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Underwater Paradise- Coron, Palawan Day 1

Barely had enough sleep due to the delayed flight from Hong Kong to Manila.  But we need to catch the plane from NAIA Terminal 3 to Busuanga Airport in Palawan.  We decided to leave SM Light Residences at 6AM to avoid the traffic jam during the morning rush hour.  It took us 15 minutes to reach the airport. That was superfast!  And we were given a go signal to check in. The six of us took the Cebu Pacific Air flight. Other than the check-in and carry-on luggages, we need to be weighed individually. The reason behind is the propeller type plane limitation whereby they need to allocate the seating arrangement to balance the load.

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Barely had enough sleep due to the delayed flight from Hong Kong to Manila.  But we need to catch the plane from NAIA Terminal 3 to Busuanga Airport in Palawan.  We decided to leave SM Light Residences at 6AM to avoid the traffic jam during the morning rush hour.  It took us 15 minutes to reach the airport. That was superfast!  And we were given a go signal to check in. The six of us took the Cebu Pacific Air flight. Other than the check-in and carry-on luggages, we need to be weighed individually. The reason behind is the propeller type plane limitation whereby they need to allocate the seating arrangement to balance the load.

It will be the first breakfast in the Philippines.  Jollibee is just inside the airport and serving tapsilog.  Tapsilog is a cured beef with egg and fried rice.  Others ordered the pancake.
The bus fetches passengers from the airport terminal to a distant runway where the propeller type planes are waiting.
The plane is situated far away from the boarding gate. So a bus is needed to transfer all the passengers at the domestic plane bay. Heavy traffic is not only happening in the streets. It does happen in the airspace. Our flight is delayed for 2.5 hours attributing to air traffic and safety checks.
Cebu Pacific Air aircraft ATR 72-500 flying from Manila to Busunga Airport.

 

Finally we boarded and flew. One hour is all it take to reach Busuanga Airport. The airstrip is small that it only caters propeller type planes. Deplaned and took our luggage.  Outside the airport is the resort van and staff patiently waiting for more than 3 hours for the plane to arrive.  The land journey took us under an hour traversing the cattle farm and the simple lifestyle of the municipality.

Reached the wharf where a small boat is waiting as it is low tide.  It’s a mini-wharf.  It’s low tide.  After 10 minutes we have reached a bigger boat at the middle of the sea. The bigger boat cruised for about 20 minutes to reach Majika Island Beach Resort.
Bintuan Wharf has a wooden platform for passengers to use when boarding the bangka.  This is where the first water journey begins going to the Majika Island Beach Resort in the Apo Island.
A bigger bangka is waiting for us at the middle of the sea as it cannot dock due to the low tide.
We finally reached the resort at 3PM.  All is famished. We paid for full-board accommodation which includes rooms, food and excursion. Lunch is served at once before we collapse.
An earth-friendly entrance of Majika Island Beach Resort.
Unloaded our stuff in the bedrooms. We have two huts with 2 queens size beds each.
Coral growth at Majika Island Beach Resort
Coral growth at Majika Island Beach Resort
As the day is almost over but the sun is still up, we went kayaking the front bay of the resort. Few wades away, the coral reef is teeming with colourful marine flora and fauna. We docked at the swimming platform at the middle of the bay. Unaware of the tide, we witnessed how the coral reef started to appear from under as the tide ebbs away. As we headed back, the low tide has exposed a longer beach in front of the resort.  The resort staff needs to fetch us as the water has receded and the kayaks are way far from the beach.
Front beach of Majika Island Beach Resort with the kayak waiting for a journey on the calm waters.
Majika is way out of the power grid. The main power supply is generator by night and solar panels by day. Gadget charging is only available between 6pm – 11pm. Due to the limited source of power, electric fan is the way to ease the tropical heat.
One of the hut with 2 queen size beds and ensuite toilet and bath.

 

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The front beach of Majika Island Beach Resort with the kayak and the fleet of boats.

 

MajikaIslandBeachResort Room
2 Queens size beds in one of the bigger huts.

 

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Notice how the high tide reaches the front area of the resort. The volleyball court is not sitting on the waters.
After navigating the bay for 2 hours  with kayaks, it’s time for dinner.  Carbo-loading to prepare for the next day’s adventure. We’ve been slammed on the bed before 9PM as we haven’t really slept in full.  The night is full with the nocturnal creature in orchestral symphony.
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