Coron

I went to Coron last April 25-28 with some of my office friends. It’s our second out of town trip together and as expected, I had a blast. The beauty of Coron is totally spellbinding that it almost moved me to tears. Seriously. See some photos below:

view while goin’ up Mt. Tapyas

view from halfway through the trek to Kayangan Lake (this is the view usually seen on postcards)

Barracuda Lake

Banol Beach

goin’ to the Twin Lagoon

Calumboyan Island (for snorkeling)

Black Island

Here’s our itinerary for our 4D/3N trip (not necessarily in order):

Day 1:

Arrival / Check-in at Darayonan Lodge

Town Tour:

Municipal Hall and Park (nothing special, just an opportunity for picture taking with the CORON signage)

Souvenir Shop (lots of items for pasalubong like shirts, magnets, keychains, etc

Cashew Harvest (the best cashew nuts I have tasted so far; cooked adobo style with garlic chips)

Mabentangan Forest Park (don’t go here anymore; it’s just like a dam with stagnant and rather dirty water although a lot of locals   swim in it)

Mt. Tapyas (700+ steps to get to the viewing deck at the top; very much worth it)

Maquinit Hot Spring (super hot water so you must dip carefully; soothes sore muscles)

Day 2:

Siete Pecados (lots of fishes so snorkeling was really fun; you have to bring crackers or bread so you can feed them and they come to you in droves)

Kayangan Lake (you have to trek up then stop for pictures at the peak then descend to the lake)

Barracuda Lake (you have to go up a flight of stairs then alight at the other side of the boulders to get to the lake; the water’s cool and calm and the view is breathtaking)

Twin Lagoon (the pathway going to the second lagoon is only accessible during low tide; you’d have to be a really good swimmer to cross over during high tide)

Banol Beach (white sand, with cottages where you could eat or just chill; you just gotta be careful about going too far out in the water since there are sea urchins)

Day 3:

Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary (took us 4 hours by boat to get here but it was fun feeding the giraffes and calamian deers)

Black Island (there’s a cave on the island too and it has a sort of pool inside where you can take a dip; the water’s really cold though)

Calumboyan Island (for snorkeling)

Coral Garden (lots of beautiful corals and fishes too)

Lusong Wreck (a part of the ship is visible above the water; our boatman said the wreck dates back to maybe WW II and the whole body of the ship is already covered in corals.

Day 4:

Free day (just went to the market to buy pusit and danggit)

Manila bound

Our package already includes accommodations, daily breakfast, lunch for the first 3 days, all entrance fees, boat fees, etc.  for Php 6,700 per head. Our tour package was courtesy of  Leidy de Ocampo. You can contact her at 09154435633 or 09199406554, or send an email to coron_tours@yahoo.com for inquiries.

If there is one thing I can advice when going to Coron, you have to bring aqua shoes. Or if you don’t want that, you have to be very careful. The rocks are very sharp especially in Kayangan Lake.

I hope you enjoy your trip as much as I enjoyed mine. 😀

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