The key to a good visit to Busuanga, Coron, Culion and surrounding islands is a reliable and fast banca. I had featured my bangkero from Culion, Tiyo Fredo in an earlier post, but this particular banca is the “Mercedes version” in Coron: M/V St. Joseph the Worker. Based out of the Coron port, this bangka can take up to 15 passengers and has a pretty large engine, making it one of the faster bancas in Coron. Not to mention the owner, Emie, has a fantastic appreciation of good food, see the earlier post here. So if you are planning a trip to Coron and need a banca, contact Emmerson (Emie) de Leon directly at
0919-428-7453 (that phone fell into the ocean) so use this new number (0909-651-8293). He normally does group tours for cruise ships and other agency driven tours, but I am sure he will accommodate your party if you say Marketman sent you…
Emie can also give you some pretty good background on the islands in the area, nice beaches to visit, places to have a picnic, etc. I understand he has taken this smallish looking banca all the way to Boracay from Coron, but that is not a trip I would relish. Recognize when you are negotiating prices with him that his banca is faster than most, and for me, that deserves a reasonable premium. If a normal banca ride to Culion takes say 1.5 hours in calm seas and this one takes 50 minutes, I would be happy to pay extra… Also, if I am not mistaken, I think he has access to a small private beach where you might arrange to spend the day if you like… Book early if you are going during peak periods like Holy Week… and enjoy your visit!!!