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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron December 19th 2013

Typhoon Haiyan / Typhoon Yolanda When we were initially planning for our Philippines trip in Sep 2013, we had included Coron for its beautiful beaches and awesome diving reviews. We even had our connecting flights from Busuanga to Manila booked. Unfortunately, when Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda hit Philippines in Nov 2013. Coron was one of the islands that were hit. To make matter worse, I was not able to contact any of the dive resorts in Coron for weeks. Quickly, we came up with several contingency plans, such as going to Sipadan or some other parts of Indonesia instead. However, flying to and forth Philippines is not easy and there are many stop overs, mainly in Manila. After some time, we waited and monitored the news coming from Philippines, my fear for the worst seem to ... read more
Beautiful girls that shared my ride
Places in Coron
Wreck Diving

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron December 18th 2013

I have been sitting on this post for a week. I simply could not make up my mind on how I should go about writing it. I just realised that being a full time blogger is no joke. There are days where you get writing blocks or simply have nothing that you want to write about. Suddenly, I am glad that I have another job to occupy my brainless moments. However, it is very agonising too. As this is one of those moments, where I have so much to share about El Nido, but yet, I have no idea how to string all my experiences, feelings and thoughts together. For those who have been following my Philippines posts - I am so sorry for the long wait for this post. Hopefully, this post won't bore you ... read more
Group Pix @ Lucky Alofa (fm WS)
Group Pix @ ArtCafe (fm WS)
On the Overcomer

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron September 29th 2013

A l'Ouest, il y avait Coron !! Attention mesdames et Messieurs, ouvrez bien grand vos yeux et noyez vous dans ces quelques lignes. Je vais faire mon maximum pour vous faire partager ma dernière semaine qui fût... inoubliable ! Je sais, je commence à être redondant... mais c'est pas de ma faute si cette semaine était parmi les plus folle de mon périple ! Dès le début les Philippines m'ont vendu du rêve, mais là ça va au delà de tout ça... Je vais vous demander un peu de patience, comme toute belle histoire, il faut prendre son temps pour bien la raconter :) Revenons quelques jours, mois, années en arrière. D'une certaine manière tout commença en Seconde, quand j'ai rencontré Philippe (Philippe Riou pour les potes du lycée). Le temps d'une année, nous avons partagé ... read more
10 ans plus tard, retrouvailles sous l'eau !
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L'instructeur ;)

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron May 2nd 2013

It was with a heavy heart that we set sail from the port of El Nido for supposedley the 6-7 hour boat journey to the island of Coron, which is famous for it's Japanese wrecks and diving. The journey started well enough; we quickly bagged a space on the open air top deck and got talking to a nice Canadian couple (Kevin and Brandie) and a girl from America (Frieda) and just relaxed in the sun. After an hour or so, passing some of the most breathtaking landscapes we have seen to date, we were served a basic lunch of noodles/spaghetti and soft drinks. We were informed that as there was a fairly strong current the journey would take a further 8 hours, although this was not a problem as we were enjoying the ride - ... read more
Banana Beach - Very Special Place
Castaway Boat Trip
Down at Baracuda Lake

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron April 17th 2013

After a short stay in Bohol I took a plane to Manila (from Cebu) and then to Coron. This was my last destination in the Philippines and the main thing I wanted to do there was wreck diving. I didn't know what to expect about the town itself, but nevertheless made up my mind to just stay there for the 5 or 6 days before I had to leave the country. Coron is in Busuanga Island, part of a group of Islands called "Calamian", which in turn are part of Palawan. I arrived at night and started to look for places to stay. People had recommended to me a hostel called "Crystal Lodge", but when I got there, it was fully booked. I then went to a dive shop that a French woman that I had ... read more
Barracuda Lake
Near Barracuda Lake
Siesta time

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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron February 27th 2013

After I missed my Coron tour last January 2011, I finally got a chance to visit it last Sept 2012. The trip lasts for 3d/2n and one of the places we stayed was Coron Cast Away. This is the sister accomodation of Gran Vista. We stayed there in our 2nd night. Coron Cast Away was on an island, and by the time we visited there, we are the only guest. So technically, my friend and I are the only ones there with the care takers (a husband & wife) and a dog. I was wondering why the place was called "Cast Away" and when I saw it, it was really cast away. If you're the type of person tired from the buzz of the city, this is your place. But I got to warn you that ... read more
Sunset over our room
The sunset
The veranda

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron February 17th 2013

Feeling extremely refreshed after 11 hours needed sleep, we sat down to another huge breakfast! We decided to explore the house reef today, unfortunately it was not as calm today at the front of the island due to the wind so we went snorkeling off the beach in front of our room. We walked over the broken white coral sand and began swimming. We were so excited when we saw our first big coral formation, housing 2 cute little clown fish. Swimming on we saw so much more coral and some bigger rainbow coloured fish (I wish I knew the name for them) I took some photos on my water proof camera but unfortunately it somehow got water in it and stopped working half way through :( after about half an hour ... read more
Snorkeling
Me on the beach
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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron February 15th 2013

We arrived at Sydney domestic airport at 6pm for our 9pm flight to Darwin. once at the airport I realized of all things, I’d forgotten my swimmers! we shopped around the airport and after not finding anything I really liked (being in domestic) we decided that we would shop around at either Darwin international or Manila airport. We boarded our cramped jet star plane, stocked up with home made sandwiches and fruit for the flight. In Darwin we arrived tired and irritated at 1am to find that half the airport was closed. We found a HUGE line for check in and were grateful to have carry on baggage only, skipping the line and heading to security. Once cleared we found a small lounge to slump into for a nap.... read more
Arriving in paradise
The island
Flowers

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron December 16th 2012

Days 86-88 (Sat 1st – Mon 3rdDec) My first item of being on Coron was to ask for a room change to the cheapest on the menu. I managed to get this sorted no problems, the room being pretty much the same just not en suite but at half the price certainly favoured me. Coron is a very small town. The national highway that runs through it can be walked in 10 minutes maximum. On Saturday I walked around the town, took in the port (a pier) the main streets and the public market. Here is only slightly bigger than El Nido but there is no beach without travelling out of Coron or island hopping. There is a small hill/mountain overlooking the town called Mt Tapyas. I decided to go up to see the town from ... read more
Coron, Palawan
Coron, Palawan
Coron, Palawan

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron September 23rd 2012

30. April – 5. May 2012 (Slovenian version below) It was finally time to see the Philippinian paradise islands and have a dip with the schools of fish! After some »minor« complications with our transport (instead of soaking in a lovely pool and travelling for 4 hours we spent 18h on a bus + extra 4h for the flight) we were finally on the paradise islands – first stop island of Coron. The third largest island in the Calamian islands, Coron is known for several Japanese shipwrecks of World War II and therefore a paradise for those who enjoy wreck diving. Even though we have never done that, we said we'll give it a go – it was definitely something of a kind, cool and full of adrenalin. I do prefe ... read more
The View
Coron at sunset
Apo Reef




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