Island hopping is a main activity for visitors of Coron from which the most popular is one day Coron tour. No wonder why, as the views of the lagoons and snorkeling on the coral reefs are incredible experiences. There are plenty of tour offers available on every corner of this little town. They are all similar though, so there is no point to search long. From one day tour to few days discovery expeditions, all will show you a bit of the paradise on Earth.. I chose one day tour in Coron Island and can highly recommend for the first comers.
One day tour in Coron Island
Island hopping in Coron is lead by various agencies, which use the typical picturesque boats. One day tour in Coron Island is well-organised, along with pick up from you guest house to included lunch and snack, snorkeling gear to drop off. You don’t have to worry about anything. Even if you cannot swim you can still participate the tour as wearing the security jacket is recommended thruout the tour. Now I will tell you what to expect and what is the plan of one day tour in Coron Island. Please note, that the order of the places may change from tour to another. The tours offer mixture of spots too, those are the most popular, as part of the ultimate Coron tour.
Going between sharp shaped mountains to the blue lagoon already felt like a piece of paradise. Later on we took a kayak to go the other lagoon, separated from one another. The access is through a crevice underneath the rock, or during high tide, a ladder over the rock. We had to lie down on the kayak to pass under the rock to go to the other side. There, another lagoon opened in front of us, with a steep limestone towers all around and incredibly blue waters. The water felt blury though, as the salty water mixes here with the sweet one.
Kayangan lake is the most clean lake in the Philippines. You can see little fish swimming in it. The views are just incredible, like a scene from a movie. Kayangan Lake is 70% freshwater and 30% salt water. One may choose to swim or snorkel in the lake, or simply float around in a life jacket.
Skeleton Wreck & Coral Garden
The best opportunity for snorkeling was on the Coral Garden. Just next to it there is a skeleton wreck which is a perfect spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. The top of the Skeleton is 5m deep and going down to 22m at the stern. We had the whole hour to explore the underwater with coral reefs containing a wide diversity of marine life.
The turquoise water surrounding Siete Pecados is one of the best snorkeling spots in Coron. It definitely looks like swimming in a giant aquarium! Schools of fishes of various species and color magnificently swim underwater occasionally accompanied by other sea creatures like small squids, octopus and sea snakes.
“Siete” comes from the Spanish word that means seven and denotes the number of small limestone rock formation surrounding the snorkeling site. According to the local legend the seven rocks represent seven local children that one night set out to attend a celebration. These children never came home that night. In the morning, while searching for these children, the locals saw seven new rock formations standing in the middle of the sea and believed that these were the missing children. From then on, the area has been called Siete Pecados in memory of these children.
Atwayan Beach & CYC Beach
The beach was a great opportunity to relax for a bit and get some tan. Its fine white sand is as remarkable as its underwater scenery, so it is really a good place to just lay down, and feel the paradise vibe of the beach. Its crystal blue water is a sight to see and it will make you feel refreshed and calm after the experience. There is also little mangrove forest for a great, dramatic pictures.
One day Coron tour practicals
Pick up takes place from 8 00 to 8:45 from your guest house. One day tour in Coron ends around 5 pm and the same air-conditioned van will take you back. The tour operator provides with the snorkeling mask, however if you prefer to snorkel with fins, you need to bring your own. The ultimate Coron tour costs 1300 – 1600 pesos depending of the agency. I recommend bargaining to get 1300. I forgot to put on sunscreen, and my legs got a sunburn while snorkeling. There is buffet type lunch with fish, salad, meat and water provided. They also had cold beer with extra charge.When taking one day tour in Coron all the entrance fees are already included, so no need to worry about anything. The boat has one or two kayaks which are available to use on the Twin Lagoon. However, as there is usually around 20 people on the boat, not everyone will get a chance to use it. From few trips types, I recommend taking the ultimate Coron tour as it covers the most important spots.
Where to stay in Coron?
I stayed in a lovely Coron Voyage Guest House where I had everything that I needed. Extremely friendly staff, delicious vegan restaurant and comfy bed. They have dorm style rooms with bunk beds and a regular room with two single beds. It’s a very cheap option, 450 pesos for bed and 1000 for a regular room. The place is super cozy and has just 4 rooms. Easy to hang out with other travelers. The Wi-fi is also available.