Coron, Palawan – The Perfect Destination For Nature Lovers

Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo

My travelling companions and I travelled from Manila the capital city of the Philippines to Busuanga, Palawan. There was an option of taking the ferry boat but it meant having to stay overnight on the boat. When our excited group reached Busuanga Airport, there were rented vans plying the route to Coron, Palawan.

From what I understand, Coron is one of the popular destinations in the Philippines because of its pristine white sand and unbelievably calm waters. The view was breathtaking and it seems like this place is going to be worth the efforts. Surprisingly, most of the villagers spoke English and they cordially welcomed us to their island. We certainly do not need travel guides because people were only too willing to point to the best places of the island.

Tricycles were the best means of transportation if you want to easily get from one point to another. Tricycles in the Philippines are powered by the usual motorcycle with a sidecar that can accommodate 3 passengers, that is if you will consider the third narrow seat which must have been added as an afterthought. Drivers were accommodating and willing to wait to take us to our next destination. They are also best sources of information on restaurants that serve the best delicacies of Palawan.

On the other hand, hotels in Palawan offer guided tours as part of a package but we wanted to experience the freedom of being able to explore the island on our own. A 30-minute boat ride allowed us a dramatic view of the limestone cliffs amidst the beautiful lagoon.

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo

Coron is one of the favorite spots of nature lovers because of the famous wreck diving destinations. According to the boatmen, there were 12 Japanese wrecks sunk by the American bombings during the Second World War in Coron Bay in 1944. There are also good reefs that are protected by environmentalists to allow the wealth of new corals to grow and thrive. If you are not fond of snorkeling or kayaking, just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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