The Philippines is known for having plenty of stunning islands and tourist attractions, one of which is Palawan. And recently, we were lucky enough to visit this island which has been declared as the “most beautiful island in the world”.
Three of the most visited cities or municipalities in Palawan include Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron.
Puerto Princesa is known for its underground rivers and beaches. El Nido, on the other hand, prides its white sand beaches and coral reefs. And Coron is famous for its beautiful lakes and rich marine life.
Many articles have been written in praise for Palawan and people are dying to visit it and marvel in its beauty. So in this article we are giving you more reasons to do just that with a list of the things you’ll love about Coron, Palawan.
The town is very tranquil and quiet
If you are someone who’s looking for some relaxation and just wants to be one with nature, Coron is the right place to be. According to the locals, Coron has a zero crime rate, which gives you the assurance that you are safe wherever you go. Also, we have noticed that Coron, unlike the famous Boracay Island, is not known for its “Night Life”. You won’t find that much clubs or bars in the town, and even if you do, there would only be about two to three people in there. This is because Coron is a sleepy town and is not meant for partying. You’ll enjoy it more during the day especially when you go island hopping. At night, you’ll be able to sleep and chill in the quiet or roam peacefully around the area while watching the locals settle in for the night.
It has a beautiful view of the sunset
One of the main attractions in Coron is the famous Mt. Tapyas which can be climbed through a 721-step stairs that leads to the summit. Up there, you’ll find a giant cross and a viewing area where you can see an amazing panorama of the town. Mt. Tapyas is known to be the second highest mountain in Coron and the 721-step climb is definitely not easy. It is actually a great way to test your endurance. You’ll surely get tired on your way to the peak, which is why there are benches after every few steps where you can sit and catch your breath before moving forward. The long climb is totally worth it though, because the view of the town and the sunset up there is just breathtaking.
It houses the “Cleanest Lake in Asia”
Kayangan Lake is another one of the main attractions in Coron. It is famous for its very clear and fresh waters surrounded by lime stones and trees. You just have to climb 300 steps to get to the lake though, which is a bit tiring but definitely worth it. It is a great place to do some swimming and snorkeling too. What we loved about it is that the waters are so clean and refreshing. You can see through the surface clearly especially when the sun is up. The water is a mixture of blue and emerald green in colour. Underneath you’ll find more limestone formations and some fishes. There are also little caves around the lake that you can explore into.
It has beautiful white sand beaches
Coron’s beaches have fine white sand that is probably the most comparable to that of Boracay’s. Since Coron is a cluster of islets, you’ll find a lot of short stretches of these beaches when you go island hopping. A few of these beaches include the Sunset Beach, CYC Beach and Smith Beach. They are perfect for sun bathing and picnics.
The gardens underneath the surface are astounding
The most recommended activity that you should do in Coron is snorkeling or scuba diving. This is because Coron has a wide stretch of Coral reef gardens underneath its waters. The locals highly prohibit touching or stepping into the corals so as to avoid destroying them. The corals are so astonishing you’d think they were landscaped by humans. But no, these corals were formed naturally by Mother Earth. The pictures don’t even give it justice. Seeing them in person is a lot more mesmerizing and will leave you in awe of the wonderful works of nature. We believe that this is the best part of Coron and that you shouldn’t miss this in any way. If, like what we said in the beginning, you want to be one with nature, then this is probably the closest you’ll be to it.
You can swim with the fishes and do wreck diving
Coron, like most islands in the Philippines, has a very rich marine life. The Skeleton Wreck, which is one of the spots that you can visit during island hopping, has a shipwreck of a Chinese Vessel underneath with its top only about 5 meters from the surface. It is a perfect diving spot for those who love wreck diving. But if you’re not much into diving you can still enjoy swimming with the fishes in the area. The fishes seem to be very friendly that they don’t swim away even if there are people poking around their territory. Fish feeding is not allowed though. Like what our tour guide said, “Fish feeding was never a part of the food chain, so let’s stick to that.”
The locals are very sweet and kind
This is maybe the reason why the town is peaceful. The people in the community are very kind and hospitable. Filipinos are known for being hospitable and you will witness this at its finest in Coron. Whenever you need help, you can ask anyone in town and they’d be more than willing to help you. They are very accommodating and everyone seems to have a smile on their faces at all times.
These are just a few of the many things to love about Coron. And as mentioned earlier, Coron is just one of the municipalities in Palawan. There are still so much more to see and experience in this beautiful island. We hope that this list have ignited that burning feeling you have in your heart to go to Palawan, and that you are now more convinced to do it.
We will also be posting a detailed article about our trip to Coron soon, so be sure to check that out. In the meantime, let us know what you think about Coron. Do you think it is fitting to call this island the “most beautiful island in the world”? Let’s talk about it in the comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂
Liez💋 and Jerii👌