After months of closure amid the pandemic, tourist destinations in the country are slowly reopening their borders with the hopes of jumpstarting the economy through local tourism. El Nido, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Tagaytay, and Batangas are just some of the places that are finally seeing weekend vacationers.
Coron, which first accepted travelers within the island on October 26, is all geared up to open their doors to tourists from all over the Philippines. The tropical paradise in the province of Palawan is known for its wreck-dive sites, crystal-clear lakes and lagoons, white-sand beaches, and pristine islets that are like no other. Palawan, after all, has been cited time and again as one of the world's best islands.
Filipinos and foreigners currently in the country are permitted entry as long as they're 15 to 65 years old. You're required to present negative RT-PCR test results within 48 to 72 hours before your flight, filled-out health declaration forms, roundtrip tickets, and confirmed booking at hotels and resorts certified by the Department of Tourism. Only accredited tour groups are allowed to operate. Tourists are required to undergo triage at the Francisco B. Reyes Airport on Busuanga Island. Physical distancing, wearing of face mask and face shield, and other health standards should be followed.
If you're flying to Coron soon, here are some of the beach resorts that have been allowed to operate:
1. Bacau Bay Resort Coron
Sitio Jolo, Poblacion 5, Coron, Palawan
Rates start at P12,600
Bacau Bay Resort Coron has a private pier that serves as a convenient jump-off point for island-hopping and diving activities. Rooms range from 32 to 144 square meters, whichi gives couples or families plenty of choices for a much-needed getaway. Bookings made until June 30, 2021 can be rescheduled free of charge or canceled with full refund. They are implementing cleaning and sanitizing measures throughout the resort and employees receive regular briefings on COVID-19.
2. Club Paradise Palawan
Dimakya Island, Coron, Palawan
Rates start at P11,000
This exclusive island resort implements distancing of three feet among guests in public areas like the gym, restaurants, and elevators. Accommodation options include the Sunset Villa, which provides front-row seats to Coron's majestic sunset view; Sunrise Villa, which faces the opposite way; Oceanview Suite, where you can start your day looking out into the sea; and the Garden Suite, which is nestled in verdant surroundings.
3. Coron Westown Resort
Coron-Busuanga Road, Coron, Palawan
Rates start at P5,480
Officially opened on June 12 to locals, Coron Westown Resort implements new normal standards to keep guests safe and secure during their vacation. It has three swimming pools fit for all ages—from the children's pool with a water fountain to a lap pool for when you don't want to miss your workout sesh even when away.
How to get there: Philippine Airlines (via PAL Express) and Cebu Pacific (via CebGo) have direct flights from Manila to Busuanga.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.