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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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Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 1: Arrival

5:15- 5:30 PM – straight to ate fishy’s relaties
6:30-7:00 – baker’s hill (pasalubong hunting) *free entrance
8:00-8:30 – ihawig firefly watching * 600/ boat good for 3 persons
9:30-10:00 – ka Inato restaurant (200/sharing)
10:30 – sleep

Day 2: PPUR TOUR
8:00-8:30: Palawan Museum *30 pesos
8:30-9:00: Mendoza park and city library * free
9:00-11: travel
11:00-12:30:00 – Ugong Rock/ spelunking/ zipline * 200 caving; zipline 250
12:30-1:00 – travel
1:00-2:00 – Sabang Beach Lunch
2:30-4:00 – PPUR tour *fee: 1,300
4:00-7:00 – back to puerto princesa city
7:00-8:00 – drop pipoint:  tiangge (buy pearls and pasalubong)
8:00-9:30: kinnabuch’s grill (try tamilok) * 200/ sharing
9:30-10:00 buy fruits
10:00 – home/ sleep

Day 3: Honda Bay

8:00-9:00 – buy snacks & food/ honda bay port *900 for near islands/ 1500 all islands (this depends on the weather conditions)
9:00-10:00 – Pambato Reef (50 fee)
10:00-12:00 – Luli Islands (spot the sand dollars) (50 fee)
12:30-1:00: Cowrie Island (lunch) (fee 75 but free if u avail their lunch)
1:00-4:00 – swim and snorkel
4:30 – honda bay port
5:30 city proper
6:00 – home (hate the rain)
8:00 PM dinner at Ka Lui restaurant is cancelled we can’t go out and we didn’t have any dinner
9:00 – sleep

Day 4: City Tour
8:00 – 8:15 – baywalk *free
8:15 -9:00 Cathedral *free
9:00-9:30 – Plaza Cuartel *free
9:30-10:00 – Special World War II Museum *30 pesos
10:00- 11:00 – tiangge for another pasalubong shopping
11:00-12:30 – Noki Nocs *99 pesos meal
1:20 – flight back to manila
Budget: Approx Php 5,000

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Planned Itinerary
PUERTO PRINSESA PALAWAN

Day 1: Manila – Palawan (Nov 11, 2012)
4pm-6:15: Arrival staright to Ate Fe’s relative. (free stay)
7:00-8:30: baywalk (approx Php 20)
8:30-10:00: dinner @ Ka Lui Restaurant (approx. 200) and visit capitol (walking distance)
10: back to house (~20) and sleep
expenses: approx Php 240

Day 2: PPUR (Permit must be ready)

7-9:00: travelling (tour: Php 1300; inclusive of lunch, permit, envi fee, tour guide, aircon van)
9-3:00Pm: Underground River and Sabang Beach (Nov 12, 2012)
– Ugong cave and Sabang zipline (250 zipline + 200 caving)
other details:
200 Pesos/pax – Caving
+250 Pesos/pax – if you plan to go down via zipline
+200 Pesos/pax – if you plan to go down via rappeling
200 Pesos/pax – Rock Climbing with harness
– Swim (free)
– 45 mins PPUR (175 boat + 40 envi fee)
– Mangrove river (Php 150)

2-4:00: travel sabang to city
4:00 pm: city tour
– crocodile farm (approx 50)
– WWII Special Batallion Museum (Php30)
– Plaza Cuartel (free)
– pasalubong hunting (tiangge tiangge shop)
– Immaculate concepcion cathedral (free entrance)
7:00-8:00: dinner @ kinabuchs (~200 pesos/person)

expenses: 1300 + 450 + 50 + 30 +200= Php 2030

Day 3: Honda Bay Tour (Nov 13, 2012)
8:00-2:00pm: Honda bay (tour: 1300; inclusive of lunch, tour guide, entrance fees and envi fees, and aircon van)
(but for kuya ding, service is 500 back and forth; 1,100 for the boat and lets just bring our own food for lunch) 🙂
(approx Php 500/ person cheaper than 1,100 per person in tour)
– Pandan Island (fee: 100)
– Snake Island (45)
– Starfish Island (45)
– Bat Island (because of the countless bats inhabiting the island)
– Lu-li Island (which is visible only with low tide) * i hope we could see this
– Arreceffi Island (where Dos Palmas Resort is located)
– Senorita Island (a fish breeding site)
– Cowrie Island
– Cannon Island

2-5pm: mitra’s ranch, baker’s hill (dinner approx 150 php)
(pick-up by kuya ding and another tricycle; approx 100 pesos/person for the transpo service)
6:00-8:30: Ihawig Firely watching (Php200)
9 0r 10: house/sleep

expenses: 533 + 150 + 100 + 200 = approx Php 983

Day 4: City Tour-Manila
– Princess Eulalia Park (~10php)
– palawan museum (Php 35 + 8 pesos fare)
– Coliseum Park (10php)
– Pasalubong hunting

expenses: 10 + 43 + 10 = approx Php 63

Total Approx expenses: 240 + 2030 + 983 + 63 = ~ Php 3,316
additional: airline tickets (varies)

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“One day. I’m gonna be back in this place. I hope that it will still be the place I fell in love with.” ~ Violet Explorer

DIY Coron
March 4-7, 2013
by Violet Explorer

Before flying to Coron, you must prepare early for a place to stay at, for your tours and other expenses. I say Coron is a lovely place to visit, there are so many things to explore and every… See More: Why I love Coron Palawan