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May 30th, 2010 – by: JeAr
Partners in crime: Jenney and Trina
I did everything last-minute, as usual. Went to some net station in the un-holy hour of the morning to print our itinerary, and had to call the girls to make sure they wake up on time. Got to the airport and had to wait for them for several minutes because they had the nerve to have breakfast first, whilst I had to skip mine so as not to be late for the flight. Bastardesses.
Flight went smoothly. Got myself a window seat, and had a good view of some well-known places like Taal Lake, Mindoro Island, etc. But the best view of all was the one of Calamian Archipelago, where Coron is located.
Busuanga's airport is very basic but efficient, so no time was wasted getting our luggage and getting on the air-con van to Coron town (P150 fare). Travel takes no more than 30 minutes, unless your driver liked taking his time. Thank goodness ours didn't. He even dropped us off right in front of our guesthouse which is quite unknown in the area. The caretaker greeted us and showed us to our room. The owner (and my contact), Patrik, was still sleeping. It was rather early, and we didn't need any assistance whatsoever, so we let him be. He did wake, though, and personally welcomed us. Very nice of him.
Since our vacation was gonna be pretty short, we decided to embark on an island-hopping trip right away.
The girls made a deal with one of the boatmen who approached them at the supermarket, but on our way there, we were "intercepted" by another man who offered us something better.
Our first stop is called Twin Lagoons (P100 per person) which, during low tide, can be accessed by kayak (passing through a hole on the surface of the rock). It was my first time "swimming" with life vests on, which was fun. The locals built a makeshift stair so you don't have to swim through the hole during high tide. How very thoughtful of them. On the other side, we've met a fun group of tourists who all made fun of my fear of water, which forced me to "swim" towards the girls in the middle of the lagoon to save face.
Next stop was Banol Beach which, from the internet, looked very nice and relaxing. However, in real life, especially during the afternoon, nice and relaxing becomes overcrowded and overrated. We wanted a beach where we could just lie down and chill, so we asked our boatman to take us somewhere else. Luckily, there was one not too far away, called Skeleton Beach (P100 per person), named after the small shipwrecked thingy under its waters. We didn't have to dive to see a shipwreck, yay! We were so pumped we didn't mind seeing a group or two already at the beach.
Unfortunately, relaxation doesn't last forever, and soon we had to leave our beach. But not right away. We had to check out the shipwreck first, of course! Or better yet, the girls had to, so I let them take my camera since I didn't have the skills to check it out myself. Moreover, we were waiting for the sunset, and we left for the mainland just in time. Then, after a very un-satisfying dinner at an overrated and overpriced restaurant called Kawayanan (see review below), we went back to our guesthouse to drink the night away. Next thing we know, we were being entertained by our hosts, Patrik and Tezz, and we had overflowing rum-coke for free (plus free love advice from the couple)! Yes, nothing caps a day better than a nice sunset, except for 8 glasses of rum-coke. Nyahahaha!
P.S. Trina won a bet against Patrik on some UFC match, and as a result, we paid for our room for one night only. Wooot!
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