Coron: The Most Beautiful Place in the Philippines

flipnomad On the following day, we’ve decided to book a tour thru Calamian Expeditions Travel and Tours which offers the cheapest rate among all places that we’ve gone to. The travel agency can be found in Coron Galeri along San Agustin Street.

Their posters can be seen all throughout the town. They offer an all inclusive fee of P650 for the island hopping trip (Kayangan Lake, Twin Peak Reefs, Twin Lagoons, CYC Island and Atwayan Beach or Sunset Beach. The cost also includes a packed lunch (Binalot style), some freshly-grilled fish and two bottles of water per person. The rate will also cover the entrance fees for the said islands, boat rental and tour guides.

It’s really that affordable. Now every Pinoy can definitely visit the islands without breaking the bank. The best thing about this tour is that your money helps Filipino families. Al Linsangan co-proprietor of Calamianes Expeditions explained that every segment of the trip, transportation, food and tours were being handled by different families which in turn generate income for the local people.

Traveling to exotic places does not need to be expensive as there are budget holiday tours online where you could book your tours. There are also lots of local tour operators that could give you a cheaper price if you book when you arrive at the destination and also if you travel during low season.

We started the tour by going to Kayangan Lake which was a 15 minute-boat ride from Coron town. Kayangan Lake is said to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines. The water was not that cold even if it was raining. You need to endure a short but slippery hike (when raining) before you get to marvel with the beauty of the lake. The only downside was, there were a lot of mosquitoes. I asked our boatmen if there has been a Malaria case in that area and he said there’s none. I trusted my gut feel and just ignored the mosquitoes, two other local tourists that I’ve talked to said that they took Malaria Pills just to be sure.

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Coron: The Most Beautiful Place in the Philippines
Snorkelling in Kayangan Lake (There’s nothing much to see though)

After Kayangan Lake, we went to the Twin Peak Reefs which is not that far from the lake. We stopped like in the middle of the sea near two small islets and descended to snorkel. The marine life is really abundant and it’s refreshing to see fishes in their natural habitat than in aquariums. I wish I had an underwater camera so I could post some pictures (hehehe any sponsors?).

We were really hungry after hiking to see the lake and snorkelling around the reef area. The boatmen said its lunch, finally! We went to another island with nice beige-white sand (I forgot the name of the island) and sat on a nipa-hut like dining area. Our meals were simple, Pork Adobo with Hard Boiled Egg with Rice, Seaweed Salad, and two huge freshly grilled fishes.

We stayed quite long in that island. Right after lunch I decided to continue snorkelling around the area and I saw a lot of colourful fishes. This is so far the best snorkelling trip I’ve ever been to.

We went to one more island after lunch and it was disappointing to see that the CYC island seemed to have been deteriorating. There were some garbage, broken bottles etc. It’s a waste because this island is really beautiful.

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The cleaner side of CYC

After CYC, we went to Twin Lagoons and words are not enough to describe how majestic the place is.  The pictures won’t even do justice.

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Our boatman pulling the bamboo raft, crystal clear water

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Friends on the Road or rather Water (lol)

After this trip we were so tired already that we’ve decided to just go back to the town to have dinner.

The six of us on the boat decided to have crabs have dinner. We bought crabs near the market for only P200/kilo and went to where the two other travellers were staying and had it cooked there for a minimal fee and the result was like a feast for us.

Coron seemed to be the most beautiful place that I’ve ever seen in the Philippines (yet).

Comments

  1. wow, it's your most beautiful spot in Pinas.. naexcite ako. will be there next month. Ü

  2. i havent been to some other remote places chyng, but so far, this is my most beautiful spot. :-)

  3. beautiful beautiful!
    awesome blue waters!

  4. Ailee Verzosa says:

    my cousin went there… its such a serene place!!! followed you…

  5. thanks ailee for following me :-)

    you you should visit coron too… it'se very nice and you really dont have to spend that much, there are some cheap hostels that you could go to…

  6. thepinaysolobackpacker says:

    wow! eto ba yung weekend beach trip mu? or date pa. true, Coron is indeed beautiful, sana nxt yr matuloy na kame jan. mahal kase mag-solo eh.

  7. yung weekend trip ko is puerto galera, this is the weekend yata before that… mura kahit mag-solo basta makakuha ka murang airfare :-)

  8. Ron | fliptravels.com says:

    hang ghandaaaah!

  9. The SoleSisters says:

    Beautiful photography that encapsulates all that this paradise has to offer. So Flip, if given a chance to go back to Palawan…which island would you choose? El Nido or Coron?

    Here's our answer:
    http://www.wearesolesisters.com/2010/11/battle-of-islands-el-nido-vs-coron.html

  10. i havent been to el nido yet hehe so i choose coron :-)

  11. Ron | fliptravels.com says:

    palawan KAY GANDA!!!!!

  12. nirereserve ko ang Palawan-one time, big time na trip! ang ganda, flip! ayos!

  13. Been to El Nido and I can’t wait to visit Coron soon.. checking on Corongaleri’s site.
    thanks for sharing! :)

  14. ill be there in August ,thanks for sharing … your photos explain everything

  15. be there in august . thanks for sharing

  16. Lalo ako nagsisi na hindi ako nakasama sa Coron tour with friends last year. Tsk.

  17. I agree! Coron is my favorite spot in the Philippines too. :)

  18. Ang mura naman! Akala ko per boat talaga ang rental sa Coron. I’m glad I stumbled upon this post.

  19. What an amazing place. Hope I can stop by (an other places in the Philippines) soon.

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