Kayangan Bay & Lake (Coron, Palawan, Philippines)

I’m an old-fashioned guy… I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something. — Johnny Depp

You haven’t experienced Coron, if you haven’t been to its karst swathed lakes.

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According to a tourism officer we have talked to during my 2nd time in Coron, there are more than 10 lakes along the Coron loop, only 2 of which have been opened to the public – Kayangan Lake and Barracuda Lake. These lakes are regarded hallowed places for the Tagbanuas (indigenous group of Coron) and are believed to be where spirits dwell.

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Kayangan Lake is an admirable testimony as to how paradisiacal our country is. A seemingly endless sighting of limestone karts surround cerulean and sea green waters that unify delightfully. Upon docking at the entrance of the lake, an uphill trek leads to a spot with the very iconic view of Kayangan Cove (this is the one usually seen in most Coron/Palawan tourism ads). From here, an easy trek downhill takes one to clean emerald water of Kayangan Lake draped by limestone hills.

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Kayangan Lake is said to be the cleanest in the country and among the cleanest in Asia. It is a mixture of salt and fresh or brackish water it is indeed a sight to behold with its crystal-clear waters offering up to ten meters visibility. One can snorkel or freed dive or just take a dip and be amazed with it’s under water beauty. There is also a wooden platform surrounding the banks of the lake, this also serves as a launching and resting pad for swimmers and divers.

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Kayangan Lake’s utter splendour is really awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping that is why a lot of visitors frolic here to relax.

Where To Stay:

Apartelle de Gabrielle  –  #231 National Highway Poblacion 5, Coron, Palawan; Contact Nos: 02-7882468 / 0921-4520473 / 0921-4521009 / 0905-3640753; Website:apartelledegabrielle.webs.com

Balay Majika Lodge – Real Street, Poblacio 3, Coron, Palawan; Contact Nos: +63 919 3169030 / +63 9178563187 / +639087316543; Website: www.facebook.com/MajikaTours

Busuanga Island paradise – Km. 12 ,Hi-way, Brgy. Guadalupe, Busuanga Island, Coron – Busuanga Road, Coron, Palawan; Contact No. (02) 911 9180; Website: www.busuangaislandparadise.com

Coron Backpacker Gusethouse- Coron-Busuanga Road, Coron; Contact No: 0916 400 4871; Website: http://www.palawan-coron-backpacker.com

Coron Ecolodge – Calle Real Poblacion 2, Coron, Palawan; Contact Number: 0919 204 8824; Website: www.coronecolodge-palawan.com

Coron Gateway Hotel – Barangay Poblacion 1 , Coron, Palawan; Contact Nos: (+632) 887-7107 / 887-2420. Website: www.corongateway.com

Centro Coron Bed & Breakfast – National Highway, Barangay 4, Coron, Palawan: Contact Nos: 09277454625 | 09491414177; Website: www.centrocoron.com

Coron Village Lodge ­– Brgy. Poblacio 1, Coron, Palawan; Contact Nos: +639081089772 / 4252231; Website: www.coronvillagelodge.com

Princess of Coron Resort – Nueva Street, No.6 Barangay Poblacion, Coron, Palawan; Contact No. 0916 540 0288; Website: http://www.princessofcoron.com

How To Get There

From Manila, tourists who wants to visit Kayangan Lake can take a flight going to Busuanga. Upon reaching Busuanga, tourists should take a 40-minute land trip (usually a van) bound for Coron town proper. There are also various passenger ships that ply the Manila-Coron route. Once in Coron, hire boat for rental.

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