From the places I’ve been to in Palawan, Coron is still my favorite for its pure and raw beauty. This year, I got to revisit the wonderful eastern part of Busuanga Island for a quick weekend recluse to celebrate the birthday of my blogger bestie, Marco. And spending it at The Funny Lion was a foolproof plan as he just wanted to laze and unwind.
With only three days to enjoy Coron, the plan was to fling on just one island hopping tour on the second day, and simmer down at The Funny Lion on the first and third days.
Arriving at the hotel before lunch, gladly we were granted early check-in. The moment we got our stuff in the room, we headed straight to the pool for a swift swim, then after, laid at the sun beds appreciating the rustic-chic charm of the property that blended well in the lush greenery of tranquil cove of virgin mangroves and kayak trails where the hotel sits.
A spectacle not to miss, watching the sunset at the Pride Rock Deck enjoying the happy hour cocktails and the Asian fusion food while soaking in the jacuzzi.
Before heading out to our island hopping tour during our second day, we chowed down on a hefty morning meal at the breakfast buffet at Hunt Restaurant – serving a great spread of both international and Filipino food. The restaurant turns into an all-day dining ala-carte outlet after 10:00AM, with a slew of well-thought-out Asian fusion dishes and a variety of fresh-out-of-the-sea delicacies.
The Funny Lion is about 15-minute tricycle ride to Poblacion where the restaurants and the jump-off to island hopping tours are. Here are the best attractions that you might like to put in your itinerary when visiting Coron.
1.) Maquinit Hot Spring – In a tropical country, it would seem absurd to dip in hot water with a temperature of 36-41 degrees. I thought so too at first, but having been in the natural hot spring for 3 minutes, my body started to adjust and it was then easing and calming to the muscles. Though I could only bear to be in it for 15-20 minutes on a blazing hot afternoon. Teehee.
TIP: Most people go up Mt. Tapyas first to watch the sunset, then enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot spring to relax the muscles after a climb up the mountain.
2. Mount Tapyas.
Standing 210 meters high, Mount Tapyas is one of the best spots to view the setting sun in Coron. But this view comes with a price – a hike up the mountain which may be challenging for children, people that’s extremely in bad shape and those with health conditions .
3.) Island Hopping
The islands of Coron has been hailed as one of the world’s bests by popular influencers and travel websites, and for a good reason. Coron has numerous islands, lakes, lagoons, limestone cliffs and underwater attractions that are all awe-inspiring.
A few of my favorites are Atwayan Beach and Coral Garden, Twin Lagoon and Kayangan lake.
There are a lot of tour packages to choose from, and prices differ depending on the destinations. You may get flyers from the tour operators’ desks the moment you land in Coron airport.
Coron is one of those islands in the Philippines that I would want to visit again and again, and same goes to The Funny Lion. The accommodation seems exclusive which made the vacation very comfortable and relaxing. The property itself is lovely, and the people were very friendly and warm, which totally made the experience very enjoyable. Can;t wait to be back!
Ending this with our Three-day itinerary from this year’s trip to Coron for your reference.
Day 1 – Arrival
10:00AM Arrival in Coron
11:00AM Relax, Swim and light lunch by the pool
01:00NN Go to Poblacion
01:30PM Lunch in Poblacion
02:30PM Go to Maquinit Hot Spring
04:30PM Start Ascend to Mt. Tapyas
06:30PM Descend Mt. Tapyas
07:30PM Dinner in Poblacion
08:30PM Back in the hotel
Day 2: Island Hopping Tour
6:30Am – Breakfast
7:15AM Hail a Trike to Poblacion for Island Hopping
8:00AM-4:00PM – Island Hopping
5:00PM – Pride Rock Happy Hour + Sunset Viewing
8:00PM – Dinner at The Hunt Restaurant
9:30PM – Prepare for trip back home
Day 3: Flight Back Home
6:00AM – Morning Swim
7:00AM – Breakfast
8:00AM- Ride coaster to airport to catch flight