10 Adventurous Things to Do in Coron, Palawan

Just mention Coron to any Filipino and their eyes light up at the idea of it. Many Filipinos have never ever been there themselves, but they’ll with confidence declare that Coron is the most stunning place in the Philippines Travel + Leisure even called Palawan, the province that Coron becomes part of, as the world’s finest island. Needless to say, we were thrilled to visit the island that made so many go gaga over it. After spending 2 weeks hopping around Coron Town and on islands around it, we’ve created the leading adventurous things to do in Coron that you shouldn’t miss out on when you go to.

Mt. Tapyas, Coron, Philippines.

The view from Mt. Tapyas

1. Walking Mt. Tapyas

Coron needs to be the most popular place I have actually ever been. And we resided in the desert, so that’s saying something. Even with temperature levels of 97 ° F and humidity at 95%, we were assured that climbing to the top of Mt. Tapyas need to definitely be on your list of daring things to do in Coron.

We’ve climbed up Humphreys Peak in Flagstaff to the summit at 3,851 meters (12,633 feet) and trekked as much as the cone of Stromboli at 924 meters (3031 feet), so a meager 210 meters need to be a walk in the park. Holy hell, walking up 742 actions to the top of Mt. Tapyas left us putting containers of sweat.

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The view over Coron Town listed below and extending out across both Busuanga Island and Coron Island is worth the stinging of salted sweat dripping in your eyes. Simply be sure to bring enough water, a towel and maybe do not start the climb at 3pm when the sun is at its most popular. Seriously, the heat and humidity is no joke here.

Maquinit Springs, Coron, Philippines

Sundown is a romantic time to check out Maquinit Springs

2. Take in Maquinit Springs

Taking in warm springs might sound a bit crazy after I was just going on about the heat. Honestly, being in 39-41 ° C( 102 ° F) seemed like the last thing we wished to do, particularly after having just climbed up Mt. Tapyas.

Maquinit Springs are among extremely few seawater hot springs worldwide. 2 swimming pools that have been integrated in the mangrove forest and there’s a small beach simply beyond. Natural hot water from an underground volcano feeds the pools to produce the therapeutic waters. And in fact, it felt truly good even after the hot climb up Mt. Tapyas.

The springs are located about thirty minutes outside of Coron Town, but you can quickly work with a tricycle. Negotiate with a tricycle to take you round trip. It should cost in between 300-400 PHP (about $8 United States) and they will wait while you check out Maquinit Springs. Entry to the springs is 200 PHP ($ 4 US) for the first hour and an hour is really enough.

Twin Lagoon, Coron, Philippines

Toll collectors paddle out to boats to collect the entry cost at Twin Lagoon

3. Swim in the covert lagoon at Twin Lagoon

The Twin Lagoon gets its name from a limestone wall that divides the water in to 2 lagoons. It is one of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever seen … and I can’t believe I got to experience it two times.

Twin Lagoon, Coron, Philippines

At low tide, you can easily swim through to the surprise lagoon

Throughout low tide, you can easily swim through an archway in the limestone wall to access the inner covert lagoon. With the limestone towers of Calis Mountain accepting the inner lagoon, fresh and seawater satisfy triggering a thermocline with layers of differing water temperature levels.

The limestone walls surrounding the inner lagoon are abundant with corals and marine life. I swear, aside from when you stimulate the brackish water and trigger it temporarily to look like oil combining with vinegar, you can see down plainly for at least 5o feet. This was one of our favorite locations to snorkel because of the special environment coupled with sensational walls of coral.

Kayangan Lake viewpoint

The perspective on the walking to Kayangan Lake

4. See the most gorgeous view in Coron and swim in Lake Kayangan

Lake Kayangan is among the most popular locations in Coron and the most photographed. It can get extremely crowded. With views like that from a lot easier and shorter climb than Mt. Tapyas, it’s simple to see why it gets so crowded. The key to enjoying this spot is to go early.

We have actually done both a small group trip and a private tour with 2 Seasons Resorts and highly recommend the personal option. Not just are the Two Seasons’ fleet of speed boats and outriggers more comfortable, but doing your own private trip allows for the schedule to be changed. Two Seasons likewise supplies all guests with water booties, which are important for checking out Lake Kayangan. I really missed the go up to Lake Kayangan on my first group tour because it had drizzled, was extremely slick and I didn’t have the proper footwear.

We could select what time we wanted to leave, and by leaving the resort at 8am we were the really first visitors to Lake Kayangan. It is among Coron Island’s seven fresh water lakes and among just two lakes that are open to the general public (the other lakes can possibly be checked out by requesting unique permission from the native Tagbanua tribe who calls the island home).

Kayangan Lake, Coron, Philippines

Kayangan Lake is the cleanest lake in Asia

After a brief, but hot and sweaty hike up to a perspective neglecting Coron Bay, the rocky path descends down to the fresh water lake. It’s really refreshing to take a dip in the lake, particularly after that walking. Simply don’t forget to stash some mosquito repellent in your bag since the mosquitoes can get aggressive with the thick plant life surrounding the lake.

Barracuda Lake, Coron, Philippines

Diving in Barracuda Lake

5. Dive to see the underwater mountains in Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake is another one of Coron’s fresh water lakes, and the weirdest place we can picture diving!

To reach the lake, you have a brief hike up weak wood stairs and slick granite rocks with all your dive equipment on your back. The lake is a heliocline and a thermocline. That means it has layers of salt and fresh water, plus varying temperature levels as hot as 38 ° C (100 ° F). Between being bizarrely hot while diving in a hot spring, it appears like the mountains from the film Avatar undersea and you can simply hang out suspended while taking in the view of undersea mountain peaks.

The lake is incredibly clear and it deserves a stop even if you just snorkel, but to experience the warm spring and really take in the magnitude of the undersea peaks, its best explored on a dive.

Japanese shipwrecks lie in shallow waters perfect for snorkeling

6. Snorkel on a WWII Japanese shipwreck

The waters around Coron are filled with WWII shipwrecks and the Japanese ship known as Skeleton Wreck is shallow enough that snorkelers can value the wreck and coral reef that has formed on it. The stern of Skeleton Wreck lies in simply 5 meters (16 feet) of water and with a dry snorkel, you can quickly free-dive down for a better look.

Diving with sea turtles

7. Dive in the top diving area in the Philippines

Among the leading reasons that we selected Coron out of all the places to go to in the Philippines was to put our new dive accreditations to use. We did our research and Coron appeared as the among the very best locations to dive in all of the Philippines

In hindsight, Coron is an outstanding dive place for divers a little advanced than us. As formerly pointed out, the waters of the islands that comprise Coron are filled with shipwrecks best for experienced scuba divers to steer their method through the different spaces of.

Diving in Coron, Philippines.

Diving inside a shipwreck

Diving inside a shipwreck

Tim did go inside a couple of spaces with our dive master, but I still seem like I’m determining my buoyancy and just do not have the control yet necessary to avoid bumping in to things inside a restricted area of a shipwreck. I likewise still get the nervous jitters in my stomach before a dive.

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Diving Coron’s Wrecks and Reefs

But even if you’re not advanced enough for a few of the wreck dives or just not comfortable diving inside a shipwreck, there marine life abounds. While we had mostly excellent visibility in spite of enduring two hurricanes throughout our go to, it’s finest to check out from November through February for the very best dive presence.

Lang-Aw Island, Coron, Philippines

Island hopping to Lang-Aw Island

8. Island get on an expedition journey

The Philippines is comprised of over 7000 islands and the province of Coron is made up of eight significant islands and a lot of islets. There’s definitely plenty to see, do and explore and an excellent way to do that is to go on a Coron island hopping expedition trip. Some islands and islets have stunning beaches and some have great snorkeling and diving off of them. Being out on the water is never ever a bad day in our book and it’s nice to get out to see how the each island varies.

Big Dream Boat Man Coron, the # 1 exploration tour operator in Coron on TripAdvisor, provides 3-night expedition journeys around Coron, combining a few of Coron’s most popular destinations like Twin Lagoon with check outs to remote islands and sandbars the day tours don’t go to.

The expedition trips are kept to little group trips from 5-14 individuals and are all-inclusive with food and beverage, fundamental accommodation in native beach cottages on the beach and beach camping one of the nights, plus devices like kayaks and snorkel equipment and all entry charges.

Huge Dream Boat Man trips are the best method to “rough it” a bit on lovely white sand beaches and under a sky full of more stars than you have actually ever seen.

9. Hole up on a personal island

Coron Town isn’t the prettiest place and aside from hiking up Mt. Tapyas, going to Maquinit Springs and roaming around the town, there isn’t much to do on Busuanga itself. The majority of the best things to do are checked out on day tours from Coron Town or while staying at some of the neighboring private island resorts.

We definitely liked our stay at Two Seasons Coron Island, so much so that we extended our stay for an additional 3 nights and scrapped our strategies to remain in Coron Town or head to El Nido. The island was genuinely a piece of paradise with sensational beaches, unbelievably clear water that looked like you were swimming in a pool and excellent snorkeling right from the beach of the resort.

There’s plenty to do if you like an active holiday, or just hole up for a bit of love.

Filipino Boodle Fight

This Boodle Fight consists of feast rice, noodles, squid, pork, adobo, veggies and seafood like prawns, crab and mussels.

10.. Try the local Filipino food

We always feel that food is an important part of the travel experience. Good food is something that knows no language barriers and enjoying a meal is something we can all discover common ground in no matter race, faith or anything else. And while I have to confess that Filipino food hasn’t been my preferred food in the world, I did have some impressive meals.

If you do stay in Coron Town, which you’re likely to for at least one night depending on when your flight arrives or leaves, I highly recommend Hunt Restaurant at The Amusing Lion on the edge of town. If the barbecue pork ribs are on the menu, do not even reconsider! The meat literally fell off the bone and these were by far the tastiest ribs I have actually had anywhere.

In the area, Santino’s Grill Restaurant is an outstanding choice. They’re known for their pork ribs, though I didn’t believe they were as good as the ribs at a Hunt Dining establishment at The Amusing Lion. What was absolutely tasty is the range of seafood meals like the calamari, chili salt squid and grilled prawns.

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