Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Conquering Coron: Twin Lagoon, Kayangan Lake, Siete Pecados


Be sure to leave the hotel will all your batteries charged. This is the ultimate camwhoring day. This is the plan:


Breakfast at the hotel


10 minutes transfer from hotel to Lambingan Bridge/Pier

Twin Lagoon

20 minutes boat ride to Skeleton Wreck

Swimming and snorkelling to see the skeleton wreck, fish and nearby corals

10 minutes boatride to Banol beach

Swimming, camwhoring, picnic lunch

Kayangan Lake

Siete Pecados

Swimming, snorkelling, camwhoring


End of tour

On the way to Twin Lagoon. Cheese time begins!

Conquering Coron: Calauit Safari Tour + Island Hopping

The alarm clock goes off at 3am. Snooze. Alarm. Snooze. By 3:20, I gathered all my energy to get up and get ready. Calauit day.


2 Hours 30 Minutes boat ride to Calauit island

Breakfast in the boat


Viewing and feeding of African Animals, Palawan Endemic Animals while on jeep


Leave Calauit Island


Start of Island Hopping


Lunch, Swimming

Island Hopping, Snorkelling


Travel back to CoronTown

Our day started really early. Our guides advised us that we should be in Calauit around 7:00am to maximize our safari experience. So we had to be ready to leave at 4:00am. No snoozing of alarms allowed. Boat ride to Calauit Island lasts for almost 3 hours. Enough time to get some shuteye on the boat. Just bring your sarong to serve as your blanket else expect to freeze. Remember to take your meds if you go barf-ish on boat rides. We had our breakfast DURING the boat ride. This requires a balancing-you-plate skill.

Good morning Coron!

Calauit Island can also be reached by land. However, you’ll miss seeing the other pristine islands of Coron.

After almost three hours...


We’ve landed in Calauit.

We rode a jeep to go around the place. They allow toploading.
You can feed the freely-roaming animals. The guide will teach you how to not scare them off.

Nice animal pictures, these are not my shots though.

Animals are not malnourished here.

We left Calauit around 10:00am. It was scorching hot by then. Off to Island hopping.

The only island I recall though is Dibutunay Island. Eeeep! Forgot the others.

To say that the corals at Dibutunay Island are AWESOME is an understatement. I have words. I have no pictures either. I didn’t have my underwatercamera back then.
I guess you’ll just have to find out for yourself then.

I noticed that the boatmen were careful not to break corals when the boat treads in shallow waters. Someone stands in front of the boat as a lookout. Kudos to that!

Your beach buddies: sunblock, sunglasses, hat/cap, sarong and your fully-charged camera! If you have your own snorkelling gear, bring them. You can rent it at Php 100/day.

Around 4pm, we started our splashy journey back to Coron town. Expect to get wet if you sit at the front of the boat!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Conquering Coron: Mount Tapyas and Maquinit Hotsprings

Conquering Coron: Mount Tapyas and Maquinit Hotsprings

This was our itinerary for Day 1:


ETA Busuanga, Travel to coron town



Check in Princess of Coron, Drop-off luggages


Coron Town Tour

Horseback riding

Mount Tapyas trek


Maquinit hotspring dip

Hello Busuanga. Hello Coron.
Prepare to be enchanted!

We had lunch in some carinderia on our way to Coron town (own expense since lunch on Day 1 was not yet included in the package). We dropped off our luggage in Princess of Coron. The rooms were spacious and quite cozy. The bathroom was also pretty nice, clean and spacious.

The pool was still under renovation back then. Booo.

First stop - horseback riding. The last time I rode one was in Baguio – years and years ago.

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