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MALCAPUYA ISLAND AND BANANA BEACH: CORON-PHILIPPINES

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ISLAND ESCAPADE TOUR

Island Hopping is only sport in coron, Palawan. Hopping time from one starting point to first Island is around 30 -40 minutes and then its vary place to place. Boats are small, if you are accompany by small kids. Ask them to seat while boats are sailing in sea. There are 3 Island in “Island Escapade Tour”.

Our pick-up time was at 7:30 am in morning, we dressed up nicely and packed our swim dresses. When we reached at reception after breakfast, everyone was in very basic attire unlike us. Even few were in swim dresses already. My husband said looks like he is all set to dive in sea. Taxi came at 8 am and we reached to board the boat at 8:30 am. Our Guide introduce him-self and explained about today’s itinerary. He also told us that food will be served on boat from their side. But, as I always say- it is difficult being a vegetarian and as-usual there were only rice and watermelon for us to eat.

When Boat started it was an amazing view with mountains. I felt like I am watching “Hollywood” movie. Travel time from starting point to first stop “MALCAPUYA ISLAND” was around one hour. It is very famous Island for Snorkeling. The Snorkeling Kit and Aqua Shoe you can rent from your tour guide only. It was PHP 50 for Aqua Shoe and PHP 150 for Snorkeling Kit.

As I mentioned above few of them were in swim dress and now we understood why? Actually, there is no place to change dress and you have to change your dress in front of everyone. So better to wear your swim dress inside and then dress whatever you want to wear.  

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Note: Coron Island is famous for snorkeling and sea dive. For more fun, keep waterproof camera cover to take pictures and videos while snorkeling. Also, do not forget to buy waterproof mobile phone cover. You can buy these stuff at boarding point. They also sell waterproof bags.

And, keep good sunscreen to apply on all your body after every dive. The day’s are very hot in Sun and Hopping is not allowed in rains.

It was an amazing experience, I was bit afraid being non-swimmer. But they give you waist jacket and a tube to hold. Just wear your snorkeling glasses and float while seeing inside the sea. The beautiful world inside the sea. Beautiful Fish and corals.

BANANA ISLAND

We reached Banana Island at 1 pm and lunch was served to us. After eating lunch we were told to rest for some time and take pictures and dive in sea. Banana Island is more beautiful comparatively Malcapuya Island. The sand is more clean and this is the best place to take picture. This Island has one small resort which has around 10 rooms.

I tried going for Snorkeling alone at banana island but couldn’t do that. Then I came back and asked tour guide for help. Then he asked others and then took all of us for second round of snorkeling. It was simple fun watching all those beautiful fish and corals. It looks like you can step on those rocks and in actual those are deep than your expectations.

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BULOG BEACH

Bulog Beach was last stop in today’s tour. It is very small beach for visitors as other side of beach is Private Property of “Two Seasons Resorts“. It is one of the expensive resort in Coron. The security personal standing at the edge of the property and they will not allow you to go that side.

Sun started setting and time to go back. And we were very tired. The water gives more tiredness than walking in plane area.

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After coming back to hotel we went to watch live music show at Hotel Bar section. The guest who want to sing were allowed to sing along-with singers. The Music was loud and awesome. We enjoyed our dinner and came back to room for nice sleep. As, we had booked another tour for tomorrow and pick-up time was same at 7:30 am.

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