and our family of friends continues to grow...
"The innocence of Coron is something that we could be proud of as Filipinos. Hope people in Palawan will be united and would stand firm in protecting the wonder of God's creation for future generation. It is such a gift from God! Coron is not just a place of nature but also of good and trusworthy people. We experienced a very relaxing, funfilled and enjoyable holiday! Thanks to Gran Vista and Coron Castaway hospitality.
More power and God bless!"
Freda&Allan, Apr 2011
Thank you for the greatest summer experience i've ever had. i ♥ coron
will definitely go back and of course stay again in gran vista and castaway:D
MariaDesiree, Pam, Glaiza, Apr11
Mr. Ted & Ms. Gigi - THANK YOU for the hospitality, we will definitely go back to Coron and stay again in your resort... we had a blast & had fun... :-)
We had a blast this weekend! Thank you. Until next time
MarcOliver, Grace,MIke, ReaLynne Apr2011
"Thank TEd and Ms. Gigi! We enjoyed staying at your resort both Cast Away and Gran Vista. Ms. Gi and Enok are very accommodating and well coordinated. Well regarding improvement, electricity lang talaga. understandable naman kasi ala pang linya ng kuryente sa inyo and you just relying on solar energy. Reassured our recommendation to all are friends whose planning to visit coron.Hangang sa muli!!"
Rech, 9friends, Dept of Tourism, March 2011
We are very thankful for your very accommodating place and staff/caretaker Enok. Indeed we had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay at Castaway. I personally love the scenery and i also enjoyed the paddle boat. We were able to tour around the small island fronting Castaway using a paddle boat and we were planning to tour around the other small island nearby when we go back to coron. Ofcourse we will definitely stay at Castaway on our next visit.
Castaway is really a nice place. Hope you will retain the setup as the name calls it. Castaway on an island. To sum it all, it was a great experience at Castaway! MaryRose
We enjoyed our stay thank you very much and i would definitely stay there again when i go back to Coron. We just wished we had more time. On the suggestion side, a little more discount hahaha :-). Janice
MaryRose, Janice, 3friends, March 2011
"We sure did enjoyed it... thank you po:) more pictures to come:))!"
FerwinJ, UST, Mar2011
"Very accomodating. Delicious and affordable food. Great spots for photography enthusiasts. Reasonable price of tour rate. I love GRAND VISTA and CASTAWAY. If i will go back to CORON, I will stay again here. THANKS SO MUCH FOR TAKING CARE OF US. WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR STAY. I miss the people and the paradise out there.!"
"Many thanks to gigi of Gran vista and Ted of Coron Castaway.my vacation in coron,palawan was the most unforgettable one.i flew hundreds of miles away,from daly city ,california,and i must say ,the travel was well worth it,the experience and the warm welcome of gigi and her family was priceless.i hope we did not make too many demands during our stay!the tours gigi facilitated were great and it was the highlight of our stay. honestly speaking,i never tried "snorkling" not even when i go to hawaii for vacation.but in coron ,i did!and it was the most unforgettable experience!thanks to dexter quinit,,our lead guide,to our boatmen,whom w/o them i wouldn't have enjoyed snorkling at the siete pecados,thanks to all our friends that were at the tour were we joined and made friends with,and of course to lingling,who suggested this wonderful place...see you gigi and ted next year...it was such an awesome trip.....coron is the place to be!!!!! Winnie
"Super chance of a lifetym ang makita ang coron.....tis my 2nd na but it seems like always the first...to see those islands - so stunning, those fishes - so amusing, so relieving to watch a batchful come near and touch my hands and feet, the corals - so unbelievable that there are such creatures, the ambiance of gran vista and castaway really make me forget everything and everyone I left in Manila....I really enjoyed every minute and I am looking forward to going back again....Sayang lang I didn't have a nice camera ..Many, many thanks to Gigi, who really makes sure that her guests are comfortable. She even joined us in singing( she has a nice, romantic voice), and a short drinking spree bec. I celebratd my birthday there....For the island tours, super saya! Ang galing ni Dexter, nakakabilib...Ang babait ang mga tour guides, super alalalay lahat sila...To Jason who patiently waited for us during our Mt. Tapyas hike and a long soaking at Maquinit hot spring......I want to be there and see you all guys again .............!" Lingling
LinglingB,WinnieM Feb 2011
"Our Coron Escapade was a Big Success! We were able to escape city living and was welcomed with Gran Vista's relaxing and soothing atmosphere. Thanks Miss Gigi for all the assistance, to ate jhingjhing for taking good care of us and to kuya nino for being a good guide. Castaway is a different experience... It's like having your own island :) thanks to kuya enok, ate beth and ted for making us experience living in our own island :D
Castaway's concept is cute, I learned to appreciate more the things that were sometimes taken for granted. Limited water supply, 'timed' electricity (6p-12a)... But all was compensated for the priceless relaxation ;)
We'll definitely be coming back to Enchanting Coron!!!"
RheaS, family, Jan 2011
"my vacation was fantastic!! castaway was brilliant!
i couldn't of asked for more! enok and family were brilliant.. enok knew exactly where to take me to spearfish and his knowledge of the area was spot on. im sure his english has improved drastically after spending the month with me haha. i hold him as a dear friend now! i didn't end up camping on another island because the resort was good enough. when you had guests id stay in the tent or hammock which was fine...
maybe some thing to consider for improvement for your business:
A fridge or freezer would be very handy there, or even a small store even if you stocked the fridge with cool drinks and sold them to guests it would profit. as many times after swimming i found myself craving cool drinks but i hadn't stocked enough and would have to go into town.
some some nicely printed posters, leaflets and maps outlining what is possible to do in the area and some history and general information.. Even species of fish coral and plants insects Etc as nature is what you have on your side there..
dont know if its possible but if so maybe a small walking trail up to the top of the hill. i never made it up there as the jungle is pretty impenetrable but i'm sure the views are great.. once you have cleared the path (pretty big task) it would be simple to maintain..
lose the generator and go solar power all the way.. going to be expensive but with good battery's in the long run will be cheaper as gasoline must cost a fortune to run it everyday and the solar is silent.
fishing rods and equipment would be really cool.
Maybe organized deep fishing trips as well as there's not a single tour that offers this in coron and i met many travelers as myself trying to locate a tour. Fishing would be a good option as well as island hoping.
when at castaway at night there were a lot of strange creepy crawlies and when they appeared me and guests were truly astonished at the variety... maybe a couple of small aquariums to put some giant millipedes and praying mantis in?? would add greatly to the visual impression.
few more hammocks scattered around would be nice to relax.
All of the above i really scratched my head to think of but you have a great place there.. a true paradise..
I wonder though why the guests only use castaway for a night or two when going island hoping? The daytimes there are very nice and i was swimming everyday!
The grounds of castaway are really nice with the different fruits and plants its a shame they weren't ready when i was there!!
There's not much more i can say really. i really had an amazing time and owe most of it to enok!! i left him my spear gun and fishing equipment as a thank you.. also i left my tent, sleeping bag and mosquito net as couldn't fit it in my bag!!
i will defiinitely be returning again next november! and id always be sure to recommend you to anyone going that way!!Thanks for a brilliant time! speak soon!!"
MikeC, English chef, solo, stayed a whole month, Dec 2010
Thank you for sharing the beauty of your place!!! We are pleased staying in Castaway and Grandvista! Lucky us, Ms Gigi was there to accomodate us earlier than sked..... and welcomed us with a smile. The two resorts are perfect hideaway from city life...the huts you got there are soo nice and homey! We had a good sleep.... good to hear the "TUKOO... TUKOOO".... rooster welcoming the dawn and breathing the air of Coron.
Castaway and Grandvista are lovely places to stay while in Coron. Nice accomodation, good people! We are looking forward to experience the beauty of your place again. Best regards to Ms Gigi, Ging ging, Nino, the soft spoken Beth and Enoc
Thankyou! We had a fantastic time both at Granvista and Castaway. Gigi is a fine host - very helpful and kind. It was great to have the convenience of Mark's tricycle service too. Enoc and Beth at Cataway were fantastic too. We felt very comfortable and looked after and they take pride in taking care of the place.
Enoc took us spear fishing which was great and there was always lots of food :)
We will recommend the place to fellow travellers.
Thanks and ingat
Meg n Brenton, Australian guests, Dec 2010
We had a great time and enjoyed our stay in GV and overnight in castaway. The place was amazing and our trip was really "sulit-tipid" trip. Thanks kuya ted for your very good itinerary. Ate gigi was also very accomodating and made sure we are safe on our island hopping. Mang danny's boat is cool. Played music while waiting for us in Banul beach. Thanks also for serving us delicious food. Bobby our tour guide is so nice also. Keeping us safe and act as our photographer. To sum it up, the 4 days/3nights of our stay in coron is memorable and back to basic experience. We will definitely come back and explore the other side of coron.
We really did enjoy our Palawan trip. The people in GranVista and Castaway are very accommodating and friendly. The places that we visited are truly paradise and I would really come back to Coron to see the beauty of it once again.
Thank you for the accommodation and hope there would be a 24/7 electricity on our next visit.
RuthQ.U family, Nov2010
"thanks for a very wonderful accomodations, although we weren't able to meet you and Ms. Gigi, but the caretakers, ate beth and kuya enoc we're absolutely nice.you definitely have a wonderful place back there and we would really love to come back in the future! this is one of my best vacation ever!!!! thanks again :)
p.s. more beautiful landscape photos by Joyce at "more photos from guests" ..
"Thank you for coordinating things for me. I preferred it that way...no rush and come what way...I had a blast, everything worked out great for me. I liked the peace and quite staying alone at Gran Vista, and not being able to join any tour group was still okay because in half a day Inoc and I were able to cover most of the islands that are included in the tour anyway and best thing is no waiting. The peace and quite and seclusion in Castaway was great, I loved it. Gigi was always calling making sure that everything was okay which was flattering to the point of almost nakakahiya na (heheh). Everyone took real good care of me and I really appreciate everything they have done for me.I'm am going back for sure next year...well, later this year if my schedule and budget will allow it.Thanks again Ted...!"
Thank you so much for accommodating us at your resort on a very short notice. My boyfriend and I were very pleased with Coron Castaway and Gran Vista. Gigi made us feel so welcome and at home with her warm and hospitable personality. She even coordinated our tour, transfers and food. We couldn't thank her enough. :) We absolutely loved our stay at the two resorts!
I blogged about our trip at my personal blog where I uploaded photos of your resorts. You may view it by clicking this link: centeringourselvesinCoron
Thank you very much! You can be sure that you'll be hearing from us again when we decide to come back to Coron! We have yet to see Malcapuya and the other places. haha :)!"
Issa and Allen, Aug10
"We had fun during our trip to skeleton wreck, twin lagoon etc, sayang nga lng were not able to go to banana island & malcapuya dhil malakas ang alon we did not enjoy CYC & atwayan much. Though we had fun..pero sayang lng talaga nde nmin n kompleto:)"
DonnaN, group11, July10
"Hi Mr. Ted! Just got home from a great trip! Gran Vista is just right for us,away from the crowd but still near the town proper if we need something.Sayang we were not able to meet Ms. Gigi (was in Puerto Princesa), but I was able to talk to her; she asked what we needed and told us to approach Ms. Jing for any concern/s. We appreciated the efforts of the staff , Ms Jing, Bob, etc. - they were so accommodating considering we were a big group. The bangkeros, trike drivers hired were so nice too and very helpful.Still a lot to explore in Coron. We hope to get back there and stay in Gran Vista or Castaway.
I asked my friends if their stay at Gran Vista was okay, they all said yes. They really enjoyed the karaoke night (at Gran vista). On my end, I think the trip was simply great!!"
Adette, group of 13+, July2010
"thank u much.. we really had a wonderful time in coron, mr ted.. and ms gigi's hospitality is appreciated.. she's a friendly and a lovely host.. much thanks to you both.. we'd love to go back to coron and stay at your places..
included in the pix are sunset views from gran vista. the picnic lunch prepared by ms jane ( i think ) - ah delicious! sobra... mornings at castaway - a good time for boat paddling which jay and i really enjoyed. some mangroves growing near castaway.
we loved both places.. tahimik.. where we would love to return to escape all of life's hustles and bustles.. very peaceful.. kuya inok and his wife were also very accomodating. si bobby - our tour guide - really took care of us during our trip. he was more like our trip buddy than our guide.. the boatmen were friendly -they kept us safe while at sea and while on dock..
overall, we really enjoyed our stay at coron. all the help rendered us by you , ms gigi and the rest is greatly appreciated.. God bless.. we shall return.. !"