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Coron, Palawan – an untouched wonder of the Philippines


For the last five years, Boracay has been my go to place for beach vacations. It’s a great place for relaxation with many hotels situated right on the beach enabling you to enjoy the long stretches of white sandy beaches and crystal clear calm sea (Depending on the season) and sunsets that almost put the African Sunset to shame. This being said, it has become overcrowded and has somewhat ruined the island’s natural tranquility – thanks to hardcore marketing and advertising

Despite the world expanding at the rate it currently is, there are still some untouched wonders out there. I know, it is hard to believe! One of those wonders is Coron, Busuanga in Palawan. It is basically what Boracay used to be 20 years ago – untouched and filled with natural beauty.

Coron, Busuanga is located north of Palawan Island, but is still part of Palawan Province, but very often the area is considered Palawan, as it is part of Palawan Province.

Accommodation in the town of Coron consists mainly of guesthouses although there are a few hotels.  Slowly more international hotel chains are moving into the area and are building new accommodation. A word of warning however, the food options are very limited and the locals have limited experience in preparing international cuisine. Luckily there is a restaurant called La Sirenetta Restaurant & Bar, run by an American, that serves pretty good food and that’s where I spent most nights having dinner.

The beauty of Coron is that the town is built around a bay from where you can take a 20-30 minute boat ride to reach one of the many secluded islands. Because of this, there is a bit of a morning rush as people make their way to the main pier to catch a boat to whichever island they have decided to tackle for the day and then again in the afternoon when everyone comes back.

WayBack

I found that an indigenous family or two usually inhabits the island. They maintain the island, keep it clean and in return charge a small fee when you arrive. Apart from the caretakers, there are usually not many other people on the islands and you can have pretty much the whole island to yourself.

BeachCoron

Not far from the Coron Town is Coron Island. It is home to many fresh water lakes. The most famous one is Kayangan Lake, which is a 20-minute boat ride from Coron Town and is voted the cleanest fresh water lake in Asia. It is accessible by a steep 10-minute climb, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Kayangan are nestled into the mountain walls; underwater is like a moonscape. There’s a little wooden walkway and platform to stash your things if you go for a swim.

Kayangan Lake

On the way down from the lake, you are presented with a breathtaking top view of Coron Island Cove.

Coron Cove

Most of the surrounding islands are unique in formation, almost like Stalacmites

Islands

Coron is also known for its diving. I didn’t have a chance to dive but there are dozens of sunken Japanese warships at depths between 10 and 40 meters, which I will go back to explore someday. Even without diving, I was able to snorkel and see some spectacular sea life. Many of the islands have beautiful coral 10-15 meter from the shore.

SeaLife

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