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Kayangan Lake

Alright, so I've decided to blog again :)
This travel blog is all about Coron, Palawan.
My husband and I went to Coron in January, 2010. The trip lasted for 4 days and 3 nights.
We booked our flights from Manila to Busuanga and vice versa thru Zest air(outbound) and
Cebu Pacific(inbound). Airfare cost us around 5,000 pesos. I think we rented a van from
Busuanga to Coron (I couldnt remember exactly, haha). Upon arriving in Coron, we
immediatley looked for accomodation. We had Sea Dive in mind but it was fullybooked when
we got there so we ended up staying in an accomodation beside it(fan room 500 pesos/night).

steep rock formations at Twin Lagoons

Coron is a very undeveloped place, they dont even have a mall! :D Anyway, after having
lunch in an "eatery", we arranged a boat for our halfday island hopping. First, we went to
a fish sanctuary and snorkled there. FYI, there's a fee on each island (100/person) Then
the boatmen took us to Kayangan lake- oh, how we fell inlove with this place... Fresh water
goodness just a few meters away from the ocean! Towering limestone cliffs surrounding the
lake... It was just breathtaking! We took a dip on the deep waters of the lake and i
remember my husband asked me to look down underwater- I got scared because the lake was
really, really deep! and i wasnt wearing any floating device :S Next stop was TwinLagoons-
we had to swim our way inside the lagoon because there was only a little sort of a whole on
the cliff which served as an entrance.
breathtaking Malcapuya island :)
Here, I saw the steepest rock formation, which i
believe they used in one of the episodes in the amazing race :) Before the sun set, we
went to Banol beach.. Took Photos and just watched the sun slowly setting for the day.
Priceless view! And so called it a day and went back to the hotel.
We met a couple who planned to camp in an island further away from Coron so we agreed to go
with them and share the expenses. So the next day, we met up with our boatman (and his
family) - before heading out into the sea, we bought seafoods for lunch and dinner, and
"danggit" for breakfast. The boatride took us 3 hours before we finally arrived in our 1st
stop- Malaroyroy island - The island was private so we werent able to step on its beach, we
just docked our boat about 50 meters away from the island and snorkled there.
chillaxing at Banana island :)
OMG! the
best underwater view ive ever seen!!! Staghorns in all colors, you name it, blue, red,
green... Schools of different species of fish! What a very colorful, and spectacular view
to behold! and the best thing about it is that, you dont really need to scuba dive to see
all that!!! :D Before We knew it, lunchtime was approaching and everyone was hungry so we
headed to Banana island - Privately owned island but its also a resort. You can actually
rent a cottage there to stay for the night. Banana island has powdery white sands and
consists of coconut trees. We ate our sumptuous lunch prepared by our boatman's wife (i
forgot their names :S). after eating, we just lazed around the island- have gone trekking
for the best view of the sea and also, kayaking(we kayaked around the whole island and
discovered a very small sandbar about 20 meters away :D cool, ei?) Twilight was
approaching so we had to say goodbye to Banana island and headed to Malcapuya island where
we camped for the night.
Banol Beach :)
. We didnt really have our camping gears so my husband and i rented
a small cottage complete with beddings which cost 1000 pesos but i think its per person
basis so 500/person... The other couple who were with us brought a tent so they only paid
300/person. Fair enough? fair enough! haha. I couldnt find the right words to describe
Malcapuya island... ITs just simply stunning! With white powdery sands, small greeny
hills, and mangroves surrounding it... Ahh, BEAUTIFUL... At night, we just laid our backs
on the seashore facing the vast sky- which appreared really close like i can almost touch
it! Nothing beats a quiet night on the beach with just the sound of the waves splashing
and the dark, dark sky filled with gazillion stars... This is the life... :) And of
course, spending it with my husband makes it perfect :) We had steamed crabs, grilled
squid, some fish for dinner adding an ice cold san miguel beer to complete it! :)
The next morning, we just spent our time walking around the island before heading back to
Coron.
sunset at Malcapuya Island

Third day in Coron.
During mid-day, we hired a tricycle to take us to Mabentangen pool which is actually a dam.
When we got there, we learned that it was just a plain "swimming pool." There was a
stream tho' which was connected to it so we just followed the stream and when we were
tired, asked our driver to take us back to Coron proper. Later that day we met our new
found friends again. This time we're heading to Mount Tapyas- we had to climb 700 steps in
order to reach the peak which had a large cross in it. Upon reaching the peak we were dead
tired but the view was majestic! So divine, i felt like it was the closest place to heaven
:) After that tiring ascent then descent, we hired another tricycle to take us to Maquinit
hotspring for our deserved hot bath relaxation. "Maquinit" actually means "Hot" in
Filipino and oh boy was it really literally HOT! Maybe about 45-50 centigrade hot! :D We
met a few foreign tourists there and mingled with them for a while.
Banana Island :)

And since it was our last night in Coron, we decided to have a nice dinner at one of their
most "hi-end" resto which is called Kawayanan Grill. We ordered sting ray cooked on
coconut milk but ended up not eating it because we just couldnt stand the thought of eating
a sting ray!
On our fourth and last day, we headed to Busuanga to catch our flight back to Manila.
I dare say, our Coron trip was one of the nicest trips i had and will definitely go back
again :)


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Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake
steep rock formations at Twin Lago…
steep rock formations at Twin Lag…
breathtaking Malcapuya island :)
breathtaking Malcapuya island :)
chillaxing at  Banana island :)
chillaxing at Banana island :)
Banol Beach :)
Banol Beach :)
sunset at Malcapuya Island
sunset at Malcapuya Island
Banana Island :)
Banana Island :)
sunset at Banol Beach
sunset at Banol Beach
Banol beach
Banol beach
Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake
Banana Island :)
Banana Island :)
Banana Island :)
Banana Island :)
camping at Malcapuya island
camping at Malcapuya island
Mabentangen dam
Mabentangen dam
sunset atop Mount Tapyas
sunset atop Mount Tapyas
view from Mt. Tapyas
view from Mt. Tapyas
Mt. Tapyas
Mt. Tapyas
Mt. Tapyas
Mt. Tapyas
Mt. Tapyas
Mt. Tapyas
kayaking at Banana beach :)
kayaking at Banana beach :)
at Maquinit hotspring
at Maquinit hotspring
dinner at Kawayanan grill
dinner at Kawayanan grill
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