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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Coron Island, Palawan: 4D/3N Travel Budget

Well, how much should one really prepare to have a worthwhile and enjoyable Coron Escapade?

Bulog Island Coron, Palawan
Bulog Island Coron, Palawan

Together with my 5 travel mates, we planned together our next travel adventure in Coron, Palawan. We did not bother booking for a group tour because of the fact that it is more expensive and the schedule is time-bounded and not flexible. On our case, as we started our Coron getaway, that was the time that our travel itinerary was drafted alongside.

Well, we're actually all worried what outcome we may get on our trip but we all had a unanimous decision to just enjoy the Coron trip and just go with the flow and be spontaneous travelers. So, how much should a traveler prepare when visiting the Islands of Coron? Get some sheets of clean paper now and pencil / ball pen and let's keep the budget rolling!

TRAVEL TIP: If going with a group and planning your own itinerary, what we usually do is that every person will first give around PHP 1,000 - PHP 2,000 and one person is in-charge to take good care of the total money. He / She will also be responsible to list down all the expenses and pay the bills for food, transportation, etc. Another person will assist in auditing and checking the details to avoid miscalculations. When the budget runs-out, "chip-in" again per person and consolidate the total money.

Travel Budget in Coron
From Left to Right: Mako ("The Treasurer"), Cammille, Me ("The Auditor")

Here's our not-so-detailed but sort-of-slightly-helpful breakdown of expenses. The budget was tailor-made for 6 people.

Travel Budget estimate for Coron Tour



Accommodation  -  Expenses for Hotel, Pension House, and one-night at Malcapuya Island
Food Items  -  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon snacks, and midnight snacks
Transportation  -  Fare for Airport van transfers, tricycle rides, boat trip for Island hopping
Entrance Fees  -  All entrance fees for every island hopping destinations
Miscellaneous  -  Beer, Chips, Ice and Charcoal, and rent for snorkeling gears

Our total expenses was PHP 32,084.00 and if divided by 6 persons, the travel budget per person is roughly around PHP 5,350.00. The estimated budget per person by the way does not include pasalubongs or souvenirs, and personal stuff bought.

We may seemingly have a tight budget but we still enjoyed our Coron Trip without constraints and to it's fullest. We ate delicious foods, stayed in an Island wherein we're the only guests, and had an unforgettable Island Hopping experiences with our bangkeros (boatmen).

Coron Island Tours

We ate in a restaurant where the bottomless iced tea cost a whooping PHP 100, we slept on the seashores of Malcapuya Island and enjoying the peaceful scenery of nearby islands, had a fun stargazing moment, experienced bonfire camping courtesy of the Malcapuya Resort's personnel. This is what I call a real and at the same time a surreal travel! Love going back to Coron. :)
Credits to my travelmate, Shaine Chaves, for the pictures above! :)

    32 comments:

    1. Hi,

      My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

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      Best,

      KC Owens

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      1. Hi KC!

        Thanks a lot for reading my blog posts and it's good to hear that you enjoyed reading my travel journeys and misadventures. I would to hear your travel stories too and share them here on my blog site.

        You may freely drop me an email at daniloong33@gmail.com and forward to me your travel article.

        Keep traveling!

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    2. hi! i really enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for the info's. We've been to Coron recently (Second week of July 2013). We were in a group booked to Ms. Racquel Wencislao who introduced herself a travel agency owner. Rate for the package was terribly high and most informations were not discussed. We went to Makinit hotspring but she did not inform us to bring our swim wears so we can atleast enjoy thermal bathing. So, what do you guys expect us to do? We just sat near the pool while the mosquitos attacked us, chat with each other and enjoyed NOTHING. She was with us during the island activity but didn't gave any cautions or intro's about the place. All she did was talking over the phone all day long. Food servings were limited. The price that we paid wasn't worth.

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      1. Hi There!

        Thanks a lot for reading my travel adventures. How many were you during your Coron trip? Well, there are numerous travel agencies that offer Coron trip packages. Some are worth the price, and some are sadly not reasonably priced.

        During your island hopping trip, you could have asked the bangkeros for the history of the tourist spots that you visited and I believe they know more about those places. On our case we arranged our tour, though it was a bit tedious, but at least we enjoyed it. We had very accommodating bangkeros / guide, and a flexible schedule.

        Hope you can visit Coron island again and enjoy it the way you wanted it!

        Keep traveling!

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    3. 4 Days & 3 Nights
      For P 4,999/ pax only!!!
      minimum of ( 2-3 PAX )

      Inclusions:
      *4D3N Hotel Accommodation
      *RT Airport Van Transfer
      *Coron Island Loop (Kayangan Lake, Hidden Lagoon, Twin Peaks Reef, CYC Coral Garden, CYC Beach)
      *Tres Islas Tour (Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, Bulog Dos Island)
      *Licensed Tour Boat
      *Licensed Tour Guide
      *All Permits
      *Picnic Lunch
      *Complimentary Fruits & Drinks
      *Entrance Fees
      *Cottages
      *Government Tax
      *Life Vest
      *First Aid Kit
      AQUOS TRAVEL CENTER
      BRGY 2 NATIONAL HIGHWAY.
      Coron Palawan
      Philippines
      aquos_travelandtour@yahoo.com

      SMART 63939 912 4918
      GLOBE: 63927 693 1642
      PLDT: 632 4001836
      Contact Person: Sarah/ Don

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      1. Thanks a lot for the information Aquos Travel Center! I sent a message directly to your mail! :)

        Keep traveling!

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      2. Hi! This is joan! Ur post realy helped me hiw to plan our trip in coron. May I know where did u stay in coron city proper? We are also planning to have a overnyt stay in an island.

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      3. Hi joan... We stayed at shirley's pension house near coron pier.. the rate was 2,800 Pho per room per night good for 6 people.. this is a bit far from the proper though..

        Keep traveling!

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    4. Thank you for sharing this! While surfing the net for Palawan packages, I found your blog. I really had fun camping out in your site. Keep blogging :)

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      1. Thanks a lot iseebela! I will surely keep blogging out my travel adventures and misfortunes :)

        Hope you will enjoy your planned Palawan escapade.

        Keep traveling!

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    5. Hi There! Nice blog you have here.. ☺
      My partner and I are planning to go to all the places you've mentioned here.. but im not sure if i should get an All In package with air fare or ill wait for a promo for the plane ticket and just get an accommodation and tour package..HAHAHA
      We're planning to go this september.. what do you think? HAHA

      Mish here by the way..☺

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      1. Hi There! Thanks for reading my Coron travel post! :)

        Well for me, booking a tour is not flexible - as you need to abide by their scheduled itineraries and time frame. I suggest you guys to be spontaneous. That's all.

        Well, waiting for airfare promos really help lessen down travel expenses :)

        Keep traveling!
        Dan

        P.S.: If ever you can visit Malcapuya Island, send my regards to Revo, the most accommodating caretaker from Negros Occidental!

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    6. oh.. so we'll go DIY then..☺
      yeah were planning to go to malcapuya and banana island too.. will send your regards once we get there..and ofcourse,meet him. HAHA

      thanks! ☺

      Mish ♥

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      1. Hope you'll enjoy your Coron getaway Mish! :)

        I suggest you to list down the places in Coron you want to visit and tell it to your Bangkeros.. You can then negotiate with them the schedule for your convenience.

        By the way, I've heard a lot of good feedback about the Calauit Safari - 3 to 4 hours boat ride I suppose. I haven't visited it so I hope you can..

        Keep traveling!
        Dan

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    7. im planning to contact the bangkeros as early as now actually..haha hopefully theres no typhoon in september!Haha

      regarding the Calauit tour,adding that place to my *to visit to list already came to mind but im still thinking about it though..haha thanks for the suggestion dan! ☺

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      1. Enjoy your trip in Coron this September! I'm sure you're gonna have a great time too as I myself considered Coron as my top destination in the Philippines.

        Keep traveling!
        Dan :)

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    8. hi there.... i enjoyed reading this... thanks for posting... i'm planning to go to coron by sea travel....not just sure if we would have a ship to sail with after our accomodations are done :( any idea about this? thanks much

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      1. Hi Liz!

        Wow sea travel! That spells an awesome adventure ahead!! However, I don't have much idea about that mode of transpo going to Coron (Busuanga).

        By the where, where do you plan to stay in Coron?

        Keep Traveling!
        Dan :)

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    9. Hi Dan! :)

      Thanks for this post! It really helped me plan our Coron trip! You know I found a website with rates for boat rental and add-ons like food etc. I found this to be very helpful! I am not affiliated with the site or the company. I just wanted to share this to you and your readers :)

      Take a look:
      http://www.ultimatecoronexperience.com/diy-tours/

      Sulit na sulit talaga and no hidden costs! Perfect for those to make their own itineraries! The boatmen were very friendly too! Good thing I booked them early because some our our hotel friends (a group of 5) was not able to get a boat on the same day!

      Please keep travelling and please keep posting! :) You're definitely one of my favorite travel bloggers!

      Cailin M.

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      1. Thanks Cailin and nice hearing your coron travel story! :)

        You have a travel blog too? PM me the site so i can have a look as well.

        Keep Traveling!
        Dan

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    10. Hi,
      Will be traveling this April. How do i get to Coron Pier on my own from the hotel? We'll be staying at Coron Eco Lodge hope it's a great place. I was planning to get a tour for my family 3 pax - 1 big guy and 1 is a senior citizen so private tour is a necessity hehe. But packaged tours are so expensive. Was thinking of going to the pier on my own and book us a bangka.
      Also, i'm not sure on what tour to sacrifice: Malcapuya/Bulog/Banana or the Calauit Safari.
      Hope you can help!

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      1. Hi!

        April seems to be a best month to travel to Coron since it's summer time. In Coron, the main mode of transportation is the tricycle so I guess that's the most convenient way for you to go to the pier. I do agree that packaged tours are a bit pricey especially if your traveling only with a small group.

        You may personally do your own booking upon arriving at the port, however since it's summer time and vacation season as well, there may be a lot of tourists there.

        Place to sacrifice? If I were to choose, I won't sacrifice any but since you are traveling with your family with 1 senior citizen, you may sacrifice Calauit Safari as it's quite far and boat travel time is around 3 hrs I believe.

        Keep traveling!
        Dan :)

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    11. Hi! I've been searching on things to do in Coron (my dream destination besides Batanes) and I'm getting reallly excited! Reading your blog makes me even more ecstatic! :D
      I'd like to ask what would be your tip if you are first timers but you are only 2 in the trip? Because I read different blogs, and it's kind of expensive if you don't have a group to share with. I also keep on looking at deals but i'm not quite sure if it can maximize what Coron has to offer. We'll be staying for 5 days in July (hopefully not raining *fingers crossed*)

      thanks for your help! I'd like to have everything settled by May. :)
      --Kristine

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      1. Hi Kristine! We'll first of all it's kinda more expensive traveling in small groups, however if you're comfortable with staying in hostels that will be nice so you can save accommodation expenses.

        My tips? Hmmm Just enjoy Coron when you're there as it is surely worth your money. We'll I'll help crossing more finger than July's gonna be a fine weather month :)

        Keep traveling!
        Dan

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    12. Hi! I'm just curious, which island did you visit? Can you suggest must see islands in Coron?

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      1. Hi Ella! We visited Malcapuya Island, Bulog Island, Banana Island, and many more including some snorkeling and diving spots.

        You can view more details from here the links below the travel write-ups above. :)

        Keep traveling!
        Dan^^

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    13. Hi, my name is ruffa,

      I will be going to coron with my bf this coming october, can u suggest any cheap accomodation in coron less than 1k. And ano ba maganda, magbook kami ng island tour ahead or mas ok dun na kami maghanap sa coron mismo para makamura kami? Kasi nung el nido trip namin yung island tours is roughly 1200-1500/ pax lang including lunch and snorkling gears, mga ganyan din kaya sa coron?
      As much as possible kasi dapat mkamura kami just like we did in el nido our budget is 7k/pax or less. U think that amount is possible in coron?

      Thanks! I :) Thanks for yor blog.

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      1. Hi Ruffa! I suggest Sharlyn's Pension House near the port area. There are also other cheap hostels and guest houses which you can stay overnight near the port/downtown area.

        Regarding boat tours, I suggest you book personally upon arriving Coron as they may be able to offer cheaper tour rates. Be aware though that during peak and summer seasons, a lot of tourists are going on an island hopping tour.

        Keep Traveling! ^^,

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    14. Hi! We are going to Coron in July for 3 days and we are planning to stay one night in Malcapuya. I read on other blogs that they have accommodation in their rest house and cottages. Do you have contact information of the owner or care taker of the island? We would like to know how much it is to stay overnight in the rest house and how to make reservations. Thanks!:)

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      1. Hi Avon! Yes it is now possible to stay overnight at Malcapuya Island and in fact I highly recommend it too! The caretaker when we visited the Island is Revo. You may look for him and ask for the latest prices. If' I'm not mistaken, it's roughly 3K+. Unfortunately I don't have his contact details.

        Keep Traveling! ^^,

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    15. I love Coron!! :) The beaches, the lakes, the very hospitable locals especially the very helpful boatmen! I make sure to go back to Coron at least once a year! I always book with Ultimate Coron Experience 0918 4659010 for the boat rental because of their excellent service! Highly recommended! :)

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    16. Coron is amazing place, we've been there last Sept 2 for 4D3N tour. Cost of boat rentals, food are a bit pricey compare to El Nido and Puerto Princesa. I enjoyed snokeling at Siete Picados, relaxing at Malcapuya Island. I recommend you guys to get a package tour with Coron Avenue Travel & Tours, They offer cheap package tour compare to others and they can customize with your desired itineraries with no hidden charges. I am planning to return to Coron by next year!!! :)

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