I’m sat here in New York as I write this, laid in my hotel bed wide awake at 4 am (NYC time) with no hope of going back to sleep by the looks of it. We’re having an amazing time, as we always do but as I can hear the winds whipping around outside my window, I’m thinking that there’s so much more of the world that I’d like to see.
I know we’re all about saving money here but I’m a big believer that travel and seeing more of the world is worth every penny so every now and again, I’m going to share a post with you about somewhere you’ve probably never heard of but would love to visit if you ever get the chance. The posts won’t always be written by me as there probably going to be places that are on my bucketlist rather than where I’ve been so if you’ve been somewhere off the beaten track that you think we might like to hear about then feel free to get in touch!
We’re starting today with a place called Coron…
Coron is an island in the province of Palawan. For years it has presented visitors with jaw-dropping views and experiences. When travelling to the Philippines, mention the town, ‘Coron’ to any Filipino and you’ll notice their eyes light up instantly. It is the most scenic place in Palawan, lined with jade-coloured lakes and bone-white beaches.
Coron is famous for wreck diving, snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking and island hopping. Though the place is smaller than El Nido, you have plenty of touristy stuff to keep you entertained and you are bound to be swept away by its magical charm. Plan your Coron trip between December and May to make the most of your trip.
Getting to Coron:
- By plane: The quickest way to reach Coron is by taking a flight from Manila. It is recommended to avoid taking late flights. Alternatively, if you are visiting El Nido, you can take a flight from there. It takes about an hour drive to reach Coron from the airport.
- Ferry boat: The Philippines has amazing views in every direction you gaze at. If you want to ditch flights and looking for alternatives on how to get to Coron, take a 3 hour 30-minute ferry from El Nido or San Jose at prices starting at just $37.
Though flying to Coron saves time, many prefer ferries instead of flights. There is something authentic when taking unique routes, you get to save more money and you triple the fun during ferry rides. There are some slow ferries that take about 6 hours to reach Coron. Make sure you check out the schedule of the ferry service before booking and ensure it’s a fast one.
Read about the different service providers on Bookaway website for reliable information on ground and sea transport. Compare the prices and reviews of different service providers and book wisely. Start looking for tickets well in advance to bag the best deals.
Coron Travel guide:
Once you have arrived at Coron, you’ll find yourself sandwiched between picturesque lagoons, spectacular limestone cliffs and pristine lakes. The magnificent landscapes coupled with its widespread fauna and flora ignites the senses of the nature-lover in you. Getting around the town is easy. Tricycles are a common sight. Many hotels and resorts rent motorcycles.
Kayagan Lake: When you arrive at Kayagan Lake, it is easy to see why it’s the most photographed spot in Coron. It is just a half an hour drive from Coron and continues to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines, despite the increasing number of visitors. Spend the day swimming in the crystal clear waters, visit the cave and explore hidden passages.
Dive the World War II shipwrecks: Back in 1944 a Japanese convoy sunk in the Coron Bay. Several of those ships lie on its seabed about 10 to 40 meters deep. Wreck diving requires a special certificate. There are diving courses offered to let you explore the remains of these ships sunk during the Second World War.
Traditional Hilot massage: Try this natural Filipino healing art and beat your aching knees and tired mind. The massage has been traditionally practised for years to heal body aches, strained muscles and relieve stress. By the end of the massage session, you are guaranteed to feel rejuvenated.
Hike Mount Tapyas: Mount Tapyas offers an outstanding view of the entire Coron town. You have to climb about 721 steps to reach the viewpoint. The hike takes anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes and gets challenging when hiking during the hottest time of the day, but the view is worth the sweaty trouble.
Barracuda Lake’s underwater mountains: The Lake is insanely clear and luxuriously warm – a perfect blend for snorkelers and divers. All it takes is just a 30-minute boat ride from Coron to reach here. The underwater mountains are famous among the scuba divers and the diving experience is exhilarating.
Experience ‘boodle-fight’: In the Philippines the term refers to having a meal involving no silverware or dishes. The food is spread on a long table on banana leaves. In the Filipino military, people stand shoulder to shoulder and start eating with their right hands when the command is given. Get messy at a boodle fight meal during your stay at Coron.
When planning a trip to the Philippines, add Coron to your itinerary. You will never regret the decision.
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