I have just started travelling recently and I must say that my otherwise brief stay at the island all but proved to me that there are still places in the country which are a hundred percent in sync with nature. A place which is so attuned to nature, calling it harmonious is a gross understatement.
Let me just say that from the moment the guest is picked up from the airport, everything that my eye gazed upon was nothing short of picturesque. The long ride to the resort's private harbor did not feel long at all. The golden rays of the sun upon the mountains we passed by held my attention long enough.
The trip from the harbor to the resort itself was not very long, and we arrived at the resort after a relatively smooth boat ride in the early night sky. Soft green lights emanating from Plankton on the sea floor were visible under what seemed to be a sky with more stars than I can remember.
Once we arrived at the resort, we were welcomed warmly by everyone of the resort's staff. I realized that the friendliness of the staff which so often get mentioned in reviews here in Tripadvisor were neither misplaced nor exaggerated. All of the resort's staff, from the boatmen who took us to the island, to the staff in the dining area, to the owner herself, treated us like we were their private guests. It may just be me, but it seems that for the staff of the resort to show open dislike to a guest (as was mentioned in some of the reviews in this site), the guest would have to be pretty rude himself. The staff of the resort seemed to embody what Filipino hospitality is all about. Of course they would treat the guests the best they could, especially if the guests treated them properly and with respect as well. :)
The tours which came with the package we paid for were simply perfect. I was silently chuckling to myself when I took a photo of the famous Kayangan Lagoon in a very cloudy day (it was even drizzling), and yet the picture which came out of my camera still showed perfectly blue waters under the limestone cliffs. The waters in these places were really clear, the atmosphere of the place all but telling a person that he is in the arms of nature.
The other tours which we were able to participate in the next day were even more exciting, as we were able to explore Japanese wrecks near the island. One through snorkeling, the other through SCUBA diving. This is one area, I think, where Majika stands apart from all the other resorts in Coron. I can't even swim well yet, but I was allowed to explore the sunken ships meters down into the ocean, the dive master holding me while guiding me through the waters. They were very careful, checking up on us every few feet to ask us if we were still alright, or if we wanted to get to the surface already. With their help, I was able to explore until the interior of the sunken vessel. I don't think any other resort in the Philippines would bother to do this, and I don't think I would ever experience something like that if I went to any other resort. :)
Leaving the island actually felt heavy. We simply didn't want to go. Saying goodbye to the island is like saying goodbye to a really fortunate relative who simply happens to own an island. :p
I would strongly recommend this resort to anyone who is looking for an affordable, exciting, and nature-filled experience in the Philippines. Take my word for it, it is well worth every single penny you will spend. One doesn't have to worry about the food, since a buffet is provided every meal. Of course, one has to keep in mind that many amenities are absent here, such as heaters, a stable cellphone signal, and an internet connection, but that's all part of the Majika appeal. Once one steps foot into the island, one becomes separated from everything else. It's like a different world in there. It was no less than magic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are a Nature Lover who seeks to do a variety of Exciting Adventure Activities, our idyllic and rustic Resort is the perfect place for your vacation in Coron, Palawan. One can reach the island resort after a 45-minute scenic ride by van and a 15-minute transfer through a mangrove forest by boat. We are located right in front of the protected Bintuan Marine Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Majika`s Island Hotel Coron
- Majika's Island Resort Coron, Palawan Island