Coron is so beautiful that I have visited it four times already! My last visit there was to do a shoot with GMA’s Pop Talk crew to review 3 of the top resorts in Coron. It was an honor to have the privilege to work with Kuya Tonipet of Pop Talk and his crew for a day, hopping from one high-end resort to another, including Corto Del Mar Hotel, Coron Soleil Garden Hotel, and Sunlight Guest Hotel. Unfortunately, though, we weren’t really given the chance to stay overnight in these hotels because the shoot was only held for one day, and we had to sort our own accommodation. So while the show reviews these 4 to 5-star hotels, this blog will review a backpacker-friendly accommodation in Coron where I stayed in for 5 nights!
Tutu Guest House
In my four times in Coron, I have stayed in almost all kinds of accommodation:
1st time: Coron Westown Resort – high-end resort recommended for those with a budget.
2nd time: Airy B&B – mid-priced Airbnb type apartment
3rd time: Joval Homestay – Backpacker hostel with good internet and peaceful surrounding, but no sockets by the beds
4th time: Tutu Guest House – Cheapest backpacker hostel with internet, power outlet per bed bunk at the outskirt of the town.
I have walked around Coron Town before to look for a good hostel with internet and power outlet and I have to say that Tutu Guest House, owned by a lovely Chinese girl named Belle Tutu, is the cheapest one that meets my requirement. It’s pretty new, and still under improvement, and you won’t be able to find it from booking sites yet, aside from Airbnb. Their rate during my stay is 300/night, whereas other hostels range from 350-500/night. Note though that I checked in during low season (July 8-13, 2018), and price may change after this blog’s been published.
I came from the seaport since I took the ferry of Atienza Shipping Lines from Manila to Coron, so I just rode a tricycle which I shared with other locals and paid 30 pesos. It is actually a 5-minute tricycle ride or 20-minute walk away from the town proper. My favorite part about Tutu Guest House, aside from its distance from the town (because sometimes I like to stay away from the crowd), and the hot shower, is the restaurant managed by the same owner: Le Voyage.
Le Voyage Vegan Restaurant
No, I’m not a vegan. I think it’s hard to put Filipino and vegan in the same sentence. I can’t review Le Voyage from a vegan’s perspective, but you can read their reviews on Tripadvisor from their previous vegan and vegetarian customers. I, however, can review it from a Filipino budget traveler’s perspective, since I splurged on their big servings for a couple of times. Yes, you heard it right. They serve generous and flavorful food. Their regular menu (the one for those who are not vegans) offers a variety of options from Coffee, to Appetizer, to Main Courses, to Pasta, to Chinese Dishes, to Desserts. Check out their menu below. It’s rather not on the budget end, but more on mid-priced, but I love how generous and delicious the servings are! Kudos to their chef!
I also love that they have power outlets and free wifi in the cafe so it’s easy to spend some time here when you have some work to finish.
Aside from the accommodation and restaurant, Belle also offers a range of tours in Coron, from the typical alphabet tours to the off-the-beaten ones. I was able to get the cheat sheet of their offers, so you can check it out the rates here. They can also help you ferry tickets to El Nido or Manila.
When visiting Coron on a budget, Tutu guest house is a good option for a cheap accommodation located just at the outskirts of the town. It’s also a plus that a nearby Le Voyage vegan restaurant offers satisfying dishes for people of different types of diet. It also becomes a one-stop shop as they can also arrange tours and ferry tickets for you.