Inasmuch as our trip to Coron this time around was to accompany our birding friend Peter Ting and his Taiwanese guests, we thought it would be more practical to book a tour rather than make separate arrangements for hotel, transportation and guides.
Thanks to our neighbor and co-birding enthusiast, Chin Fernandez, we were given an awesome package which included: Pick-up to and from the airport (with birding along the way), room accommodations, bird guides (Anthony and Erwin), complete meals even while we were birding, a van to take us to the birding places, and covered the entrance fees to the Capayas Creek Bird preserve.
Let me just say that the service provided by both the hotel and the tour personnel were excellent! Our sincerest thanks to Iza Barcelona for handling the logistics and accommodations, to guides Anthony Araojo and Erwin Edonga for spotting the birds, and to driver Rodel for being always on the look out for birds while driving and for quickly stopping whenever he or we saw one.
One more thing: the food was sumptuous both at the hotel and even at the birding places. The term "packed" (breakfast or lunch) doesn't give credit to the quality and quantity of food that was served to us. The night before we were given a menu to choose what kind of breakfast we wanted "packed" for our early morning meal that we will have at the place where we will be birding. That included hot coffee! Lunch was composed of three entrees, rice and soup. The cold bottled water supply was unlimited.
If you are interested in going birding in Coron our advice is to avail of this type of tour package. You may contact either Darayonan Lodge at http://www.darayonanlodge.com or My Blue Backpack at https://www.facebook.com/bluebackpack/?fref=ts.
Both are managed by our friend, Chin Fernandez.
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