At the beginning of summer, we asked our kids where they wanted to go for vacation: HongKong or Palawan. Unanimously they chanted “Palawan, Palawan.” I almost regretted making them choose. If it was up to me, I would always prefer shopping in the city and theme parks over lots of sun and sticky, salty water. I started doing the preparations for the trip… booking with the airline, arranging our lodging and island-hopping tours. With the tips given by several friends, I was able to save several thousands of pesos.
We spent 4 days in Coron, Palawan. I must say that every centavo we spent was well worth it. And I’m sure glad the kids chose to go there. The islands of Coron were something else. The beaches were the cleanest I’ve seen so far, and the snorkelling was lots of fun because the fishes were everywhere. We all want to go back someday!
Some tips for those planning to go:
1. Plan your trip in such a way that your schedule permits flight delays. There is always no guarantee that the airlines that fly to Coron ( Cebu Pacific, Air Phil, and Zest Air) will depart on time. In our case, our flight home was delayed by 3 hours.
2. For this trip, since it was our first time, we booked with a tour company for our island-hopping. But if you want to save, you can book everything separately, like book your hotel separately, then hire a boat, buy your food from the market, etc.
3. On the island-hopping trip, make sure that everything is tied securely to your body or to the boat. We lost 2 pairs of shades and one cover-up.
For more pictures, you can click here.
Or watch this video Paolo edited, with underwater footages: