On Familiar Clear Waters of Kayangan Lake Coron Island

Coron Island's Kayangan Lake
Coron Island’s Kayangan Lake

It’s been photographed many times. There’s little room for composition in the area. It’s been posted in many billboards and printed on magazines a gazillion times already. So why do I want to go back to Kayangan Lake in Coron Island? Because photos cannot capture what it’s feels like being there. To be surrounded by stunning karts formations towering over the clear emerald lake of Kayangan Lake. It literally feels like stepping inside a scenic wallpapers that’s too good to be a real place.

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Chasing Sunset at Mt Tapyas Coron

Coron Twilight over the Islands
Coron Twilight over the Islands

It seems I’ve been going back to a lot of places lately. At least 6 years after, and more air traffic lately in NAIA (our flight was delayed for more than an hour) I found myself bound for Francisco Reyes Airport in Busuanga. A new airport, wide paved road (and watch our for passing cattle) and a more bustling little Coron Town were some of the notable changes. We checked in at Coron Eco Lodge found at the quiet side of Calle Real (check my review here). With our time cut short because of the flight delay, we chose to forego the regular “City Tour” and head directly Mt Tapyas for the sunset I was looking forward to shoot again.

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Coron: Tranquil Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake Rock Clinger

Barracuda Lake Rock Clinger

There is another lake in Coron, Palawan aside from Kayangan Lake that is worthy a visit. With just a few minutes boat ride from Kayangan, you’ll soon find yourself at the entrance of Barracuda Lake. There is an entrance fee of 75 pesos per person to access the lake.

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Coron: Scenic Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Towering Lime Stones

Kayangan Towering Lime Stones

Dubbed as the Cleanest Lake in Asia, Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan is one of those must visit sites in the area. It’s a true gem if you ask me. It’s hard not to know this place since DOT has plastered most of it’s familiar Kayangan Bay shots on its Philippines promotional materials. Turquoise ocean waters, towering scenic lime stones and crystal clear blue lake. What more adjectives can I describe this place on what many may considers a slice of island paradise.

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Coron: Banol Beach Beauty

Transparency in blue

Transparency in blue. Banol Beach Coron.

I’m tempted not to write anything here but let the pictures speak for themselves. One thing is for sure. Coron has beautiful beaches. Aside form the towering lime stones and a number of islands its easy to just lay around on one corner of the islands with fine white sand, crystal blue waters and the sun. On our island hopping trip, we told our boatman to go opposite where the crowd is. At that time, we heard there were several groups touring in Coron. So our first stop was the Skeleton Wreck Site and Banol Beach.

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Coron: Dayon Camo Coron Town

Living by water at Krystal Lodge

Living by water at Krystal Lodge Coron

Dayon Camo (Welcome) Coron! Talk about Living by Water. I guess it’s true that what you hold most in your mind will find itself in reality sooner or later. Our accommodation in Coron, was such. There were several options on lodging in Coron but with the long weekend, it would seem a lot have booked earlier so most of the rooms at popular lodgings were quickly snatched. When learning Krystal Lodge has a couple rooms to spare just enough for the rest of us, I immediately reserved the rooms for us. So for 3 days and two nights, this is our home in this proverbial island in Palawan.

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Coron: Summit views at Mt Tapyas

Mt Tapyas Calamianes Islands Sunset

Mt Tapyas Calamianes Islands Sunset

So many things have been said about Palawan on how wonderful a place it is. Being dubbed as a “Last Frontier” is a well deserved tag along it’s name. Even with those expectation ahead, one can never truly be prepared on what you will actually see. It’s fortunate that when we were there, we were blessed with good weather. On our first day, one of our major activity was to climb Mt Tapyas. It’s a good chance to preview what lies ahead on our day of exploring the islands.

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