After securing a work away placement in Coron Town, we were fortunate enough to spend an entire month exploring this magical part of the Philippines. Many know Coron for its world-class diving, island hopping and picture-perfect beaches; however, there are parts of the mainland that remain unexplored. One of our favourite hidden gems on the island was this abandoned seaplane.
In this blog post, I will let you know how you can find the abandoned seaplane in Coron & why it is there.
ABANDONED SEAPLANE IN CORON, PALAWAN
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HOW TO GET TO THE ABANDONED SEAPLANE IN CORON
To get to the abandoned seaplane in Coron, you can RENT A SCOOTER in Coron town and drive 1 hour to PUERTO DEL SOL resort. From here you can rent a kayak to get across the water to the abandoned seaplane.
Kayak Rental Charge: 200PHP for 1 hour
PUERTO DEL SOL MAP LOCATION
OUR EXPERIENCE AT THE ABANDONED SEAPLANE IN CORON
One of our favourite things to do with our time off in Coron was to rent a scooter and head off to explore the island. We would never go out with a plan, which was exciting because we would always discover something new; whether it be a remote beach, a picturesque road, or even a local village where we could interact with the locals. On this day, however, it was an abandoned seaplane.
When we initially spotted the plane sat amid a scenic bay, we had no idea it was abandoned. We assumed it belonged to one of the plush resorts adorning the coastline. It was only after passing it on 3 or 4 separate occasions that curiosity got the better of us, and we decided to find out more about the mysterious old plane.
We pulled over at the next resort, Puerto Del Sol, and enquired about the seaplane. We were intrigued to hear that the plane had in fact been abandoned in the bay many years ago. Although we pushed for more information in regards to how it got there, the staff didn’t seem to know too much about the history behind it. They did, however, tell us that there are rumours that the abandoned seaplane will be converted into a floating restaurant.
DID SOMEBODY SAY ADVENTURE?
With the opportunity for an adventure, we asked if there was any way to get a closer look at the abandoned seaplane. We were thrilled when they offered us the use of their only kayak. OK, maybe ‘thrilled’ is an exaggeration. After a pretty scary encounter on a kayak in Laos, we’ve been put off them ever since; however, we knew this was our opportunity to conquer our fear.
We solidly waterproofed our valuables, put on our lifejackets, and assiduously made our way towards the abandoned seaplane. Much to our relief, we made it smoothly in around 10-15 minutes. It was surreal to be up close to the rusty old plane, which felt oddly consumed by an eerie solitude. We couldn’t help but ponder on the history of the plane, and who had left it there.
After sho0ting some pictures for the ‘gram’, we decided to put our kayaking skills to the test and attempt to get inside. I’m ashamed to say we didn’t quite make it, BUT in our defence, it was a very windy day (that’s our excuse anyway). I have no doubt a confident kayaker would make it inside no problem, and if you do, please make sure to tag us in your pictures. We can’t wait to see what wimps we really are!
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING
You will need to bring cash for the kayak rental (150PHP). Below are the essential items that we carry with us on every adventure. But to ensure you don’t leave behind any of those backpacker essentials, here is our free printable packing list.
1. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
It is no secret that single-use plastic is causing irreversible damage to our ecosystems, it is therefore imperative that as travellers, we try to minimise our consumption as much as possible.
We always carry a reusable water bottle and you will find that most hotels or hostels have a refill station. Not only is it better for the planet but you’ll save cash too!
We Recommend: Stainless steel Insulated Water Bottles
2. VERSATILE WALKING SHOES
When going on any backpacking adventure, we always carry some versatile walking shoes with us. We personally love the 2 in 1 shoes by Aleader as not only can we wear them hiking, but they act as water shoes too!
We Recommend: Aleader 2 in 1 Hiking Shoes. Use code OURTASTEFORLIFE15 for 15% off your order.
3. GOPRO ACTION CAMERA & ADVENTURE KIT
If you want an action camera that is durable and safe to take in the water, then look no further than the Go Pro. Small, lightweight, and easy to handle, you really ought to carry one of these with you on any backpacking adventure. Check out our full photography travel kit.
We Recommend: GoPro Hero 7 (White) Action Camera + Adventure Kit
4. QUICK DRY MICROFIBER TOWEL
They really do dry fast! Ultra-compact and lightweight so you can take to the beach easily. Not just the beach, this item is great for hiking, swimming, any outdoor adventure!
We Recommend: Microfiber Travel Towel
WHERE TO STAY IN CORON
Hostel – Hop Hostel – Hop Hostel isn’t only the best hostel in Coron, it is the best hostel we’ve stayed in throughout our entire travels. The dorm beds are more comfortable then our bed was at home and the facilities are top-notch! Another highlight is the rooftop bar boasting the best sunset view in town.
Budget Private – Ecocio Eco Hostel – If you don’t mind simple accommodation, Ecocio Eco Hostel offers super cheap private rooms in the heart of Coron Town. This eco-resort boasts a garden, private hammocks, and a bbq area.
Luxury – Sophia’s Garden Resort – For a touch of luxury in Coron, Sophia’s Garden is our top choice. Our friends treated us to a couple of nights here for my birthday and we loved the onsite swimming pool and restaurant!
For more places to stay in Coron, you can check the latest prices HERE.
More on Philippines
Planning a trip to the Philippines? Check out some of our other articles to help plan your trip:
- ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE TO EL NIDO
- ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE TO BORACAY
- ISLAND HOPPING TOURS IN CORON
- 8 ADVENTUROUS THINGS TO DO IN LEGAZPI, PHILIPPINES
- ETHICALLY SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS IN DONSOL
- A SIMPLE GUIDE TO THE PHILIPPINES
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Charlotte & Natalie x
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