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Island Hopping Around Coron in North Palawan

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The marine environment of northern Palawan in the Philippines is absolutely stunning. The gateway of Coron Town proper, located on Busuanga Island, may fail to impress as services and facilities struggle to catch up with the increasing number of tourists flocking to the region. The surrounding isles are the archipelago’s real draw, and they have something to offer visitors of every inclination: picturesque karstic landscapes, mystical inland lakes, gleaming sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, teeming coral reefs at perfect snorkelling depths, and World War II Japanese shipwrecks for divers to explore.

Hidden at the heart of Coron Island and accessed in a half-hour’s hike through the forest, the crystal-clear waters of Kayangan Lake are one of the area’s most famous attractions. Donning mask and fins at Siete Pescados affords encounters with an impressive variety of fish and molluscs, while Twin Peaks is sought after for its coral formations. Lagoons framed by limestone walls form dramatic natural pools that contrast with the powder-white sands of Malcapuya Beach and Banana Island.

Some of the destinations furthest from town can be visited on organized day trips, but in the playground that is Coron Bay, renting a “bangka” (wooden boat with bamboo outriggers) with crew to explore at one’s own pace is the way to go. Using this surprisingly affordable option presents the distinct advantage of being able to frolic in peace after tour groups have retreated for lunch and then savour grilled catch of the day on a secluded beach.

Written by  Francoise Ohayon.

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