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Coron, Palawan, Philippines
  • However, it is every bit as beautiful, and the best thing is that it is secluded and quiet
  • The tour was already included in our hotel package but the breakdown shows that it cost us Php4000 per boat (around USD91), which can seat around 10-14 people excluding the boatmen, and a Php300 (USD6.80)entrance fee per person

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      One of the tours we went to during our trip to Coron, Palawan was to Malcapuya and Banana Island. From the pier, it took us a little more than an hour to get to Malcapuya Island. The ride can be quite tiring as the scenery, although beautiful, doesn’t change for the whole hour.

      Malcapuya is a private island, although we did not get to meet the owner during our stay. There is a house there where you can choose to stay overnight. The island was beautiful; it had a long and wide shore of fine, white sand and the waters surrounding it were a beautiful shade of clear aqua. I would say that the sand is equal to Boracay’s except that Boracay’s legendary sand is still finer, and stays cool even under the scorching heat of the sun; this


      one is a bit warm but doesn’t get too hot either. However, it is every bit as beautiful, and the best thing is that it is secluded and quiet. There are also rocks, caves and coves which provide a wonderful backdrop for pictures. You can stay there the whole day and still not want to leave. It is picture perfect, and one of the best beaches I’ve ever been to.

      We rented a hut which was very spacious for all 9 of us for Php300 (USD 6.80–no specific number of hours), where we sat and ate during the hottest hours of the day. The rest of the time, we just explored the island. Aside from the long stretch of sand in front, there was a small beach cove on the side, and a hut on top of some rocks with ...


      • a beautiful view of the ocean. Although there was nothing much except the sea, the rocks and trees, it was really so beautiful that 4 hours wasn’t enough. However, we had to leave at around 3PM to go to the next stop so that we wouldn’t get back so late. My friend who had been to Malcapuya previously said that the snorkeling there was good; unfortunately, we could not find a good snorkeling spot during our stay in the island.

        The next stop was the nearby Banana Island, wherein we got our fill of snorkeling. The place was abundant with marine life, with different corals, plants and fishes underneath. Even though we were just several meters away from the shore, there were plenty of things to see; there were clams that glowed in blue, sea urchins, corals, grass, and different kinds

        of fishes. There was one extremely friendly specie of fish which would charge at you when it catches you looking at it and then turn back at the last minute. They gave me quite a good scare. Overall, it was one of the best snorkeling experiences I’ve ever had.

        The tour was already included in our hotel package but the breakdown shows that it cost us Php4000 per boat (around USD91), which can seat around 10-14 people excluding the boatmen, and a Php300 (USD6.80)entrance fee per person. Upon comparing the rate with the ones on the pier, it was just the same. We left the hotel at around 9:30AM and got back past 5:00PM, so it would be just enough activity for the day. For me, it was really worth it, and I am looking forward to going back again next time.




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