Busuanga and Krystal Lodge
We’ve fled Manila and made our way to Coron Town on the remote island of Busuanga (even the name sounds great). As we mentioned in our posting on the Alma Jane, our new-found love of wreck diving made it clear that we were Busuanga bound.
In addition to the wrecks, mysterious nearby Coron Island and fantastic sea kayaking opportunities mean that we’ll dig our heels in for a while here.
As if that weren’t enough, we’ve found the coolest place to stay. Krystal Lodge has turned its back on the ubiquitous sterile cement boxes that mar most of Southeast Asia’s coasts and embraces the funky, eclectic vibe of traditional Filipino stilt architecture with some cool innovations. Three of the bamboo bungalows, including our own, are built out over the ocean and are connected to the lodge via elevated walkways. Our open-sided, two-story hut allows for plenty of cool breeze, and light reflects in from the surrounding waters dancing across the ceiling as you lie in your basket-like rattan hammock and while away the hours.
Mhye and Raymond, the owners of the simple yet highly enjoyable lodge, have gone way out of their way to make us feel welcome. Beautiful plants everywhere, a cool common sitting area, Wi-Fi and homey touches including free coffee make us want to stay forever.