my window view

View of Busuanga Island from my window

To explore the whole of Palawan is another one of my Holy Grails here in the Philippines. I was able to explore the Taytay Palawan years ago and definitely enjoyed that piece of the region and wanted to actually see more. Last weekend, another spot has been crossed out. Me, along with 4 other adventurers flew to the island of Busuanga for the weekend. All of us were new to the place so it was pure discovery and exploration backpacking style!

Seair Dornier 328

Seair Dornier 328

Currently, there are already 3 airlines servicing the Busuanga route in Palawan, but the fastest flights going there is via Seair’s 32-seater Dornier 328 which can take you to Busuanga from Manila in 35 minutes. Seair has been serving Palawan since 1995 along with other exotic routes like El Nido and Cuyo, so they are quite reliable on this region.


Seair Inflight snacks and magazine

Seair Inflight snacks and magazine

It’s nice to know that even on a 35 minutes flight, some snacks were served during the flight. You can also check out their Inflight Magazine. In my opinion, this magazine is one of the best designed out there. When I was still working on another inflight publication, I consider the designs for their inflight a direct rival to what I do for another inflight.

Inside the Dornier 328

Inside the Dornier 328

Flying here is pretty comfortable. Seats and leg room is just okay. They don’t have window blinds though but that’s just a personal preference. Cabin is well pressurized. No popping ears on this one.

Coron mountain scape

Coron mountain scape

And since the plane is flying on a lower altitude, you get to see more of the sights. I was really excited to see the landscapes of Busuanga. From the air, I could actually see those crystal clear torquise waters hugging the coastline. Beautiful! And those sloping mountain landscape is also quite a sight.

Dornier 328 Rear view

Dornier 328 Rear view

Like any small provincial airports, we landed on a dusty runway among vast leveled fields with only small fences dividing them. The landing was smooth and pretty soon we were walking towards the small terminal.

With Seair Pilot Captian

Marc, Eric, Captian Lucky, Gail and me (left to right)Photo taken by Nina

The sunny weather and cool breeze of wind from this part of the Philippines held a lot of promise for the coming days. It’s great to be back again in Palawan. We approached the Captain Lucky, who piloted the Dornier 328 and also welcomed us in Busuanga.

Old Francisco Reyes Airport

Old Francisco Reyes Airport

I noticed that there’s an expansion and improvements happening on Francisco Reyes Airport here in Busuanga. Beside the old terminal building, another larger structure is being made. Maybe in a few months time, we can see this spanking new terminal operating in Coron. We then rode a jeep and readied ourselves for an hour ride to Coron Town.

If you haven’t done so, Seair is still giving you a chance to win 6 tickets to Busuanga for you and your friends. You can read the whole details here.

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Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.

23 Responses to “Transit: Flying to Busuanga”

  1. it’s really one great experience when you fly over those mountains. i was amazed with the coron mountain scape. looks like it was arranged for a purpose. galing ah! ok na pala ang mga eroplano ng seair and a 35minute flight will indeed grab more tourists from manila.

    yan din ata ang issue ng inflight na nagfeature ng article ni oggie.

  2. AKILEZ

    Hi Ferdz,

    long time no hear.
    I am still a blogger believe it or not.

    how’s the adventure?

    doing a good work in promoting Philli for the world can ceeee.

    added your blog on my blog list.

    ingat pare!!!

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