island and Malcapuya Island for 1,100/pax.

AWE. The face-hidden wanderlust is in a awe state. She was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Bulog Island and Banana Island, and now the Malcapuya Island. Docking in the shallow water covered with lots of decaying leaves, nearby trees are also present, then walking through a rocky path and then the chalk-like white sands, it’s like an ordinary white beach.  But it’s like a hidden gem, it needs a little scratching before one can appreciate its beauty. And so, that’s what they did.

Scratching. These are the ordinary view: walking pass through the stretch of white sand beach, it was definitely pristine. There are no establishments in the island, it has a natural hill view deck, and  its just a simple beach – and I like it that much. One simple and charming beach. Wishing it will not turn into like the crowded Boracay.

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Raising the ordinary to extraordinary: jaw-dropping view.

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Ordinary to extraordinary: sweet escape

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Violet as a non-swimmer went out there in the sparkling waters of the island and saw the images of the “taklobo” or giant clams and other marine creatures, it was an amazing view from down under. Special thanks to Kuya Larry for swimming while Violet and her cousin hold on the buoy.882444_10152316151432925_1769276710_o

The most memorable part of visiting Malcapuya Island is not really on its surface but it’s within its depth. It would be one memory the face-hidden wanderlust can never forget.

Beauty is skin deep (and also water deep). We must learn to take risk, to venture on a journey and wander into the unknown, everything on Earth always comes with discovery or forever wonder what’s out there.

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DIY Coron: Entrance Fee for Island Hopping/ Attractions

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For big groups who are visiting Coron, it is advise to do your own island hopping, rent a boat and split the charge with your mates. Yet please do bring your own coal, utensils, plates, glasses and water, and consider paying the entrance fee in every place you’ll visit:

  • Banol Beach: P100/ person
  • Banana Island: P200/ person
  • Barracuda Lake: P100/ person
  • Bulalacao Island: P200/ person
  • Calauit Wildlife Safari: P250/ person
  • Calumbuyan Island: P150/ person
  • Coral Garden/ Lusong Sangat Gun Boat: P50/ person
  • Culion Museum: P250 local/ 350 foreigner
  • CYC Beach: no charge
  • Dalawang Isla: P100/ person
  • Ditaytayan Island: P200/ person
  • Kayangan Lake: P200/ person
  • Malaroyroy Island/ Bulog Island: P100/ person
  • Malcapuya Island: P150/ person
  • Maquinit Hot Springs: P100/ person
  • Pulang Lupa: P100/ person
  • Sangat Island: P200/ person
  • Siete Pecados: P100/ person
  • Skeleton Wreck: P100/ person
  • Smith Beach: P100/ person
  • Twin Lagoon: P100/ person

For smaller groups, I highly recommend group guided tours. Why?

  • you can meet new acquaintances
  • exchnage ideas and stories with other tourists
  • it is much cheaper than renting the whole boat plus paying all the entrance fees
  • you can do more, see more and enjoy more without hassles of thinking when and where to cook, who to pay for every entrance fee, all the things of an individual traveler should do…

Here is a site which I used for my 4-Days/3-Nights Coron Trip: http://www.elcompasstravelandtours.com/

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Why Do Islands Change Names? Isla de Saging to Banana Island?

March 6, 2013

It was day 3 of the 4-days/ 3-nights Coron trip. The face-hidden wanderlust a.k.a. Violet  and her cousin took the island hopping tour D which includes Bulog IslandBanana Island and Malcapuya Island for 1,100/pax.

Heartbroken. The face-hidden wanderlust doesn’t want to leave her pristine Bulog Island, she and the other guests took the last look of the island, not yet leaving but feeling totally nostalgic. The calm and clear salty water, amazing shore of seashells, natural hill as view deck, nearby islands, scenic view, sand bar, and reflection of the blue sky to the vast body of water… maybe God had been His happiest the day He created that island. It was absolutely perfect. But the journey must continue and they had moved to the next island to have lunch.

Banana Island a.k.a. Isla de Saging

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Violet as a talkative and friendly-type of person, she always asked questions regarding places, people, history and events (even non-sense questions) of the places she visit.
She wondered, why some islands in Coron have several names. She found out that most of it really have local names such as the Isla de Saging.

The next island was known before as Isla de Saging. “Isla” literally means “island“, “de” means “of” and “saging” means “banana,” as owned by Tagbanuas (genuine local/ ethnic tribe from Palawan) but when an entire island is sold to another person, all rights are surrendered and thus the place can change its name if desired by the rightful owner. It had  brought the change of name of the island which is now called Banana Island, from Spanish into it’s English name. Simply translated by it’s foreign owner. This was according to our tour guides: Kuya Larry and Shane and other stories from our boatmen.

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Aside from the intriguing island buying, Violet never thought that the Coron islands and even the sea is owned, not by the government, but by local Tagbanuas or foreign owners. Every island or water areas around have entrance fees:

  • Banol Beach: P100/ person
  • Banana Island: P200/ person
  • Barracuda Lake: P100/ person
  • Bulalacao Island: P200/ person
  • Calauit Wildlife Safari: P250/ person
  • Calumbuyan Island: P150/ person
  • Coral Garden/ Lusong Sangat Gun Boat: P50/ person
  • Culion Museum: P250 local/ 350 foreigner
  • CYC Beach: no charge
  • Dalawang Isla: P100/ person
  • Ditaytayan Island: P200/ person
  • Kayangan Lake: P200/ person
  • Malaroyroy Island/ Bulog Island: P100/ person
  • Malcapuya Island: P150/ person
  • Maquinit Hot Springs: P100/ person
  • Pulang Lupa: P100/ person
  • Sangat Island: P200/ person
  • Siete Pecados: P100/ person
  • Skeleton Wreck: P100/ person
  • Smith Beach: P100/ person
  • Twin Lagoon: P100/ person

But all entrance fee are inclusive when you avail a tour. Setting this aside, here are some drooling photos of Banana Island.

And what can you do on this island? It has resting areas like the huts, picnic table, benches, plenty of shades from the trees (mostly coconuts), volleyball area, and most important of all, is an area to eat! The lunch was spicy crab, grilled fish, rice, fruits and bottle of coke (all included in the tour package). This place is also perfect for jump-shots.

Afterwards, off again for snorkeling. Violet forgot to rent a snorkeling gear and it was her biggest regret, but thanks to Kuya Jowel (boatman) who lend his mask and he also fed the fishes with the cooked rice to go near them.

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After an hour or so of snorkeling with her cousin and Kuya Jowel (and the rest didn’t even dipped into the waters just like in the Bulog Island), it was time to leave again. Violet is feeling the burnt sensation in her face, they had forgotten to re-apply their sun blocks. Hello sun-kissed skin or hello sun-burned skin?

*Note: Do not forget your beach essentials like sun blocks and snorkeling gear.

They headed to the last island Malcapuya.

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Scenic Worth-Waiting Bolog Island

March 6, 2013

It was day 3 of the 4-days/ 3-nights Coron trip. The face-hidden wanderlust a.k.a. Violet  and her cousin took the island hopping tour D which includes Bulog IslandBanana Island and Malcapuya Island for 1,100/pax.

Sleepy long-ride. For two non-swimmer, the face-hidden wanderlust and her cousin choose Tour D so they could enjoy the beaches and the islands of Coron. But they never expected that they have to crossed the open sea and travel for 2-hours by boat.

For the first 30 minutes of the boat ride, Violet took several snapshots of the near islands, eating her favorite Ketchup-flavored Piknik and enjoying the breeze. Then, another 30 minutes passed and boredom strikes. She watched Kuya Larry and Shane cook their food. Big crabs and veggies on the menu (included in the tour package).

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Violet also eavesdropped on the conversation of some Taiwanese passenger but with no schema of understanding it. The other male Taiwanese sang an OPM song saying it was his favorite. She tried to entertain herself but she is totally bored thus ended up with a nap.

More or less than 15 minutes.she again woke up. She was totally bored and concluded that boredom is fatal. She stares into the deep blue skies and tracing ever cloud in her memory, and it does kill time. Then, at long last without checking on the time, they finally arrived at the first island.

Bulog Island, for her, the experienced is similar to love-at-first sight. It was something she had witnessed for the very first-time. Plenty of shells in its shore, it’s clear waters, white sands, scenic view and it’s view deck… lovely Island.

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Violet has lots of great pictures with this island, but she wishes to stay as the face-hidden wanderlust, so here are just some of the pictures she wanted to share with you.

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A lesson learned: Patience is a virtue. The 2-hour boat ride took Violet into a paradise. It was definitely worth-waiting for. Going to the island had took 2-hours boat ride, Violet was already bored with sleep but when she saw the first island destination, she knew it was love at first sight. She went down as fast as she could and take as many pictures of the rocks, water, sand and the whole scenery.

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Violet walks into the clear waters. She was headed towards the rocks and the sand bar. Though it was not low-tide, she sat on the shallow water and giggle with happiness. It was a paradise (saying to herself).  And if there’s a place where she can live the rest of her life, she would definitely choose Coron and had picked Bolog Island as one of her favorite places in the world.

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Special Boat Accommodation in Coron

March 6, 2013

It was day 3 of the 4-days/ 3-nights Coron trip. The face-hidden wanderlust a.k.a. Violet  and her cousin took the island hopping tour D which includes Bulog IslandBanana Island and Malcapuya Island,for 1,100/pax.

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The sea is calling once again. She can hear it with her heart. The face-hidden wanderlust had a good sleep last night, except for the sweating due to power lost that awakened her, she was tired but happy with yesterday’s adventure. She got out of the bed and go straight to the balcony of the guesthouse. It was a lovely view of houses standing on bamboo and wood stilts, Coron water and clear blue skies. She looked for Daddy Cat but it wasn’t around. She goes back to the room and found her cousin preparing for another island hopping. So, she prepared her things and herself, too.

ImageA five-minute walk going to centro Coron. Then, Charged up their stomachs with a too-long-to-prepare equally divided huge pancake with butter and honey at Centro Coron costing 85.00 pesos. It looked tempting and appealing, yet it tasted like kababayan bread and there’s nothing special about it. But definitely, it’s a good breakfast to last until lunch time.

Afterwards, they headed off to the el compass tour station and greeted by ever-energetic tour guide Shane and another tour guide Kuya Larry. Then, payed the sum of 2,200 for two persons for all inclusive tour D, escorted to walked pass by the market, waited at the boat-docking area and to be loaded with other fellow tourists (6 Taiwanese and 4 Pinoys). Lucky, it won’t be a nose-bleeding day for the face-hidden wanderlust.

Yet, it seemed that the Hinirang boat seems too small for 12 people. So, Violet and her cousin (as their second tour with that boat) were allowed inside the Captain’s area. It’s more spacious and comfy for two passenger and the rest of the tourists were closed-by-elbows in their benches. Special treatment it is!

Some guests are wondering why the two were seated in Captain’s cabin and maybe all they could ever do is just to wonder. LOL!

Aside from that, Violet and her cousin requested to reserve the biggest crab for lunch, and they’ve been totally  the luckiest girls in the islands of Coron.

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Hinirang boat. With two-female guests comfy seated in the Captain’s cabin.

Next Stop: Scenic Worth-Waiting Bolog Island, one of Violet’s favorite places.