Coron Island Hopping | Best Snorkeling Experience

Coron’s scenic lagoons, charming beaches and wreck diving spots with amazing underwater biodiversity are the reasons why it’s one of the best places every beach lover or diving enthusiast should visit. With rich corals and variety of colorful fishes, you will definitely have an awesome experience hopping from one spot to another.

Before coming to Coron, we decided to buy a snorkel gear instead of renting a snorkel set that costs ~Php200 per day —anticipating that we can use it later on with the long list of snorkeling and diving spots we hope to visit someday.545021_10150844513611890_1113497177_n

Activities in Coron

Coron Loop Tour

Take the Coron Island Loop Tour and enjoy the poster-worthy scenes of Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon.

To go to Kayangan Lake, you need to climb 150 steps up to the view deck and then another 150 steps down to the aquamarine lake.

To get to Twin Lagoon (second lagoon), you either need to take the ladders or swim through a small passage hole underneath a huge limestone–it gets smaller and dangerous during high tide.

White Sand Beaches

Spend some time relaxing at white sand beaches: Banana Island, CYC beach, Vivian beach and Malcapuya Island—where we saw a baby sting ray.

Maquinit Hot Spring

After enjoying the whole day basking in the sun, revitalize at Maquinit Hot Spring—it has a lovely and serene view during dusk. Before it gets dark when the sun is below the distant horizon, the surrounding seascape diffuses into predominantly blue hue. This is called the ‘blue hour‘.

At the end of the wooden footbridge is a viewing deck for you to feel and smell the salty air, allowing you to appreciate the peaceful scenery of bluish-gray briny waters and surrounding mangroves while waiting for the glorious sun to hide and disappear from our eyes. Here, you can quietly process your thoughts, introspect on things troubling you and end up feeling a better.

There are different levels of temperature in the three available natural saltwater hotspring pools. Stay where you can tolerate the temperature, else you can end up like a hard-boiled egg.

Mt. Tapyas

Climb 724 steps to reach Mt. Tapyas. Go sweat out and enjoy the picturesque view of the town and its surrounding islets.

During our entire stay in Coron, we took too many pictures because it felt like everything is worthy to capture. I bet you will also find it irresistible to have a picture of yourself taken on the view deck in Kayangan Lake with a panorama of limestone islets with trees hugging the cliffs.

My Travel Digest. Coron, Palawan.
Kayangan Lake View Deck Scene

When we went snorkeling in Malcapuya, it reminded me of a scene I’ve read from a book when the main character went snorkeling—witnessing a school of jackfish; a silver fish staring at you; fishes bluer than blue. Plus it was wonderful to see corals breathing, cats in an uninhabited island, a constellation of sea stars, baby sting ray hiding under the sand and shipwrecks. Back home, I went to grab that book again and yes, it looked like the author perfectly painted in words what we experienced.

Witnessing the horizon fading during our boat ride was dreamlike, it seemed surreal. Suddenly the sky turned hazy with light rain showers. The line where the sky meets the ocean was eventually covered with mist and the only noticeable was the bright blue kayak with a man paddling, everything else around us was cloudy and ocean blue. Turns out that the rain did not spoil our fun, but it made it more amazing!

Here’s some of our photo collection:

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Coron Travel Itinerary

Here’s our actual itinerary. Back then there was no direct flight from Cebu to Coron; we had to take a connecting flight to Manila going to Coron.

Day 1
11:45 ETD Cebu
12:45 ETA Manila
15:05 ETD Manila
16:00 ETA Busuanga.
17:20 Arrival Villa Magallanes
18:00 Market
19:00 To Dive Link Resort by boat for dinner. Enjoyed a sumptous meal. Super love the crab meat.
21:30 Night Swimming at the Pool
23:00 Back to the Villa.

Day 2 Coron Island Loop Tour
09:00 ETD Port near the market
09:30 Kayangan Lake
11:00 Siete Pecados
11:30 Twin Peak. Colorful corals and fishes in crystal clear waters.
12:30 Vivian Beach
14:00 Twin Lagoon
16:00 CYC Beach. Missed the Coral Garden which is supposedly part of the day tour. The weather was not good, it was rainy and windy that time.
16:45 ETA Port. We did stop by and bought food (bangus and veggies) at the market to cook at the villa’s kitchen. You need to have a grocery net/bag because they don’t use plastic bags. Impressive, the local gov’t put in a lot of effort in their waste mgt. program.
18:00 ETD Maquinit Hot Spring. Walk through the wooden lantay bridge and watch the serene view.

Day 3
08:00AM ETD Port
09:00 ETA Malcapuya Island. Saw a baby stingray hiding under the sand.
12:00 Banana Beach. This is a great place to swim around.
15:00 Some stop overs to fish or snorkel
17:00 Coron Town Tour by renting a tricycle. Stop over to at the cashew factory and souvenir shop.

Day 4
Island Hopping Again and Fishing Day. Just the 4 of us. The best snorkeling experience! Supposedly this day was for Calauit but they only offered a land trip because of the strong winds making it unsafe for a boat ride and we thought a land trip will not be as fun and it turned out to be the best island hopping day. 🙂
09:30 ETD Sangat Island.
10:30 Skeleton Shipwreck. Fish Feeding here. Awesomest snorkeling site for colorful fishes.
12:00 Coral Gardens. We stayed longest here. Our guide Ed and Kae enjoyed hunting for clam meat.
13:00 Paz Island. Where I found 6 cute starfish cocoons.
15:30 Lusong Shipwreck. Last Stop. We didn’t stay long here. It was too deep, too dark underwater for snorkeling (and we must have been too tired by this time).
17:00 ETA Port
18:00 Souvenir Shop/ Stop Over at Cashew Nuts Factory
19:00 Dinner.
20:00 Enjoyed a few drinks
23:00 Rest

Day 5
08:30 Trekked Mt. Tapyas. (724 steps)
11:00 Airport Transfer with a tourist family.
12:00 ETA Airport
13:55 Flight Delayed. ETD Busuanga.
15:05 ETA Manila
15:20 Check in Baggage
15:30 Meal at NAIA
17:05 ETD Manila
18:15 ETA Cebu. Home Sweet Home.

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The year 2012 was my travel year to date and the trip to Coron was the most fascinating. Without minding the fact that I wrongly booked a flight date for a friend – the trip was the best that year. Credits to fellow turista sa sariling bayan Kai2, Cielo and Rans. Thanks for the great company!

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