Yes , Ive been to Philippine beaches but every time i plan and visit another one I always end up astonished by my latest discovery. It always leaves me speechless and think that Philippines must be so lucky because we possessed world class beaches and undisturbed tropical nature. One of that undisturbed nature place is CORON PALAWAN.
My CORON PALAWAN trip just started with a dream. I first read about the place on the travel magazine way back 2010 because the place was being featured as the latest heaven for the beach bummers and scuba divers.And after reading the travel magazine , the place never vanished on my mind. So I Googled it and was truly fascinated with what I found – loads of stunning snapshots of Busuanga and Coron in Palawan. I told myself, this really is a must-see place so I immediately added it on my list of dream destinations in the Philippines.
Coron is a beautiful town located in the province of Palawan that has a population of 32,243 people in 6,264 households based on the 2000 census. Coron is a part of the Calamian Group of Islands in the northern Palawan which has also been listed inForbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world for the aquatic views of the sunken Japanese shipwrecks from World War II that can be found within the island. Not only the amazing Japanese shipwrecks that drove tourist in Coron. They also possessed stunning white sand beaches , amazing rock formations and the famousKAYANGAN LAKE which was being tagged as the Philippine’s Cleanest and Greenest Lake for 3 consecutive years.
If you want to stay inland , one will find the famous resort of Maquinit Hot Spring. This is in the opening of the island’s harbor. By land, Makinit is about 15 minutes away from Coron town by trike. Makinit is a salt water hot spring with very hot 40 degree Celsius water. It is said that the warm water is extremely relaxing and healing that relieves all stress, and diseases like arthritis. Hikers and mountain climber includes in their itinerary the hike up to Mount Tapyas, a popular destination in Coron town. Above sea level, it is approximately 2,000 feet with 726 solid steps that go ahead to the mountain top. It’s a very short distance from the pier. The walk to the foot of the mountain takes at least five minutes. Climb 726 steps to the top to see a great overlooking view of Coron, the surrounding waters and islands.
For me , Coron is a nature’s haven. It provides a variety of options to all visitors. Whether one wants to stay on land or submerge to water, there are exciting activities and places to see. It’s better to try everything—from diving to the shipwrecks, island hopping, trekking and unwinding on local bars.Here are some photos taken during our Coron Palawan trip:
|Stunning aerial view of Coron Palawan. This was taken at Airphil plane before we arrive at the town.|
|Another view of Maquinit Hot Spring.|
|The magical entry way going to Kayangan Lake.|
|Welcome to Kayangan Lake sign!!!!|
|Nature at its finest…KAYANGAN LAKE it is the cleanest and greenest lake in the Philippines for 3 consecutive years. It is so clean that everything below the emerald green water is very visible.|
|Welcome to Banol Beach , The sand was so fine you can barely sift it on your hands and the water was just so clear you would think you are just in an over-chlorined swimming pool.|
|Me at Banol Beach…..|
|Another Jump again at Banol Beach. I just love jumping especially when i will be astonish and happy with what i see.|
|Well this time , its time for reading and relaxing.|
The grandeur we saw in Coron would forever remind us that God indeed make the world beautiful and stunning!!!
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Coron Palawan Information:
How to get there by AIR:
Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific Airlines and Zestair have daily flights from Manila – Coron – Manila. These depart Manila and land at the Busuanga Airport, flights take approximately an hour. It is recommend to book at least 10 days before departure, as the planes have a limited seating capacity.
WG&A Superferry sails from Pier 15 of the Manila South Harbor (behind Manila Hotel) to Coron, Busuanga on Friday nights and returns on Monday mornings, the trip is approximately 12 hours each way.
You dont have to worry about looking for a place to stay in Coron. The place is packed with inns and resorts that will cost very cheap. But mind you guys that the restaurants in Coron is very expensive. Its like eating in a fancy restaurant….
Tricycle cost only 10pesos per way.
Van which will bring you to the resort and to the airport cost 150pesos per person
Boat for Island Hopping activity cost 3000-1500pesos ( whole day )
Island Hopping Expense: all island has entrance fee of 100pesos except for the Kayangan Lake which will cost you 200pesos. And thats per pax guys!!!!!