Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron

Coron, Philippines

Changi Airport Terminal 1

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Highlights

BothT Kayangan Lake and Baraccuda Lake in Coron have been awarded the cleanest lake in Philippines.  Coron limestones were formed 260 million years ago as a coral reef along the length of Southeast Asia and was part of the China Continental Crust. It was later drafted to its present location north of Palawan by tectonic movements.  They were uplifted by tectonism some 30 million years ago and then extensively eroded by waves and monsoon rains to create its present unique “karst” topography. These limestone crops rise dramatically as cathedral-like formations more 400 meters above sea level.  I am glad to know that the indigenous peoples and local and mobile communities take pride in conserving their beautiful home through customary laws or other effective means.  Please join me in this short weekend getaway to this little paradise.

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesKayangan Lake seen from the top, photo by Ray In Manila licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Kayangan Lake the crystal-clear waters are nestled into the mountain walls; underwater is like a moonscape.  See this freedive video to get an idea of the underwater landscape.  However, due to the death of 2 free divers, freediving is prohibited now.




Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesLimestone rocks in Coron, photo by Ray In Manila licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesBeach next to Banol Beach, photo by André Héroux licensed under CC BY 3.0 


This video gives us a very good idea of the beautiful places we are visiting.

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesTwin Lagoon, we can only admire its beauty as swimming is not possible in this lagoon.

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesBarracuda Lake, like Kayangan Lake we can swim in this lake.

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesMalcapuya Island, one of the island we will be exploring.


Some of the beautiful beaches we are hopping to.

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesAtwayan Beach, we can't swim in this though

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesBeautiful Banana Island for us to relax

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesCoron View from Mount Tapyas.  We will hike up 700 steps up the 210m hill to get this view.  I think is worth the hike.

Let's hop the mystical limestone rocks and islands of Coron starting at Coron, PhilippinesMaquinit Hot Spring, let's take a dip after Mount Tapyas hike. Photo by Matt Kieffer  licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Itinerary

Day 1 Singapore to Coron, explore the Coron mainland


  • Mount Tapyas

  • Maquinit Hot Spring (if high tide)

  • St. Augustine Church

  • Market



Day 2 Islands hopping


  • Busuanga Island

  • Banana Island

  • Isla Bulog

  • Malcapuya Island Tour

  • Black Island


Optional at night to see the fireflies in the mangrove swamp

Day 3 Lakes hopping


  • Baraccuda Lake

  • Twin Lagoons

  • Hidden Lagoon

  • Wishing Lagoon

  • Kayangan Lake

  • Diwata Lagoon (aka Blue Lagoon)

  • Banol Beach



Day 4 Coron back to Singapore

I would like to avoid the crowded places and beaches.  So i may mix around plans to avoid crowds and change itinerary to our best interests depending on the situation during the trip.