COME SEE Island Loop Tour, Coron. Philippines.
ISLAND LOOP TOUR, CORON: THE GUIDE
REGION: Palawan Province
ACCESSIBILITY: Via private hired boat or group boat tour booking
BEST TIME TO VISIT: During the cool season (Oct – Feb) | temp ranging from around 21 – 32 degrees
LOCATION: Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: A lot more swimming than walking, there are two flights of stairs for Kayangan Lake.
TIME REQUIRED: Tours typically run from 9am to 5pm for a group tour
TOURIST RATING: Mostly Filipino travellers, not overly crowded.
COST: 1,025 php for tour incl. lunch and transfers.
CORON ISLAND LOOP TOUR: THE EXPERIENCE
If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Philippines, make sure Romblon and Palawan are on your hit list. Situated in the most northern part of the Palawan Province, Coron has a population of just over 40,000 and is getting a lot more recognition, because its located close to El Nido which is a popular tourist destination. A lot of people say Coron is basically El Nido before it became a tourist hot spot! So if you’re keen on doing some island tours minus the crowds, we would definitely suggest heading to Coron for those. Island Loop Tour is a must. To be honest, in the whole month of travel through the Philippines, we saw a small amount of foreign tourists the whole time! It was majority all Filipinos discovering their own country, which was pretty cool… and a little unusual. We feel like the Philippines is so under rated!
Coron’s Island Loop Tour covers 4 islands and sights with some of the most amazing water we have ever seen. I could’nt help but think of how many people are so quick to spend thousands and thousands on the Maldives when really the Philippines offers all that and a bag of Chicharron.
Our first stop was a small island by the name of CYC beach or “Coron Youth Club Beach” that was apparently good for snorkelling so we put on our gear and life jackets and off we went to explore! Initially, it seems all a bit underwhelming, shallow and mangrovey. But we should never judge a book by its cover right? theres a certain point about 10 meters out from the shore where the shallow quickly drops into an underwater garden decided to have a little photoshoot instead and chill! For each stop we had around 45mins there. So we had to choose our time wisely of course.
I know what you’re thinkinggggggg… BARACUDA WHAT? Apparently it was named after a particular resident of the lake… there is said to be a cave 35 meters deep where this barracuda lives. We took the risk and had a swim, its entirely up to you! one thing we do know is its a damn beautiful lake that’s for sure.We also found out it’s 70 percent fresh water, 30 percent salt water. I always talk about the colours of the sea because I never imagined seeing so many different shades of blue! After chilling and swimming for a while our boatmen were ready to serve lunch! A deeelicious spread of seafood, rice and salsas.
Now this was my absolute favourite little spot for the day… Banol Beach – (AKA, a tiny hut next to snorkeling paradise at a random spot in the middle of the ocean!!!) we’re talking nemo’s, dori’s and rainbow fish and If it’s you’re lucky day, maybe even a few sea turtles! Being shown hidden gems like this is what makes travelling that little bit more amazing. We want to see all sea life be freeeee and unharmed by ocean waste and although we’re tourists, we would love to see a daily boat limit on these tours because its already starting to take a toll on the coral and reefs. We really don’t want these places to close for rehabilitation like Barocay!
With a beautiful viewpoint and a unique, fresh water lake, we could see why Kayangan was the most popular spot for tour boats to come through. There are two flights of stairs, one heading up to the viewpoint and the other heading down to the actual lake. The viewpoint was beautiful but like most, there was a line up and you felt obliged to take one image and move on. That’s not how we like to roll but you gotta do what you gotta do! The Lake has some pretty wild rock formations almost surfacing the top of the lake so when your swimming you must wear a life jacket as the lake is very deep and some of the formations are sharp! All in all it was a lovely experience and we cannot wait to get back there for more adventures.
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