Why You Should Pack Your Bags for Coron Palawan
If you are looking for a beautiful, rustic and relaxing place for your next vacation, then Coron Palawan is the place for you! Visitors will see and experience clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, limestone rock formations, rich marine life and nature’s best in Coron Palawan. It is not surprising that Palawan is also known as the last frontier of Philippines!
Coron and El Nido (also in Palawan) offers one of the best island hopping destinations in the Philippines. While Coron town (see photo above) does not have a beach (sea shore) like El Nido, it is less commercialized, more accessible, budget friendly and rustic than El Nido.
Visit Coron Town
A domestic flight from Manila to Busuanga (USU) airport will bring you to Coron Palawan. We took PAL Express to reach Coron.
Coron Palawan is blessed with many pristine white beaches and islands (some are not open to the public) that you can visit by booking an island hopping day tour. We recommend booking your island hopping day tour with Calamian Islands Travel & Tours located near the pier.
Through our experience with them for 2 days, their guides were really professional, helpful and friendly. You can also booked the day tours with your own resort, but upon comparing the prices with our resort (Coron Westown Resort), we had actually saved P200 per person by booking with Calamian.
Beach 91 kayak
We had lunch at Beach 91 which was prepared by the boatman on the bangka and had a wonderful time swimming and kayaking in the clear blue waters. You can also snorkel or just simply enjoy this beautiful beach.
Malcapuya island is a 2 hours journey from the pier but the sight of the stretch of powdery white beach make the long journey all worthwhile.
Visitors can enjoy ice cold beers, coconut juice, massage services or relax in one of the hammocks under the trees. The beach cottages or huts are also available for rent should you want to stay overnight in Malcapuya island.
Boat in Malcapuya Island
Banana island beach
Banana island is bestowed with one of the best beaches in the Calamianes and boasts a pristine white beach and crystal clear waters. We had our lunch here during our second island hopping day tour and spent some fun time snorkeling and kayaking around this little paradise.
At the lovely banana island.
Bulog Dos Island
Bulog dos island is situated very near to the private beach of Two Seasons Coron, a 5 stars luxury island resort in Coron. As we were contemplating whether to swim across to Two Seasons Coron, we were stopped by our guide as that was a private beach and out of bounds to outsiders.
Bulog Dos Seasons Resort
Bulog Dos Island may not be very big but we had a fun time exploring this beautiful island nonetheless.
Adventure in Bulog Dos Island
I found Nemo
Siete Pecados is a group of seven islands clustered together and has clear waters, breathtaking marine life and beautiful corals. Siete Pecados is one of the best snorkeling area near Coron town and in the Calamianes.
You can also learn diving from one of the many diving centres available in Coron town.
Kayangan from peak
Kayangan is a Tagbanua term for “entrance”, meaning entrance to all other lakes. The lake consisted of brackish water, a combination of 70% fresh water and 30% salt water. Kayangan Lake is acclaimed to be the cleanest and greenest lake in the Philippines and in Asia.
amazing kayangan lake
It was a little tiring climbing up and down the 100+ steps to reach the lake especially since we didn’t eat a lot during breakfast but it was exhilarating experiencing the spectacular view of the turquoise lake surrounded by majestic limestone rock formations from the peak.
Kayangan lake is great for activities such as taking photographs, bamboo raft riding, swimming, snorkeling or just lounging around the wooden platform surrounding the lake.
Enjoying a little “fish therapy” at the Kayangan Lake.
The spectacular sights of the beautiful corals and vibrant marine life just make my heart stopped. It was simply awe-inspiring looking at such beautiful corals.
truly a garden of corals
Twin lagoon hut
Anyone who swims in these lagoons will be able to experience changes in the water temperature, a phenomenon also known as thermocline. As the water becomes deeper, the temperature increases and become warmer due to limestone deposit at the sea level. The twin lagoons are divided by a limestone wall and you can either swim through a small opening or climb up a ladder to reach the other lagoon during high tide.
This is also a great place for swimming and kayaking.
After Island Hopping – Mt Tapyas & Maquinit Hot springs
The Maquinit Hot Springs.
If you are still feel bursting with energy after the island hopping day tours and raring to explore Coron, you can trek to the summit of Mt Tapyas (700+ steps) to catch the beautiful sunset or enjoy a relaxing pampering session in the Maquinit hot springs.
The hot spring is around 39-40 degrees and best to be enjoyed in the evening (closed at 8 pm).
You can hire a tricycle to bring you to the hot springs which is the main mode of transport in Coron Palawan.
An island hopping day tour to Malcapuya Island, Banana Island and Bulog Dos Island cost P1500 per person.
An island hopping day tour to Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake, Coral Garden, Twin Lagoon, Beach 91 and CYC beach cost P1300 per person.
With so many fun-filled activities you can do in Coron Palawan and experience what nature has to offer, you really need to pack your bags for your next vacation in Coron Palawan!
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