Flying To Coron
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Friday, November 30, 2007 7:16
Most clients arrive in the Philippines via Manila International
If you haven't arranged for someone to meet you at the airport
you better read 'Airport Transfers' and 'Excess Baggage'
before you proceed further.
Depending on the day of the week, there are three to four
daily, flights from Manila to Busuanga, the airport destination for Coron diving. Those 'Old Hands' who have been to Coron before, will be pleasantly surprised to see the photo on the right featuring the new concrete apron. The old dirt apron can still be seen on the thumbnail to the left for those who want to reminisce. The new apron will allow larger aircraft access to the airport and therefore improve the seating availability.
international code for the airport is USU. The flight will
take an hour and you will fly south-southwest from Manila
to the airport located in the middle of the Yula King Ranch
on the north side of Busuanga Island. The airport is 28 kilometres
and about 45 minutes by road from the town of Coron. All
scheduled flights are met by an airline ground service representative
and an open jeepney is provided for the Php 150.00 ride into
Coron town. If you would prefer an air con van for the trip
to town please ask, it can be arranged, though obviously
at extra cost.
Ask the airline representative/driver to point out, stop
at, the place you will be staying. Most accommodation will
be easily accessed from where the jeepney will drop you off.
If you are carrying full diving equipment to Coron, and
especially if you are with a group of divers each carrying
full diving equipment to Coron, you should read about Airline
Checked Baggage Limits and Excess Weight Charges.
Philippine Diving can steer you around the pitfall of booking
a seat and getting your baggage bumped if the plane is overweight.
Booking your flights online is the most efficient method of securing flights to Coron. If you can't get a flight see "Travel
by Ship" and contact
Airlines operating the Manila - Busuanga - Manila sector
are, Seair and Asian Spirit
On Seair flight seats are limited, 19 seats is the total capacity
per flight, and you may be told by the airline that a particular
flight is fully booked during peak season. The airlines sell
blocks of tickets to travel agents who book plush resorts
and the airlines lose control over those seats. If those
tickets are unsold they are turned back to the airlines at
the last moment and are available to wait-listed passengers.
your reservations as early as possible.
You will pick up your tickets in Manila at the Seair ticket
office located at the front left corner of the departure
building before you enter the terminal for your flight. Seair's
ticketing office opens at 6am and the check-in time for the
07.15 early morning flight, is 6:30 AM. Alternatively we
can arrange delivery of the tickets to your hotel if you
are staying overnight in Manila.
Seair's flight schedule is constantly changing. To check
their very latest schedules and book online check here
Schedules and Booking.
When checking pricing be aware there are surcharges for
fuel(Php 650.00), security(Php 15.00), and insurance(Php
250.00), per sector to add to the advertised prices.So if
the advertised price is Php 2,880.00 one way the price you
will pay for a single is(2,880+650+15+250)=Php 3795.00. A
return ticket is (2,880+650+15+250)*2= Php 7,590.00. This
price is now subject to 12% EVAT making the final total for
a return ticket Php 8,500.80
It is now possible to connect from Busuanga Island in the
Calamian Island Group, to resorts in the El Nido, Palawan
area and on to Puerto Princesa, Palawan with Seair departing
Busuanga at 09:10am on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
It is now also possible to fly from Boracay (Caticlan) to
Busuanga once weekly on a Thursday at 07.40 hrs. This is
a one-way service only. Passengers wishing to fly Busuanga
- Boracay still have to fly via Manila.
Asian Spirit are another airline flying the sector
Manila - Busuanga - Manila and they now operate the Dash 7, 50 seater aircraft, giving a greater
seating allocation than ever before. At this time there is only one flight per day on Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun at 07.20am, but it is
worth checking the link below for alterations to the timetable;
especially if you struggle to get a ticket with Seair.
Spirit Schedules and Booking.
Having used the service only last Sunday, November 25th 2007, I have to say it was impressive, and the price was better than Seair at Php3,266.00 inclusive of taxes.
There is also a Php200.00 terminal fee to pay in Manila,
a Php 10.00 terminal fee at Busuanga, and a Php 150.00 charge
for ground transportation, via jeepney, from the Busuanga
airport into Coron town or from Coron town back to the Busuanga
airport. This applies to all carriers.
If you want to Wreck Dive on the same day that you arrive
We don't get a chance to see you in the water on a shallower
dive before we drop you in on the wrecks, so please have
your advanced diving certification or at least 20 dives of
experience. Please have made and logged a dive within the
previous 12 months (within 6 months preferred if you have
only 10 to 20 logged dives).
The normal departure time for diving on the wrecks is 9am.
If you arrive unannounced and unanticipated on a morning
flight all the wreck diving boats will have left the dock
by the time your ground transportation arrives in Coron Town.
You can still dive around Coron Town, Coron Island and CYC
Island on the day you arrive without giving advance notice.
If you wish to dive the wrecks on the day you arrive
you should book the morning Seair flight and let us know
what day you will be arriving. We will have to arrange
a hired air con van, at your cost of P1,200, for your pickup
at the airport. The van will bring you straight to the
dive shop of your choice and we will arrange for the dive
boat to wait for you for about an hour.
The open air airline service jeepney that meets each flight
at the YKR airport can't depart the airport to carry the
arriving passengers to Coron until the aircraft takes off
for the return flight back to Manila and would therefore
be too late for anyone wanting to wreck dive on the same
day they arrive.
Airline Checked Baggage Limits and Excess
There is a limit of 10 kg per ticket for checked luggage.
Anything above that amount is charged at Php 40.00 per kg.
Any excess luggage will be carried if the airplane has the
ability to safely carry the weight.
There is a physical size and weight limit for the baggage
compartments in the nose and the body of the aircraft. The
size and weight limits for the baggage compartments can not
You can take one carry-on bag which will be weighed with
your body and won't count against your 10 kg for checked
luggage. This is the way around most over-weight problems.
It makes your shoulders ache a bit, and you can get a terrible
shock when they ask you to jump on the scales to check your
body weight,but you get to keep your pesos in your pocket:)
Problems generally do not happen with a normal mixture of
Asian and Anglo tourists, residents, and divers because the
Asians are that much smaller than the Anglos. Problems can
arise with large groups of big Anglo divers each carrying
full diving gear. A full passenger load of big divers with
full diving gear can exceeded the carrying capacity of the
With large groups of divers we advise that an additional
seat be purchased for every four divers who are carrying
their diving equipment. This keeps one body off of the aircraft
and ensures that there is sufficient carrying capacity for
the dive gear. When the cost of one extra seat is divided
among four divers the cost is less than as if you paid for
86 kg of excess baggage. Buying the extra seat guarantees
that your diving gear will fly with you.
If your equipment gets bumped off of the flight it has first
priority on the next Seair flight once the passengers are
accommodated. Since Seair has two to three flights a day
you won't be without your gear for long.