Coron has long been recognized for its world renown dive spots but never fret if you’re not into diving because enjoying fun time in Coron does not only happen under the sea. With seven lagoons and numerous beaches around, one just has to turn his mobile phone off and laze around without a care in the world.
Coron Island is found north of mainland Palawan and should not be mistaken for the larger Busuanga Island, where Coron town is located. One needs to get out of this very busy town in order to discover the beauty that Coron Island possesses. If you have been to El Nido (also in Palawan), you might think Coron pales in comparison. However, keeping an open mind while you traverse from one lagoon to another will tell you that Coron has its own exquisite allure that cannot be faulted.
One of the country’s earliest inhabitants, the Tagbanuas, are believed to be the first settlers in the area. You will still find them in many of Coron’s beaches as they safeguard their habitat. Under the country’s Indigenous Peoples Right Act, the Tagbanuas are awarded with an Ancestral Domain over Coron, providing them the right to ask for entrance fees to most of Coron’s tourist spost. These entrance fees are really too small a fee when you understand how the Tagbanuas work hard in order to preserve Coron’s beauty. So when you travel to Coron, you are not actually just connecting with nature, you also speak of our history.
Coron is also perfect for snorkeling if you are not yet ready to scuba dive. This used to be Malwowoy Beach, according to the Tagbanua couple I’ve meet on the island, but upon the discovery of a Japanese shipwreck in the area, it has been popularly referred to as the Skeleton Wreck.
With stunning limestone mountains as background, Coron’s lagoons are postcard-perfect spots that remain unspoiled up to this day. When part of a group that goes on the tour, try to ask some locals to take you on their paddle boats so you can have a look at some areas which are not covered by the usual tours. You will be green with envy to know that the Tagbanuas probably have the country’s best rooms with a stunning view.
Although most of Coron’s little beaches are easily accessible to the public, these are actually well-maintained, thanks mainly to the Tagbanuas who manage the preservation of Coron Island. Climb some of Coron’s sharp rock formations to enjoy a different view that you would not otherwise find if you just stay on your boat. 🙂
If your idea of summer fun is swimming and frolicking under the sun, Coron does not fail. Its pristine beaches, like this one in Banol Beach, invite the beach bum in you. Acquaint with your daring self by climbing one of the rock formations around and bravely take a plunge from there.
Summer’s restful afternoons take on a new meaning in Coron. Relax on your boat and delight at nature’s beauty around you as you wait for your turn to get inside the Twin Lagoons. The island’s jagged mountains add drama to the calmness that defines Coron’s hidden lagoons.
This island is obviously one destination that is worth your time and energy. Whether it is rugged fun or soulful adventure that you wish to have this summer, Coron provides that sweet escape. Come as you are!
Love and light, everyone. Go, juanderlust! 😀
- All photographs taken on March 2012 with a Canon 550d.