Who would have expected such a beauty of a hotel in small Coron, home to Philippines' wreck diving? We were so impressed with the gorgeous woodworking, such as the front desk, chairs, seats, handcarved chess set, etc. The mosaics are equally stunning. We just spent the first half hour wandering around the dining area, huge pool, reception area, and garden taking pictures. We were told the hardwoods were trees that had been toppled in storms and the reception desk was made of an old Chinese sailing junk. Corto Divers is not attached, but they provide free transportation to their shop and the lodge or the pier for diving. The room was excellent, as was the food in the restaurant. The Corto del Mar and Corto Divers made a perfect combo for diving Coron's Japanese Marus and absolutely unique Barracuda Lake, with its 100 degree f. water at depth. A fridge, icy A/C, teapot, and large bathroom made the room very inviting. Would stay nowhere else in Coron after this visit.
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- Corto del Mar hotel is located in the heart of Coron town on the island of Busuanga in the north of Palawan. The hotel and its 32 bedrooms and suites have been decorated with taste and character giving the hotel a unique blend of Mediterranean and Filipino feel. With beautiful views over Coron Island, it's a great place to go explore the gems around whether on banka or motorbike. ... more less
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