|The facade of Hotel Maya looks out to the sea|
Summer was still in full force when we visited a few months back and seeing a hammock right under the trees by the side entrance was a welcome sight -- something I could put to good use right away. The sea breezes were temperamental at best, blowing meekly one moment, then gone the next, not to come back until I'm dripping in sweat. The new generator was yet awaiting transport from Coron or if rumors were to be believed, was already on the island but awaiting a technician to run it so power is available only for four hours daily, from 4 to 8pm and thru the hotel's own genset come night-time so the hammock is indeed a welcome treat from the heat.
|A welcome sight -- hammock by the entrance|
Students from the school man the front desk along with the friendly regular staff. They were eager to please and easy to share banter with, it's easy to feel at home right from the get-go. I'm admittedly in my best element in small towns where I find it easier to make friends, catch the latest news right from the townsfolk, and chit-chat with people as if you've known each other for a long time.
|Hotel Maya signage visible from the sea|
|Lone aircon room is no-frills but very liveable|
|Clean toilet and bath|
The hotel has its own generator set so after the town's power shuts off, there's electricity for fans/lights/aircon from 11:30pm to 5:30am. A rather green thing they have: solar panels and inverters for all the rooms. It's a nifty idea for juicing up small devices (mobile phones, mp3 players) as well as ensuring there are lights all day and night.
Oh, the toilet and bath merit mentioning as ours was a bit roomy and very clean. Just a reminder: water is scarce and rather precious (read: expensive) in these parts so guests are encouraged to conserve. The ubiquitous timba (pail) and tabo (dipper) are fixtures in the bathroom for good reason -- at times, the faucet runs dry so best to fill up the pail for emergencies. The staff were accommodating to our requests of extra pails for storing up water.
Reservations and inquiries. Call/text 0921 3004004
Getting to Culion. As of this writing, there are two 32-passenger boats, Barbara and Olympia, alternating in plying the Coron-Culion/Culion-Coron route daily. Terminal fee: P20 (US$50 cents); boat fare: P180 (US$6) one way. Boat sked: leaves Coron at 1:30pm, Culion at 8am. Best to go to the pier about two hours ahead of schedule to secure your seat by having your name listed.
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