Ok so I just recently returned from vacation. I am from America and I stayed at this resort for 8 days with my girlfriend who is from and lives in the Philippines. The owners were not there the whole time we were there. They were in Denmark at home there. It was being ran by the filipino staff, which by the way. Was a great staff! and friendly people. Let me say a few things about the trip to Coral Bay.
The ride to the boat.
-We got into Busuanga airport around 11 am. Christine among some of the other filipino staff from Coral Bay met us outside the terminal. We got into a van and began our trip to the dock. The van had air conditioning, which was pleasant. The scenery to the dock was beautiful. The road was rough at times but, your going to a place that not many ppl ever get to see. So you can't expect paved roads everywhere you go. The ride only took about 45 mins to 1 hour. We didn't go to Coron Town like other resorts, we were taken to a small pier in some bay somewhere.
The boat ride to Coral Bay
-When we got to pier where the boat was going to pick us up, the boat wasn't there yet. They were on there way there to pick us up, it was ok because the scenery around the pier was breathtaking, so very good oppurunity to take some lovely pictures. We only waited for about 20 minutes, When the boat arrived we go onto the Banca and headed to Coral Bay. The trip only lasted about an hour. We got to see alot of the beautiful islands and dive locations on our way to the resort. Christine was pointing out alot of stuff to use throughout the boat ride.
***Be sure to ask them to put ur bags in the back inside the cabin so they won't get wet from any rain or the water splashing up against the side of the boat. We didn't have a problem with it, but I can see where someone might complain about it.
Our stay at Coral Bay
-Arriving at Coral Bay, the staff workers took our luggage to our room and Christine was giving us a tour of everything at the resort. Besides me and my girlfriend, there was no other guest, just the filipino staff workers.
-We had a private cottage right on the beach. It was perfect for a couple just wanting to get away from civilization. We never were bothered there. The housekeeper came in everyday whenever we were out exploring or relaxing around the resort and cleaned the room for us.
Now about the resort. It only has electricity from 6pm to 6am, which is not bad at all. Just make sure you charge your batteries at night. You'll almost certainly wake up whenever the power goes out because the fan turns off. Which is totally fine, because you can go make yourself some coffee and enjoy the sunrise or go for a swim in the bay while the sunrises. Its very peaceful in the morning.
The food at the resort is absolutely amazing! The breakfast is the only thing that doesn't change. Only a couple breakfast options but its still delicious. Everything from lunch and dinner and the short order menu, is out of this world. Its so strange because your out in the middle of no where, you wouldn't expect the food to be sooo delicious. But it is.
The activities to do around the island.
-Visit small fishing village
-Coron Town tour
We did every activity this place had to offer but the diving, which I can't do because of a bad ear problem I have. But we enjoyed everything and did some of the activities multiple times. I strongly suggest a kayak trip to twin islands, they'll even pack a lunch for you, or you can even get a tent from the staff and food and you can camp out and have a fire on the beach on the uninhabited twin islands. Its beautiful. You can ask any of the staff about places to hike but I strongly suggest talking to Luls, I think thats how its spelled. She was very knowledgable about the island and places to hike or kayak to. She took us to the other side of the island, it was beautiful and totally untouched by humans. Amazing!
The staff at the resort was really just downright awesome. Fun, friendly, and they will bend over backwards to make your comfortable. Me and my gf hung out with some of the staff quite often throughout our stay. My gf knowing there language was a huge bonus for all of us when it came to communication. We did everything with the staff including eating together, drinking, we even went to the nearby fishing village and had a fun night of karaoke. And if you like to shoot some pool, the staff loves to play. Dont be shy to talk to any of them, they are all nice and friendly.
Now i stayed there for 8 nights, had the best room they have at the resort, did every activity but diving and had a huge bar tab. And i only ended up spending 1000 dollars. GREAT VALUE!!!
We were very sad to leave the resort but overall, I think it was one of the best relaxing weeks of my life. I can't stop thinking about my stay there, it was amazing.
To end this, I'm just gonna give you a list of Pro's and Con's to wrap it up.
-12 hours of electricity
-rain (if it does rain, it only rains for 10 minutes usually, and maybe only a few times a day, but its nice to get some rain if your hot hiking through the jungle under the sun)
THANK YOU CORAL BAY!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort is on Popototan Island, hearth of Coron region Palawan archipelago, situated in a remote and pristine Marine Park conservation area. Nestled amongst a beautiful archipelago of tropical islands, pearl farms and reefs. We offer you the peace and serenity of an island hideaway with activities and options to learn Scuba Diving or dive on historical famous WW2 Japanese shipwrecks. Explore this fantastic area! Experience nature's magnificent beauty! We are happy to have a fantastic training ground with direct access from our Pier and a magnificent house reef with our very own Wreck where a large school of Jack fishes have made their home. WW2 shipwrecks provide unique ground for wreck penetration courses, deep and Nitrox training. Furthermore there's also many options for diving shipwrecks, beautiful reefs and unique geothermal lakes on half or full day excursions. Common species found on our reef include the beautiful flamboyant Lionfish, a huge school of swirling Jacks, a resident Goliath Grouper, regular visits from everyone’s favorite Hawksbill Turtle, Crocodile fishes, Rays, Trigger fish, Sweet lips, Cuttlefish, Clown fish s and a massive variety of macro to excite even the most experienced snorkelers. We also have regular visits from Dugongs (Sea cows) on the South Side of our reef From the resort, we offer as well day trips to other Islands, where you can enjoy the silence and beauty of nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Bay Beach & Dive Hotel Busuanga
- Coral Bay Beach And Dive Resort