a. Bring insect/mosquito repellant lotions.
b. Bring chips or any beverage you might want to drink (no corkage).
c. Do not open the windows/door to your cottage even during daytime to prevent insects/bugs/mosquitoes from buzzing around you at night time.
d. Bring a good pair of shoes (if you'll take the 30-minute hike in the morning)
e. There's no electricity in the island. Generator will be turned-on starting 6pm to power the electric fans. So make sure that your gadgets (such as iPods, cellphones, cameras) are fully charged when you get there.
f. Bring snorkels. You wouldn't want to miss seeing the shipwrecks and fish feeding. Snorkels can also be rented from the resort for Php150.00 a day but if you're a large group, I doubt that they have a supply for everyone.
g. Bring a camera that can be used underwater. What you'll see underwater is truly breathtaking so make sure that you'll have a scene or two with these.
h. To maximize your stay in the resort and the activities in store for you, it's best advised to be there at a minimum of 3 days & 2 nights (or longer).
i. Be prepared to have a fun-filled vacation!
We arrived at Busuanga Airport around 3pm. The airport transfer service was easily spotted among the crowd since the driver was carrying a signage for Majika Resort. Trip from Busuanga Airport to Coron is approximately 45-minutes. We were taken to the Balay Majika in Coron where we had some fried fish and sinigang na lapu-lapu (tamarind base fish stew). From Balay Majika, we walked towards the port where our Bangka (boat) is waiting (this is just a brief walk which is approx. 3 to 5-mins). Boat ride going to the Majika island is approx 45 minutes.
There were no other guests during our vacation so we were so fortunate to have the whole island all for ourselves. We unpacked our bags upon reaching the place. Around 7pm, we had dinner. It was a festive of crabs, mixed vegetables (pinakbet - a local delicacy), spicy squid and fresh mangoes. The owner (Majie herself) entertained us with her delightful stories and experiences here and abroad. She was very warm and accommodating. It really feels like home, a big family in front of dinner telling his own short story and just laughing your hearts out. After dinner, we tried playing the table tennis and billiard but got bored with it. Tried the karaoke too but there's not much CD's to choose from and the sound system isn't that good also (Majie said that she'll upgrade the sound system soon). Around 9 or 10pm, we slept already. It was a very peaceful night and you can see some firefly buzzing around which is very rare nowadays.
We woke up early in preparation for our island hopping. Had another sumptuous breakfast then off we go. First stop was a ship wreck. It was magnificent! The water was so clear. You can see the entirety of the ship and personally I felt some eeriness because I can't help but imagine what happened before that made such big ship plunge the abyss.
Next stop was the hot spring. I enjoyed this part because we have to park our boat in the mangroves then waddle our way in the water in order to reach the hot spring part. We stayed there for about 30 minutes or so. The experience was very relaxing and rejuvenating.
At lunch time, we went to a gorgeous island (forgot the name). The place was so beautiful as the sand is powder white. Despite the scorching heat of the sun, the sand tickles and refreshes our feet. A packed lunch was prepared thus we had a little picnic there. Though, I would admit that the packed lunch is not as fabulous as the set-meals that we have in the villa.
After lunch, we headed to twin lagoon (another gorgeous place). Water is cold, refreshing and deep blue and the view... breath-taking! It's like being in a scene from the movie Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. On our way back home, we made a few more stop-over to some island but we were tired already so we just took pictures of it. Upon arriving at the villa, we freshen up and had another sumptuous dinner.
Co-owner Chris David arrived in the late afternoon of Day 2 and he was so kind enough to lead the short hike on our third day. As early as 5:45am, we were trekking up the hill. Upon reaching the summit, we were struck with the magnificent 360 degree view of the island. Pictures and more pictures were taken. Chris mentioned that they are planning to put a small gazebo on top of the hill so breakfast can be taken while enjoying the panoramic view. Around 10-11am, we were on our way back to Coron mainland. We stayed at Balay Majika to have lunch and shop for trinkets (pasalubong). Balay Majika also has a souvenir shop so we were able to get a good bargain from them.
I agree with what Majie said, "Palawan (in general) is a place where you'd enjoy the view in all aspects... air, land and under water." And yes indeed, it’s one of the places that I would love to return to.
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