Island Hopping in Coron Part 1

Part of the package that we bought from El Compass Travel and Tours was a one day island hopping that included lunch.  El Compass took care of joining us with the other groups so we didn’t have to worry about it.  There were 11 of us in the group, and we got along well, and we all had a nice time.

We left the port at around 9:30am, one hour behind schedule, because we had to wait for the group to be complete.  We were so happy because we had a very nice weather.  We were worried because just the night before, the rain poured non-stop, but when morning came, we were greeted with very clear skies and sunshine.

The islands were just across the Coron town, and in fact, they can be easily seen from the port.  As we approached the islands, my first impression was, they look so intimidating, and well — scary?  I guess I’m just reading too much suspense novels, because to me, it was like we wouldn’t be able to get out anymore as soon as we enter those clusters of rock formations, LOL!

But, the place redeemed itself in just a matter of minutes, because as soon as we passed through those rock formations, this was the breathtaking sight that greeted us!  Everyone in the boat went “Wow, awesome!”

We had to climb 150 steps up and 150 steps down (not sure about that figure, though), before we reached the Kayangan lake on the other side.   At first I thought 150 steps were nothing compared to the 720 steps that we climbed in Mt. Tapyas, but I was wrong.  For me, it was like we climbed Mt. Tapyas three times and back.  It was a steep climb, with uneven steps, and some rocks were slippery, so we had to go slow — though there was no way we could move fast because the distance of some steps were double than the previous ones. It was really a challenge.

But then again, when we reached the viewing deck (as the locals call it), we forgot all about our cramped legs and shortened breaths. It was simply awesome!  This is what we normally see when we Google Coron photos.  It was just breathtakingly awesome!

After the photo ops, we went down to reach the other side.  The lake was enclosed by the limestone rock formations, and the water was cold.

The fish were not colorful, in fact, the only fish I saw was the swordfish. The water was so clear but there were slippery and sharp rocks everywhere.

It took me about 15 minutes before I had the courage to go down. I was very hesitant even with the life vest because the water was really deep.  I was scared to look down especially when I saw that it was so dark below. But after a while, I got the hang of it, so I enjoyed myself.

After Kayangan Lake, we went to Coral Garden.  My boat mates enjoyed snorkeling.  Hubby said there were lots of corals and colorful fishes, but I was still hesitant to join him.  I was happy going down the boat and just looking at the fish and corals from above the water.

Next stop was the CYC beach.  It was a very nice beach, with white sand — almost like the Boracay sand, but it looked quite neglected.  We were told that years ago it was even more beautiful, but the private owners of the other beaches transferred the sand from CYC to their own beaches.

The water was very shallow and there were mangroves, and I was worried that there would be jellyfish, because the boatman told us that jellyfish are likely to be found near mangroves — not sure if it’s true, though, but what’s important was we didn’t see any jellyfish.

We didn’t stay long because it was getting late and the waves were getting stronger.   We were supposed to go to the other side, but the boatman decided against it because he said the boat might have difficulty navigating  through the strong waves.

We were on our way back to the port at around 4:00pm, sunburned and tired, but happy.

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40 Comments Posted

  1. I envy you Sis 🙂

    I wish I could visit Palawan too but being on the wheelchair is one obstacle we are seeing. The water is so clean and everything else is so green. Amazing!

  2. You are lucky to have landed in Busuanga Airport. We went there last month and our plane went back because of zero visibility at the airport. But Coron is worth it, very, very much! Glad you enjoyed the trip.

  3. My friend was there last year. She said that it’s really very beautiful. She advised me to come there and visit. Insha Allah, God willing in the future we will.

  4. I have just got back from Puerto Princesa. And I also want to visit Coron in the future, even if it means I have to deal with air sickness! Ugh! Haha! Such wonderful pics!

  5. I always get so envious whenever I see travel photos of Coron ( T-T)~
    This is where I want to go the most locally. The blue green water is breathtaking! Another place is Starfish island also in Palawan!~

    I really hope the locals will continue to preserve these places~

  6. I tried Island Hopping long time ago but it was not as great and stunning like this. 😀 I was a little child at that time and I was not able to explore the place more. 😀 Wish I can go to places like this.

  7. Sana next year makapunta na kami jan. Lots to see no? I would have to really prepare for it though, have to lose kahit 10 pounds para hindi sobrang bigat at mapagod ako agad, hehe. 🙂

  8. Great photos! Now you make me want to plan a trip to Coron too! 😀 Hopefully I’ll get to visit this beautiful place and get to do some island hopping too in the near future.

  9. I want to visit Coron with my family too! It’s been years since we traveled as a family and Coron looks like a good family destination.

    Zamboanga also has a wonderful beach, the Sta. Cruz Island, which I hope you would have a chance to visit. It has very fine pink (yes, pink!) sand and is currently being developed by the local government.

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