My dive trip to Coron, Palawan

A couple of months ago, I started to engage myself into a new sport – diving. It all started after I received an invitation from Jojo the Lakwatsero and Benj from Visit Sagada to go on a check-out dive in Anilao in Mabini Batangas.

The weekend check-out dive trip became a weekly thing and we even went as far as Sabang in Puerto Galera. After the Sabang trip, I decided to finally get my certification as a diver. Since I got certified, I have made more than a dozen of recreational dives in several dive sites in Anilao, the most recent was only last week.

Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Busuanga, Palawan – everyone’s entry point to Coron.

Maybe a month ago when I’m still processing my visum usa, some of Benj’s diving friends decided to go and plan a dive to Coron, Palawan. I decided to join the trip. It was a good thing that the trip schedule is during the country’s long weekend. No work, just fun.

The Airphil Express’ Bombardier Q400 – flies the Manila to Busuanga route.

It is my first time to be here in Coron, Busuanga. I arrived yesterday via AirPhil Express‘ Bombardier Q400 turbo propeller aircraft. The Manila to Busuanga trip usually takes around 45-minutes to 1-hour, which I took as an opportunity to take a nap before landing. Francisco B. Reyes Airport, the only commercial airport in the island Busuanga is around an hour van-ride from the town of Coron.

My other friends went a few hours ahead of me. I instructed the van driver to take me to Neptune Dive Center where I left my diving equipments. It was pretty neat ‘coz the dive center is just a short walk away from Coron Village Lodge where the whole group is staying.

After waiting for Benj to get to the hotel, we went to Maquinit hot springs – one of the few touristy destinations in town. We negotiated for a tricycle to take us to the hot springs. We paid the driver 300 pesos for the whole round trip ride (100 pesos per person).

It was already dark when we arrived in Maquinit yet the place is still packed with lots of tourists. There are two small pools that spill towards a bigger communal pool. The entrance fee to the hot spring resort is P150 per person for non-Busuanga resident guests.

After the hot spring trip, we went back to the hotel, had dinner and prepare for the first dive day in Coron.

[box type=”note”]This trip is sponsored by AirPhil Express[/box]