Majika's Island Resort

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If you are a Nature Lover who seeks to do a variety of Exciting Adventure Activities, our idyllic and rustic Resort is the perfect place for your vacation in Coron, Palawan. One can reach the island resort after a 45-minute scenic ride by van and a 15-minute transfer through a mangrove forest by boat. We are located right in front of the protected Bintuan Marine Park.
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TheLittlestHoboUk_ wrote a review Dec 2009
UK.2 contributions21 helpful votes
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Well what can I say about Majika Resort? I have been traveling now for approximately 39 years. The travel bug got me when I was a young lad. I have my father to blame (or thank) for that, because he said “Son, (“Don’t Go West ”) get out & travel & see & do everything you can before you marry & settle down, other wise you most probably wont every get the chance later once married.”

I have traveled the full length of many countries (including my own UK) across Europe to the far east, China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Guam, Alaska USA, Canada, Mexico down to some of the South American nations just to mention a few.

So why am I telling you this? It is so you know I have comparisons.

So that is the start of my little story to describe what I'm going to write here about Majika Resort, Coron, Palawan, Philippines.

However, fortunately for you, I will try to keep it brief & to the point. (If possible because there is so much I can say. I was IMPRESSED.) So read on.

Recently I was in the Philippines again. I have traveled to places like Baguio, Bontoc, Sagata, Banaue, Vigan, Romblon, Boracay (Boracay!!! what a hole ), Davao in Mindanao, Puerto Princesa etc.

Then I wanted to go to Coron. So I got on Trip Advisor & did my usual. After reading peoples reviews, I thought, well from what I have seen of the standards already in the places I had visited in the Philippines & for what I had paid for very little value, I’ll just be “Another Lamb to the Slaughter” again.

WHY? We all have to take a risk when traveling & this was no exception. Every accommodation I booked was not what the picture looked like or what I was told. Cold Calling can really open your eyes as well & give you a shock. But we must also be flexible. It is us who must adjust to the country, not the country adjust to us.

Anyhow, after all the reviews & phoning some of the other accommodations & resorts mentioned, I chose Majika Island Resort.

I phoned Majika first to confirm (or at least try to confirm) if some of what was reported was true.

I felt very comfortable with her immediately. She came across friendly, very good English (which certainly helps) & I sensed honesty in her voice & the way she spoke.

It wasn’t just the “YES YES YES” to every question, which is what you tend to get EVERYWHERE & more so in Asian Countries. It was an explanation of everything & what to expect.

Majika told me about the Cabins, the Queens Size Bed/s & the very clean, large European bathrooms with flushing toilets.

The peaceful ocean frontage resort, with Fire Flies at night & Sea Fire Flies. Absolutely Magnificent to see.

She then continued to tell me about the tours she does in the area, the War Ship wrecks, which some are straight out front of the resort. Coron Island Tours & many other site seeing areas.

She also told me what the food was & how the servings where given, (I was already staving in the Philippines from small servings) the tours, the works.

Anyhow, I was sold, but still skeptical. So I booked 5 days, paid & went.

It was all Majika said it was & what Trip Advisor had said. In Trip Advisor you get you small negative remarks, but you can’t please everyone. It was not 5 star with air con, & I wasn’t expecting that. It had fans which worked fine combined with the sea breeze & the neat design of the natural ventilation in the cabins. I had no problem.

The cabins where simple, spacious, very clean, & the food was certainly plentiful, (“My plate Flowith Over) I think that is how you spell it. 

The tours where full on & I slept very well each night & “OH MY GOD” cold beer. YES Cold beer in the Philippines.

I claimed the Hiking Track behind the resort. It takes about 20 minutes but well worth it as the 360 degree view is fantastic, you can see all the surrounding islands, the corals, the Mangrove Channel etc etc. Best time to climb it is anytime, but early morning or late afternoon is better. You can see the Sunrise or Sunset & you’re not in the midday sun.

After seeing the Mangrove Channel from up there, I ask Majika if I could go there & explore the mangroves. She was very obliging. She got me a native canoe & a personal guide, a small cooler box & away we went. It was like going up a mini version of the Amazon River with its little tributaries.

During one of our tours, we went to the Salt Water Hot Springs hidden in the Mangroves, Fantastic.

During my stay at Majika, I found out Majika herself is 4 generation born & breed, however still with several older generations ahead her, so she knows the place inside out & upside down.

I also found the resort is also fully 100% Philippino Owned, so congratulations to Majika for that & all her hard work.

I was treated like family & taken into areas where tourist don’t get to go. This was not part of the tour package, it was simply, I was there at the right place & right time, but that is how Majika treats you. Like Family, not like a guest. (So you never know your luck)

And with the cost of the package she offered, I found it was excellent, & excellent value for money (more than what you pay for) & the good part I like was, “You knew where the Dollar stopped” (Oppss Peso stopped.) No unexpected surprises. Obviously the package didn’t include the beer etc, that was an extra, but that is normal everywhere.

To sum it all up, would I recommend Majika Island Resort & Tours?
Repeated sentence from above: “It was an explanation of everything & what to expect”.
AND IT WAS DELIVERED. Majika deliveries.

Yes, “I SHALL RETURN”. Most definitely & I would return again, even though I have seen it already, it’s the peace, beauty & they way I was treated & made to feel at home. No complaints whatsoever & that brings me back to the beginning of my little story. I have lots of comparisons & Majika is now my #1 on the list.

Oppss & what fantastic body massages, manicure & pedicure I had. (They are an extra expense)

I departed with some new sense of trust in my travels. I might find another Majika one day, though it took me 39 years. Ah, who cares, I’ll be in an Old Age Home for Adventurers wearing Adventurer Nappies by then. Hahaha. 
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Date of stay: December 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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MADE FROM P wrote a review Oct 2014
12 contributions20 helpful votes
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My Wife and I backpacked all around Asia this spring. We visited Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia and many more places. However our favorite place we visited had to be Coron in the Philippines, and a big part of that opinion is due to the absolutely fantastic time we had at Majika's Island Resort. The resort was low key, rustic and surrounded by gorgeous beauty!

Heres a quick breakdown
1. Location is superb - Quiet, tranquil and private island feel. Beautiful waters, islands and people!
2. Food - Home cooked food every day was simply delicious! My wife and i loved t he traditional food, and simply could not get enough!
3. Accommodation - Is very basic, but that goes hand in hand with the charm of the island. Don't expect to have air con, hot showers (not that you need it) and expect the occasional power outages. But in all, our stay was very comfortable
4. Excursions - Everyday was an adventure! Island hoping, scuba diving, snorkling around WWII ship wrecks. If you have time, ask Majika to take you to Pass Island. Its about 1 hour away from the resort, it cost extra, but is is SO worth it! Private Island paradise and the most wonderful corel!
5. The Hosts - Oh so friendly, kind and courteous! They treated us like family & always made us feel special!

All in, Majika is superb value for money, and I hope to visit again in a year or so. I just can't get this place out of my mind!

Here is a video I put together of my time with Majika, i think this video alone will convince you to give Majika Island Resort a try!
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Date of stay: May 2014
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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sssito wrote a review May 2013
Toronto, Canada71 contributions18 helpful votes
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3 weeks has past since our trip to Philippines/Coron . Spent the first agonizing week fighting jetlag in Toronto but now I'm ready for my review :

DAY I SUMMARY

My family visited Majika on April 28-May 1st --Too short to be honest . I would have loved to stay longer but time wouldn't permit as me and my sister had to get back to Canada for work. Everyone seems to always end up in Boracay these days so my family decided to try something different . most of my friends have recommend to head to Palawan instead so my aunt arranged it and off we went . Before our flight to Coron ; my sister did a bit of research about the resort and told me that we couldn't swim in the water because of jellyfish. I thought she was joking ; i thought it was a little odd that we weren't allowed to swim on a beach resort.

From the airport we met up with the Majika van waiting outside . It was a 45min drive to this pier to where were we transferred to these motor boats that took us to Majika island that took another 20mins . The boatmen introduced themselves and Junior told us about the restrictions of swimming in the water due to the jellyfish. He also showed us another fisherman who had scars on his leg because of it. When our boat docked on the shoreline . Everyone had to walk into the shoreline a couple of feet --- I waited till everyone got off and i went in last .

And of course, it had to happen to me .

You see, I took 2 steps into the water towards the shoreline ... and i felt this sting on my left foot . Turns out I walked into right jellyfish tentacles that sat right on top of my foot ! It started to sting even more but after some vinegar that they had applied ( luckily no one had to pee on my foot ) --- eventually the stinging went away. Seriously ; moments before the boatmen warned us about the Jellyfish, one happened to greet me arriving on the island !

After that stunning welcome ( pun intended ha) -- we got acquainted with the Majika staff members . Played a bit of billiards and ping pong and had early dinner so we can head on up the hillside to check out the sunset. I was amazed to see a pitcher plant for the very first time ! They were scattered allover the hillside. The view from up above was just spectacular . Not to mention the gentle breeze -- if only we could sleep up there and gaze up to the stars ! As the dusk settled and night was upon us --- we shared more stories at the bar/lounge area and we called it a day in preparation for the next days activities ! The Majika island is capable of accommodating groups of guests - the 5 of us were the only ones there. I was kind of hoping to meet other people from different parts of the world but I guess our timing was off - but hey that's alright !

DAY II SUMMARY

Our first whole day in Palawan; Me and my sister tried to catch the sunrise but we woke up late . Junior went with us atop of the hill.After lunch we went offered to go scuba diving with Marlon --- I was a bit hesitant to do it at first but I figured how many times will you ever get the chance to go scuba diving ?10 minute crash course with Marlon- oh man, I was hooked ! This was the highlight of my entire trip to the Philippines. We saw an shipwrecked japanese boat on the Tangat Island. If you've never gone scuba diving, DO IT = *MIND-BLOWN*

Snorkelling at white sands was next , ( note: Snorkelling just wasn't the same after Scuba Diving haha ) Lots of nice scenic areas we went to at Kayangan Lake and Barracuda Lake ! The water was insanely clear that you can see the bottom of the ocean floor - and man it was DEEP . lotsa tourists from other resorts but that was expected. We had a mid afternoon lunch at the Kayangan lake shoreline while our feet dangled in the seawater ! We were also greeted by a wild monkey !

After the tours from the two lagoons, our boat went for another pit stop at a coral reef where we did a final snorkelling dive at an area that had the most fish ! I've never seen such an abundant number of corals and fish in one area ! Sea Urchins the size of basketballs . We then proceeded to the town of Coron so the crew can restock and it was nice to have a bit of a break . Found a nice cold glass of coca cola at a nearby sari sari store !

Back on Majika Island ; we had dinner and my family had each requested a 1 hour deep massage session with Ms. Joyce . Man she sure is a tough little cookie with those hands --- there was 5 of us too !

As the day came to an end ; I went for a walk, I hung out at the bar and had a beer with Tin Tin sharing stories while we watched Game of Thrones on TV ( Season 3 episode 3 ! )

DAY III SUMMARY

Sadly our trip came to an end. We were supposed to go on another snorkel run in the morning but we passed because we just wanted to unwind and relax for the remainder of the morning. I hung out by the shoreline and found a Jellyfish that beached on shore ( oh yes i got my revenge ) . Momentarily, it was time to part ways . We bid farewell to half of the Majika staff and group of them brought us back to the mainland pier :

Just before riding the Van back to the airport ; Junior took us around this Mangrove Forest and Marlon brought out this giant nautilus shell/ snail --- The biggest f'n snail I've ever seen in my life !

We all got back on the Van and they took us back to the airport . Our flight was a slight bit delayed but we made it back to Manila around 3pm. It was my last and final day in the Philippines . May 1st, we flew back to reality ... Back to Toronto …….

*** SOME RANDOM NOTES ; IN MY OPINION ***

LOCATION : Some people might find it inconvenient that you aren't able to swim in the water freely because of the jellyfish but there are so many places they take you to do that ! There is also a pool being built so rest assure you will have the time of your life ! Hammocks everywhere . The bar/lounge has billiards, ping pong, Karaoke too ! We all had zero mosquito bites . Just bring proper bug repellant and you'll be fine.

SERVICE : The food was decent ! I was content . It tasted good too ! I was hoping for inihaw na pusit ( BBQ Squid ) but that's ok Ive had too much already in Manila -- nonetheless, no real complaints. Cold drinking Water was available .They have various beverages , pop, beer, for a very small reasonable price ; Not bad at all ! First towel is free ℅ the staff but after that its a $100 pesos ? i can't remember … we had our own towels . We never had mosquito problems in the rooms . (I think ive gotten more mosquito bites in manila actually !) Just make sure you close the door or they'll come in of course .. One thing about the rooms you should be aware of is the electricity is only on during the evening to preserve power ( makes sense ) … so charge your electronics, mobile devices at night =)

The staff are the friendliest nicest and hard working people I've ever met on an island resort - very thankful for making our stay a most memorable one !

CLEANLINES : It wasn't so bad . The cottage/rooms are well kept. No big complaints or issues. Food was clean. Drinking Water was clean . A+

ROOMS : We only really used the rooms to sleep as we were out most of the day . We were in house 5 . I slept like a baby at night under that electric ceiling fan. Theres no AC but theres ceiling fans which made it even better in my opinion. Bathroom was decent ; There was a tabo and big pail, c'mon its traditional filipino style bathing ! I don't remember having hot water but the water temperature from the faucet was tolerable and actually refreshing - Toilet flushed normally in our cottage. If they didn't flush its not the end of the world people . Be thankful you have toilets even.. geez !!!.

SLEEP QUALITY : Slept like a baby - no joke !

VALUE : Comparing it to all the other overly priced resorts in Coron, it was well worth it., it was well worth every peso . I'd go back again without any hesitation.

*** GENERAL TIPS AND OBSERVATION ***

* You'll have a much better time going to the island with zero to no expectations ! I did and I absolutely LOVED it

* The Majika staff are the nicest, friendliest and well informative group of island resort hosts I have ever met !

* Watch out for jellyfish in the water ! The head is harmless but tentacles will sting ya . They majika crew have vinegar around so don't worry, no one will end up peeing on you .

* If you're looking to relax the best possible way, Majika has massage services on the island - make sure to ask for Joyce . She's tiny but man she will seriously destroy all stress out of your body … I mean it ! She will ask you, "Soft, Medium, Hard" …. I picked medium and oh man; i can't imagine what the HARD massage must be like . Joyce was surprised my sister went for the hard massage and was able to get thru it ! Highly Recommended =)

* 3G signal on the island doesn't work very well but cellular works ( i was able to text ppl in manila ok using a smart sim card)

* The bar/lounge at Majika has a television set which gets the regular channels. At night we were watching Hunger games and Game of Thrones on TV .

* Scuba Diving with Marlon -- ( for P2000 / 30 min ) ---- DO IT ! Absolutely INCREDIBLE ! Highlight of my trip !

* Bring your own snorkelling goggles/snorkel . They have some to use but may be limited in numbers . If you have a dive suit or rash guard , bring that too to avoid having jellyfish come in contact with your body. Remember that some areas are inhabited , mainly near the shoreline and mangroves .

* If you do go Scuba Diving and have an underwater camera ; make sure to check with Marlon the depth limit of your camera or the water pressure underwater will ruin your camera/housing. I brought along my iPhone 4s watershot camera and it has a depth limit of 40m

* Bring mosquito repellant / OFF spray if you're gonna hike. I never gotten bitten once or had any major complaints about bugs

* Wear shoes if you're gonna hike up the mountain hillside behind Majika, it's a bit rocky but doable.

* They're building a swimming pool on Majika island ! Not sure when it will be done but will be available for people who wanna go swim !
3 days 2 nights is way too short -- If you can book 5 or maximum days I think you'll enjoy it even more !

* Have cash to carry around as creditcard/debit machines are tough to get by in town.

* If you're expecting something like Boracay --- this isn't it. It's a x1000 times better .

* Not used to being on such a remote, rustic island ? Quit complaining and just be happy that you are on vacation . Would you rather be in cold climate or listening to your boss ?! Think about it

* Relax, Have fun .. unwind and ENJOY THE ISLAND !

*** FINAL THOUGHTS ***

Growing up in a technology driven, industrial environment , it was really nice to be disconnected from it all --- it wasn't crowded or noisy . The island was calm and peaceful - The perfect getaway for relaxing. I admit i was a bit thrown off when we first got there ( jellyfish stings, poor 3G internet signals ) but in the end, you just end up embracing it all for what it is. If there was anything i could change about the trip to Majika , it would be making it a longer stay !!I ---- 3 days 2 nights just don't cut it.

It saddens me to read such degrading reviews from other guests/visitors because EVERYONE at Majika was so accommodating and outstanding hosts … seriously some people need to re-evaluate and get over yourselves ! Yes, I've read the previous reviews ; What kind of idiot goes on VACATION … ON AN ISLAND and COMPLAINS that they weren't taken to the mainland to attend Church. I am Roman Catholic and I go to church and pay my respects. Gee, I think the Lord will understand if you are unable to make it down for ONE DAY. Besides I don't see Majika advertising that Church is part of their excursions *sigh* . Anyway not to go off topic, but remember that moment when I got stung by jellyfish right when I took 2 steps in the water - well one would think that would set the bar and be horrified for the rest of the stay but that didn't ruin my trip at all ! Mother nature was just doing its thing -- its way of welcoming me to Coron .. right ? ! The sting disappeared after an hour . I was ok. .. and now have my jellyfish story to share and laugh about !

Well I could rant on and on about the beautiful scenery, corals, lagoons, scuba diving ,etc …. It was the wonderful Majika staff made my trip most memorable.

Tin Tin, Junior, Marlon, Ken, Joyce and everyone at Majika who may have been misunderstood/mistreated by previous guests , if you're reading this ; remember that we can't always please everyone and thats the reality of this world --- I've never met such thoughtful, friendly and good hearted people, don't anyone ever tell you otherwise because you guys are all P-H-E-N-O-M-E-N-A-L in my book !! ( Alright wheres the Facebook like button when you really need it ? )

Tita Majie, I never got a chance to meet you ( hopefully next time ) I want to say that your team did an absolutely incredible and outstanding job taking care of us during our stay … Yup - They definitely deserve a raise *wink* !

God bless my friends , until next time … i look forward to seeing you all again ! You can find a more detailed adventure about my trip on my website found here :

http://www.sideshowsito.com/2013/05/majika-adventure-tours-coron-palawan/

…. and also you can find me on instagram : http://www.instagram.com/sideshowsito

that's my 2 cents trip advisor folks

…This is Mr. Sito . Hope you all get to enjoy and experience the "majik"-a of the island !
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Date of stay: April 2013
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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JrNJanah wrote a review May 2011
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My bf and i loves to travel so much that we do it 2-4 times a year especially on our anniversary. This year's trip is different because we decide to get married on our anniversary, that's how we came across MAJIKA'S ISLAND RESORT..We found the resort in this very website and we read good and not so good reviews but still we took a chance and booked it.. The owner (ate maj) called us as soon as i texted her for an inquiry and she with her staff helped us prepare for our beach wedding (from the priest to the flowers). Since we read in the reviews that there were a lot of insects and mosquitoes in the island, we came very prepared, bringing mosquito repellent, coils and even a mosquito net. It took us almost 2 days just to pack, to make sure we brought all the necessary things. But when we arrived, everything went smoothly. Someone was already at the airport waiting for us. It took us about an hour to get to the island and there, waiting for us, was the most welcoming staff ever and a wonderful meal. On our 1st night on our own cottage (with a breathtaking view of the beach and a nice bathroom), we slept like a baby and never encountered a single mosquito. We didnt get to use the mosquito paraphernalias that we brought and even though there was on a/c, it was suprisingly cold in the room. On our 2nd day, we went snorkling in the bintuan marine park's japanese shipwreck with the greatest coral garden. In the afternoon, we went to see the hot spring and also went fishing. On our 3rd Day, OUR WEDDING DAY, before sunrise, we went hiking at the back of our cottage to see the spectacular view of the island, the hiking was so worth it.we just stayed in the island the rest of the day to prepare. Also had a hard time fitting into my wedding gown, i already gained weight in 2 days because MAJIKA'S staff is feeding us non stop;D.. We just wanted a simple beach wedding just with candles, the view of the beach and the priest but we got more than what we bargained for. THe whole staff of MAJIKA made sure that it will be a wedding that we'll never forget. It was purely MAJICAL!!! On our 4th day we went fishing again and did the Coron Bay Day tour..Went to twin lagoon and kayangan lake.it was AMAZING..The whole experience is something we will never forget for the rest of our lives. 5 days isn't enough in paradise.when we left the island, its like we left our family there..It was very hard to leave but we will definitely come back..You guys made our dream wedding come true and we will be forever grateful. Thank u for taking care of us and for welcoming us in your paradise..
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Date of stay: April 2011
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jennyuy wrote a review Jan 2010
Vancouver, Canada173 contributions49 helpful votes
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Summary: The place to stay at if you are looking for balance between budget and wonderful experience. Definitely value for money!

Things that you SHOULD bring:
1. underwater camera - borrow or buy one
2. plenty of sunblock, bug repellent - OFF Lotion
3. towel - it is for rent P100 in the hotel
4. aqua / water shoes - to avoid cutting your feet in the stones and corals
5. snorkling gear - For rent P150 per day at the resort. You can buy a new cheap one in Chris sports for P150 - at least you can use it for many days.

Pros:
1. Personal attention by Ate Maj (resort owner) right from my inquiry reservation up to the last day we were there.
2. Big room / cottage, friendly and accommodating staffs.
3. Experienced magical planktons at night that you won't be able to see when you stay in the town lodges.
4. Hassle free all inclusive package - airport transfers, island tours, food, lodging
5. Mingle with fellow guests, since the resort is just small (8 cottages), everybody can mingle with each other and even do activities together if they like.
6. Magnificent hill top view! 360 degree view of the water, mountains, sunrise, sunset
7. Many activities to do while in the resort - boat paddle, volleyball, billiards, table tennis, chess, cards, sungka, hammock, swim, hike
8. Ate Maj is flexible with the tour arrangements if you have special requests as long as she can accommodate it, she will!

Cons (some suggestion for improvements):
1. Better food during picnic lunch for Coron Island tour. We were expecting at least a grilled fish, but all we got was tough beef adobo that's inedible, cold fried fish, and sitaw. We were so jealous of the tables beside us because they were having shrimp, freshly grilled fish, crabs, grilled liempo....

2. Foods are inconsistent. Sometimes it is good (crab, longanisa, danguit, grilled fish, sinigang), but most of the times I was disappointed (kare kare, tapa, calamares,, adobo)

3. Bathroom can be cleaner like the sink and stand

4. Billiards table should be repaired. Replace old badminton rackets.

5. Improve coordination between boat and Balay Majika especially during transfers, we have to pay for our own tricycle ride to the port wherein this should already be included in the transfers.

6. Put a souvenir shop in the resort. Although there's already one near Balay Majika, it will be better if there's a small shop right in the resort too.

7. Serve fresh fruit juices from time to time rather than powdered juice drink.

8. Towels should be provided in the room, not rent it.

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Resort - Aside from what I mentioned above, its a simple resort with lots of nature activities to do. Although there's no jetski, surfing, wakeboarding, water ski, Family activities that are nature focused are what Ate Maj is encouraging here.
Although it's beach is not powdery white, water is clean and swimmable even for kids. Don't expect a Boracay type beach, however the tour includes visit to nicer beach in the area. Watch out for jellyfish and sea snake though - saw one during late afternoon swimming.

Reservation / Booking - No problem, I paid thru bank deposit. Either email of call them on their contact details in their multiply site http://majikatours.multiply.com/

Room - Big, spacious, fan-cooled only, cottage has their own verandas, 2 queen size bed, big toilet and bath, ample water supply, no hot water, no bath tub.

Food - Aside from my suggestions above, resort does provide drinking water, afternoon merienda

Service - Friendly, accommodating, all smiles - from bangkeros to the kitchen staffs.

Tour - Beautiful Kayangan lake, Breathtaking twin lagoon, Exhilarating ship wrecks - Lusong and Kalitong, Magnificent Bintuan Coral garden
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Date of stay: January 2010
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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islandfern wrote a review May 2009
Daet, Philippines37 contributions50 helpful votes
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We had a great 1-week vacation in Coron last April, of which we stayed overnight at Majika Adventure Resort on Apo Island. From our accommodation in Coron town we took a tricycle to the town's boat terminal behind the public market (We heard that they will be moving the market so that the entire place will be a terminal for all kinds of sea and land transport, and a place for tourist facilities.). We hired and boarded a banca (a motorized wooden boat with outriggers) to go to Majika.

It was an hour-long cruise through sea passages between small islands. The route was scenic. Then we passed through a long "ruyukan", winding through a vast stretch of mangroves. ("Ruyukans" are narrow sea channels through a mangrove forest.)

After emerging from the "ruyukan", the resort shortly came into view. It is a cluster of cottages beside a sandy shore, facing the majestic limestone cliffs of Sangat Island across the channel. Upon landing on the shore, we were greeted by Maggie, the owner, a tall amiable lady who considers herself to be an adventurer-for-life.

We were led to our cottage, where they also brought our things. Our cottage had a vernacular style with a spacious room that accommodates 2 double beds. There is a porch in front overlooking the sea, and a large nicely-done toilet backside.

We were treated to a sumptuous early lunch of Philippine delicacies in the resort's thatched banquet hall. Maggie told us that we will have a busy schedule that day.

Right after lunch, we proceeded by banca (10 minutes) to a nearby Japanese WW2 shipwreck just off the cliffs of Sangat. We only used snorkels, but the water was very clear and the high sun allowed us to clearly see the sunken wreck. There was also a lot of fish swimming around us, waiting for morsels. It was great.

Then we went to a hotspring on the shore of Sangat Island. The banca stopped at the edge of a mangrove forest and we got off with our snorkels on. We swam a very narrow passage through the mangroves in order to reach the hotspring. The hotspring, which is salty, is right on the water, flowing out from under the huge rocks there. A riprap wall was built around it so that a small pool is formed. Outside the pool, a layer of warm water forms on top of the cooler water from the surrounding sea. After immersing in the hot pool, it was very refreshing to dive into the colder sea.

We got back to the resort around 5:00pm. After a short rest, we hiked up the grassy hill behind the resort to see the sunset. It was an easy climb. At the top we were treated to a 360-degree view of Apo island and its many hills and mangroves. Beyond are the surrounding seas, the many small islands of different sizes and forms, and the spectacular Sangat Island just across the channel. In the distance is Coron Island (the island, not the town), an even more spectacular limestone formation. As the sun gradually set, the seas turned from shades of aqua to a deep purple. It was dusk when we got down to the resort.

During dinner, Maggie advised us about a special attraction that we have to experience that night. For the entire day we have had great experiences. But nothing would prepare us for the highlight of our trip.

Right after dinner, we were assigned to kayaks, 2 to 3 persons to each. Led by the resort's guide, we rowed toward a shallow sea. The sea around the resort is protected by surrounding islands so that there is hardly a ripple that evening. It was a clear moonless night, eerily quiet, except for the gentle sound of our paddling and the occasional joke about the darkness, etc.

As the lights of the resort receded from view, we were enveloped in darkness, except for starlight. In the unpolluted air of Coron, the stars were shining brightly. We would clearly see the huge swath of the milky way. The surrounding islands formed dark silhouettes in the otherwise star-studded sky.

Upon reaching the shallows, we began to see tiny twinkling lights under the water, accentuated by larger disc-like lights every here and there that shone brighter and a few seconds longer. (These are the bio-luminescence of various marine life, from plankton to jellyfishes. The unspoiled seas of Coron have maintained their biodiversity.) When we slammed our paddles on the sea surface, thousands of tiny lights would flash all around us. We had the same effect when we knocked on our kayaks. The wake of our kayaks and the ripples made by our paddles were also glowing, caused by even tinier plankton. After spending a lot of time in the shallows, satisfied, we paddled on to a nearby mangrove forest.

Then the piece-de-resistance. In the distance you do not see anything unusual. But as you get right beside the mangrove forest, you see thousands of fireflies flickering individually. We went further into the mangroves through a channel and soon we were surrounded by a multitude of fireflies. Some were up on the branches while some are hovering inches above the water. The flicker would sometimes lessen and then intensify again, but otherwise just went on through the night. The intense flickering seems to come in waves that move across the mangrove forest, as if the fireflies are reacting to each other. We stayed there for probably an hour (I could not read my watch in the darkness.), just paddling around and gaping at the ever-changing lights. It was one of the most enchanting moments we have experienced, to which nothing could compare.

Needless to say it was a long tiring row back to the resort. But definitely worth the effort many times ever. For this experience alone we will definitely go back to Coron, and to Majika Resort.

We woke up late the following morning. We were too tired to do anything else. After breakfast our banca took us back to Coron town, richer in experience. Until now I have not gotten over that wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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islandfern wrote a review Apr 2011
Daet, Philippines37 contributions50 helpful votes
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Majika Resort. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that this resort is the epitome of a home away from home. With its welcoming staff and unparalleled hospitality (especially from the owner: Majika) Majika Resort gives you the illusion that you have been friends with its staff for years.

But Majika Resort isn't limited to simply hospitality. It is in a prime location to visit many of Coron's natural (and not to mention beautiful) limestone islands, go snorkeling on one of many shipwrecks and immaculate reefs or bathe in pristine beaches.

We left for Majika Resort right after arriving at the Busuanga Airport at around 7:00 PM; it takes around an hour and thirty minutes to get there, first by van, then by bangka. When we arrived we were immediately welcomed by owner Majika and her husband Robert. After having dinner late that night (the food was exquisite: prawns, manla lobster and river crabs) with Majika and Robert we headed for our cabins and retired our bodies for the night.

We were awoken the next day by a gentle knock on the door and the words "ready na po pagkain niyo." We went to the dining hall shortly and had another taste of seafood. We had arranged our trips with Majika the night before, and we were glad to know that we had the bangka all to ourselves as we went island hopping.

We left after having lunch that day. We first went to Kayangan lake which is a beautiful freshwater lake enclosed by surrounding limestone, we then went to Siete Picados, a reef around seven limestone peaks. When you go to Siete Picados be sure to bring A LOT OF BREAD, the fish here are so used to being fed that the fish would eat bread right out of your hands. We then went to Barracuda lake which was very similar to Kayangan lake but saltier. We asked our bangkero why it was called Barracuda lake and he said that there used to be a barracuda that lived there and he is no longer sure if there still are. The last place we visited was Banol Island were we ate merienda. Banol is a very beautiful beach where you could watch a beautiful sunset. We then went back to Majika island resort. Immediately on our return Majika readied meals for us, barbecued chicken, nilangang baka, and an beef cakes made by Robert. After having our meals we played some billiards and ping pong, then went to sleep in our cabins.

Sadly, we had only planned to stay 2 nights in coron, we never expected there to be so much to see, and so much fun to have. We reluctantly left for Coron town where we spent our morning looking for souvenirs before heading to Balay Majika (A rest house in town owned by Majika) entering the Majika Van and going to the airport.
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Date of stay: April 2011
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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momoiro143 wrote a review May 2012
Toronto, Canada39 contributions17 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I just got home but i already missed the place. There is so much more that Majika's island can offer! A peaceful and carefree stay, you will be delighted by the equally friendly and funny staff..we are one big happy family during my stay with 4 friends last May 11-14, 2012.
The staff simply loved their island and it genuinely shows during tours, and they give all their best to make us feel comfortable and welcomed, i truly adore these hardworking guys. (thumbs up!!!)
We toured twin lagoon, kayangan lake, white beach and did scuba diving which is a wonderful experience! don't miss snorkeling in the coral gardens and the shallow shipwreck..amazing! i was just a bit sad because i didn't bring my underwater camera here. There's so much to see my eyes couldn't contain it all! i was literally babbling in the water! lolz :] we also went to maquinit hot springs its the best time we went there to soothe our aching muscles from all the activities. If you want to exchange seeing the dizzying lights from cars and buildings to the soft glow of fireflies at night, then this is the place! we saw them when we went out of our "kubo" (nipa hut style lodging) at 3:30am! but you can see them earlier at around 10pm onwards, especially when the lights are all out, just bring an Off lotion/spray to keep mosquitoes off.
Also, if hearing car horns and loud music makes you sick and irritated, at Majika you will only hear the ocean waves, the crickets at night and the mating call of the friendly "tuko" (tokay gecko)..making you feel really close to nature :P
Overall, words could not describe everything in detail..you must experience Majika's Island! eat, sleep, have fun over and over again! I will definitely come back!!! :]
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Date of stay: May 2012
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yajrom wrote a review Dec 2009
Makati10 contributions16 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Needless to mention, Majika Adventure Tours is a filipino owned island resort in Coron, Palawan as the hospitality of the management and staff is very warm and accomodating. I stayed there for 4days and 3 nights with my family and friends and none of it was a waste.

Upon our arrival at the airport we were met by a friendly driver and got us to town to have lunch and get us ready for the boat ride to the island. Immediately upon landing at the shores of the island resort we were greeted by warm filipino hospitality of the owner herself, Majika Palanca and were assigned our room. The room was spacious, clean and has everything you need. Being a hobbyist photographer, not a time was wasted as we got into an adventure climb at the hills of the resort for a romantic sunset panoramic view. The climb was short and I had my eyes to feast on a spectacular view. I never doubted that the sunrise was a blast as well as I proved myself right that morning when I came back to climb the hills for more photos. Then, my most awaited part of the day which was dinner came, and the food was superb! Not only that night but for the rest of our stay we were treated with seafoods that were the catch of the day, yummy! those fresh catch! would you believe that there was also veggies? it is amazing how they can serve veggies right on an island and meat and poultry was available too. What I really really like about the food is that none of the dishes were repeated during our stay and all of them are authentic filipino dishes.

The next days have proven to be a blast as well as we got into great places to see in palawan. I was not able to take my eyes of the beautiful twin lagoon, the amazing kayangan lake, and the white sand of sunset beach. Snorkeling was excellent too, we had loads of snorkeling seeing so much of marine life in two sites where Japanese War Ships were sunk in WWII and the marine park have beautiful coral reefs. In the middle of all these adventure, I was treated for a relaxation on a hot spring around 40 degrees celsius and its location is unbelievable, it is right on the beach with rocks and where mangroves grow. It was utterly amazing!

For me there's nothing more I could ask for, clean and spacious rooms, adventure climbs/tours and spectacular views, friendly and accomodating owner and staff with filipino hospitality, superb sumptuous meals, lots of swimming and snorkeling and relaxation, a bar with were one could drink at the side and my personal favorite, a lot of great photo taking. There are also things that one could do which I decided not to which are camping, canoeing, billiards, and karaoke.

Majika Adventure tours, it is indeed a paradise with a comfort of a home far awar from home. This is the place to be in Coron, Palawan.

For the photographer's out there, ultra wide angle lens and tripods are a must as the panoramic views are simply amazing.
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Date of stay: December 2009
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Cindy F wrote a review Jun 2012
Manila14 contributions45 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Wish we could've stayed longer, but we will definitely come back. Beautiful experience at Majika.
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Date of stay: May 2012
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Lauren R wrote a tip May 2017
2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms seemed pretty much the same but all were great!! We got our own bungalow :)"
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klaus-asia wrote a tip Jan 2016
Cologne, Germany7 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are equal"
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Polter63 wrote a tip Aug 2015
Altadena, California37 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Isolated off the grid be prepared to interact!"
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peckopivo wrote a tip May 2015
Belgrade, Serbia2 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"seeview rooms"
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Synnøve wrote a tip Mar 2015
19 contributions23 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only book "bungalow" if you are considering going"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Majika's Island Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Majika's Island Resort?
Nearby attractions include Sunken Japanese Wrecks (3.1 km), Kingfisher Park (6.7 km), and Coron Souvenir & Gift Shop (4.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Majika's Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Majika's Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Majika's Island Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sunburn Rooftop Lounge, Lolo Nonoy's Food Station, and Crazy Cakes.
Does Majika's Island Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Majika's Island Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Majika's Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
Does Majika's Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.
Is Majika's Island Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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