EXPLORING THE BEST SPOTS OF CORON ISLANDS

EXPLORING THE BEST SPOTS OF CORON ISLANDS

We met our guide at exactly 8am at Lualhati Park. This is where the boats dock and load/unload passengers. The place was very busy in the morning. So many groups of tourists of different nationalities were chatting while waiting for their assigned boat. There were actually more foreigners in sight than Filipinos.Β Vendors were roaming around offering waterproof bags and phone cases. We just stood still with our bags of goodies at the end of the port while watching all the happenings. This is crazy. How did this become the most beautiful island in the WORLD???!

A distinct red boat was parked far from the loading area.

“That’s ours.” Our tour guide said. Meet Kuya Jake. He’s a local in Coron. He’s been a boat captain, a previous dive master, and now a freediver and a tour guide. He’s an amazing human being enjoying his life without plans of leaving Coron. I wonder why.

We had to pass by other boats to get to our boat. Other boats were usually colored with a combination of bright colors ie. white and blue/green/bluegreen, or yellow, but ours was fiery red. I guess it’ll be easy to find our boat during the tour. We hopped on our fiery red boat and met the crew who will be our friends for the day. The feeling of excitement was all over me once I heard El Kapitan powered the engine. We started cruising towards the huge limestones and so the adventure begins!

Although our itinerary was 3N/4D, we only had two full days since travel time consumed half of our first and last day. We decided to go for the Coron Island Ultimate Tour for our first tour. We booked a private tour instead of joining the group tour for this particular activity since I didn’t want to feel rushed in any way. I have been dreaming of visiting Coron for so long, I prefer to enjoy every minute of my stay. Kuya Jake along with the boat crew brought us to Coron’s most coveted attractions. Our first stop…

SKELETON WRECK

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Kuya Jake asked us to jump off the boat which I’m not quite ready for. The water looks very deep. For the first time, I felt slightly scared to see what’s underneath. After receiving a few words of encouragement from Bry and Kuya Jake, I finally went to the water with my mask and snorkels on. There were so many colorful fish in different sizes! They’re all so beautiful and makes a great clip for a travel vlog. After hanging out with the fish, Kuya Jake brought us deeper to the ocean. I am not a freediver but I had some basic lessons last year. I did try to go deeper but I had a hard time equalizing. Kuya Jake assisted me in the water to see what this place was known for. A skeleton of a ship wreck that drowned ages ago. I found myself interested about the story behind it. I suggest visiting Coron and have your tour guide tell the story to you personally. It makes the experience more unforgettable!

Entrance fee (for private tour): 150/person

CYC BEACH

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Our second stop was CYC beach. CYC stands for Coron Youth Club. A small pebbled beach with few trees great for hiding from the scorching heat. A portion of the beach was occupied by mangroves. We spent 30-40 minutes here for swimming and taking underwater shots since the water is unbelievable clear!

Entrance fee (for private tour): Free

TWIN LAGOONS

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If I had to choose a favorite among all the places that we visited or a place to perfectly describe the word paradise, Twin Lagoons would be it. Our boat crew docked our boat in front of the entrance of Twin Lagoons where we had a sumptious seafood lunch. We were surrounded by crstal clear water and rock formations. Everything was so damn surreal. After taking lots of selfies, Kuya Jake finally told us that lunch is ready! YASSSSS!

Entrance fee (for private tour): 200/person

BARRACUDA LAKE

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I know. The name of the place sounds like a title of a thriller movie. Barracuda lake is known as a great scuba diving spot in Coron. It’s not for everyone, but it definitely is an interesting place to discover. There are rock formations underwater which makes a unique background for photo ops. It’s also a freediving spot which means only certified freedivers are allowed to see the underworld. For us non certififed freedivers, vests on and get the tampisaw going.πŸ˜‚

Entrance fee (for private tour): 200/person

KAYANGAN LAKE

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The most photographed spot in the Philippines, they say. In order to see the famous view, you’ll have to hike up a little bit. Don’t worry, as there’s a refreshing lake to freshen you up when you get down. Best to see during the sunset!

Entrance fee (for private tour): 300/person

 

Private Boat Information:

Private Boat Fee: Varies depending on number of passengers & area to be toured. Best to ask the organizer. Don’t hesitate to use your super bargaining power! πŸ˜‰

Tour Organizer: Yuan Tours Coron

Contact Person: Ms. Joy –Β 09451326009 (Globe), 09479860960 (Smart)

 

We had so much fun during our short stay in Coron, Palawan. It was an adventure packed getaway that got my muscles, mind, spirit on high. Definitely a place I would recommend to ANYONE seeking for a true paradise.

Have you been to Palawan? What was your most unforgettable moment? Let me know in the comments below! Xx

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14 Comments

  1. May 22, 2018 / 3:25 am

    I’ve been to Coron only once and that was years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to have a tour but the place where we stayed at (Club Paradise) offered fabulous views and a wonderful experience.

    Lovely post. And I agree that Coron is one of the best, if not the best, islands in our country because of its natural beauty (less commercialized than Boracay, too). πŸ™‚

  2. May 22, 2018 / 3:41 am

    oh my goodness, beautiful! That crystal clear water is heavenly! I need to adventure to the Philippines. Pinning this for later!

  3. shadi26
    May 25, 2018 / 2:39 am

    This place looks absolutley incredible! The philippines have always been on my bucket list and this post is making me only want to book it this summer! Thanks for sharing, girl!

  4. May 26, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    I’m honestly not surprised that Palawan is so popular. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such clear waters! What an amazing day you had in Coron – and despite all the tourists, it looks blissfully peaceful.

  5. May 26, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    I’ve visited all these gorgeous places in Coron and would go back in a second – love all your beautiful imagery of the place. I could have a nice long bbq lunch at the beach again please!

  6. May 27, 2018 / 7:49 am

    Twin Lagoons really look beautiful. And you say you had some seafood lunch there? That must have been great, with such a scenery all around.
    Also, no wonder that the Kayangan Lake is one of the most photographed spots. I mean, just look at your photo! πŸ™‚ It’s stunning!
    And that red boat of yours reminded me of the car rental in Greece. I got me a yellow one that was so easy to spot in busy parking lots where all the other cars were just gray, black or white. πŸ˜€

  7. May 27, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Coron looks amazing, I would love to snorkel around there and see the skeleton wreck. I’ve never free dived but would love to give it a try, if you get see awesome stuff like that! And omg the view of Kayangan lake is unreal.

  8. May 27, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    This sounds like an unbelievable tour. The water is so clear! Your shot in Barracuda Lake is badass and the formations at Twin Lagoons are so cool. I want to go now!

  9. May 27, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Wow, I can see why Coron islands are the most beautiful, good call and taking a private tour. The twin lagoons look like the most incredible place to just sit and relax. I wasn’t sure of the pricing though, is that in Philippines currency? I would be interested to understand the cost – also given that this place has had a massive boost of tourism because of its new status. thanks!

    • May 29, 2018 / 1:47 am

      Hi Dorene! Prices are in Philippine Pesos. πŸ™‚

  10. May 28, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    The Twin Lagoons look really beautiful. The rock formations combined with the colour of that water are incredible. The whole area does look a stunning place to visit.

  11. May 29, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    It’s hard to be belive how gorgeous those locations are. The underwater shot of you on the reef seems almost imaginary. I’m particuarly enamored by the Twin Lagoons, and a little curious what you had for lunch there. Thanks for writing!

  12. May 30, 2018 / 8:06 am

    Oh, Palawan! Amazing! So picture perfect! My favorite among your photos would be the Twin Lagoons, sooo incredible! And the shots with all the fishes! What’s not to love in Coron!

  13. May 31, 2018 / 8:07 am

    What a fantastic idea to do the private tour. I recently did the exactly same tour but as a group, rather than private. I loved Kayangan and Barracuda Lake and your pictures are spectacular, especially at Barracuda Lake, wow! And the one in the twin lagoons, taken from the top. Coron is lovely, isn’t it?

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