I had gone through the standard tourist package during my first visit to Coron, Palawan so I was looking forward to discovering the subtle nuances of local color which I missed out on during my initial encounter with the place.
Carmela Geisert, hotelier and host, was kind enough to walk me through her environmentally friendly tourism establishment, Asia Grand View Hotel. They have access to a mangrove patch at the back end of the property where kayaking is offered during high tide, and where blue kingfisher birds may be sighted on occasion.
Culion Island which is one hour away from Coron by boat boasts of world class medical facilities instrumental in winning the war against leprosy.
Aside from the historical aspect of the island and the positive mark the leprosarium made in the medical field on a global scope, several islets are the object of island-hopping tour packages.
Before we had a sumptuous lunch of grilled food at one of the huts on Banol Beach, we dropped by a nearby cove where a secret cave’s entrance lay hidden on the rugged cliff walls of the beach. It would be easy to miss this without a tour guide from Asia Grand View Hotel. Once you walk through the hidden entrance, you enter a small enclosure with an opening overhead and some glorious rock formations at the far end.More