If you want to visit Coron Island or dive the many Japanese war ships sunk in the region during the Second World War, Dive Link is an interesting alternative to the uncomfortable and noisy lodges in the town. This low-key resort, established by the Matta family in 1999, is only five minutes away from Coron Village. It is on the little wooded island of Uson on the other side of the bay.
The resor is a direct contrast to the placidity and splendor of the area. The structures are painted in a variety of bright colors, like those in a child’s coloring book: there is a yellow jetty with red railings, blue corrugated iron roofing on the bungalows, and walls tinged with the same shade, accented by the red-framed windows. This play of colors is again rendered in the interiors of the bungalows — bamboo braided walls with blue borders, red flooring, yellow curtains and bedcovers. The initial shock of these intense colors subsides, as you realize that the place is actually very pleasing.
The resort is nestled in a natural garden of coconut trees right at the foothills. The majestic view of Coron Bay, open to the most of the cottages, is a particularly enchanting at sunset.
Bungalows, well spaced from each other, are grouped in two rows on a hill facing the ocean. These are very well maintained and furnished with simple bamboo furniture. Each bungalow has a balcony that offers an excellent view of the surroundings. The windows shut only with screens.
The bamboo restaurant overlooks the sea. Here, the home-cooked dishes are place within a miniature multicolored banca. The talakitok, or Jack fish, are very fresh, brought in regularly from the Coral Bay Resort, which is also owned by the Mattas.
Is is a little muddy in the area, hence the absence of a beach, but there is a big swimming pool not far from the sea.
The resort offers an extensive banca tour of Coron and its lagoons, complete with snorkeling atop a shipwreck and lunch served buffet-style.
How to get there
By air, land and sea, 65-minute flight on Seair or Asian Spirit; or 9o-minute flight on Pacific Air from Manila to Busuanga. All airlines have daily flights. 45 minutes by van from Busuanga Airport to Coron town. A shuttle van awaits passengers and takes them to Bayside Divers Lodge in Coron. Time of departure from Busuanga airport depends on flight schedules. 15 minutes by banca from Coron town to the resort.
- Bungalow (from $75 to $115) Family
- Garden Cottage (from $115 to $180)
- Budget Room (from $48 to $95)
Amenities & Services:
- Town Tour
- Wreck Diving
- swimming pool
- Dance floor
- Lounging area
- Poolside bar