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It was a nice beach with plenty of things to do.We went on a few day trips and enjoyed them. One of the trips was to the sea caves, you go in ..

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A clean beach with relatively unpoluted water compared to a lot of other asian beaches. Busy with well organised concessions running sun ..

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Underwater Spectacular: Coron Reefs, Coron Bay, Busuanga

Underwater Spectacular: Coron Reefs, Coron Bay, Busuanga

Palawan is known for its natural beauty and abundance. Unlike other tourist destinations in the Philippines, the province does not only offer amazing sceneries above land but also below water. Want to see for yourself? Then don’t forget to include in your travel itinerary a trip to Coron Reefs, Coron Bay, Busuanga.

The Coron Reefs is located at Coron Bay, the body of water surrounded by Busuanga, Coron and Culion Islands, collectively known as the Calamian Group of Islands. It is found on the northern portion of Palawan. To get to Coron Bay, one has to rent a boat from the Coron town proper, which is about 45 minutes by land from Busuanga Airport.

Planes flying to Busuanga are smaller so if you are uncomfortable riding one, you can also go to Coron via the capital city of Palawan, Puerto Princesa. However, it would take approximately ten hours of travel on board Superferry so you better be ready for the long haul.

Coron Reefs is composed of seven crystal clear, blue lakes surrounded by towering limestone rock formations. Because the coral reefs there are in good condition, the water is teeming with marine life. To reach Coron Reefs, guests can avail of an island hopping tour courtesy of a local boatman that can be hired in the town proper.

The Coron Island Tour usually takes a whole day. It consists of a visit to Banol Beach, Barracuda Lake, Kayangan Lake, Siete Pecados, Skeleton Wreck Diving and Twin Lagoon. Banol Beach is perfect for picnic and sun bathing. Closer to the shore, you can already see a lot of small fishes but as you swim off farther, bigger fishes, sea urchins and other colorful marine life would start appearing.

Barracuda Lake is so named because of the barracuda fish found there. It is famous for the thermocline, or the variation of the water’s temperature at the surface and deeper below. There is also a cave about 33 meters down, making it a favorite spot among scuba divers. Aside from shrimps and catfish, some have reported to have seen a dugong or sea cow at a portion of the lake nearer the sea.

Said to be the cleanest lake in the country, various kinds of sea creatures can be seen in Kayangan Lake. Before taking a dip in its waters, one has to climb a flight of makeshift stairs – a tiring feat yet definitely worth it. Siete Pecados has a Marine Park which is also a haven for snorkelers. Before, the coral reefs at Siete Pecados were destroyed by cyanide fishing so it was declared a protected area.

Skeleton Wreck is actually part of the set of wreck diving spots in Coron. It is the shallowest of them all, so one need not be an experienced diver to see remnants of the submerged ship. The Twin Lagoon is composed of two lakes divided by a limestone wall. During low tide, there is a hole where people can swim through to get to the other side.

With such beauty to behold, Coron Reefs, Coron Bay, Busuanga is definitely a go-to place for everyone. A few reminders, though, when availing of the Island Hopping Tour. Inquire beforehand how much are the entrance fees to the different lakes so you can bring enough cash. Also, if you can, wear slippers or sandals with a rough sole to avoid slipping when going up and down the rock formations and stairs.