Coron, Palawan Philippines
Coron is one of the three largest islands in the Calamian Islands located in Palawan. Approximately just an hour and ten minutes from the Metropolitan Manila. A popular dive site and is known to have several Japanese shipwrecks of World War II. Coron is internationally known as one of the most beautiful places to visit (according to Conde Nast Traveler).
How to get there:
- From Metro Manila Airport, plane will land at Busuanga Airport – an hour flight.
- Outside the Airport there are Vans that would take you to Coron proper – takes about 40-45minutes.
Once in Coron, there are different activities available for the individual or group. Some of the Activities we enjoyed during our stay are:
Coral Reef Snorkeling – getting up close and personal with such gorgeous reefs.
Siete Pecados – one of the best sites to snorkel in Coron. Local myth suggests that, in the past there were seven kids who swam from the mainland to escape from it and follow their parents. They all drowned and the place where they drowned is where the islands are now present.
Exploring Japanese World War II Ship Wrecks – Lusong Gunboat Wreck and Skeleton Wreck.
Other wreck diving sites includes Irako wreck, Okikawa Maru wreck, Akitsushima wreck, Kogyo Maru wreck, Olympia Maru wreck, Kyokuzan Maru wreck, East Tangat gunboat wreck, Terukaze Maru, and Nanshin Maru wreck.
Hanging out and relaxing at Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon
Kayangan Lake which is said to be one of the cleanest lake in Asia. There is an approximately 15 minute hike before reaching the inmost lake, but midway of the hike there is a view deck overlooking a great view. Before the lake was open to public, this sacred site was believed to have spirits and meticulous rituals are performed by the natives to receive spiritual blessings.
Twin Lagoon which is composed of two lakes, an outer and an inner lake. The outer lake is where the boat or raft stops for people to disembark. One has to pass through a small cave like opening or climbing the ladder. Once in the lake, you’d experience sudden changes in water temperature every now and then. One minute the water is warm and then suddenly it turns cold. One minute it’s crystal clear and then suddenly it turns murky. Such mysterious change is one of the lake’s beauty.
Barracuda Lake is one of the 2 lakes that is open to the public.
Beach 91, Banol Beach, CYC Beach and Banana Beach Resort
After hours of snorkeling, swimming and boat ride we couldn’t wait for the food to be served as our tour guides had been preparing them while we were island hopping. You can smell the barbeque (liempo) and fresh grilled fish while in the boat, getting closer and closer to these beautiful beaches for a yummy lunch set. bon ap·pé·tit guys!
Relaxing through the day in one of the best hotels in Coron.
You can’t beat a great place to stay, which is why we opted for Sunz En Coron Resort. It’s a 5 minutes tricycle ride from the market, has available tricycle service outside their hotel exclusive for their guests, if you need to go somewhere (e.g. eat out, buy stuff). The rooms are tidy and clean and is big enough for the family. The service is exceptional, food is awesome and the place is just so relaxing that you can stay in and still enjoy Coron, for those days that you just don’t wanna go anywhere.
For more information about the hotel, you can visit their website at: www.sunzencoron.ph/
So that’s my adventure in this wonderful place called Coron. I will never forget this special place and I’d be going back soon!
P.S. I don’t know how to swim and I’m afraid of deep waters yet I find the waters of Coron calming and relaxing that I’d swim the whole day!