Frequently Asked Questions

General

There are four steps you need to follow before you are safe and sound in the Philippines!

1) Book a flight ticket to Manila airport. Check out search engines as Skyscanner or Momondo for the cheapest tickets.
2) Next, book a domestic flight from Manila to Coron, Busuanga. Check out SkyJet Airlines, Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Tired of flying, then take the ferry from Manila to Coron. Find you tickets at 2GO Travel.
3) When you land in Coron, Busuanga, take one of the many taxis or vans to your destination.
4) However we would love you to stay make sure to order a return ticket.

  • When entering the Philippines, your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the length of your stay and a valid return ticket must be presented upon entry into the country.
  • Often you can save money by booking the international and domestic flights separately!

Manila is a nice, but chaotic, big city with a lot of traffic. Therefore, you have to calculate good time to get back and forth to the different places. We therefore recommend that you make hotel reservations in advance so that you know where to go and can take a taxi directly from the airport to the hotel. Check out Agoda for hotel bookings. We can recommend looking for these hotels:

Low Budget

  • Hop Inn Hotel Makati Avenue Manila
    This hotel is located 7 kilometer away from Manila International Airport and has a 24-hour reception.
  • Nichols Hotel
    This hotel is located 5 kilometer away from Manila International Airport. It has a small rooftop terrace where food and drinks are served. The hotel also offers massage services.
Average
  • Red Panet Malate
    This hotel is located 9.5 kilometer away from Manila International Airport. There is a 24-hour reception and a bar and restaurant attached to the hotel.

Luxury

  • Hotel Jen
    This hotel is located 9.5 kilometer away from Manila International Airport. The hotel has a delicious restaurant, as well as bar, swimming pool, massage service and fitness room.

Manila is a big city where you can make and see a lot of exciting things. Just go to google and find inspiration or ask at the hotel reception. Below, we have listed a few ideas for what to do while in Manila:

  • Massage and spa
    If you are tired after the flight or just need a little self-indulgence, do not look long for massage or spa, which is generally very cheap in the Philippines. They are found in virtually every major mall and on the street.
  • SM mall of Asia
    SM mall of Asia is one of the world’s largest shopping centers. There are 2 cinemas, an entire floor with electronics and a street with spa and wellness. So if you are missing out on anything before moving on, you can definitely find it here. There is also an amusement park by the center down by the water.
  • Fort Santiago
    If you are more interested in history, there is ample opportunity to explore and learn more about the history and culture of the Philippines. There are a lot of old Catholic churches, museums and ancient buildings, including Fort Santiago. This is an old fort built by Spaniards in 1590. The fort is located in the old town of Manila where you can get guided tours or even explore in. At the fort there is also a small park where you can have a walk in green surroundings.

There are numerous hotels in Coron so there is plenty of opportunity to stay here. Sometimes due to Chinese holidays or the like, many hotels can be filled up, so booking from home is a good idea if you want to be sure to get a specific hotel.

If you are more into adventure, you can also rent a trike (a scooter with driver) when you arrive, then you can drive around Coron and find a hotel you like. Below are some suggestions for hotels in different price ranges:

Low Budget

  • Juv’s airbnb
    This home stay is located in Coron city. Feel free to contact us if you would like to stay at Juv’s homestay.

Average

  • Kokusnuss Garden Resort
    This hotel is located a bit outside the city and has a very beautiful garden place in the middle of the hotel where you can have breakfast.
  • 4.13 Suites Hotel
    This hotel is located in Coron city close to the water.
  • Sunz En Coron
    This hotel is located a bit outside the city. However it is no longer out than a ride with a trike. This hotel serves breakfast.

Luxery

  • Corto del mar Hotel
    This hotel features a swimming pool, free airport shuttle and a restaurant. The hotel is located in Coron town.
  • Coron Westown Resort
    This hotel is located a little outside the city. There is a swimming pool, restaurant and wellness area.
  • MO2 Westown Lagoon Coron
    This hotel is also located outside the city. The hotel offers breakfast and has access to a swimming pool.

The way you get around Coron is either walking around or hiring a trike. A trike can be compared to a taxi, just like a scooter. You do not pay per. miles, but for a round trip. A trip costs around 10 pesos per person, however if you take a little longer trip, eg from one end of town to the other, you usually give 20 pesos per person.

  • Island hopping:
    There are many operators who offer Island hopping tours in Coron. You typically leave Coron in the morning with a banka, which is the Philippine boat shape. during the boat trip you will visit different islands and lakes in the area, where you can snorkel around. You can be lucky enough to get to the freshwater lake of Kayangan lake or other great lakes such as Twin lagoon or Barracuda lake which is incredibly beautiful. However, one must be prepared to share the beautiful nature experiences with a lot of other happy tourists.
  • Diving:
    Coron is known for its many wrecks, that sank during World War II and which you can now dive on. There are many dive shops in Coron, so it is easy to rent equipment and join a dive trip, whether you are into wreck diving or just exploring life and nature under water. Feel free to contact us if you would like to join a 2-3 days dive safari trip where you live and dive from a boat.
  • Rent your a motorcycle or scooter
    If you are adventurous, we would definitely recommend that you rent your a motorcycle or scooter and go out to see the rest of the island. Coron has an incredibly beautiful scenery that really comes into its own when you go outside the town and are in it.
  • Visit the hot springs
    If you fancy a little self-indulgence you can take a dip in Coron Hot Springs, which are located just outside Coron. We recommend that you go up there late afternoon or evening so that you do not come when the daytime temperature is at its highest.
  • Get massage
    If you want more self-indulgence we can recommed getting a massage. There are plenty massage parlors in Coron and they variates in prices. We can recommend Spa Nortia, which is at the slightly higher end of the price range, but you get super good massage.
  • Walk up to Mt. Tapyas
    Mt. Tapyas is a mountain located inside Coron city. There is an amazingly beautiful view up there, and it is especially beautiful to go up there and watch the sunset.
  • Visit the local market
    The local market is called public market and is located down by the harbor. It’s kind of an experience to get there and see how the Filipinos trade and sell. We would not recommend buying meat down there, but fortunately there are plenty of delicious fruits and other exciting things you can easily buy.

The local currency in the Philippines is called peso. 

  • It may be a good idea to exchange some money from home, as you can only raise 10.000PHP in the ATMs a day in the Philippines. We recommend that you bring US dollars that you can exchange in the Philippines, the rate is usually quite good. Please note that according to the rules you may only bring 10,000PHP or 10.000 USD inland. Please check the rules for your nationality.
  • Our two destinations and the local villages around will only receive cash payments.
  • It is important that you check the visa rules for your nationality. Please note that there is no Immigration Office in Coron. You can find one in Manila, Cebu and many other places.
  • When entering the Philippines, your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay and a valid return ticket must be presented upon entry into the country.
  • Your doctor may advise you on the necessary vaccinations for your trip.
  • Please note that stays booked at Amazing Philippines do not include travel- and cancellation insurance.

Secret KiteCamp

Secret KiteCamp or in local language Magranting Island, is located a few hours sail from Coron, Busuanga. Secret is a charming and peaceful little island, located in the Sulu Sea – far from daily life’s hustle and bustle, distracting technology and pressing schedules.

With some of the best winds in Palawan, and maybe the entire Philippines, you can expect a great holiday to go all out on kitesurfing.
Out here you won’t have to deal with other tourists!

You have three options getting to and from Secret KiteCamp:

  1. Scheduled speedboat transfer
    Our speedboat sails to Secret every Monday and Thursday at 2.00 p.m. The trip takes about 2 hours of sailing, where the last hour can be in lively waves due to wind. The boat return to Coron from Secret every Monday and Thursday at 10 a.m. 
  2. Cargo boat transfer
    Our cargo boat sails to Secret every Monday and Thursday at 11.00 a.m. The trip takes about 5 hours of sailing, where the last 2 hours can be in lively waves due to wind. Please note that you will be seated between food, water containers, building materials and whatever else needs to be shipped out to the island. The cargo boat return to Coron every Monday and Thursday at 10.00 a.m. 
  3. Private speedboat transfer
    Book our speedboat for a private transfer to or from Coron. It is the easiest way to get to Secret KiteCamp – arrive and/or depart on any day of the week. Contact us if you prefer this solution. The has capacity for 8 people.
  • It’s possible to book an early flight from Manila to Busuanga, Coron the same day you sail to Secret KiteCamp, but it need to be the flights before noon! Or you can visit Coron a day og two before, and do some sightseeing in the city and the area around.
  • We don’t recommend you to fly out of Coron the same day as you leave Secret KiteCamp as the weather may delay departure! But it’s possible to take the late afternoon flight to Manila – It’s your choice.   
  • Transportation to and from the KiteCamp is not included in the accommodation price. Make sure to add the type of transfer you prefer to the booking.
  • We meet at Blue Moon Resto Bar shortly before departure!

It’s possible to rent equipment, take a course or get individual lessons. On the spot there is a Danish and English speaking manager and kitesurf instructors, who is ready to tell you about the spot and help you launch your kite, operate our rescue boat and whatever else you may need help with.

Every year we have the newest equipment from Cabrinha! We have the following gear:

  • Kites 
    Cabrinha Moto 7,9,12 m2
    Cabrinha Switchblade 6,8,10,12 m2
    Cabrinha Contra 15 m2
  • Boards
    Cabrinha ace 135 & 138
    Cabrinha Spectrum 140
    Cabrinha stylus 150
    Cabrinha Xbreed surfboard
    Cabrinha Double Agent hydrofoil
  • Harness
    From size XS to Xl

See more about our course and rental prices here.

The kite spot rests between two lush islands. The surfing area is 750 meters long (across the wind direction), and more than 1 kilometer wide (up wind). During our season from October to April (Amihan-season) you can look forward to moderate temperatures, little to no rainfall and a steady trade wind from northeast at velocity of 16-28 knots.

The wind is offshore, but you do not have to worry, Secret KiteCamp has a team standing by with a boat in case you need a rescue back to the island. The kite spot at Secret KiteCamp is perfect for beginners, intermediates as well as advanced kiters. The sea bottom is all sand, partly shallow and flat waters with no sea stars, corals or other unseen dangers. The kite spot at Secret KiteCamp is great for learning the sport as well as try your hand at freestyling, while waves with little swell can humor the more experienced surfers. In a few words – we are where the wind is!

Check out the weather forecast and wind statistics here.

Secret and the area around have much more than kite surfing to offer. As the island is completely isolated from both tourism, telephone signal and news media, Secret KiteCamp provides room for immersion, reflection and an authentic cultural meeting with locals from a true Filipino village.

Think about having the time to read the book from the shelf in the living room, enjoy nature and swim in the 28-degree hot water when the sunbathing gets too hot. We also offer adventures around the area of Secret KiteCamp. Amoung other, you can see Nangalao together with a local guide, sail to a naiboring island for snorkeling, go on island hopping. It may also be that the local fisherman invites you to go fishing or that you want to enjoy the morning peace with a session of yoga.

We have settled on the beach, with the most perfect kite surf spot, just in front of us. Over the past few years, we have built a perfect base for you, your friends and family. At Secret KiteCamp you have the opportunity to stay in your own bamboo hut, with a beautiful sea view, or you can share it with another travel guest. We have a total of 10 bamboo huts and can therefore accommodate up to twenty guests – in other words, you always have plenty of space around you on the water.

The heart of the kite camp is the common area, the “bahay kubo” with a large dining table, small cozy areas where you can hang out in hammocks and daybeds – perfect for a nap in between to kite sessions. Here you also find the bar, with cold drinks, beers, coffee & tea as well as cold drinking water. Up to mealtime, you can catch the scent of delicious food spreading out in the whole area, as our skilled kitchen ladies are cooking. A freshly caught fish cooked over a bonfire amongst the rustling coconut palms is one of the kitchen’s authentic sceneries… can you also taste the cold beer and smell the mouthwatering fish right now? Remember, all meals are included in the price. In the common house you will also find two toilets. Toilets and baths conditions are nice, clean and shared.

Prices vary according to your wishes. Common to all our prices is that all meals are included! See all prices here.

It is straight foreward to use our online booking system for either Secret KiteCamp or Island House. If you have questions or specific wishes to you stay please use our contact form and we will answer you as soon as possible!

ISLAND HOUSE

Island House is located at Popototan island, an little hour sail from Conception, Busuanga. You are in the Philippines, on a small island in the middle of almost nothing. Here you have the opportunity to sit back and relax while you are surrounded by the beautiful nature and a few friendly locals.

When you arrive in Coron, Busuanga Airport, you will be picked up by a van that drives you to a small village called Concepcion. Your private boatman will meet you here, and take you to the stunning tropical villa, just an hour’s sailing away. He will also bring you back when it is time to say goodbye to the host family, the house and the area.

When standing with your bare feet, firmly planted on the terrace and looking out, you see colorful flowers, azure blue sea, the most beautiful coral reef just in front of you, a slightly rocky mangrove beach and tall green palm trees. The terrace is ideal for your meals, as a meeting place, and for relaxation in the shade.

Inside the always unlocked house, you find the kitchen on your right hand. Next door is the bathroom and in continuation of this, two double rooms. At the top of the rooms is a large mezzanin with beds and mattresses. If you go left, down the terrace, you will walk towards a bamboo cottage. This can be used for morning yoga or mindfulness, for afternoon reading or for staying overnight under a mosquito net. Behind the bamboo hut, you will find kayaks, ready to bring you out on the warm and clear water. After a long day exploring the area, it is great to clean of salt water and sand – this can be done in our outdoor bath made of bamboo sticks. At the end of the day you can go up to a view point where you can enjoy a cool beer or soda, and one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see.

At the end of the house is the small beach. Here you can put up a slackline or hammocks, you can make marshmallows over a bonfire or you can enjoy the sun on a towel. It is also here on the beach that you will find our Stand Up Paddle boards, which are ideal for a small sightseeing tour around the area.

In the house, Wendy and JunJun are your Filipino host family, who will welcome you and be there throughout your stay. Wendy is responsible for cooking, and JunJun is your handyman who will sail you around in your private banka boat, answer questions and generally give a hand where it is needed.

Relax and enjoy life. The area around the house offers a lot of fantastic island hopping, your private captain will take you there! In the house you will find SUP and kayak for free use and the most beautiful coral reef is right in front of your own private beach.

Prices vary according to your wishes. Common to all our prices is that all meals are included! See the prices here.

It is straight foreward to use our online booking system for either Secret KiteCamp or Island House. If you have questions or specific wishes to you stay please use our contact form and we will answer you as soon as possible!

Amazing Philippines

Amazing Philippines is your paradise in the Philippines. We have two destinations and throughout our time in the Philippines we have been cooperating with the local Filipinos. Most of our facilities at Secret and Island House are built with the locals, and in that way, we have helped each other!

We don’t want our locations to drown in tourists, therefore we have chosen two destinations with no tourism and with a maximum number of guests, who can visit us at a time. Read more under About Us.

Thomas Munk, Kaare Hinz, Kim Block Jakobsen and André Østergård are the Danish men behind Amazing Philippines. Thomas, Kaare and André lives in Denmark and Kim live in Coron in the Philippines. They share dreams and visions, that makes traveling with Amazing Philippines an opportunity for you, your friends and family!

We also have a lot of good people helping us with their own specialties in Amazing Philippines.

The destinations are located in the Philippines around the cozy backpacker town Coron, Busuanga. Take a look on Secret KiteCamp and Island House for more information.

At Amazing Philippines we want to positively impact and engage with locals by creating jobs and facilitate sustainable development.

We want to give back to nature, to the small local island communities and especially to the beautiful sea, which is the foundation of it all. At the same time, we strive to put the environment on the agenda of all our guests and the people we work with. Therefore, all guests who visit Secret KiteCamp must pay an environmental fee and local community donation of ₱115 per day. This fee is included in the accommodation price.

Our initiatives range widely and will cover everything from local development projects and sport festivals, to beach clean-ups and life guarding. Read more here.

Packing list

From the booking until your journey becomes a reality, there are many things to prepare.
An essential part of the journey is to get packed and only bring the most needed. As a help, we give you some good advice on what to pack!

  • Passport
  • Currency
  • Flights, hotel and other tickets
  • Travel insurance (police or card)
  • Vaccination card

     

  • Swimwear
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts / tops
  • Shorts
  • A long sleeve shirt / shirt for cool evenings
  • Long pants / dresses
  • Comfortable shoes for longer walks or climbing some of the beautiful mountains
  • Flip Flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap / sun hat
  • Bath towel
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Medicine

     

  • A good book (you can leave it in our small library, if you want)
  • Mini headlight / headlight
  • Dry bag
  • Washing powder (it is also possible to have clothes washed by one of the sweet local women)
  • Photo Equipment
  • Water bottle
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins)
  • Kitesurfing equipment

     

  • Candy, danish dark bread, cheese and salami are in a huge course, by the Danish employees we have in Coron and on Secret KiteCamp. If you have a few kilos left in the luggage, we are sure they will appreciate some goodies!

Didn’t get your questions answered? Contact Amazing Philippines here!

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