Coron: The Emerald Paradise of Palawan

coron-palawan-travelI hear the sound of the waves and nothing else. As my boat stops, my excitement reaches its peak. I open my eyes, and I see paradise – vast, endless body of clear emerald waters breathtakingly surrounds the island that is Coron, one of the 7,101 tropical islands in the Philippine archipelago.

Coron Palawan boasts of crystal clear beaches, and colorful marine life that lures divers from around the world. I have compiled a list of must-see places that will make a tourist’s visit a complete Coron experience.

Siete Picados

Siete Picados is considered as one of the best snorkeling spots in Coron. You can snorkel at waist deep water and you will see abundance of aquatic species and beguiling coral formations. Siete Picados, which means 7 islands, is a marine sanctuary. Boats are not allowed to throw down anchors as they may damage the corals. Fish feeding is also prohibited.

Kayangan Lake

When going to Kayangan Lake, you better be ready for a little workout because you’ll be climbing a total of 150 steps before you reach the lake, and another 150 steps back! But what is a little sweat when you get to see this from the top?

Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake

A few steps further, you’ll get to enjoy a cool dip at the lake.

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And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can dive into this underwater world.

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The Twin Lagoon

So you think going to the Kayangan Lake is a challenge? The route to the Twin Lagoon is a different adventure. For you to reach the lagoon from the spot where your boat will be docking, you will have to do a short climb over the rock formations or skin dive underneath it.

Not for the claustrophobics.  See that small opening just below the platform?   To go through that, you'd have to do an estimated 2-meter skin dive.   But if you wanna save yourself the hassle, you can always just climb the ladder.
Not for the claustrophobics. See that small opening just below the platform?
To go through that, you’d have to do an estimated 2-meter skin dive.
But if you wanna save yourself the hassle, you can always just climb the ladder.

Pass Island

From afar, Pass Island looks like a mirage with its glittering white sand and clear waters. It’s a good idea to put Pass Island last on your itinerary. It’s the perfect place to lay down your sarong, put on some good music, and soak in the sun.

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Tips

  • Bring the essentials. Sunblock, lip sunscreen, shades, sarong.
  • Snorkeling gears are available for rent from most resorts.
  • Have the kids wear life vests when near the beach or when swimming, for added safety.
  • Most resorts serve seafood only. If you have a dietary preference, inform your resort ahead of time.
  • Avoid the rainy season (mostly in August-November). Check the weather forecast.

korynWritten By: Koryn Iledan. Koryn is a thirty something wanderer who lives between crazy and sane, probable and impossible. She’s a writer, producer, and a storyteller. Nothing excites her more than the sight of a new stamp on her passport and the prospect of getting her feet dirty in a newly-discovered place.

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