Ultimate Coron Island Tour

Coron is the third largest island in the Calamian Island. With its stunning limestone formations, clear waters, and diverse marine life, Coron wasn’t hard to love. It felt like paradise.
We availed of the Ultimate Island Hopping tour from Kuya Red for 1400/head which included a feastful lunch and the tour to 10 destinations around the Coron Island. We got ready by 8am and were fetched from Patrik and Tezz to the port.

Siete Pecados

Our first stop was at Siete Pecados(“Seven Sins”), the closest snorkeling destination from the port. It was named as such because of the seven rock islets surrounding it. There wasn’t much to see as they were still recovering from Yolanda but surely there were fishes and corals(mostly dead).

Funny story: While snorkeling, my friends were swimming distantly when a school of fish swam by. I took a video of them until I felt a stinging sensation on my lips. I panicked because I thought a jellyfish had stung me. Turned out, it was the fish that bit my lips! Ang lala. It looked sore and was very, very painful the whole day. hahaha! Came the next day, I recovered.

Notice my lips and chin huhuhu
Notice my lips and chin huhuhu

Kayangan Lake

Kayangan lake! Raw photo from Jacob
Kayangan lake! Raw photo from Jacob

Kayangan Lake, dubbed as the cleanest lake in Asia, did not disappoint us. To say it was beautiful would be an understatement. You really have to see it for yourself! We reached it after a 10-minute climb and were welcomed by the crystal clear water and beautiful limestone formations.   The place just looked so surreal that we really didn’t want to leave.

You can even see the bottom of the lake clearly! This is a photo of me from Jeselle
You can even see the bottom of the lake clearly! This is a photo of me from Jeselle

Smith Beach

the only photo I have of Smith Beach
the only photo I have of Smith Beach

Smith, Banol, and Atwayan beach were the choices we have for lunch.

Banol Beach

also the only photo I have of Banol Beach
also the only photo I have of Banol Beach

Atwayan Beach

lunch at Atwayan Beach | Image from Robby

This was where we had our lunch since Banol and Smith were occupied by many tourists. Kuya Red prepared so much food and they were all delicious especially the crab! They were fresh and full! Other than that, we also had softdrinks, watermelon, ensaladang talong, grilled fish, grilled chicken, and seaweed salad, locally known as ‘Lato’. We were not able to consume all the fish so we took it home for dinner.

Coral Garden (Cat’s Point)

This coral garden is located very near the beaches mentioned above. And as its name implies, is just a coral garden where many fishes can be found.

Skeleton Wreck

swimming directly above the skeleton wreck
swimming directly above the skeleton wreck

Skeleton Wreck is also one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Coron. Aside from the wreck itself, you could also see fishes of different colors and sizes, some of which are really, really big! And if you’re brave enough, you could even try scuba diving here! You could also try free diving.

This was where we fed the fishes with our leftover grilled fish. hahaha! The fishes here were relatively bigger(and hungrier) than that of our previous destinations.

Feeding the small fishes with leftover grilled fish 😂😂😂 Then came the big fish! 🐟

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Coral Garden

This was just another coral garden. 🙂

CYC Beach

CYC beach as seen from afar | Image from Allen

CYC beach is also known as Coron Youth Club. And just like any other beaches around Coron Island, it is consisted of white sand, diverse marine life, and mangrove trees. We didn’t bother snorkeling as we’re scheduled for a Scuba Diving session that started here.

Twin Lagoon

Twin Lagoon
Twin Lagoon | Image from Allen

Twin Lagoon is another popular destination wherein the water alternately changes temperature due to the hot salt water meeting cold fresh water. It felt like someone nearby was constantly peeing. hahaha!

Twin Lagoon

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The other side of the lagoon is accessible via a small crevice or a ladder to climb over the rock. In our case, we just let ourselves float through.

This was our last destination and we were too tired to float back. So, we held onto one another and let Kuya Red pull us all. hahaha!

Here’s a photo of us being pulled back to the shore by our guide. 😂 Tamad goals 😂

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For our second island hopping tour(1300/head with lunch) which was supposedly bound for Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, and Ditaytayan beach, it rained so hard that we just ought for the spots around Coron Island that we haven’t visited yet.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks | Image from Allen

We were able to see more colorful marine life while snorkeling, most of which we never saw at our previous sites like this clown fish below! The corals were also within reach so we had to be careful not to do them harm. While there was a deeper part that offers greater views, the current was too strong. Oh, and look, we found a sea worm!

Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake
Barracuda Lake | Image from Allen

I love Barracuda Lake just like Kayangan Lake. To get here, we had to climb over a rock formation via a wooden pathway. It was raining and I guess most tourists cancelled their tours that we had it all to ourselves!

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

We headed for Blue Lagoon after Barracuda Lake and were quite underwhelmed with it. There really wasn’t anything to see. hehe. I was even creeped out by it because I couldn’t see anything when I peaked underwater.

Beach

lunch by the beach
lunch by the beach

Our last destination(we could visit more but we were really tired) was this beach. I forgot it’s name. 🙁 But I swear this was the most beautiful among Banol, Atwayan, etc. It has a wide beach front and stairs leading to the nippa huts. I promise to continue searching for this beach’s name and will update accordingly. 🙂

If you’re looking for a tour guide, hire Kuya Red! You may contact him at 09398827505. He’s very kind and serves the best lunches! hahaha!

I swear I’ll come back for Malcapuya! Hope this helps! 🙂



4 Comment

  1. Hi Janel,

    My name is Kim of Jacaranda Travels I saw your blog while looking top travel bloggers in the Philippines.
    ang gaganda naman ng mga lake na pinuntahan niyo, your right it’s like a paradise… at safe ang mga diver’s.

    I was hoping if you are interested for an interview that we will post on our business travel blog at http://www.jacarandatravels.com (facebok page at http://www.fb.com/jacarandatravels).
    Thank you, hoping for your positive reply.

    Kimberly-Tourist spots in the Philippines
    jacaranda travels
    jacarandatravels@gmail.com

    1. janellamarey says: Reply

      Hello Kim! Thank you for the nice words and for taking time to visit my blog. Count me in! I’m interested in the interview. 🙂

      1. akosibadje says: Reply

        hello po. anung travel agency po ang inavail nyo? pwede po ba malaman and mhingi contact? thanks

        1. janellamarey says: Reply

          Hello! We didn’t avail from a travel agency. I highly recommend Kuya Red (09398827505). Itu-tour nya na po kayo sa buong Coron Islands in 1 day. 🙂

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