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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Coron Island, Palawan: Getting There and Getting Around - Transportation Options

The Municipality of Busuanga in the Province of Palawan, where Coron Island is located, is situated on the western side of the Philippines and under Region IV-B group. Getting there from Manila, the easiest and most convenient way is by booking yourself an airplane flight.

The Islands of Coron
The Islands of Coron
Coron Island from the Top
Coron Island from the Top
GETTING THERE

From Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, NAIA T3, you can book a flight to Busuanga Airport (Flight Code: USU) through two of the country's flight carrier, PAL Express (formerly Airphil Express) and Cebu Pacific Air. There are other local airline carriers like Zest Air and SEAir and you may regularly check if they have available flights to Busuanga (Coron).

Flying through Cebu Pacific Air
Flying through Cebu Pacific Air

Here are the available flights to and from Coron:

PAL Express: http://www.flypalexpress.com

     1 Manila (MNL) - Busuanga (USU) flight
     2 Busuanga (USU) - Manila (MNL) flights

Cebu Pacific Air: http://www.cebupacificair.com
     3 Manila (MNL) - Busuanga (USU) flights
     2 Busuanga (USU) - Manila (MNL) flights

Francisco B. Reyes Airport - Busuanga
Francisco B. Reyes Airport - Busuanga


TRAVEL TIP: Regular year-round airfares cost PHP 1,000 to PHP 1,500 for a one-way trip but if you are patient and persevered in looking for some seat sale promos, you can trim down the cost to almost half its price. Travel time from Manila to Busuanga will take around 55 minutes. Just a short nap in the plane and later you'll realize you had arrived Busuanga.

Cute Girl on Cebu Pacific
Cute Little Girl on Cebu Pacific

GETTING AROUND

Upon arriving Busuanga Airport and claiming your checked-in baggage, head straight out the airport exit and just in front of it is a van terminal. Ride the van going to Coron Town Proper and the fare is PHP 150 and a travel time of around 30 minutes.

TRAVEL TIP: Busuanga Airport is very far from the town proper so make sure to catch the van trip going to town or have a private car fetch you. You will not get bored during the van trip because you will pass by Marcos' very big ranch full of cows, horses, and other farms animals.

Map of Coron
Map of Coron

Upon arriving Coron Town Proper, the main mode of transportation around town is the Tricycle. Well, they have their own version of the tricycle which is more spacious, bigger, and can accommodate more passengers. One tricycle ride costs PHP 8.

There are some parts of the town though which are still rough roads so make sure to bring a towel or hanky with you to cover your face. One perfect example are the roads going to Maquinit Hot Spring. From Town Proper going to Maquinit, the tricycle ride cost PHP 400 and good for 6 persons already. It's quite expensive because the trail is difficult and it's quite far, around 30 minutes.

Coron Town Proper where the Boat Office is located
Coron Town Pier Area

When going on an island hopping around the Islands of Coron, visit the office of the local bangkeros located near the pier and book yourself a boat trip. Updated price lists are displayed in the office to inform tourists of the latest costs. For a 2-Day Island Hopping Tour, expect to spend around PHP 7,000 for a medium-sized boat (including the tip for the kind bangkeros). Good thing about the bangkeros is that they will take care of your food and cook all your meals from breakfast to dinner!

Island Hopping in Coron, Palawan_01

Island Hopping in Coron, Palawan_02

Island Hopping in Coron Islands
Island Hopping in Coron Islands

It's easy to negotiate with the locals of Coron. They are very kind, open to negotiations, and very accommodating. It's safe to travel around the town too even at night time so security is not an issue. Traveling around Coron has always been easier.

Picture with our Bangkeros in Coron
Our ever kind Coron Bangkeros

Browse more information about Coron, Palawan from here:
*Credits to my travelmate Shaine Chaves for the photos* 

9 comments:

  1. hello :)

    would like to know lang ung 7k budget for 2 days island hopping kasama na ung food? tnx

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    1. Hi Saibelle!

      Thanks a lot for reading my Coron travel adventure. For our boat transportation, we paid 7K for the 2-day trip excluding the food. However, there is a wet market near the pier where you can buy before you go on island hopping.

      Your boatman knows this :)

      Keep traveling!

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  2. Hi, included na sa 7k ang food? and can a medium sized boat fit 5pax? and the 7k price is regardless of the number of persons? sorry sa maraming tanong :)

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    1. Hi Mayang!

      When will you be going to Coron, Palawan? Well, the PHP 7,000 we paid for the medium-sized boat can already accommodate up to 6-7 persons.

      It does not include the expenses for the food yet but you can buy rice, water and raw foods at the Coron market before you start your island hopping tour. You can request your boatmen to cook for you throughout the island hopping trip.

      Keep traveling! :)

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  4. Hello just wondering .. If we can book flight from manila to Palawan in the airport and leave the same day ? Is that possible ? And how much are the tickets ? Pa help naman hehe pls contact me on facebook if you dont mind :) www.facebook.com/junjeffrey.chavez cheers! Thank you

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    1. Hi Jun!

      I'm not quite sure of that since I don't have much experience dealing with airline ticketing offices personally. I guess the constraint there is the number of passengers on the given day. Best if you can contact the airline companies to book your travel date as soon as you can.

      You may like Travel And Count's FB page so you can send your queries there:

      https://www.facebook.com/TravelAndCount

      Keep traveling! ^^,

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  5. Hi, are there nice beaches near the airport/town proper that doesn't need boat rides? We plan to travel with someone who is in a wheelchair and getting on a boat isn't ideal. Thanks :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I was worried if it is safe going around town at night. I'm going on a backpacking trip alone this year and I plan to go here next after my trip with my friends at Hidden Valley Laguna this holy week. But I am not worried of the transportation fee to the hot spring! 400 pesos and me alone. Or is there other mode of transportation for solo tourists?

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