Things to see Coron
Coron, along with Busuanga and Culion makes up the Calamianes Group of Islands which is on the northern part of Palawan. Lots of scenery and small beautiful islands are scattered all over this small fishing village so you will definitely not get disappointed. Almost all of the things to see and activities here involve dipping in the water so prepare to get wet and don't forget to bring your goggles and snorkeling gear as there is so much things to see underwater.
Coron is famous for its wreck dives. Several Japanese ships were sunk by the US Navy during World War II. The water is so clear that you can be able to spot different fishes like the lionfish, grouper, etc. Beautiful corals and marine have transformed the wrecks into artificial reefs.
Beautiful lakes with turquoise-clear waters surround Coron.The Tagbanuas, which are the natives of Coron take very good care and preserve their natural resources. They also charge a certain fee for visiting the lakes or beaches so as to maintain the cleanliness of the place. First, is Kayangan Lake. It is regarded as one of the cleanest lakes in Asia and surrounded by enchanting limestone rock formations. Getting there is the not so easy part as you will climb a hill and go down the other side so you could reach the swimming area of the lake. Next, is the Barracuda Lake. It is called as such because of the presence of schools of Barracuda within the lake. It is a shorter but rocky climb to get there compared to Kayangan. There is a thermocline in the water here where the temperature heats up as you descend into the lake. The third lake is the Twin Lagoon. It is called as such because of the big rock formation that separates the big from the small lagoon. This can be easily accessible by boat but you need to swim through the underwater cave to get to the small lagoon which is not accessible by boat anymore.
For more marine life and snorkeling fun, never miss the Siete Pecados, which means The Seven Islands when translated in English. It is a marine reserve and guarded 24/7 by the locals. Here, you can even bring bread so you can feed the fish and they will be all over you. Great marine life and amazing coral reefs make up this small island. Definitely a must visit place in your Coron trip.
Several small beaches are within the area if you get tired from all the snorkeling and swimming. On your island hopping tour, you can have your lunch in one of the beaches namely Banol, Atwayan and CYC. But for the best white sand beaches in the island, it will take you an hour and a half travel by boat. These are Malcapuya Island, Banana Island or Malaroyroy Island. Most of them have accommodation places within the island where you can stay overnight because the trip is too long going back to Coron.
For a non-water adventure, hike to the top of Mount Tapyas. It is a great exercise though, because getting to the top requires you to climb 719 steps. On the way there are several grounds to enjoy a picnic as well as toilet facilities.
At the top, there is a big cross statue and you will have a scenic harbor view of the whole town of Coron and its surroundings. Get there early morning or late in the afternoon to avoid most of the scorching sun rays and make the best photos.
Going back to the water, you can soothe those muscles in the Maquinit Hot Springs - a salt water hot spring where temperatures start at 35 degrees Celsius or 95 degree Fahrenheit. There are several pools and a few waterfalls, all with a seaside views. Facilities further include changing rooms and a small snackshop at the entrance.
To get there and back, you will need to hire a tricycle which will cost you 300 Php for the whole trip plus a small entrance fee. Open from 09:00 to 18:00 hours.