After the first day of exploring Coron proper it’s time to explore the various islands and beaches that this paradise has to offer. Days 2 & 3 were island hopping days.
Time for swim suits, sunblock and lots of swimming!
» Banol Beach «
First stop was Banol Beach! We paid a P150 ($3 USD) entrance fee per person upon arriving to the locals/owners. Our guide recommended we visit this place first because it gets pretty busy during lunch time. It was a perfect first stop for our island hopping tour. It was deserted other than the locals and their cat that was following us around. The soft, white sand and clear, blue waters creates a picture perfect postcard moment.
» Twin Lagoon «
One of the most popular destinations in Coron is the Twin Lagoons.
As our boat made it’s way into the first lagoon, I could see about 5 other boats docked with only the crew and a few tourists left behind. We found a spot in the lagoon and began to strap on our bright orange and yellow life vest. I walked to the front of the boat, Go Pro in hand, and yelled out that I was going to jump off from the boat. YIPEE!
In order to get to the other lagoon, depending on the tide, you can either swim under the rock opening or take the ladder bridge. When I went, the tide was low, we swam from the first lagoon under the rocks to the second lagoon. I was transported into a paradise. We swam around the lagoon, playing in the water. We had our snorkel gear but there wasn’t much to see especially since there are areas where the fresh water and salt water meet.
» Kalachuchi Beach «
Kalachuchi is the Tagalog word for Plumeria, the beautifully scented yellow and white flower. Our guide had scheduled our lunch at this spot.
Lunch was provided on our tour. It was pretty awesome! The crew grilled the fish and meat on the boat. Rice was also served, a staple. They also had this interesting seaweed salad, it looked like little grapes, but it had a salty flavor.
» Coral Garden «
Just off the Kalachuchi beach is the Coral Garden, a garden of sea life. It was a great snorkel area with lots of fishes living in the coral. We were lucky enough to see a humphead wrasse also known as a Napoleon fish. It was HUGE! This picture doesn’t give the size of this fish justice.
» Siete Pecados Marine Park «
Our next snorkel destination was a small island called Siete Pecados, “Seven Sins.” Legend has it that there were seven sisters who went swimming against their mother’s wishes and in the end they all drowned and died. After the events, seven islands appeared.
Siete Pecados is another great snorkeling spot with a large coral garden. Be careful and don’t step on the coral.
» Kayangan Lake «
Arguably, the most photogenic destination in Coron, Kayangan Lake is the biggest lake accessible to the public on the island of Coron. Upon arriving into the small port, I was welcomed by a breathtaking view of tall rock walls and blue waters. There was a little hut at the dock with a map showing the geography of the island. Our guide pointed out all the spots we visited on the island that day as well as some of the folklore about the lakes on the island.
We hiked about 10 minutes to get to the lake. They have a staircase that first climbs up then back down to Kayangan. When wet, the shiny rock stair cases poses a danger because of the possibility of slipping. We proceeded with caution.
My family mostly stayed at the walkway at the entrance of the lake, while I ventured to the middle of the lake, with a life vest just in case. It’s truly an awe-inspiring moment to just float in the middle of the ginormous body of water. Surrounding me was the tall rock mountains as I watched the sunset behind them.