Coron is one of the most enchanting destinations in the Philippines. Together with Busuanga, Culion, and several islands, they form the Calamian group of islands in the northern tip of the Philippine province of Palawan.
Though not as hyped as Boracay or Cebu, or any beach destination in Southeast Asia, Palawan is a favorite among visitors who come to this tropical country of 7,107 islands because of its natural beauty and serenity. Visitors get a close brush with nature, explore the wild flora and fauna, and get a large dose of peace and quiet.
An hour away from Manila by plane, the breathtaking view of the islands and transparent reefs can be seen as the plane makes its final approach to Francisco Reyes Airport in the town of Busuanga.
Landing at Busuanga is like being welcomed into a lush Australian savanna. Busuanga airport is situated on the vast tracts of land comprising the Yulo King Ranch, purported to be the largest ranch in Asia. The estate brought in and propagated carpet-like Australian grass to feed the Australian Brahman cows that roam freely in the ranch. The ranch has since been run by the government as a nature reserve.
Coron Town is a short 45 minute-drive from the Busuanga airport, a very comfortable and scenic ride costs Php 150 each. Coron Town is a coastal municipality with a bustling town market and is the main jump-off to Coron island which is a 15-minute boat-ride away from the town .
Coron Island can charm even the most jaded tourist. Its natural beauty can only be described as seductive, giving first-time visitors and repeaters alike a sense of wonder that is hard to shake off.
Few places on the planet can amaze you like Coron Island. Its seven captivating lagoons, with beautiful reefs on the floor and outstanding limestone cliffs as the walls, will give you a vivid idea of what a paradise is like.
Ominous walls of jungle-covered black karst erupt from the surrounding turquoise seas. Jagged and spectacular, Coron Island is the ultimate karst showpiece. The place is pure magic.
Controlled by the traditional Tagbanua tribe, most of the island is off-limits to outsiders. Luckily, the Tagbanua allow limited access to some of the highlights along the northwestern coast of the island including breath-taking Kayangan and Barracuda Lakes as well as Twin Lagoons. All four bodies of water are steep-walled karst sink-holes filled with stunning glass-clear water, each one featuring unique creatures ranging from dwarf catfish to mini-pipefish to stingless jellyfish.
Lake Cabagao, hidden deep within the karst peaks of the island’s interior, holds Coron’s most mysterious creature. Cabagao is said to be the lair of the giant octopus, a creature worshiped by the Tagbanua. Unfortunately, the holy lake is strictly off-limits to outsiders.
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