Our first day of island hopping day tour cost P1300 per person and here are the awesome places we visited:
This group of seven islands clustered together is blessed with clear waters, abundant reefs and vibrant marine life and is said to be the best snorkeling area near Coron town and one of the best in the Calamianes.
It was a long and tiring hike for us to climb up and down the 100+ steps (especially bad for people with injured knees) but it was pure joy when we saw the spectacular view of clear turquoise waters surrounded by towering limestone rock formations from the peak.
While Kayangan lake has a wide wooden platform surrounding the lake for tourists who just want to enjoy the view, it is also great for activities like taking photographs, bamboo raft riding, swimming and snorkeling in the lake.
As the beach was rather crowded with people and appeared to be small with mangroves occupying a good part of the island, everyone in the bangka opted to skip this place instead and spent a longer time at Coral Garden.
As you jump straight into the lagoon, you will experience a phenomenon called the thermocline which occurs when salt water from the sea gets into the first lagoon and meets the fresh water from the second lagoon, creating a difference in the water temperature. This is an ideal spot for swimming and kayaking.
We stopped at Beach 91 for lunch which was prepared at the back of the bangka by the skilful boatman and later had a great time swimming and kayaking around the coastline while others went snorkeling.
Coron Palawan is also blessed with fine, powdery white beaches, such as the Malcapuya Island, Banana Island and Bulog Dos Island. Our island hopping day tour to these 3 beaches cost P1500 per person.
The island even have beers and coconuts for sale, massage services, a basketball court or you can relax in one of the hammocks under the tall coconut trees. The other 2 islands are located quite near to Malcapuya island.
Bulog Dos Island
After Island Hopping – Mt Tapyas & Maquinit Hot springs
After an entire day of island hopping, we usually reach our resort around 5 pm. If you still feel energetic and wish to explore more, you can trek to the summit of Mt Tapyas (700+ steps) to watch the beautiful sunset or enjoy a rejuvenating time in the Maquinit hot springs which is one of the very few saltwater hot springs in the world. The hot spring is around 39-40 degrees and best to be enjoyed at night (closed at 8 pm).
Where to stay in Coron
We stayed at Coron Westown Resort, which is a 25-minute drive away from Busuanga Airport with shuttle services available at P300/per person for a round trip. While the room is spacious, we do not find it cozy or luxurious and it lacked some basic amenities like facial tissues and WIFI in the room. The only WIFI available was in the lobby which was rather weak and almost non-existent.
However, we liked it that the resort staff was friendly who would always have a warm greeting for us and helped us booked tricycles at anytime of the day. Some tips to note about the tricycles are that there are no “doors”, so you really need to hang on tight for your own safety.
The drivers usually do not have small change with them so you should prepare the exact amount at P30 per person for short trips. There were a few times when we do not have the exact amount and the driver did not return us the change at all.
With the endless amount of activities to do here such as island hopping, swimming, fish feeding, snorkeling, diving, kayaking or just sun-tanning at the beautiful beaches, I could really enjoy a lot of “me” time and totally forget about Social Media, work and the stressful city life back home.
I have also uploaded my adventures and more photos of Coron Palawan in my Instagram, so do visit @vetleow for more photos and updates! 🙂