What better way to start the new year than looking back at the travel highlights of the past year? 2013 was a year of stunning scenery and spectacular land and seascapes in my travels. My wife Reizel and I were able to cross a few more items from our travel bucket list. In February I went to California to be with my wife on our wedding anniversary. She was in Silicon Valley at that time for an eight-week business trip. I arrived via a direct MNL-SFO flight on a Friday evening US West Coast time, and after having dinner and a couple hours of rest, we (along with the gang of officemates who were also on business trip) started past midnight on a 750-mile (1,200-kilometer) drive to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Alarm clocks are highly recommended if you’re going on a Calauit Safari tour as this needs a pre-dawn departure from Coron. On day three of our Coron trip, we were already at the boat by 5 a.m. We boarded at the Port of Coron instead of the town wharf since we needed a bigger boat for the three-hour voyage to Calauit.
On our second day in Coron, the van from Calamian Tours promptly fetched us after breakfast at Sunz en Coron resort. In less than thirty minutes we were at the wharf where our bangka (outrigger boat) was waiting for us to board.
My wife and I marked our first wedding anniversary last February 2012 by crossing out another item in our bucket list: Coron. Coron is both the name of an island and a town in northern Palawan. Confusingly, Coron town is on Busuanga island, while Coron island is situated off its southeastern coast. In recent years this part of Palawan has increasingly opened up to domestic tourists following the opening of commercial flights at Busuanga (Francisco B. Reyes) airport, coupled with frequent offerings of group deals online. The area is also known as a wreck diving mecca because of the numerous World War II wrecks that lie beneath its sheltered waters. Neither me nor my wife are divers though, so we’ll have to make do with what Coron has to offer on the surface.