I know I’ve been MIA for quite some time now, but part of my no-show was spent bumming with college buddies at one of the snorkeling capitals of the country: Coron in Palawan, Philippines.
Our itinerary, accommodation, and tour package was made by DIY Coron. We opted for a third-party vacay planner because none of us have been to Coron before. They’re very professional in their services and every centavo is accounted for; no hidden charges.
Beachfront accommodation in Coron seemed non-existent because we weren’t offered one, but beaches are included in the island-hopping tour on Day 3.
Anyway, I could write more about our first day of the trip, but a better idea is to show, not tell. ;)
Airplane blades. We’re riding the Cebu Pacific Airlines and it’s my first time to use them as a carrier.
I’m seated near the wing. The takeoff was smooth! :D
Busuanga Airport in Coron, Palawan. During my first plane ride (March 2010, Boracay), I was surprised to know that not all airports are as big and grand as NAIA. I learned later that airports in the provinces are really small.
No conveyor! Luggage and bags are hand-carried on a conveyor-shaped wooden thingy. It’s faster, though. :D
I wasn’t able to take a picture of our lodging so we jump right next to the tour. This church (I forgot the name, sorry!) is included in our itinerary, although to be honest, I dunno what’s so special with it.
After the church is a trek to Mt. Tapyas. It’s a 720-steps high mountain overlooking the sea and Coron islands. The climb is so damn exhausting!!! >:(
Just some red-colored leaves I saw along the way.
This is the view 400 steps later…
I hate this dog. He’s very quick at ascending the steps even if we had a greater headstart. I wish I could’ve been a dog for 30 minutes on that day; I was so tired! :’(
Some “cottage” near the edge of the mountain.
This is what you see at the peak of Mt. Tapyas: a metal cross (it looks like Christmas when lighted) and a tower. I’m not sure if the tower is for a cell phone signal or cable TV signal or electricity…
Just one of my friends. They’re playing “rebels” by tying a piece of cloth around their heads.
Us @ the peak. Photo taken by Shiel. :)
We had a very exhausting descend on the steps at around 6:30 PM. My lower legs were in pain. After dinner, I crashed on the bed and was down less than a minute later.
See yah in Day 2! :)