Our Experience Riding the Ship of 2GO Travel Going to Coron Palawan, Philippines
Our kids want to try riding a ship. That’s why we chose to ride a ship going to Coron, and we haven’t tried riding a ship ever since. The only ship company that brings passengers to Coron is 2GO Travel. They dock their ship at the Manila port area. They accept online booking and agent phone call booking. Payment can be via bank deposits, credit card, or cash on delivery. Booked via phone call and they deliver the ticket the next day to our house and we pay them via cash on delivery. We are a total of 4 persons, consisting of 2 adults and two kids. We prefer the business class type of room, but unfortunately, all of it is fully booked from the date that we planned to be in Coron. Instead, we just reserve the cabin room for the 4 of us. We paid Php 10,166.01 for the overnight ride. The boat left the port at 7 pm and the expected arrival to Coron is at 6 AM on the next day. A total of 11 hours of sailing in the ocean.
Our trip to Coron was scheduled by Friday so we left our house extra early to avoid the congestion of the car in Manila. We left the house by 2:30 PM, arrived at the port by 4 PM. Boarded in the ship by 4:30.
It’s not allowed to take a picture in the boarding area of 2GO travel. But their boarding process is just the same as at the airport. We paid for a terminal fee of Php50 each. Then continue inside the boarding area and present the identification card. We prompted to go out in gate number one for boarding the ship. They carried the kids while passing the bridge stairs. The staff helps us bring our luggage up to our room. We headed to the reception area and instructed us to present our booking ticket. From there they requested me to present 1 valid ID before they can hand over the room cabin key. Then, one gave my ID in exchange for the key. They said they will return the ID on the next day when the ship arrives at Coron.
Inside the Ship
Right after we got the key, a staff guided us to our room. The room has four beds in a double-deck arrangement. A Staff handed over four towels and left us in the room. The Room is just enough for us, with a comfortable toilet room and a shower area. There is a television installed inside, but we did not try to use it. Instead, we enjoy the view from outside of our window room, talk with each other, check and observe what is outside of our bedroom and tour the viewing deck to see what is around the ship. After we dropped our bags, we headed outside and did the checking of the ship’s surroundings.
The Dinner Inside the Ship
By 7 PM we are inside our cabin room, clean ourselves, and start to enjoy our sail to Coron. By 8 PM, there is an activity at the public restaurant from a group of the band. Everyone is invited to come.
At precisely 7 PM, the boat leaves the Manila port. By 9 PM, we are on our bed and went to sleep as the ship started shaking as it sails on the wavy ocean. Our two kids both sleep on the
By 6 in the morning, a voice announces to the radio that the ship is already approaching the Coron Island and must prepare to go down anytime soon. A staff knock to our room and return my ID as they collect the key of the room from us. We readied ourselves to go down and brought out the things outside the room. Then we saw a staff changing the bed covers and fixing the cabin as we left the room. When the ship finally docks at Coron Island, a lot of porter man went in the boat. We ask one porter man to help us carry our luggage while the passengers are going down slowly. We waited for the porter man who fetches our luggage, but we realize that it takes time before we get our bags as the porter man has so many items of baggage that he needs to carry down one by one. After around 20-30 minutes of waiting, we finally saw the porter man we hired. He brought our bag until to the gate of Coron port, from there we finally saw out hotel staff waiting for us and help us walk to the sunlight gest hotel. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the Coron port. You may click the link below for a complete story.
Our trip to Coron Palawan is a memorable one, including this huge boat that brought us to Coron Palawan. We couldn’t have it in any other way. Our kids enjoyed a lot in everything we did on this trip. I realize that there is nothing to be afraid of when riding the ship. 🙂 Just enjoy the moment and cherish it.