Just 191 miles from hustle and bustle of Philippines capitol Manila, is an island that has everyone talking about its newly discovered natural beauty. The Palawan island of Busuanga houses the up and coming town of Coron where you can experience majestic views of limestone karst, white sand beaches and some of the best marine life you will find on this this planet. It’s been recognized by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast for having the top beaches in the world. Conde Nast voted the Palawan Island to be the number 2 most beautiful island in the world as of January 2016.
It is a town that locales say, “they want to keep intact for its natural beauties even if many tourist come to the island.” General Manager Mike from the Funny Lion hotel, a native from Palawan says, “…that is why there are only a limited number of flights from Manila (MNL) to Busuanga Airport (USU) to limit the number of tourist that can be on the island at one time”. Coron wants to be known for its breathtaking panoramic view, limestone formations and an island that will remain untouched.
What to do in Coron?
When you start your day, start your trip by familiarizing yourself with the locales and the Coron Surroundings.
You may not know until you land that Coron town is different from Coron Island. Coron town is where you find all your local hotels & accommodations, restaurants and marketplaces. Coron Island is a 15-20 minute boat ride from Coron town where tourists travel to in the day by private boat or joining an island hopping tour. Some of the most notable destinations to visit while on your island tour will definitely be the most talked about rock formations and the world class under water corals and shipwrecks. First and foremost, the hands down site you must see is Kayangan Lake, which is surrounded by
limestone and traces of lush greenery. With a composition of 70% freshwater and 30% saltwater, Kayangan Lake is the cleanest lake in the Philippines. Once you get to Kayangan lake, make sure to climb 167 steps to the peak where the viewing deck is located. There you will see where some of the most cinematic photographs of Coron were captured.
For those appreciate the beauties above and below ground, Lusong Ganboat is the place to go. The famous gunboat wreck is popular for its shallow sunken Japanese shipwreck from World War II. It has an average depth of 20 fee and a maximum depth of 33 feet. The clear waters and visibility as well as its vast variety of underwater species, makes the Lusong Gunboat the perfect place for snorkeling and underwater macrophotography.
Further away from the turquoise waters, you can find yourself enjoying Calauit Safari Park. A must see attraction on the island, especially for families traveling with kids. Contrary enough, even if the safari park is located on land the best way to get to Calauit Safari Park is by boat. Both African and endemic species roam freely on site and brings the safari feel a completely new feel. Giraffes, zebras and the Calamian deer are some of the friendly animals tourist will be able to meet during you visit.
Coron has something special that everyone is talking. A holiday in Coron means engulfing its breathtaking seascapes, uninhabited coastal areas, white sand beaches, a safari adventure, freshwater lakes and friendly townspeople who care about the maintenance of their home. A family friendly island that will have visitors of all ages full of excitement and new discoveries. Not to mention a snorkeler and divers paradise.