November 18, 2016 wanderpinoy 0Comment

Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines

The beauty of Coron will surely capture ones’ heart. It is an exquisite, serene island situated in the province of Palawan. Every year, thousands of people are drawn to its diverse natural beauty. It offers breathtaking limestone cliffs, powdery sand beaches, rich marine life, and fascinating views.

How to get to Coron?

  1. There are multiple airlines that fly directly from Manila to Busuanga airport.
  2. From the airport, you can take an air-conditioned van that brings you to the town proper or straight to your hotel. Travel time is approximately about 30-45 minutes and fare is Php 150 only. 

Best Time to go

Generally, March until June is the summer season in the Philippines. If you want to avoid bigger crowd, September-December is ideal, and rates are quite reasonable.

Places to see:

1. Calauit Safari

Coron is not only popular by its beautiful beaches, lakes, lagoons and rock formations. It is a sanctuary of some African wildlife. Calauit Safari park was established in 1976 during the time of the late president Ferdinand Marcos. The animals there like Zebras, Calamian deer, Giraffes roam freely.

My first day in the island was one hell of an adventure. Since there was no tour accommodating going to Calauit on a late afternoon, I decided to rent a motorbike and drove 80km from Coron proper to the Safari park. It took me more than 3 hours, the roads were rocky, bumpy and uncomfortable. There were few times when I forgot to change gear while driving towards uphill and almost fell and lost control. It was my first time to drive a semimatic since I was used to automatic scooters. Gladly, God has kept me safe.

2. Kayangan lake

A trip to Coron is never complete without visiting the most popular landmark in the island. Kayangan Lake is considered as one of the cleanest lakes in Asia

The trek is a little challenge as you have to climb up high and down high going there. The trail is lengthy, steep and slippery at times. But the scenery is for sure you’re going to enjoy. Its crystal clear water is a jaw-dropping. 

3. Green Lagoon

The lagoon is surrounded with beautiful huge limestone formations, clear and green waters. The water alternates between cold and warm.

4. CYC Beach

Coron Yourth Club is a small island where the white sand blends with pristine blue water. The area is also filled with mangroves.

5. Mount Tapyas

A 724 steps up to the highest point of Coron. It is a perfect location to see the remarkable view of the island and witness the magnificent sunset. The best time to climb is late afternoon when it cools down as there’s no available trees to cover you.

6. Maquinit Hot Spring

It is natural salt water spring situated along the southern coast of the island. A nice place to relax after a strenuous trek from Mount Tapyas or a day of island hopping. You need to take a 30-minute tricycle ride to get there. Entrance is 200 per person.