Its day 3 of our Coron trip and today’s itinerary is getting on the Coron Loop. We made arrangements with our boatman, Mang Jhong the night before and he promptly picked us up at 8AM. Just like the day before, we first went to the market to buy our produce for today’s lunch.

This man on the boat collected the fees from the snorklers at Siete Pecados

This man on the boat collected the fees from the snorklers at Siete Pecados

Our first stop for the day is the snorkel/dive site, Siete Pecados. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an underwater camera with me, so I didn’t get to take any pictures of the lush marine life. But if I did, what you’d probably see is pictures after pictures of beautiful fish swimming about. This site is teaming with all sorts of fish. Which would also explain why I didn’t snorkel for too long and how close I stayed by our boat. See, I’ve got this insane fear of sharks popping out of nowhere to attack. I blame the movie Jaws completely!

At Siete Pecados. I didn't venture far from the boat. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

At Siete Pecados. I didn’t venture far from the boat. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

From Siete Pecados, we headed out to the famous Kayangan Lake. Ah, this I’ve been dying to see. Almost all the pictures I saw of Coron had some sort of angle that showed Kayangan Lake and when you see beauty like that in pictures, well, you really just want to see it with your own two eyes.

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To get to Kayangan Lake, our boat entered this river enclosed by limestone cliffs. We were dropped off at the foot of the island/mountain. There’s a bit of a climb involved. You go up a steep incline and go down the other side. That’s where you’ll see the lake.

There's a climb to get to Kayangan Lake

There’s a climb to get to Kayangan Lake

I think the view at the top is one of the best you’ll see in Coron. I think this is also the “money shot.” This is the view I see in all the pictures of Coron.

The money shot. Kayangan Lake.

The money shot. Kayangan Lake.

Kayangan Lake is also stunning. The water is this spectacular green color, clear and deep. We stayed here for a while just swimming about, taking some photos.

Near the entrance to Kayangan Lake. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

Near the entrance to Kayangan Lake. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

My only bone to pick with this place is that this is also flocked by a lot of tourists. I’d like to think that’s a good thing, though. But really, the amount of boats parked by the entrance of Kayangan Lake is like mall parking. It’s packed. We had to go cross through another boat to get to the entrance.

Swimmers in Kayangan Lake

Swimmers in Kayangan Lake

Around noon, we headed out to Banul Beach for lunch. I suppose this is where all the tourists are taken for lunch. The place is packed and it was hard to get a quiet spot to eat. I guess it would be nice to hangout here if there weren’t a lot of people. The sand is fine and the water is clear, despite the many boats parked on the shore. We even managed to do a bit of swimming while we waited for the food to get cooked.

A boat docked in Banul Beach. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

A boat docked in Banul Beach. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

I remember posting this photo in Facebook and someone commented that he thought I was in a pool.

I remember posting this photo in Facebook and someone commented that he thought I was in a pool.

After lunch at Banul Beach, we headed out to the Twin Lagoon. Basically two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff. The big lagoon is where the boats were all “parked.” The small lagoon was on the other side. The cliff has a small opening that you either go over through some steps they installed on the rocks or you swim under.

With our guide’s help, I decided to swim under. That swim took longer than I expected. Ok, so it was just a couple of seconds, but the panic button in my brain must’ve been blinking like crazy. I pledge to do more cardio and more actual swimming.

Boats docked on the big lagoon side of the Twin Lagoons

Boats docked on the big lagoon side of the Twin Lagoons

The view here is similar to what we saw in Kayangan Lake, only the water felt like it was deeper. I remember looking down with my goggles on and I could not see the bottom of the lagoon. I kept imagining Nessie to suddenly pop her head through the water, giving all the swimmers in their matching neon life jackets a scare. We stayed here for a while, floating about. It was relaxing, so long as you don’t think too much of how deep the water is and of drowning. Yes, I realize these are very morbid thoughts. Deep water makes me crazy.

Taken at the mouth of Barracuda Lake. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

Taken at the mouth of Barracuda Lake. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

After the Twin Lagoon, we checked out Barracuda Lake. We didn’t really swim here. My friend and I peeked to see what it looked like, agreed we did not want to swim in another lagoon (it looked deeper and more sinister), and then left.

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We asked our boatman if there was another beach we can just hang out in while we passed the time since we still had a couple of hours with the boat.

Lakas maka-feeling-Bond-girl! Hahaha! Photo Credit: Jem Villar

Lakas maka-feeling-Bond-girl! Hahaha! Photo Credit: Jem Villar

Our boatman took us to a small, isolated island. I don’t remember what that island was called (It’s Beach 91. Thanks, Jem!) but we stayed here until around 4:30 PM. It was very peaceful and we had the whole island to ourselves. It was also a nice way to end a day of hopping around different parts of Coron.

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My friend and I burning time and our skin on one of Coron’s islands. Photo Credit: Jem Villar

 *** Since 2013 is off to a slow start, I’ve decided to catch up on some retro posts. This trip took place May 28 to 31, 2010. ***

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7 thoughts on “In the (Coron) Loop

    • It was actually at the tail end of the summer season and yes, a weekend, so we were there with all the bakasyonistas trying to make the most of the last days of summer. Go, visit! I suggest visiting El Nido, too, if you havent already. Palawan is my fave Philippine destination🙂

  1. Hi! I really enjoy your blog. It’s very detailed! So, I’m from Chicago and planning to visit this September and El Nido will be one of our destinations. Do they allow camping there? I love camping so that would be a plus! And also, I would save some $$ too. Hehe

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