On our trip to Coron, Palawan, we tried two different ways of exploring the Calamianes group of islands. First, we joined an organized tour via a tour operator. We chose to book with Calamianes Expeditions & EcoTours since it seems to offer relatively cheap island hopping tours. On the next day, we decided to try a DIY (do-it-yourself) island hopping tour of Coron’s islands.
We made a deal with a boatman to take us to Malcapuya Island, touted as the best white beach island in Coron, and to other islands of our choice, for 3000 pesos. This is relatively high, most likely because the island is farther than the other known coral reef islands in Coron.
On our way to Malcapuya Island, we dropped by the house of our boatman. This was nice because the house was at a mangrove area, so in a way, we got a treat to traverse through the mangroves.
Since Malcapuya was so beautiful, we spent a long while there. In fact, we are already planning that on our next trip to Coron, we would be staying on that island, even for just one night.
Our lunch was better than those prepared at organized tours because we chose the fish we liked, including my favorite being samaral, and we got sinigang na lapu-lapu. Our boatman and his companion prepared the food for us.
If you’d rather not bother shopping for lunch ingredients, then it would be better to join an organized tour from a tour operator.