Coron: Alluring Beaches of Malcapuya, Banana, and Bulog Islands

Having read tons of blogs and good reviews about Coron in Palawan and having seen those nothing but alluring photographs posted by those who have been to the paradise, made me more envious to go there and experience it firsthand. And so I did. Yes!

Since I’m on a solo trip, the best option for me is to join group tours to cut on the cost. I stumbled upon some articles that vouch for Corong Galeri a.k.a. Calamianes Expedition and Eco-Tours. A few weeks before my arrival, I visited their website. They do offer several tour options for solo travelers but I had my eyes fixed at their Sun, Sea & Sand Island Escapade Tour (Tour -C). It was priced just right to my budget for Php 950/person to spend a day at Malcapuya Island plus another Php 300 to include a getaway to Banana and Bulog Islands. The problem is they don’t usually have the particular tour available daily, it depends if there are other joiners that would like to do the same and the receptionist told me that as of that time, it was just me who inquired about it. With a bit of disappointment, I booked Tour B1 instead.

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Corong Galeri

It was the second day of my Coron jaunt, I had breakfast by 07:00H. Before 08:00H, I strolled from the hotel to Corong Galeri to join the tour I booked the day before. The receptionist said that Tour C, the one that I really wanted, opened up and I can join the group if I want to and I can just join Tour B1 the next day since they do have it every day anyway. Are you kidding me?! Of course I want it, sign me up! I paid the tour fee and also rented a snorkel and mask for Php 150. By 08:30H we headed to the port on foot which was only five to seven minutes away. There were ten joiners in our group. Five of us were local tourist and the other five were from abroad. According to our boatmen/tour guides, the boat ride to Malcapuya Island was about one and a half hours. By 09:45H our boat left the port and forged south of Coron Bay going past several islands with massive limestone rocks.

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Off to Malcapuya
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Boatmen / Tour Guides

A few minutes before reaching Malacapuya Island, I can already catch sight of the white sand shoreline from afar. By 11:15H we docked at the beach and our boatmen said that we will be staying until 14:00H. On the island, we were greeted by the tall coconut trees and as we head for the cottages in front of the beach, come the crystal clear waters with different shades of blue, fine white sand and remarkable rock formations. Everywhere I panned my eyes I saw a piece of heaven; every angle and every corner of the island were picture worthy.

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Laid Back Beach
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Malcapuya Island Beach
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A view at Malcapuya Island

The tour package included a buffet-style lunch prepared by our boatmen. After having lunch, we only had one more hour left at Malcapuya Island.

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Perfect Spot for a Photo Op
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Sun Kissed
Malcapuya Island Rock Formation Coron
Natural Rock Formation

All ten of us were in consensus to move to the next island which was a private resort that required us to pay an additional of Php 300 as entrance fee.  Our next stopover was Banana Island that was about twenty minutes away from Malcapuya. It got its moniker because it is shaped like a banana from a distance but its accurate name is Dicalabuan Island. It has powdery white sand and some mangroves by its shorelines and a sandbar that emerges when the tide is low. The island has a snorkeling site with healthy corals just near its beach. We only stayed at Banana Island for one and a half hours then we moved to Bulog Island where we stayed for another good forty minutes.

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Banana Island
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Boat docked at Banana Island

Bulog or Malaroyroy Island was the smallest of the three that was ten to fifteen minutes away from Banana Island. It has a sandbar that stretches and almost connects to the nearby Two Seasons Island Resort and Hotel, a five-star Palawan resort. Hike on top of the rocky hill to have a more eye-catching view of its surroundings. Around 16:10H, we were already on our way back to Coron Town.

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Bulog Island
Sand Bar Coron
Sand Bar
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Snorkeling at Bulog Island
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Boat docked at Bulog Island

In retrospect, I was not supposed to be there in the first place because no one else inquired until the day before that, but fate, luck, destiny, answered prayer or whatever you call it, it worked on my side that day. Thank God for the laid back and treasurable experiences on those islands. It was the perfect place where I can slow down, just let the rest of the world pass by and appreciate what was around me in its very simple yet exceptional way.

Day 2 – Sun, Sea & Sand Island Escapade Tour Itinerary

06:00H Wake up
07:00H-07:30H Breakfast
08:00H Meet up at Corong Galeri office for the Tour
08:30H Off to the Boat Port
09:45H-11:15H Boat ride to Malcapuya Island
11:15H-14:00H Malcapuya Island
14:00H-15:30H Hop to Banana Island (Additional Php 300)
15:30H-16:10H Bulog Island
16:10H-17:20H Travel back to Coron Town

Breakdown of Expenses

Php 950 Tour fee
Php 300 Additional Banana Island / Bulog Island entrance
Php 150 Mask and snorkel
Php 1,400 Total Expenses

Tour Inclusions:

*Info from Corong Galeri flyer

  • Licensed tour boat
  • Life vest and first aid kit
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Fruits & drinks
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tour Assistant

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I am a novice photographer, waterfalls chaser and an introvert who is more comfortable doing things on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-social; if you would ask me to travel along I usually don’t say “NO” (depending on the circumstances). Join me in my journeys and together we will discover places, understand its history, explore its rich culture and meet extraordinary people.

8 Comments

  1. The water looks so enticing and makes me want to just jump in. I almost booked a trip to the Philippines this year but our plans changed in the end. It looks so stunning though so definitely hope to go in the future. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and experience.

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2017-02-17

      You’re welcome Mike. That’s too bad. But hey, whenever you decide to visit the Philippines in the future, Coron (and other places) will welcome you with open arms. Not just the destination but it’s warm people too.

      Reply
  2. pinoytransplant
    2016-12-07

    Enchanting place. I’ve been to other parts of Palawan, but not in Coron. I hope I can visit Coron some day. Nice photo captures by the way.

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2016-12-08

      Coron is a lovely place. You should put it on your bucket list. There’s a still a lot to explore and I hope to go back someday and to the other parts of Palawan too. Thank you for your time in visiting my site. 🙂

      Reply
  3. cbholganza
    2016-11-09

    i just so love your pics. if only i knew how to take such lovely photos! anong camera gamit mo?

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2016-11-09

      wow! thank you sir. 😃 nikon d3300 po yung gear ko with 18-55 mm a 55-200 mm lens kit pero most of the time gamit ko yung prime lens na 1.8, 35mm.

      Reply
  4. Travelista Journal
    2016-10-12

    Beautiful photos! I haven’t been to Coron only in El Nido. Coron is in my list of places to visit.

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2016-10-12

      Hello Travelista Journal,
      Thank you for visiting my page and appreciating my work. Good to know that you have it on your list because Coron is really beautiful, I wish I had more time to explore the other sites of the island. Hope to visit El Nido too someday. 🙂

      Reply

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