The tour I am writing about leaves from Busuanga. In the Philippines, there are so many uninhabited islands. So the beautiful nature has been maintained and we can see those places on the tour.
The island hopping tour is popular among tourists and it is also an important activity in the tourism industry of the Philippines.
■ About the tour
The tour I joined was Coron Island Tour. And it brought us to 7 different places, namely , Balinsasayaw Reef, CYC Beach, Beach 91, Skeleton Wreck, Malwawey Coral Garden, Twin Lagoon and Kayangan Lake. I will write about those places later.
The tour takes a whole day. It starts at 8 am and finishes at 5 pm.
The price is 1,600 pesos and it is about 30 dollars(2018.10.31). It is reasonable, right?
You can book the tour on the website called Coron travel.com.
We got there pretty early so we had to wait for a while in the boat.
I was very excited with the tour because the same tour in El Nido was really good. The total number of the guests with us was about 10. They came from different countries such as Japan, Philippines, America, Ireland and France.
Leaving the market, the monument of Coron can be seen above the hill. It was such a perfect weather.
I am going to write about each place in short as follows.
■ Balinsasayaw Reef
The first place we visited was Balinsasayaw Reef.
The boat was attached to a small house floating in the ocean. We enjoyed snorkeling here.
If you put your face into the water, you can see the beautiful corals.
I was too absorbed seeing them and I didn’t realize I went pretty far away from the boat.
Since entry in some areas have been profibitten for environmental protecting them, a guide told me not to go.
■ CYC Beach
The next place we visited was CYC beach.
The beach and ocean was super beautiful! When we got there, everyone was like OMG.
It is not too much if I say the most beautiful beach in the world.
You can enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and diving here. Since it is not too big an island, maybe you can go around it by kayaking.
Isn’t it super beautiful? The color is different depending on the depth.
I didin’t dive here but if I come back I definitely want to dive. I enjoyed kayaking althoug I was really jealous of divers.
Everyone was having fun with taking pictures and laying down on the beach. There are many trees of mangrove. They look just standing on the ground.
■ Beach 91
We had lunch here at Beach 91.
I don’t know why this beach is called Beach 91. There is a house to have lunch.
It was viking style and they have Filipino food such as adobo. The tast was so good.
We spent free time for a while after lunch. Some people stayed at the table and chatted, some took a nap, some swam.
■ Skeleton Wreck
The next place we visited after lunch was the Skeleton Wreck.
You can enjoy snorkeling and kayaking here as well. There is a sunken ship of Japan.
You can see it with snorkeling but it is in the 20 meter depth. So diving would be better if you are really want to see it.
And you can also school of fish here. It is not that much big comparing to the school of sardine in Moalboal, Philippines. But it was like a ball and pretty cool to see!
You can also see some corals but the water wasn’t so clear.
■ Twin Lagoon
I went to lagoons on the tour in El Nido but we could go to see lagoons on this tour as well. There are many lagoons in the Philippines.
Since the name of lagoon we visited is twin lagoon, it is easy to imagine two similar lagoons are there.
The view changes when you get there and it is just beautiful. The wave was really calm.
As I guessed there are two connected lagoons. You can go through a tunnel to each lagoon.
This is the view of a lagoon after going through the tunnel.
The sky from a lagoon surrounded by limestone was so special.
You can spend peaceful and silent time.
■ Kayangan Lake
The last place we visited was Kayangan.
There were so many boats when we got there. You will see how popular it is.
You need to walk on a path a lit bit from the place boats are stopped and hike up a small mountain.
This is the starting point of hiking looks like. It is very easy to hike because there are stairs.
You will see a beautiful view on the way to Kayangan Lake. I realized that the place where the boats stop are docked is actually really nice from the mountain.
Every tour shop in Busuanga island has a poster including this view on the shop, inviting customers. We had to wait to take our picture because there was a long queue and it took a while.
After taking pictures, we kept walking to the lake. Just at the point where we can take a beautiful view, the path changes from going up to going down and you will have a glance at a blue lake between trees.
The lake is like this. It is really big!
Since no wind comes into the lake, the lake was so calm. Everyone enjoys swimming and snorkeling.
It is so quiet and I loved it a lot. I was just seeing sky floating for a long time.
That’s all of the places we visited on the tour. The Philippines consists of islands. If you want to see beautiful islands as much as possible, I really recommend to join this tour.
Some of them are similar but each of them is different. A common thing for those islands is we can enjoy snorkeling 100%.
I got to Busuanga island by ferry from El Nido. The departure time was 6:00am and arrival time was before noon. On the ferry schedule, it says the arriving time is 10am.
Since Coron town has the ferry port from Busuanga to the other places, many people who are not only Filipino people but also foreign people come here. Coron town is the busiest place in Busuanga island.
I felt there were fewer people from overseas, compered to El Nido.
After arriving at Busuanga island, I headed to the center of Coron town by a tricycle and had lunch first.
Many tricycle drivers wait for passengers at the ferry port so it is very easy to take one.
There are many shops such as restaurants, diving shops, cafes, massage spas and souvenir shops in Coron town.
They close pretty early at night. I walked and looked for some bars and I realized that. If you want to go shopping, you better go shopping early. Do not procrastinate. haha
■ The second highest mountain, Mt. Tapyas
You will find this monument of CORON at the top of Mt.Tapyas like the monument of HOLLYWOOD.
It is very easy to go hiking at Mt. Tapyas and you can see this monument close like this.
It can’t tell that the grass is high like it actually is. If you want to see it from this position, you need to elbow your way through the grass.
If you go in the morning, the view and the color of the sky is very different from its color in noon and it is beautiful.
Mt. Tapyas is 210 meters tall, but the view from the top is incredible. You can see many islands around Busuanga island.
I hiked twice — once in the morning and once around noon. I recommend both views.
Mt. Tapyas is the second highest mountain in Busuanga, you walk up the paved stairs and it is very easy to hike. Also Mt.Tapyas is one of the sightseeing spots. There is the sign in Coron.
You should go there to hike!
■ How is the hot spring, Maquinit?
There is a hot spring called Maquinit in Busuanga.
We wondered why there is a hot spring and whether Mt.Tapyas is a volcano or not.
We went to the hot spring by tricycle, and the cityscape changed dramatically. The tricycle goes on the rough road.
The price of hot spring is about 200 pesos (4USD 2018.9.28) .
It was my first time to go to a hot spring abroad. We go to onsen completely naked. “Onsen” is hot spring in Japanese. So dipping into a hot spring wearing swimsuit was a really different feeling for me
The temperature of the water was perfect! The hot spring is surrounded by mangroves and it is facing to the beautiful ocean. The view is also just perfect.
But we had to go back to the hotel and took the same road and the tricycle made sand dust so we had to take a bath anyway haha.
■ Coron central marketplace
In one of the corners of Busuanga facing the ocean is a marketplace. The marketplace is not improved like a shopping mall but there are some shops such as restaurants and tourist things on the red-sand ground.
A lot of tour boats stay here.
You can see the beautiful sunset here.
People gather here at night to play games. They seemed to bet which trump card the balls stop on.
Sightseeing spots are pretty close to the center of Coron town so it is not difficult to get to those spots if you take a tricycle. Also, tricycles are everywhere.