It is not a secret that I adore Palawan. The minute I landed my eyes on the spectacular limestone karsts and pristine beaches, I know I have fallen madly in love. My wildest dream is to spend my life time exploring Palawan, north to south, ala Tao Expedition's aimless wandering style (so help me God!). So, when I had the chance to revisit Coron, who am I to complain???
It was a bit rainy when we landed at the Francisco Reyes Airport in Busuanga, our gateway to idyllic Coron. At the airport, the resort's representative met us and led us to the private airconditioned van that will bring us to the resort's private wharf in Coron town. Although, a more affordable way to go to the town proper is via a public van outside the airport that usually charges Php 150 per pax per way. These vans will bring you directly to your accommodation.
After about 30 minutes of bumpy ride, we arrived at the town proper passing by some famous lodges and inns like Coron Village Lodge, Centro Coron, etc. I was surprise to see a lot of people on the streets, both foreigners and locals. To make it worse, the traffic was bumper to bumper! This wasn't the scene a year ago. I remember having that "isolated", more "probinsya-like" feel of the town before. Well, I guess those days were gone. Please, I'm begging you again, don't make another Boracay. It seems like it's starting to be one. It might not be as obvious as the situation in Boracay because Coron doesn't have that long stretch of powdery white sand beach where merchants and hotels are all squeezing in a row, but try to see the density of tourists now...it's getting crowded. And, the thing is, we went there on off-peak season!
In about five minutes more, we arrived at the Two Seasons Coron private wharf, where a speedboat was waiting to bring us to the resort. An ordinary pumpboat takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Malaroyroy Island (where Two Seasons Coron is), passing by Malcapuya and Banana Islands, but the speedboat promised a 45-minute swift cruise on Coron Bay. Fast and furious!
The speedboat literally sliced the waters, splashing every tiny drop to our faces! But you need not worry about your stuff as the friendly staff will safe-keep them. Also, they had provided us with raincoats. Cool!
And alas, true to its promise, we arrived at the resort 45 minutes later. This eco-friendly floating bridge welcomed us with an amazing view of the azure sea and Banana Island on the background.
At the welcome pavilion, we were welcomed with refreshing drinks and hot churros with chocolate and caramel sauce - the yummiest welcome sweets I ever had. A golf cart then chauffeured us to our Island Tip Bungalow. From the name itself, the bungalow is at the tip of Malaroyroy Island, almost close to Bulog Dos Islet.
Our bungalow has the best views of both sunrise (by the window beside the entrance door) and sunset (by the veranda). The bungalow is spacious, and adorned with warm brown hues. The plush king-sized bed is made locally. The headboard is made of driftwood from old railways. The room is breathtaking.
The modern bathroom reflects the warm Filipino charm. The approximately 500mm x 500 mm rain shower gives an uber relaxing bath, with droplets of water dripping on the non-skid tile, creating a sound reminiscent of natural rainfall.
There's a roll-up blind that covers a full length glass door, a quick access to your private Jacuzzi.
We also checked out the restaurant and grabbed something to munch on before dinner, thus this white cheese pizza landed on our table! Yum!
We went back to our rooms in time for the much anticipated sunset. So, while having a warm cup of coffee, we indulged in the state-of-the-art private Jacuzzi in our bungalow while waiting for the sun to set.
And as I see the sun changing its colors from yellow to tangerine, I can't help but gasp...Palawan, I bow down my head on you! Such a heaven on earth!