A lot of really fantastic things had been said of Coron Island in Northern Palawan. Most of these are actually accurate, basing on the number of tourists who always come back to Palawan to take in its fascinating scenery. Travelers always have moving stories to tell about this mystical island and here are some more reasons why you should get out of the metropolis now, ditch your suit, and start frolicking in the water.
Coron’s lakes and lagoons are too inviting to be snubbed. With the Tagbanuas’ houses set against the towering limestone formations as your scenery, dive in the coolest of waters and pretend you are Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins in the now classic 80s film The Blue Lagoon. Most of the tourist spots here require a PhP100 entrance fee to help the Tagbanaus maintain and preserve the area. This amount is, of course, too little considering the kind of rejuvenation that one gets out of leaping into this kind of adventure.
Jump into the water faster than you can say “cool water!” Coron’s lagoons are a sight to behold but they should definitely be experienced. There’s an abundance of green in the area, but the scene stealer here is the emerald water that is just too relaxing to bathe in.
The wooden ramp, which can be found in most of Coron’s lagoons and lakes, renders a rusty charm to the scenery. Restful afternoons should be ideally spent here, preferably with a good book and a glass of mango shake (how on earth you’re going to bring that in this part of Coron, I have no idea!), when swimming’s on a break.
If it’s a picturesque lake that calms your senses, there is Kayangan. Referred to as the Cleanest Lake in Asia, Kayangan Lake is a piece of paradise that offers a refreshing moment with nature. The water is oh, so clean, that you can almost feel the texture of the rocks at the bottom of the lake. One can actually just marvel at the scenery and feel inspired just by doing this.
And then, there is of course, the iconic view of Coron which is part of too many travelers’ souvenir of the island. Viewed from a high part which you climb on your way to Kayangan Lake, this view of Kayangan Cove (some refers to it as Kayangan Bay) is a testament to travelers’ adoration of Palawan.
What are you waiting for? I know the summer heat is getting unbearable by the minute. Stop staring at your desktop wallpaper, turn off your air-conditioning, and head to Coron this summer. You’re not going to be disappointed.
Love and light, everyone. Go, juanderlust!
- All photographs taken on March 2012 with a Canon 550d.