Although the trip happened a lot of events and caused heavy losses for me, but life is so everything has its price. In return, I have gained for myself a lot of very memorable moments and unprecedented experiences. That marked the beginning of the daring to jump into the sea, dare to swim and dive, take my hands off the float even for a few seconds. All just to be able to see the underwater wonderland, with colorful coral reefs and colorful fish swimming around me. I had 4 memorable days in Philippines. So, what to do in Philippines for 4 days? Let’s check out our suggested Philippines itinerary 4 days to visit the Manila captial and Coron, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. We suggested Coron itinerary 3 days (Coron 3 day itinerary) on how to spend 3 days in Coron and what to do in Coron for 3 days, also what to do in Manila in one day before moving to Coron to find out the answer!
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Until now, I still feel ethereal when floating on the sea, remembering the cool blue water with white sandy beach and colorful boats. Filipinos in this island, too, they look poor but friendly, kind, very conscious and enthusiastic. I remember the full meals even though the taste is not as I desired, it is an unforgettable 5-day-6-night trip…
Coron is an island located in northern Philippines and is part of a city of the same name. It is located about 170 nautical miles (310 km) from Manila and is known for many Japanese warships wrecked during World War II.
Around the limestone islands are shipwrecks, many of which are up to 80 feet (24 m) long. Coron is one of the most popular sights for scuba diving in the Philippines. Tourists come here to explore nature with scuba diving to see wrecks found from a minimum depth of 10–30 m to 120–140 feet (37–43 m), most of which are within range from 60–80 feet.
The islands has beautiful nature with caves, limestone islands, coral reefs, clear blue water and almost no waves and diverse flora and fauna create a fresh atmosphere. The area has also been listed by Forbes magazine as a list of the 10 best diving sites in the world.
Coron 3 day itinerary, Coron itinerary 3 days: Some experience and traveling tips for a trip to Coron
- You should exchange Vietnamese currency to USD in Vietnam first, then after arrival at the Philippines airport, the exchange to Peso will be more beneficial. Exchange rate of USD1 ~ 50.62 Peso.
- Fully apply sunscreen, as good as possible, if you do not want to have an African skin when returning home.
- Cebu airline flights are often delay or change the departure gate so do not be foolish to sleep at the airport … try to stay awake, open your eyes, ears focused on listening or the plane will fly at any moment.
- The courage to overcome fear to swim if not want the money spent becomes meaningless …
- If you stay in Coron, definitely do not miss “tour D”, when taking tour D, you can skip Pass Island to focus on Lusong, snorkeling, fishing, searching for Japanese ships wrecked in the sea.. extremely wonderful.
- Taxis in Philippines come in two types: fixed price (white taxi) and meter taxi (yellow taxi), the fixed price type is usually 2 to 3 times more expensive than the other one. When you exit the airport, quickly turn right there will be a queue of taxis running in meter type.
- Must have underwater shooting equipment.
- When leaving Busuaga Airport – Coron, an airport fee of 100 Pesos per person is required.
- Before reading online, someone shared the experience that when you leave the Ninoy International Airport in the Philippines, you have to pay a fee of 550 pesos/person, but this time I didn’t have to pay it, I also don’t know why.. Maybe there been a change in policy?
- Food in Phillippines is inexpensive, in Coron Island is also very cheap, but seafood is not rich, vegetables in the restaurant are few, people here mainly eat Western fastfood, they prefer American and Korean..
Philippines itinerary 4 days: A quick introduction to some places to visit and things to do.
- The SM Mall of Asia is very large and is home to many restaurants and shopping outlets.
- Intramuros Old Town: Very large, free admission everywhere except for Fortress which you have to pay 75 pesos/person, 1 bowl of douhua (tofu, bean curd) here costs about 25 pesos.
In Coron Island
- Kayangan Lake: The surrounding scenery and the aerial view is very beautiful with clear blue water, many boats. There is mountains here, sea, to reach the lake you have to climb a little distance. The lake is also very clear with blue water.
- Baracuda Lake: A clear blue lake but deeper than Kayangan Lake. Here I met a group of 6 very lovely and hospitable children, playing with them very happily, they also taught a few sentences but I could not remember. Very fun!
- Twin Peak: There are lots of fish here, which feels very good.
- Twin Lagoon: To getting here, you have to swim in yourself and then go through a very narrow lane just enough for the hip to try to squeeze through. Because I could not swim, I gave up and just sitting on boat to watching scenery. The people here are always so gentle and joyful, sitting on the boat, they turn on the music loudly and dance happily, even just staying in the boat is not boring.
- Skeleton Wreck: Scuba dive to watching a Japanese shipwreck. Captain Wilson jokingly said when you dive do you see ghosts, haha.
- CYC beach: This place is small, but white sand beach and the sea is very clear.
- Lusong Gunboat Wreck: Diving here also has a lot of fish, which is where the most visible shipwreck and you can stand up on the hull.
- Lusong Coral Garden: Going to Coron without going here is a very flawed thing because it is a perfect place to watch corals of all colors, sizes, along with countless fish swimming around… extremely wonderful.
Unfortunately, it was not enough time so I could not go to Banana Island and other places, but in short, choosing Coron for summer is a wise decision and no regrets.
3 days in Coron: The detailed itinerary
Money: Our group of 4 people decided to exchange a small amount of VND into Peso from Vietnam first with an exchange rate of 1 peso = 550 VND, and the remain we bring USD to exchange at Philippines airport with an exchange rate of 1 Peso ~ $ 0.02 (more beneficial).
Hotel: To booking hotels in Manila or Coron you can go to online booking websites like Booking.com or Agoda.com. Or another way to book a cheap hotel is you can book through the rental service of indigenous via AirBnB. If you does not have an AirBnB account to book rooms, you can click on this link to register and you will be receive $25 to your account and could used to book.
–> Airbnb link discount up to $35 for the first booking here: https://www.airbnb.com/c/anht5185
Coron itinerary 4 days 3 nights — Day 1: Manila
After more than 4 hours flying from Hanoi (from 1am to 5:30 am), our group arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. With no checked baggage, our group quickly went out the arrival hall to catch a taxi to the hotel. Exit at the arrival hall door, turn right you will see taxis waiting on platform. We catch a yellow taxi (taxi meter) which will be cheaper than other fix price taxi (about 200 pesos cheaper). Because we arrived early in the morning, our group did not have to stand in line and fortunately, our group met the driver very funny and enthusiastic. The cost of a taxi to the hotel is 300 pesos (it would be cheaper if this driver did not go the wrong way).
In Manila, we stayed at Leez Inn Manila (Agoda.com or Booking.com). This area is mostly Indian, although houses are not very spacious but the streets are very clean and airy. The cost for 2 rooms for 1 night is $51 including breakfast. The room was clean but the hotel did not have an elevator, so we had to climb the stairs to the fourth floor. There was also a market nearby, but because we did not suit the taste of Indian food, we decided to have breakfast with instant noodles bought at 7 Eleven (Convenience store chains are numerous in Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia) nearby, eating and watching the bustling scene at the market. The cost for 4 cups of noodles is 162 pesos.
After that, the whole group returned to the hotel to take a rest.
In the afternoon, we took a taxi to go to the ancient city of Intramorous for 200 pesos (remember to bargain with the driver). Just arrived we had to find Chic-boy restaurant (Address: Dante Ang Bldg, No. 409 A. Soriano Ave, 656 Zone 69, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines / Hours: 9AM–11PM) to have lunch. Food is generally cheap, and meals including:
- A quite delicious grilled fish, 1 sisig (mixed rice, meat, egg, onion on a stone pan like beefsteak, eat quite well, 2 cups of halo halo sweets (not very good).
- 1 stir-fried vegetable dish + 1 Batchoy (similar 1 bowl of cabbage soup cooked with egg, liver, and meat, eaten normally).
- 1 rice with barbecue … 1 cup of tea or something.
Total costs about 659 pesos.
Fruits at fruit stands cost about 30-40 pesos/package. The entrance fee for the Intramurous zone is free, only going to the fortress area will cost 75 pesos/person, the horsecart service here is 300 pesos/trip, clearly costly but also quite interesting, riding through 2 circled the adjacent yard and was promoted to watch filthy horses again. The funny thing is that while the horse was walking and the horse keeper saw a strange expression, so he jumped right down to grab the bucket and … catch horseshit, LOL!!! Horse manure kept on rumbling out… and then the horse cart continued to riding around the yard.
Intramurous is a very large complex with more than 20 attractions. The construction of Intramuros lasted for hundreds of years. Having tired of our feet, it was nearly 5pm so we decided to walk to Manila Bay hoping to watch the sunset on the bay. But unfortunately life is not like a dream, having to walk a long way, crossing a very wide park to reach the beach, but we found it not so beautiful as expected, so we decided to hire a taxi to getting to SM Mall – the largest shopping mall in Southeast Asia. To enter the Mall, from any door you have to go through the security checkpoint, security staff will check your bags, check your belongings like security checks at the airport. There are so many zones, lots of eateries, clothing shops, and if spend a whole day here also is not enough. In the Mall there is a very smart map system like Google map, just point and touch where you want to go and it will show you the way.
After more than 2 hours of shopping and wandering around the mall, we have dinner at an Italian restaurant right in the Mall, spend amount of 575 pesos. Still not enough, we coming to another Coffee bean nearby, drinking 4 cups + 1 plate of cake that costs about 735 pesos. Nearly 10pm we take a taxi from the Mall to the hotel, costs about 200 pesos.
Coron 3 day itinerary (Coron itinerary 3 days) — Day 2: Coron
We have booked air tickets from Manila to Coron, flying at 12:10pm and arrived Coron at 1:20pm. After a free breakfast at the hotel (including jam and butter bread), we took a taxi to the airport. The airport is in Philippines located right in the city, but there are different Terminals and 2-3km away from each other. That day, because we go to the wrong terminal, later we have to take a taxi to go to another terminal to getting to Coron of Cebu Airline, the total taxi cost was 420 pesos. The flight was delayed by 30 minutes, so it was after 2pm, we arrive in Coron.
Coron islands view from above is very spectacular, breathtaking, with small islands, white sand beaches floating in the middle of the blue water. Not only the sea, Coron also owns the green mountains that are extremely majestic. Sorry for those who do fall asleep on the plane at that time.
In Coron, we book hotel Sea Horse Guesthouse. This hotel has a Korean owner, right in the center so it is very convenient to traveling and eating. Overall I find this hotel simple but clean, quite big and nice interior, very convenient, the staff is also extremely welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic. However, the breakfast here is always bread, an egg omelette, butter, jam and half a banana, eating bored all the time. Besides, there was rice but it didn’t suit our taste. The hotel offers an airport shuttle service with a charge of 150 pesos/person/way.
After checking in, we decided to rent a Tricycle as the main means of transportation here. For a fee of 500 pesos, it will takes you to Lobster King restaurant (Address: 5 Coron – Busuanga Rd, Coron Town Proper, Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines / Hours: 10AM–10PM; Sunday: Closed) for lunch, then to Mount Tapyas and finally to the Hot Springs. Lobster King is a good place to eat with fresh seafood and the price is not too expensive. The total cost for lunch is 2.690 pesos with 6 lobsters (400gr/lobster), 4 steamed crabs, stir-fried mixed vegetables and drinking water. After lunch, we continued our journey to conquer Mount Tapyas. On the top of the mountain there is a huge CORON word that reminds me of Holywood’s summit, from here, you can look down the whole island. To conquer it, you must pass more than 800 stairs. The group of 4 people, there are 3 people give up halfway.
After a short climb, you will enjoy a breathtaking scenery with the mountains emerging in the middle of the blue water, so wonderful and overwhelmed. However, to have a nice view, remember to queue in order to climb a high ledge, from there, you will shooting that not be caught in the branches.
Afterwards, we went back to the hotel to get their swimsuits and continued to the Hot Springs to relax. Admission is 200 pesos/person. To get here, you have to cross a small dark road, but the car is rushing soaring, on the road there are very few cars. At first, the whole group thought we had been abducted, fortunately, there were many people here when we arrived. Finally, after a long day of playing, being soaked in hot springs, relaxing in the pool, feeling very refreshed and full of energy.
Returning the hotel was also 9 pm, after bathing, we went right to the Coron market to book tours for tomorrow. The tour of DCC DIVING CENTER CORON TOUR AGENCY (Address: Coron – Busuanga Rd, Coron Town Proper, Coron, Palawan, Philippines/Hours: 7:30AM–9PM/Phone: +63 908 600 0400), which directly opposite the market. At that time, it was almost 10 pm, fortunately they still worked and received the tour. The tour here includes tour A, B, C, D, we choose DCC tour with 990 pesos/person, plus a mask rental fee of 150 pesos/person. After booking the tour, we continue wanderingn to find a cafe. But the evening here is quite boring because there are not many places to play. Finally, we find Coffee Kong near the hotel. The cafe also has Saigon cafe, drinks are also acceptable. The cost of 4 cups is 440 pesos.
Coron itinerary 3 days: Day 3
The next morning, we start the Coron Island tour. Because a boat is limited to a maximum of 5 people and our group have 4 people, it is beneficial for the whole boat to be ours and the time depends on our liking, nothing is better. The tour consists of 6 spots: Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Twin peaks, Skeleton Wreck (Japanese sunken ship), and CYC beach (990 pesos/person + 150 pesos for masks).
Snorkeling and diving in Coron is famous only after the Maldives because of its majestic scenery as well as the clear water that sees the bottom here. The diverse coral reefs and vegetation also help Coron attract a lot of tourists, especially diving and snorkeling lovers.
Coron 3 day itinerary: Day 4
The next day we take the Tour Dexplore Bulog Dos Island, Lusong Coral Garden, snorkeling at Lusong Gunboat shipwreck that has been stationed in Coron Bay, but skipping Pass Island because it looked like CYC beach. There were two boatmen: Mr.Pi and Mr.Im, Mr.Pi feeding fish with snacks to attracting more fish for us watch closer, this guy was still single, very kind and enthusiastic. Thanks to Mr. Pi that the we was guided to see in the most beautiful coral areas. While we was playing, Mr. Im keeping the task of cooking, today there also is bacon and grilled fish, but still extremely delicious.
Ending the trip very happy and meaningful, we returned to Hanoi. Happy traveling!
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Coron you can refer to
- Coron Tour A
- Coron Tour B
- Coron Tour C
- Coron Tour D
- Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour
- Coron Ultimate Tour
- Coron Island Escapade Day Tour
- Palawan Coron Town Half Day Tour
- Globe 3G/4G SIM Card (PH Airport Pick Up) for the Philippines
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