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8/4/2019 Coron, amazingly beautiful
Coron, amazingly beautifulby Ramon T. Ayco
(First publish in the Travel Section of the December 2008 issue of Pinoy Reporter.)
Banol Beach, Coron, Palawan.
I have been in Coron, Palawan for many times because the
institution I am working with has an office there. By this, I am very
confident in recommending this island to anybody who is looking
for a beautiful place to go.
Coron the ancestral homeland of the Tagbanuas, is part of the
Calamian Group of Islands. It is situated at the Northern tip of
Palawan, the Philippines last frontier.
The island is a tropical Shangri-la nestled upon a coral jewel set
amidst Palawans sparkling turquoise waters. Comely and idyllic,
this island resort is a perfect hideaway for those who seek both
relaxation and discovery.
For one, the sea of Coron was the main setting for Dyesebel, the
famous just concluded GMA-7 teleserye featuring Marian Rivera as
the mermaid Dysebel together Dingdong Dantes as her leading man.
On September 24, 1944 this island was a witness to the USNavys aerial bombardment of the Japanese cargo and
support vessels, seeking shelter in its waters. These have
now become a sanctuary for a variety of marine creatures
that call these wrecks their home.
The aquatic views from these sunken Japanese warships are
listed in Forbes Traveler Magazines top 10 best scuba sites
in the world.
Our institutions, which help Tagbanuas in their ancestraldomain claim, own a motorized banca which we use in visiting villages in the island. So I am proud to say
that I have almost seen every inch of seashore around Coron. It is amazingly beautiful.
Aside from sight-seeing, the main activity which I would like to recommend to any visitor is of course
swimming and diving to feel the water and see the beauties of life under the sea. Snorkel in its marine rich
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8/4/2019 Coron, amazingly beautiful
The quality of the sea water in this part of the Philippine archipelago is believed to be most ideal for
cultured south sea pearls. Pearl farms are in the vicinity but their locations are strictly classified.
After a long day of sea and sand frolic, you can treat yourself to a hot spa courtesy of mother-nature, the
Makinit Hot springs. Free-flowing hot mineral rich salt water trapped in a man-made pool will surely
soothe your weary bones.
A dip in this pool will relax tense and soothe aching muscles. Rejuvenated, one is ready for another day of
adventure in Coron.
The author (right) together with his guide (left)
at Kayangan Lake.
You can also visit beautiful lakes with very cold waters: the
Kayangan, Barakuda and Twin lakes. The Twin Lake is the
most unforgettable to me because as the two lakes are
separated by a dark narrow cave, we made a more or less
twenty seconds deep dive in order to reach the other lake. I
began catching my last breath in the middle of the cave so Ihad to swim as fast as I can with no blink of an eye looking
to the bright light of the opposite cave opening. I was
gasping so hard when we reach the other lake. But my guide
said we should not stay longer because there is a big fish
that attacks people there. So again we made a deep dive
back to the other lake via that dark narrow cave.
Trekking the 720 steps up to Mt.Tapyas for a 360 degrees scenic view of the harbor, limestone cliffs and
the island of Busuangais a wonderful experience. Trekking to Uson Summit can bring you to natural bliss,
the 30 to 45-minutes trek brings you to the top of Uson Island, one can see from the summit the neasrby
islands of Coron. A good time to trek Uson is during sunrise and sunset.
You can also experience a safari in the middle of a tropical
setting. Witness giraffes, zebras and gazelles running
freely in the Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary. Trapped in time?
These animals were brought to this island courtesy of the
Marcos family in the early 80s.
Other possible activities are island hopping, horseback
riding, challenging motorbike tours, kayaking, wind
surfing, sea safaris, and night life in interesting
restaurants, discos and karaoke bars where fresh and
delicious sea-foods are always available
You can have a quality holiday in a resort at budget prices and a budget holiday which leaves you lots to
spend on souvenir items and other pasalubong which are available at Coron market and local souvenir
shops as you bid goodbye to the island in going back home.