5 reasons why a visit to Coron, Palawan is a must!

They say that a place left to its original, wild, and untamed state is the best way to see it's natural beauty. And there's no better place to visit than Coron in Palawan. The lakes, pocket beaches, and the shipwrecks that will definitely leave you breathless. Oh, and did I mention they have wildlife, too?

1. The Magical Tour

Skeleton Wreck, Foursquare.com

There are a lot of places to see whilst in Coron. If you have all the time and money in the world, then by all means go for the whole day tour. Most of the tours are being offered by the hotels that you are staying in, if not, you can always go to the tourism information center. Just ask any tricycle driver to bring you there. But wait, even the tricycle drivers know the tour operators!

And if there's one thing to love about this place, it's that it's laid back and far away from the influence of the rowdy tourist pack, the crowded fast-food chains, or the annoying locals who offer you to buy whatever it is that they're selling. Coron is still in it's untamed phase, so better enjoy it before corporations start coming in.

The areas that you may want to visit on tour will be the following:

Kayangan Lake - A MUST
Barracuda Lake - A MUST
Malcapuya Island and Banana Island - if you love beaches and have a whole afternoon to spend
Banol Beach - a pocket beach, if you want tranquility and solitude, its best to put this as the last stop in your tour
Twin Lagoon - if you haven't gotten enough of the lakes
Siete Pecados, Coral Garden, Shipwreck area - if you're a snorkeling addict

These are just a few of the many places that you can visit whilst in Coron. There are so many other tours that companies provide, so enjoy your exploration.

Name:
Skeleton Wreck
Address:
Coron Island, 5316 Coron, Palawan, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Time for some hot springs

Maquinit Hot Springs, Foursquare.com

It looks like a series of infinity pools strung together, producing hot water. Not to mention the view. You can see the ocean after the series of mangroves and it looks like it expands infinitely.

Staying inside the hot water is soothing. Just be careful because some areas hurt when you step on it, as there are a lot of rocks underneath.

They have a changing room, some picnic huts on cement and other huts on top of the mangrove. They also sell snacks. There is a meager entrance fee, but hey, you get to stay as long as you want.

Name:
Maquinit Hot Springs
Address:
Coron, Palawan, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Safari? In Palawan?

Calauit Wildlife Safari Park, Foursquare.com

When you think Coron has it all, think again. When I first learned about the safari and game preserve in the area, I couldn't quite believe it. Here is a place with all these beautifully preserved lakes, islands, white sand beaches, and then, they also have wildlife? Seriously, it could not get any better than this.

Name:
Calauit Wildlife Safari Park
Address:
Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. At the top, Coron style

Mt. Tapyas View Deck, Foursquare.com

The view is always better from the top. And nothing spells this out more than going all the way up to Mt. Tapyas' viewing deck. You will get to see a bird's eye view of the island and its neighbors. Either go for sunset or sunrise, but be sure that you've eaten before you go, the steps to go up can be a bit tiring.

Name:
Mt. Tapyas View Deck
Address:
Coron, Palawan, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Hop on those two wheels...

Coron Public Market, Foursquare.com

...and start your adventure in the Coron Public Market. Nothing spells adventure better than renting a bike or bringing your own and then explore the town at your own pace. You'd be surprised at the amount of fascinating things that you can see.

Most hotels have bikes or motorbikes to be rented out, if not, you can ask one tricycle driver to rent for the day and tell him your plan of exploration - I'm sure he'd be happy to show you around.

Name:
Coron Public Market
Address:
Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

For those who said that the Philippines is just full of beautiful beaches and there's nothing else to do after getting tanned and buzzed, this list right here just proved you wrong. Anywhere you go, as long as you put yourself to think, act, and feel that you will encounter a new adventure, you will. Always keep an open mind. And, never stop exploring.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?