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I wonder why Coron in Palawan is rather famous for adventurers and loner alike when it is Puerto Princesa that's considered Palawan's capital city. Last October 1st, aboard Cebu Pacific Air, my friend Mel and I landed for the first time in Francisco Reyes (Busuanga-Coron) Airport. Other airlines also fly guests from Manila to Coron: PAL express and Zest Air. Fetched by Dive Link Resort van from the airport, we went straight to Coron's pier located right next to Coron Public Market and one of the famous and new hotel in town - Coron Gateway Hotel.
Coron, I may say is one of the best town I've ever been. It is underpopulated, yes. Per Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia) - it had a population of 32,243 people according to 2000 census. That explains why it's not yet a city but a municipality. It's sharing its beautiful island with another equally beautiful town called Busuanga.
To be honest, the 3 days 2 nights stay will not be enough to visit all the breathtaking view, taste the exotic foods, try the nicest things Coron can offer. Despite of the lack of sleep, not enough time to spend and the rain (visit the place during summer - you'll enjoy it more) - we managed and was thrilled to see these tourist destinations in flesh. Kayangan Lake - Oh, two thumbs up for this first destination.
Mount Tapyas is also a beauty to behold. We challenge ourselves to get to the peak of this famous mountain and proud to say we've completed the 700+ steps. No entrance fee and bottles of mineral water (this I am sure you need while climbing the steps) are worth P25 - available before you start climbing.
Places we are not able to visit but a must in our list for our second visit are as follows: Siete Picados, Maquinit Hot Springs, Barracuda Lake, Banol beach, Banana Island, Sangat Island, Culion Island, Malcapuya Island, Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary and the list can go on.
A lot of pension houses, guesthouse and resorts are scattered around Coron's town area and the surrounding Coron islands. The following are the list of accommodations within and as far as you can see from Coron's mainland:
- Coron Village Lodge
- Sea Dive Resort
- Coron Reef Pension House
- Coron Gateway Hotel
- Mount Tapyas Hotel
- Kokosnuss Garden Resort
- Dive Link Resort
- Krystal Lodge
- Sangat Island
- Club Paradise Resort
- El Rio Y Mar Island Resort
Coffee, Internet cafe, restaurant/carenderia, souvenir shops are available.
Links above will definitely help you enjoy your vacation this coming summer. Enjoy Coron!