This trip to Coron was certainly one of the cheapest trips I’ve ever had. Of course, it helps that we got to fly for free with Seair, but living in the island is surprisingly cheap. The expensive part of the trip are the island hopping expenses. Apart from the cost of the boat rental for the day (which is actually quite a bargain, since the boatman also acts as your guide and they can even cook your lunch for you), you also have to pay for each of the places in your itinerary.
The cheapest part about this Coron trip was the food. Coron town is pretty small, and there’s plenty of cheap dining options. If you’re not to picky, there’s plenty of carinderia near the market that serves pretty good food at affordable prices. If you love fresh seafood, head on to the market to buy shrimp for as low as Php 180 for a kilo, and a huge lapu-lapu for Php 140. We treated ourselves to a fancy dinner at La Sirenetta after a long day of island hopping. While the food was great, the service was disappointingly slow. This dinner was our most expensive at Php 380 per person.
All in all, Coron was worth every peso. If you’re in a tight budget, it’s best that you travel with a group who can share your expenses. There are places in the island hopping circuit that doesn’t charge for admission: I hear the CYC island is free, and the Twin Lagoons is included in the Kayangan Lake entrance (there are probably more, but I’m too tired to Google. Go research in Owen’s Coron site). My personal favorites among the places we visited were Banol Beach and Kayangan Lake. To further lessen your costs, pitch a tent instead of staying at hotels and resorts.
|Air Tranfers||(for one person)|
|Seair||Php 0.00||Php 0.00||1|
|Manila Domestic Terminal Fee||Php 200.00||Php 200.00|
|Busuanga Terminal Fee||Php 20.00||Php 20.00|
|Php 1,500/night/room||Php 3,000.00||Php 1,000.00||2|
|Fan room for 3pax|
|Ensuite toilet and bath|
|Manila – To and from Airport||Php 423.00||Php 423.00|
|Busuanga – To and from Airport||Php 300.00||Php 300.00||3|
|Tricycle rides in Coron Town||Php 151.00||Php 151.00||4|
|Lunch, snacks, dinner, drinks||Php 934.00||Php 934.00||5|
|Boat Rental||Php 2,000.00||Php 400.00||6|
|Skeleton Wreck||Php 100.00||Php 100.00|
|Banol Beach||Php 100.00||Php 100.00|
|Kayangan Lake||Php 200.00||Php 200.00|
|Barracuda Lake||Php 75.00||Php 75.00|
|Siete Pecados||Php 75.00||Php 40.00||7|
|Maquinit Hot Springs||Php 100.00||Php 100.00|
|Snorkel Mask||Php 200.00||Php 200.00|
|Souvenirs||Php 350.00||Php 350.00||8|
1 Because Seair loves us. Hehe.
2 Three of us shared a room, so it comes out to Php1,000 per person for two nights
3 There’s pretty much no choice but to take the jeep from the airport to Coron town.
4 Coron town in small and everything’s within walking distance. However, you have to take the tricycle to go to Maquinit hot springs or to the Mabintangin pool. Or when your legs have turned into jelly after climbing Mt. Tapyas.
5 Food includes carideria meals, fresh seafood from the market, rice, paper plates and plastic utensils, water and an expensive but delicious dinner at La Sirenetta
6 The price quoted by our local fixer was Php1,800 per day, while the price listed in the boat was only Php1,500. We paid Php2,000 because we were supposed to go island hopping again the following day, but the boat sustained some damaged.
7 The fee for Siete Pecados was Php75.00, but the caretaker ran out of ticket stubs, so he only charged us Php200.
8 Souvenirs include 2 bags of cashew and some keychains.