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Travel Tip : Coron Packaged Tour or DIY? My 3D/2N Coron Tour for 3,000 Pesos


I never thought that a trip to Coron Palawan would be this affordable. I’ve always had this perception that going to this world-famous tourist destination is expensive, not until I went there last June 19-21, 2011. If you've been following this series, you definitely know now that it wasn't an easy journey for me reaching Palawan - but all that hardships were paved off as it was an awesome 3D/2N Coron adventure.


To start it off, I wasn’t hands-on in preparing for this trip. My friend Ricky was the one who organized all the things needed. I just requested him to find the least expensive package. Although we’re having second thoughts on whether getting a packaged tour or doing a DIY trip, nonetheless we were enticed by the packaged tour offered by Rudy’s Place. Their tour costs 3,000 pesos for a 3D/2N stay - which is just right for our budget. Thanks Ricky for organizing this!


Getting a package or a DIY trip to Coron Palawan is really up to you. It definitely has its PROs and CONs. If you want to have full control on your itinerary, the food and the type of accommodation you want, I suggest that you do a DIY trip. However, if you don’t want to subject yourself on doing the strenuous work of researching, in creating an itinerary, finding an accommodation and contacting the hotels, you may opt to get a packaged tour.


I am not a fan of packaged tour, I always want to do my trips on my own. But in this case, since I don’t have much time to do the nitty gritty of organizing the trip, I willingly gave in to a packaged tour. And I’m glad I did!


Rudy's Place's 3D/2N Packaged tour includes:
  • All meals for 3 days
  • Mt. Tapyas Climb and Maquinit Hot Springs on Day 1
  • 1 day Island Hopping tour and Snorkeling gears on Day 2
  • Round trip Airport transfers
  • All transportation to and from place of activity
  • Entrance and guide fees

To contact Rudy's Place, CLICK HERE.

On the other hand, here's a quick run down if you prefer a DIY tour:
Airport Transfer (Busuanga-Coron)
Lunch (Day 1)
Accommodation (1st night)
Tricycle Rental (Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit)
Maquinit Entrance Fee
Dinner (Day 1)
Breakfast (Day 2)
1-Day Island Hopping Tour
Snorekling Gear Rental
Dinner (Day 2)
Accommodation (2nd night)
Breakfast (3rd Day)
Airport Transfer (Coron-Busuanga)
TOTAL
150
100
500
300
100
100
100
650*
150
100
500
100
150
3,000

*based on Coron Galeri's rates on Coron loop island hopping tour for joiners


In the end, it's really up to you whether you get a packaged tour or explore Coron on a "Do-it-yourself" way - whatever suits your needs and preferences.

Let me hear you. What do you prefer, Packaged or DIY? You may leave your thoughts on the comment box below. Thanks!

NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post.



This is a 3D/2N trip to the world famous tourist destination in our country, Coron Palawan. Happened last June 19-21, 2011, this series chronicles the places we visited, the activities we did and the people we've met on this wonderful adventure. To date, is the 28th province on my list.
Map By: Wikipedia




Thanks to Ricky and Jay-ann for the photos!


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46 comments :

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

Hi! I just found your site thru mapanuri. A boat rental for coron loop alone would cost 1500 if I'm not mistaken. Great deal you have there. If I may ask, ilan minimum # of head count para ma-avail siya? Be back in Coron alone next month so I'm also searching for budget friendly packages.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Malditang "Kura"cha - for rudy's place, i think there's no minimum, even solo travelers could take the 3K pero person package...makipag-bargain ka nalang...

Chyng said...

really depends.
if you're in a big group, DIY is much cheaper. at that rate, you can also visit skeleton wreck, banana island and malcapuya (these spots are surely NOT included in the usual package).

but for soloista and small groups, winner na tong 3K! =)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Chyng - i agree... mas lumiliit ang gastos if you're on a big group... thanks for sharing your thoughts Chyng! :)

Kathleen said...

wow ang cool ng 3000.. talo ang 5000 pesos mo miss chyng :) sana ako rin maka avail ng ganito

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Some packaged tours can be really awesome. I totally enjoyed some, especially if the guides are really knowledgeable. Good deal you got, Mervz!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Kathleen - yung 3k is the packaged tour lang ah.. comparing it with Chyng's 5k coron tour, mas mura pa rin yung sa kanila kc mas madami silang napuntahan and all-in na yung sa kanila... next post ko will include all my expenses incurred for the 3-day tour... thanks... :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Pinay Travel Junkie - although affordability is subjective, for me, the 3k packaged tour is affordable na, especially for solo traveling... thanks Gay! :)

Ding said...

ayus to ah! pero butas pa din ang bulsa ko, kasi ako din ang mag shoulder sa aming apat...kawawa naman if I leave the kids...LOL!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Ding- ahehehehe! malalaki na ba kids mo Sir Ding? iba naman cguro ang rate sa mga kids... hehhe! :) salamat po...

pack up and drift said...

ang mura..I'm planning to visit Coron next year. Sana hinde tumaas yung rate. hehehe...

♥ joei said...

DIY! I went to Coron and DIY'd also. Not only can you do your own thing, it's probably going to come out cheaper :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

wow! thanks for the tips! really helpful, so pede pala itong i-solo. hmm!

empi said...

Affordable nga oh!

Anonymous said...

anong email nyang sa package na yan?

this is tim.

Astrid said...

If the schedule's tight and I know my companions are looking for a vacation rather than an adventure, I'd go with tour packages. But if I have to spend my own time and pace, I'd go for DIY. Mainly because I love trip planning :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@pack up and drift - yeah, sana nga... enhoy Coron! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@♥ joei - yeah, it could be cheaper especially kung madami kayu.. :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@thepinaysolobackpacker - oh yeah! pwedeng pwede... akala ko din before hindi kayang solo eh... hehehe!!! thanks Gael! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@empi - yeas indeed! hehehe! thanks Empi! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Anonymous - i'll be posting the contact details on my next post... thanks po..

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Astrid - me too... i enjoy doing the research and planning for a trip...yun lang, wala akong time for this, kaya we opted to get a package... thanks for sharing your thoughts Astrid! :)

Vt1 said...

wow ang galing nman ng diskarte sa P3000 you this adventure at mura un pagkain, hand salute talga ako sau pre...

dong ho said...

kung minsan susubukan ka din talaga kung gaano ka kadeterminado pumunta sa isang lugar. tulad na lang sa nangyari sa yo dito at sa desidido mong pumunta ng basilan kahit may nangyari isang linggo bago ka pumunta.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Vt1 - thanks po! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@dong ho - oh yes! i was just reading the newspaper about the bombing - exactly 4 days before i went to Basilan...tinatakot na nga ako ng mga friends ko, pero gusto ko talaga pumunta, at syempre with your advise and help i was able to be in a place i never thought i'll be able to set foot in... thanks Dom! :)

Krizzia said...

Sana makahanap din po kami ng promo na kagaya nyan hehe. Pasok sa budget.

marxtermind said...

For me it depends pero good deal na tong 3K pero mas gusto ko pa din na may personal touch ung trip ko, ung ako nag research and nagcreate ng itinerary.

mike said...

yes...please provide for the contact for the package. if i do go back home, i want to go to coron.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@mike, @Krizzia - I'll be posting a travel guide later with all the contact details... thanks a lot... :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@marxtermind - i agree... it's better to create your own as long as you have time to do it... :)

Ed said...

grabe ang budget mo! 3K lang? saya! di pa ako nakapag Coron eh. :(

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Ed - yeah, that's the cheapest packaged tour we got... pero lahat lahat umabot din me ng almost 4k... will be posting the expenses in my next post... Thanks Ed! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Tripper10 - yeah, mas madami silang napuntahan... :)

Anonymous said...

diba po wala pa jan ang airfair??

lzn_mrs said...

hi, pupunta ako ng coron this oct5-7, ngaun ko lang to nabasa blog u, nakapagpareserve na ako sa rudysplace. kamusta ang room at swimming pool?

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@lzn_mrs - ok naman dun, spacious ang rooms... the pool is fine, di nga lang namin na try kc lagi kami nasa labas... enjoy! mababait ang mga tao sa Rudy's Place... :)

Nicely said...

so where did you spent your 2 nights? I'm looking for a place for my Mom and aunts to stay first week of Feb. Kindly contact me back through my blog's tagboard: www.iamnicely.com. Thanks!

Journeys and Travels said...

great one Mervz. di pa ako nakakapunta ng Coron or El Nido. I am wanting to go there in the future.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Nicely - we stayed at Rudy's place...

@Doc Wendz - super nice po ng Coron... can't wait to see your photos of Coron... Punta na po.. :)

Jeff Reyes said...

We are scheduled to go to Coron this year, we are a family of 5 with 3 kids...plus one yaya so 6 na kami :). Hopefully we can get the same package na nakuha mo. :)

Mura ba kapag Oct. 31-Nov. 3 ang trip?

Pinoy Adventurista said...

i think pareho lang... try calling Rudy's place for the current rates... thanks po.. :)

mercy said...

wow nice... galing..pa sched akong tour soon

Anonymous said...

anong number ng rudy's place?? thanks :)

Angie said...

Hello! any contact number to Rudy's Place? thanks :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

here--> http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2011/07/travel-guide-coron-palawan.html

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