Up for the the 5:30 Montenegro Lines fast-ferry to Coron (1760php, extortionate but un-negotiable). The 4-hour journey passed by quickly enjoying the cool cabin to catch up on some missed sleep. The early start meant we arrived in Coron with the whole day ahead of us.
We checked into the Fat Monkey Hostel on the outskirts of town (just 330php a night), refreshed ourselves met another guest at the hostel who joined us for our excursion for the rest of the day. We managed to haggle a Tricycle driver to take us to the market, mountain and hot springs for the rest of the day (just a mere 600php for the four of us). Climbing the 700 steps to the top of the mountain took just 20mins which provided fantastic views of the bay and surrounding countryside. We stayed up until sunset, enjoying the sun dissolving over the islands in the distance.
Now in the dark, we took a dubious bumpy route across to the only volcanic hot springs in the Philippines, as a nice reward for our hike (yeah right…). The pools were naturally heated through geothermal underground mixing fresh and salt water together (situated right by the sea). The pools had a temperature between 38-45°, almost too hot for Coron’s humid climate, but relaxing all the same.
Speaking to some of the locals, we were recommend to go the a local Filipino joint named Lolo Nonoy’s. The place was packed with locals and tourists a like (always a good sign); serving a large variety of different Filipino dishes <180php. The large Pork Sisig comes highly recommended.