The Walks of Kulot


I WOK’d in CORON Part 2.

PART 2  Coron: The Crowning Glory of Palawan

To read Part 1, please click here.

Houses on stilts near the port in Coron.

Beach Bum

We woke up early the following day, as we were excited to hit the islands and beaches of Coron. From town, we rode a motor-driven bangka going to Malcapuya island – our first beach destination. We were accompanied by Kuya Ariel, our boat driver and Mat-Mat, our island guide who jokingly told us that he was excellent in Math reason for his name. “Boret!” we all said in unison,  a cuyonin term which we learned from the inflight magazine to Busuanga which means “You must be kidding!.” He looked baffled with our trying-hard attempt to speak cuyonin, but I guessed he understood what we have just said.

Coron.

It took us around an hour and a half to reach the Malcapuya island. The beach did not disappoint, it looked perfect as I imagined it would be: a stretch of white sand, clear blue waters, and nipa huts along the shore with hammocks under tall coconut trees were just perfect for an afternoon siesta. The sun was blazing hot when we arrived and the sea looked inviting, so we decided to take a plunge into the clear blue waters which was really refreshing. Kuya Ariel and Mat-Mat prepared lunch for us: fresh fish with mayo and tomatoes, grilled squid and crabs – a bountiful lunch which perfectly complemented the tropical mood. After having lunch by the beach, we lounged by the nipa huts overlooking the sea as my trusty little speaker played hits of Mraz and Jack Johnson. It was indeed a laidback afternoon I was hoping everyday would be.

Sun, Sea and Sky at the Malcapuya Island.

The other side of the Malcapuya beach where our boats are parked.

Yellow on a standstill.

Our next island stop was Banana Island. Always being inquisitive, I asked Kuya Ariel if Banana trees thrive on the island or if the island was shaped like a Banana but he just laughed and said “Hindi naman mukhang Banana!” (“It doesn’t even look like a Banana!”). Whatever reason it was called as such, the place was also amazing on its own. There were lots of houses made from nipa because visitors can spend an overnight on the island. Aside from swimming, one can go snorkeling or kayaking on the sea.

Drifting Apart. @Banana Island

One part of the beach is a bit rocky though, but nevertheless you can still swim in its clear waters.

Tropical living at its best.

A nipa house at Banana Island where you can spend an overnight.

Aside from swimming and snorkeling, you can also rent this kayak at the Banana Island.

Barkadahan sa Banana Island.

Malaroyroy Island which is just beside Banana Island was our last stop for the day. My friend Pau brought her skimboard with her and the sand bar in the beach was just perfect to try it on. It was my first time to try skimboarding, and after a lot of failed attempts I had my first perfect glide. It’s an experience I would want to try again.

A rocky paradise.

One of the private islands opposite Malaroyroy.

Sand bar at the Malaroyroy Island

*We were supposed to visit other islets but unfortunately they were off-limits to the public because they were already bought by big companies to be developed into resorts. I felt sad for Kuya Ariel and Mat because there might come a time when they will no longer need to bring visitors to these islands because private resorts will have their own private boats to bring tourists in.

Coron Loop and The Lakes of Coron

During our last day, we took the Coron loop tour. As compared to our beach hopping the previous day, the tour was more of snorkeling activities and a Coron lake tour. First, we went to the Siete Pecados – a marine sanctuary enclosed by seven rock formations perfect for snorkeling and diving. According to legend, the seven islets were sisters who disobeyed their parents from going into the sea. Because of an untoward incident, they drowned into the sea and became the cluster of seven islets. There were lot of different colored fishes under the sea and the view of corals and flourishing marine life was incredibly amazing. I thought, if the legend was true, then the seven sisters must have been really beautiful.

One of the islets at the Siete Pecados marine park. The man in the boat is the caretaker of the marine sanctuary.

As part of the Coron loop tour, we also visited the Kayangan Lake, known to be the cleanest lake in the country. Before we can even reach the lake, we have to hike a mountain trail and the view overlooking the turquoise waters and limestone cliffs from above looked familiar. The picturesque view was a trademark in almost all Palawan/Coron promotional materials. But nevertheless, it was more beautiful when I saw it right before my eyes. Going down the trail, I could almost hear the sound of splashing water from visitors swimming in the lake. The moment I saw the lake, I was instantly captivated with its beauty. The stillness of the water embraced by gigantic rocks, the breeze of fresh air, and the sporadic chirping of birds was a sensory delight.

Kayangan lake, known to be the country's cleanest lake.

Clear Ripples. Tourists snorkeling at the Kayangan lake.

Before you can reach the Kayangan lake, you have to climb less than 200 steps. But the view overlooking the sea and rock formations is really amazing. (You will find this post-card perfect view in Palawan tourism promo materials)

A Tagbanua community living near the entrance of the Kayangan lake.

The view is simply effortless.

Next on our list was the Barracuda Lake. It was similar to the Kayangan Lake and we were happy that we had the lake only to ourselves during our visit. But before we got too excited to swim, Mat-Mat our guide blurted that barracudas actually live below the placid waters of the lake. “Pero di naman yun nang-aano…” (But it won’t harm…”) he continued as he jumped into the waters with his flippers on. With much courage, he swam to the other end of the lake where a giant rock sits below the water. He beckoned making a freestyle move in the air inviting us to follow him. Although quite apprehensive, we dived into the cold water and paddled our way to the nearest rock praying not to have a barracuda encounter. Just near the giant rock where Mat-Mat was sited was a passageway to a cliff. He told us that if we want, we can jump from the cliff. Although it was hard to maneuver because of the sharp limestone rocks I tried to make my way up and jumped into the deep water. We had fun jumping from the cliff that we already forgot about Mat-Mat’s barracuda tales.

Entrance to the Barracuda lake.

The silent waters of the Barracuda lake.

Of hues of green and blue.

Another interesting lagoon in Coron was the Twin Lagoon. It was named as such because the two lakes are beside one another. Since big boats cannot enter the small opening of the lake, we had to swim our way into a hole below the cliffs. The water in the lake was a little murky and oily compared to the other two lakes. Kuya Ariel said that the oiliness of the water is caused by the mixing of salt and fresh water. The lake was shaded because of the towering limestone rocks and trees enclosing the body of water. We sat on a bamboo raft as Kuya Ariel was pushing the raft into the middle of the lake. The setting was serene and peaceful and I took pleasure in every moment because I don’t know when will be the next time I will be going back to that wonderful place.

Island hopping around the Coron loop.

Yellow bangka.

Our last stop that day: Banol Beach

Sunset when we arrived at the Coron port.

With a lot more to offer, the island is on its way of becoming the next big eco-tourism destination in the country. Months from now, with the opening of its new tourism center I am sure that more visitors will be captivated with the island’s natural beauty. And as early as now, I hope the government of Coron will take measures to prevent its islands from being exploited. Palawan will always be on top my list as one of the country’s best beach destinations and Coron lives up as one of the province’s best. With its alluring charm and captivating beauty, Coron is simply Palawan’s crowning glory.

Till then, Coron.

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Breath-taking beach photos! I hope this place doesn’t end up over-commercialized like Boracay!

Comment by fortuitous faery

Thanks! I hope so, too. 🙂

Comment by walksofkulot

nice pics! we went there last year and been telling my friends to forget boracay! coron is way way better and cheaper too! the people were super friendly and not “mapagsamantala”. we love everything in coron 😉

thanks for sharing these awesome photos

Comment by Rosa

Hi Rosa,

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂 Nice to hear that you had a great time in Coron. I have to agree with everything that you’ve said. Me and my friends also had a great time and we hope to get back.

Continue visiting WOK. 🙂 Thanks again!

Comment by walksofkulot

i would love to visit coron so soon! 🙂 i just started a travel blog. coron is one in my travel list! and ohh i love the photos! such a teaser!

Comment by shugah

Hi Shugah,

Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂 You should really visit Coron or any of Palawan’s islands. For sure, it won’t disappoint you. Anyway, all the best on your travel blog! 🙂

Comment by walksofkulot

So blessed to be part of this trip! I loved the Barracuda Lake the most!! We had it all to ourselves! Cliff jumping was totally fun! I would go back any day for you, Palawan =)

Thank you for showcasing the beauty of the Philippines, Marts! It inspires many 🙂

Comment by Pauwikan

Same here. 🙂 It’s always my pleasure to share my WOKs and it has always been great with the company of adventurous friends.

Comment by walksofkulot




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