Culion Travel Guide: A Colony of Wonders

Culion

About Culion

Culion is a municipality in Calamianes Group of Islands, a quiet town with a history of continuous struggle. From being a former leper colony, Culion holds the promise of a brighter tomorrow with its rich past and breathtaking natural wonders.

Today, Culion is slowly embracing tourism. Unknown to many, aside from the remnants of its history, this town boasts of its natural attractions and great adventures – from diving and snorkeling to trekking and rock/cliff climbing. Tourists who visit the island town will be treated to its rich history with a tour to their museum. A walk around the town will make one see the evidences of it being a former leper colony with the old establishments and structures still in place.

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Culion’s Agila Hill

Experience Culion, see its beaches, old church and fort and other heritage structures, and explore its rich marine life. It is a town is waiting to be discovered.

How to Get to Culion

Coron is the jump-off point to Culion. There is a public boat from Coron port daily going to Culion for an hour and a half journey. The boat leaves Coron port at noon for a travel time of an hour and a half, fare P180. Return trip from Culion to Coron is at 7AM daily.

Alternatively, you can charter a boat from Coron going to Culion. Rate starts at P3,850 for a boat that can fit up to 4 passengers; P4,400 for for 5 to 8 passengers; and P6,666 for 9 to 15 passengers.

Going to Coron

By Air

By Air, Franciso Bangoy Airport of Busuanga is the jump off point to Coron. Philippine Airlines, Skyjet, Air Juan and Cebu Pacific have direct flights to Busuanga from Manila, Cebu, Clark, Caticlan, Puerto Princesa and San Vicente. From Busuanga, catch a 45-minute van ride to Coron town for P150.00 per person (2013 rate).

By Sea

Manila to Coron: 2Go Travel has twice a week voyage from Manila to Coron and Puerto Princesa. The ferry usually leaves in the afternoon for a 13 to 14 hours journey. There’s a ferry that leaves Friday afternoon, arriving in Coron at 5AM of Saturday with return ferry leaving Coron at 430PM of Sunday, arriving Manila at 630AM of Monday. This is perfect for weekend warriors, but expect some delays. Aside from 2Go Travel, there are also other ferry operators from Manila to Coron including:

Operator: J.V. Serrano Shipping Lines (M/V D’Asean Journey, M/V D’Sea Journey)
Route: Manila-Coron and vice versa; Coron to Cuyo and vice versa
Contact Info: (02)-243-4595

Operator: Atienza Shipping Lines (M/V Josilee-II, M/V April Rose, M/V Q-Carrelyn-III)
Route: Manila-Coron-El Nido-Liminangcong and vice versa
Website : http://www.atienzashippinglines.net
Email: atienzashippinglines@yahoo.com
Telephone No. : (02)-986-3118 and (02)-536-8123

El Nido to Coron: Fast craft and outrigger boats connect El Nido to Coron with daily departures. Travel time is at least 3.5  hours for a fare of around P1,800 one-way via fast craft; around 7 hours for a fare of P1,400 one-way via outrigger boat; and around 8 hours for a fare of P1,200 one-way via passenger ferry.

Puerto Princesa to Coron: 2Go Travel going to Manila stops at Coron.

San Jose (Mindoro) to Coron: Outrigger boats regularly depart from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro to Coron. Travel time is approximately five (5) hours and fare is around P600 one-way.

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La Imaculada Concepcion Church of Culion

Where to Stay in Culion

There is no high end hotel or resort in Culion, only lodges and home stays including:

Tabing Dagat Lodge
Rate starts at P500 (Twin Sharing Fan Room)
Email: tabingdagatlodge@yahoo.com
Contact Numbers: +63999-6567769 / +63999-6563818

Hotel Maya
Rate starts at P700 (Single Fan Room)
Email: culion_hotelmaya@yahoo.com
Contact Number: +63939-2542744

Safari Lodge
Rate starts at P500 (Single Fan Room)
Email: marylynn.morof@gmail.com
Contact Number: +63908-4054119

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Street of Culion

What to Do in Culion

  • Visit the Culion Museum and Archives,La Imaculada Concepcion Church and Culion Fort
  • Take a walk in the town and see the remnants of the old leper colony
  • Climb the Agila Hill with its 300+ steep stairways to its viewdeck
  • Trekking and rock/cliff climbing
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Explore its islands and beaches
  • Drop by Pulang Lupa, a site being developed with a halfmoon view of the entire Culion
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Culion Museum and Archives

Tips

  • Best time to visit Cuyo is during the the dry season or from November to May. During rainy season, the waves are generally rough.
  • Mobile signal is available
  • No establishment accepts credit cards and travelers cheques

Comments

  1. […] For more information on Culion, check out Lakwatsero’s Travel Guide to Culion […]

  2. there are other possibilities in culion… fireflies in the manggroves of cabulihan, corral reef just infront of culion (bugor) corral garden (lamud) beach island (malcapuya & banana island used to be in old map of culion… nearer culion than coron. unexplored halsey bay (google map it), north cay beach, galoc beach… etc. ask the staff of Maya Hotel for details and advice.

  3. Amijay

    Would like to know the contact nos. of the Municipality of Culion. Thank you.

  4. Efren Cordero Pimentel

    Thank you so much for sharing your travel experience in Culion Island.Indeed, Culion Island is one of the amazing islands in the Caliamnes Group of Islands. Busuanga, Coron and Culion are interconnected as islands municipalities.

    Culion is richly blessed with many unique qualities and historical value worth knowing.

    Thanks to Hotel Maya in Culion as the flagship investment of Ateneo-Loyola Hostel Project. Hope and pray more investments will be facilitated and be actualized in Culion Island.

    Richest blessings to Culion Island and its people.

  5. […] and wrecks to the more adventurous trips to the farther islands of Banana or Dicalabuan, Malcapuya, Culion, Calauit, Dimakya, Dibotunay, El Nido or even Apo Reef in Mindoro. Atuwayan […]

  6. I’ll make sure I’ll go here and visit the museum teehee

  7. patricia

    culion now has Hotel Maya-The Ateneo-Loyola Hostel Project, for lodging as well. It is situated near the church and has a wonderful view of the islands and the sea.

    1. Wow! Thanks for this Pat 🙂

  8. paul

    any ideas on cheapest accomodations anywhere

    1. Do you mean cheapest accommodation in Culion? If so, try Aplaya Lodging House in Culion.

  9. Coolies. Makapagyaya nga sa Coron. Wait, pics?

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