Coron, Palawan is no stranger to every Filipino’s bucket list. Many Pinoys have never even been to Palawan, but they’ll definitely agree that Coron is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Having been blessed with precious beaches, limestone cliffs, freshwater lakes, and spectacular diving spots filled with WWII sunken warships, Coron offers unparalleled experiences and picturesque scenery! It’s no wonder Travel+Leisure declared Coron part of the world’s best islands. https://youtu.be/NvwdWs7xWDQ (Click the play icon ▶️ and watch The Funny Lion experience video ⬆️) There are only a few luxury resorts in Coron. One I highly recommend is The Funny Lion, a safari-themed eco-boutique resort, conveniently located in the heart of Coron Town, 30 minutes away from Busuanga Airport. Here’s a complete guide to our roaring adventure in Coron, Palawan… THE FUNNY LION Sitio Jolo, Poblacion V, Coron Palawan Landline: 632 856 1443 | 553 9549 Mobile: +63 917 861 9441 Facebook: thefunnylion E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://thefunnylion.com CALAMIANES EXPEDITION ECO TOURS 11 San Agustin Street Coron, Palawan Facebook: calamianecotour [booking_product_helper shortname=”thefunnylionmap”] ABOUT THE RESORT The resort’s name was inspired by Calauit Safari in the northern part of Coron. The safari is home to giraffes and zebras imported from Africa during the Marcos era. The owner’s son thought it was funny that there weren’t any lions. So they decided to name their resort “Funny Lion” to complete the collection of African animals in Coron. https://flic.kr/p/23uWowu The Funny Lion Coron is one of four properties handled by the One-of Collection hotel management group. The group promises to deliver one-of-a-kind experiences to guests in all their properties. Our stay at The Funny Lion was undeniably one-of-a-kind. https://flic.kr/p/22TsbQw The Funny Lion has a modern yet exotic Safari theme. We love how it evokes a sense of exploration and exclusivity. The interior has hints of the rustic old world–wooden furniture, leather travel trunks, old maps, globes, and other unconventional materials. HOW TO GET THERE At the airport/seaport, look for the personnel with The Funny Lion placard. The van ride from the airport only takes 30 minutes, but its still best to arrange with the hotel in advance. The transfers are usually part of the package. https://flic.kr/p/22TrCFb Complimentary welcome drinks await! I like the refreshing juice using calamansi (local lemon) and pandan leaves. RECREATIONAL FACILITIES https://flic.kr/p/22t21FY Since most of our stay consisted of touring the island, we also looked forward to relaxing in their infinity pool after a sticky and tiring day. https://flic.kr/p/23uM4j9 Our favorite spot was the jacuzzi pools at Pride Rock, overlooking Coron’s fantastic sunset and virgin mangrove forest. https://flic.kr/p/22CtBwK If you’re not in the mood to hike Mt. Tapyas, which is known for it’s great view of Coron’s famed sunset, the view from Pride Rock’s jacuzzi should be equally rewarding. THE ROOMS The boutique hotel has a total of 31 rooms with three categories. We stayed in the Club Room (20sqm), which is the most affordable of the three. It’s complete with two twin beds, a TV, hair dryer, toiletries, and the most important feature–hot and cold shower. https://flic.kr/p/FRYkSW It also has a pull out bed if you have extra guests. (Peak Season: P7,300 | Lean Season: P5,500) Their rooms have a modern rustic design, complete with native accents and fixtures. It was very spacious, clean, and comfortable. https://flic.kr/p/FRXSsW It also has two clothes racks inside and outside the room, perfect for drying wet swimsuits. Good thing the sink was found outside the bathroom. It allowed Alexa and me to better manage each other’s bathroom schedules. https://flic.kr/p/22CudX4 Their rooms come complete with toiletries. We especially liked the environment-friendly lemongrass shampoo and soap, which smelled so refreshing! https://flic.kr/p/22CtyYP One of my favorite surprises from One-of Collection’s resorts are the little complimentary snacks that they leave in the room. The resort’s adventure pack includes a travel backpack and bandanas to get guests ready for the exciting activities that await! https://flic.kr/p/23Y8Z7g They brought drinks (sago’t gulaman and buko juice) daily to our room fridge and chocolate jelly shots during turndown service at no additional cost. The drinks and fruits are also free (the soda and water are refilled every day). https://flic.kr/p/Ej5o4B Having a lot of gadgets, I love how there are charging ports almost everywhere in the room. https://flic.kr/p/22AMKEp There’s a safe to keep pocket-sized valuables and complimentary slippers (my own pair broke during our trip, so these came in very handy). https://flic.kr/p/22Tsaio The rooms also come with a dog tag for your keys and a little charm to take home. THE BREAKFAST https://flic.kr/p/23VmwKw The breakfast buffet is one of the things I looked forward to during our stay at Funny Lion. Hunt Restaurant, located beside the infinity pool, offers an indoor and outdoor dining experience and serves an international menu, but mainly promotes local dishes (Breakfast Buffet is open from 7am – 10am). https://flic.kr/p/22AMHu2 I recommend trying the lamayo, a favorite breakfast staple that can be found in almost any hotel in Palawan. It’s like danggit but not as dry. Best eaten with the local vinegar and garlic rice. https://flic.kr/p/Ej6h2p The lugaw is also good. I like adding fish sauce, salt, pepper, chives, calamansi, hard-boiled egg, and tons of garlic to my mix! https://flic.kr/p/22TsoqL Other local breakfast staples are the sweet and salty tocino and chorizo (sausage). https://flic.kr/p/22Tsm4S Like your eggs done in a particular way? They have an egg station just outside of Hunt. https://flic.kr/p/Ej6kWi There’s also a bread, salad, fruit, waffle, and cereal station. I highly recommend trying the Tagbanua coffee. Funny lion is the only resort serving the locally brewed coffee roasted by the indigenous Tagbanua tribe. The coffee is more on the bitter side but goes perfectly well with their creamy and fresh cashew milk. https://flic.kr/p/22ANycc I also recommend the hot chocolate commonly known as Batirol. They prepare it the traditional way using a batirol (wooden stirrer) and tsokolatera (container) to produce that thick dark cocoa drink. DINING EXPERIENCE Hunt Restaurant is adorned with hardwood and antique furniture that gives it that old world charm. You rarely find a resort like this serving great food that’s both delicious and fresh. https://flic.kr/p/22sTFUo You’ll never go wrong with their seafood dishes! For a large group of six, I recommend the Off The Menu Seafood Platter (P3,500), filled with fresh local seafood favorites including grilled tuna/tanigue, prawns, crabs, and local shellfish like kibao (clams) and mussels. https://flic.kr/p/22CuAAV Besides enjoying the grilled crabs and tiger-prawns, I also loved the kibao and mussels soaked in green curry sauce and spices! https://flic.kr/p/23VnU4G Kinilaw (P330), Mussels in Green Curry (P250) I love the freshness of the fish kinilaw and their spicy vinegar marinade. And I couldn’t help but order more of the mussels. https://flic.kr/p/22V7a6s Crab-o-nara (P450). Crab fat cream pasta with fried ocean crab served with egg over toasted baguette. Skip this. Their wooden-fire pizza was also just OK. https://flic.kr/p/DTAvHz Pinagat Roulade (P350) Their bestseller, made with coconut braised ground pork and shrimp with salted egg, wrapped in taro leaves and served with aligue rice. https://flic.kr/p/22bckRz Asian Crackling Pork Belly (P410) For pork lovers, you’ll love this together with the kimchi rice and hoisin peanut sauce. https://flic.kr/p/FRYnCQ Honey Soy Glazed Samon (P580) The salmon was also a treat. I liked its juicy meat and crunchy skin. The pumpkin mash was also excellent. https://flic.kr/p/23xyhKz Monster Burger (Chef’s Special of the Day) A massive 800g burger with two patties each weighing 250g. Obviously, meant for sharing. 🙂 https://flic.kr/p/23VmHmb I Scream (P350). Chocolate labuyo (chili), Salted Egg, Burnt Sugar. For dessert, I recommend the exotic homemade trio of local ice cream flavors that’ll take your taste buds through a journey. THE TOUR https://flic.kr/p/EkKeQt Did you know Coron is also known as the Shipwreck Capital of the Philippines? There are tons of snorkeling and diving spots where you’ll find sunken Japanese warships from WWII. Makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time, doesn’t it? We booked the private Coron Island Ecotour through Funny Lion’s partnered tour operator AL Linsangan of Calamianes Expedition Eco Tours, which covers 5 destinations (Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoons, Calachuchi Beach, and Coral Gardens). https://flic.kr/p/22CwC7B Inclusions: Van transfers, exclusive tourist boat, lifevest & First Aid Kit, Seafood Lunch, Tropical Fruits & Drinks, Entrance Fees, Mask, and Tour Guides. I’d like to give a little shout out to our guide that was super bubbly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Thanks for making our trip amazing kuya! Itinerary 8:15 Pick up by van at the hotel https://flic.kr/p/22sTPNE 8:30 Boarding time on your private boat to Siete Pecados https://flic.kr/p/23xGVLc 9:00 Snorkeling at Siete Pecados Marine Park Marine Park Siete Pecados (Seven Sins), despite the ominous name, is one of the most beautiful snorkeling sites in Coron. Legend has it that seven sisters who went swimming against their mother’s will drowned and formed to become the seven islets. https://flic.kr/p/DTw2RR It’s an easy short snorkeling session. You’ll find mostly angelfish, clams, and if you’re lucky, sea turtles and the super rare sightings of the butanding (whale shark). https://flic.kr/p/22sPD4G Fun Fact: Nico swam inside a school of barracudas who he thought were a school of pipefish. Do pipefish even swim in big groups? We later found out, from the manager of Funny Lion who is a certified diver that a school of barracudas means its safe because they’re socializing, but a barracuda alone means it’s hunting (Nico is so petmalu!). https://flic.kr/p/22bbnbF 10:00 Proceed to Kayangan Lake (Minor Hiking and Snorkeling at the Lakes) Kayangan Lake is a world-famous lake known for its crystal clear and turquoise waters. It’s accessible through a 10-minute inclined climb using the wooden walkway. Ask your guide to take you during non-peak hours as it could get a bit crowded. https://flic.kr/p/23xGVkn It has astonishing underwater rock formations that look very tempting to free dive and explore. Too bad you have to wear life-jackets all the time because of the new policy. 🙁 https://flic.kr/p/22bbsMF Tip: Before taking a dip in the mystic Kayangan lake, make sure to take a photo at Coron Bay’s most famous photo spot first while still looking fresh. 11:00 Boat Ride to Calachuchi Beach https://flic.kr/p/23VmUwC 12:00 Seafood Picnic Lunch by the Beach Lunch at Calachuchi Beach depends on the catch of the day. Regular staples include grilled pork, chicken, fish, and talong/lato (seaweeds), and hopefully, crab! https://flic.kr/p/22AMQvX Love the view! You can even swim after you’re done. 3:00 Proceed to Coron Coral Garden More snorkeling time! 🙂 https://flic.kr/p/DTw3wZ 4:00 Swimming at Twin Lagoons Twin Lagoon was my favorite part of the trip. There are two sides to behold in this must-see destination. One is at the entrance where the boat docks, and the second is hidden that’s accessible by swimming through a small hole/tunnel during low tide (there’s a ladder if it’s high tide). https://flic.kr/p/FpUCA9 If you love the photogenic limestone formations on the first lagoon, wait till you see what’s inside the second one. 5:00 Back to Coron Town, Van Transfer to your Hotel https://flic.kr/p/23xxsAZ Overall, our stay at The Funny Lion was indeed memorable! What we liked: -The little details like the nightly snacks and drinks and cute notes added to our experience. -The staff was very friendly and hospitable. -Delicious and fresh food in the main restaurant. -Wide breakfast buffet spread. -It’s only about 10-minute trike ride to town. -The rooms are clean and comfortable. -The infinity pool, especially the jacuzzi with the fantastic sunset view at Pride Rock. -Free shuttle from the hotel to the airport. -The tours around Coron island were amazing! A big check off my bucket list! What we didn’t like: -Wi-Fi and signal is not available in some rooms and areas (best to request a room that has both). -Stairs if you’re staying on the third floor. THE FUNNY LION Sitio Jolo, Poblacion V, Coron Palawan Landline: 632 856 1443 | 553 9549 Mobile: 0917 861 9441 Facebook: thefunnylion E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://thefunnylion.com CALAMIANES EXPEDITION ECO TOURS 11 San Agustin Street Coron, Palawan Facebook: calamianecotour [booking_product_helper shortname=”thefunnylionmap”] Live an Awesome Life,
ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: Our Stay was courtesy of The Funny Lion. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.