Coron: A Must-see Wonder In Palawan
Coron Island in Palawan has incalculable tourism attractions for all. It is now being transformed into one of Philippines’ favorite tourist destinations.
Many caves are hunted for nests of balinsasayaw, a bird found only in the Philippines. The nest, made of saliva, is used to make a highly-priced famous Chinese cuisine. It has seven lagoons which are only fifteen-minutes apart by boat. Around 200 islands and islets with white sand beaches are in Coron for island hopping, more adventures and more fun.
A lot of visitors opt to stay in the magnificent Sangat Islands Reserve. It is in the northern part of the Calamian Islands. Other places to stay are the CYC beach, Banul and the developed Maricaban Bay Resort--- where it is a haven for sport adventurers or simply holiday seekers. Also, the resorts in Kalibunan, Cabugao and Tara are good stay-ins for vacationers.
Coron has also been a top favorite with regard to diving sites. These world-renowned diving sites are situated in the narrow passageways of Sangat of town Gutob. The center of attraction is the 26 sunken Japan naval ships. Among the wrecks, Irako has the best visibility and most visited site. This is a Japanese refrigeration ship which, despite a long time under the sea, remains intact. This is located in Coron Bay’s entrance. Another wreck is Taiei Maru which is a Japanese tanker located at the south of Coron. This is the biggest wreck and, to be able to see it, one has to dive 16 meters underwater. Other notable wrecks include Akitsushima which is a Japanese seaplane, Kogyo Maru and Morazan Maru, which are Japanese freighters.
In the entrance of Coron Harbor, one will find the famous resort of Makinit Hot Spring. This is in the opening of the island’s harbor. By land, Makinit is about 15 minutes away from Coron town by trike. Makinit is a salt water hot spring with very hot 40 degree Celsius water. It is said that the warm water is extremely relaxing and healing that relieves all stress, and diseases like arthritis.
Hikers and mountain climber includes in their itinerary the hike up to Mount Tapyas, a popular destination in Coron town. Above sea level, it is approximately 2,000 feet with 726 solid steps that go ahead to the mountain top. It's a very short distance from the pier. The walk to the foot of the mountain takes at least five minutes. Climb 726 steps to the top to see a great overlooking view of Coron, the surrounding waters and islands.
Still included in the long list of Coron’s rich natural resources is the Los Siete Pecados. It is a seven-islet spot strung on the waters between Coron and Busuanga. By just sitting in a boat, one can get a beautiful view of the sea’s coral gardens.
As a nightlife, visitors can go around town and stopover the different bars and restaurants. We recommend Banaue’s Café, Ian’s Deli, and Old House since these are accessible by foot or by a short tricycle ride.
Coron is a nature’s haven. It provides a variety of options to all visitors. Whether one wants to stay on land or submerge to water, there are exciting activities and places to see. It’s better to try everything—from diving to the shipwrecks, island hopping, trekking and unwinding on local bars.