To Coron By Ship|
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Travel to Coron, Busuanga Island, Palawan, with WG&A Superferry
Our Lady of Medjugorje is operated by WG&A on the route, Manila to Coron, Palawan continuing to Puerto Princesa, Palawan and the return.
You board the ship from Manila's North Harbour on Friday at 4.45pm, you will sleep on the ship and arrive in Coron Saturday morning at 6.00am. This is our preferred way to travel by ship. You will be in time to have breakfast, check into your room, clean up, and dive on the wrecks that day. Just be at your chosen dive shop before 8:30am so you can be fitted with your dive equipment.
Tickets for Our Lady of Medjugorje can be purchased at the SuperFerry ticket office at Pier 15, Manila's North Harbour, just prior to departing, or at any the WG&A ticket outlets around Manila, or from most Travel Agents in Manila. Alternatively you could try booking online via Superferry.
For tourists lodging in the Ermita area a WG&A ticket outlet is located on the ground floor of the high rise shopping mall and office building on the corner of United Nations (UN) Avenue and Taft Avenue next to the LRT (Light Rail Transit) station. Look for Alexis Travel's counter just inside of the ground floor door facing the LRT. They are on-line with the WG&A computer and can write your ticket for you.
We recommend buying the ticket without meals and insurance and then buying what food you prefer from the snack bar or restaurant on the ship. Personally, there are outlets for McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's and many others on United Nations Avenue which can provide packaged food to take on the ship.
You can get to North Harbour, Pier 15 by taxi for about P100 though the taxi drivers will ask for P200 or more. Do not pay more than P150 and insist on being dropped off at the gate to the pier and not just at the gate to North Harbour
We recommend passing up the rice, boiled egg and hotdog breakfast on Our Lady of Medjugorje in favour of eating at the restaurant of the accommodation of your choice immediately on arrival in Coron.
In Coron when you disembark you will take a tricycle (125cc motorcycle with sidecar) to your hotel.
The tricycle will depart the pier area and turn left. The market is about 2 km away. The fare for the tricycle is P5 if you share it with anyone who can pile in at anytime after they wave the trike to a stop, or P35 if you rent the whole trike. With any luggage and a traveling companion or two, just pay P35 at the start and tell the trike driver "Sea Dive/ Kalamayan Inn / Kokosnuss, direcho" which means go directly without stopping.
The timetable for Our Lady of Medjugorje is as follows:
Departs Manila Friday at 4:45pm from North Harbour Pier 15 and arrives Coron Saturday at 6:00am.
Departs Coron Saturday at 6:45am and arrives Puerto Princesa, Palawan at 8:00pm Saturday evening.
Departs Puerto Princesa Sunday at 8:45am and arrives in Coron at 10:00pm Sunday.
Departs Coron Sunday at 10:45pm arrives in Manila on Monday at 11:59am at North Harbour Pier 15
Ticket prices are currently as follows but please check via the link to make sure they have not been changed without me noticing.
Economy Php 1,330.00 per person, one-way
Tourist Php 1,740.00 per person, one-way
Cabin Php 2,200.00 per person, one-way Note: Cabins for 4 and for 6 persons are available.
Stateroom Php 5,370.00 per two persons, one-way
Suite Php 6,000.00 per two persons, one-way
All prices exclude meals.
NOTE: All accommodations are per head basis except for Stateroom and Suite which are on a room rate basis for two persons.
Schedules and Fares are subject to change without prior notice.
Sailing time from Manila to Coron is 13 hours 15 minutes. Route: Manila-Coron-Puerto Princesa-Coron-Manila
Using "Our Lady of Medjugorje" on Saturday morning when it continues on to Puerto Princesa will be the preferred method of continuing a vacation trip from Coron down to Central Palawan.
Travel to Coron, Busuanga Island, Palawan, with Sulpicio Lines.
Sulpicio Lines operates the M/V Iloilo Princess from Manila to Coron to Puerto Princesa and return. The ship departs from Manila at 9:00pm Thursday from Pier 12, North Harbour The arrival time in Coron is 12 Noon on Friday.
This is not a recommended service but, should you wish to use it, we suggest you contact the shipping line direct at Sulpicio Lines
Travel to Coron, Busuanga Island, Palawan by Slow Boat from Manila
Asuncion Lines Ship, at Coron Pier. The San Nicholas. This boat sank with all passengers lost some eighteen months ago. It was their flagship. Do you really want to use this operator?
Asuncion Lines operates smaller, slower boats, which are NOT tourist class. The best of these was the San Nicholas. Boats leave on Tuesdays at 2 PM from Manila and take about 20 hours to get to Coron. These boats operate from a pier at North Harbour called ISLA PUTING BATO, which is on the left (South side) of the gate for pier 2. Follow the road 200 meters all the way out to the end and look for white wood fishing trawler style boats about 30 meters long. Names of the other boats are Catalyn A, Asuncion 10 and Asuncion 11. They usually leave at 2:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday but ALWAYS call first at 63-2-245-4595 or 4596 to confirm the schedule. The schedule can change at holiday times. These boats take 20 to 24 hours to make the trip and cost about P450. You get two meals of simple Filipino food. Bring bottled water to drink. Water, soft drinks, boiled eggs, cookies, chips and crackers are available at the pier.
This service is only for the flat-broke, as in 'skint', as in no money; or for the extremely adventurous and foolhardy with no value for personal preservation. You have been warned!!!