Jamie Fournier

Wanderlust: Visiting Paradise – Coron, Palawan

As always, another adventure beckons, so here I am unloading pictures from my phone in hopes of capturing the beautiful moments of my last trip far longer than this phone can ever fathom. I do so because I know there will be days when I’ll be stuck in 14-hour sleepless work days and I’ll need a reminder of what I’m doing all this for.

And this reminder, Coron, will be one of the most beautiful reminders I can ever have.

Somewhere out there is a paradise waiting to be visited. Less than an hour away from Manila with limitless beautiful spots to devour.

I went for a quick weekend, but even that was enough to induce the energy and excitement I have been yearning for for a while now.

Although this wasn’t my first time to see Coron’s beauty, I still was pretty much in awe during the whole time I was there.

Why? Well, let’s start with the string of pictures below and maybe you won’t need my words to explain. Although you know I still will. Here it goes:

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The view on the hike up to go see Kayangan Lake

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Special thanks to Darss for taking most of these amazing pictures, by the way.

So there you go. Do you get what I mean when I say that there’s no need to say anything about these beautiful spots? In every corner, every boat ride, every Island stop… I was in complete awe of the world’s beauty.

I purposely did not mention the specific places as going Island/Lake hopping is quite easy. All you need to do is go for any package and the friendly and helpful guides will take you around paradise after paradise. Yes, to your heart’s content. It would normally just cost 650 for one tour.

Aside from the beauty around, the beauty under the sea waiting for you to unravel is indescribable.

I’m not an avid fan of diving but I have to say I enjoyed snorkeling.

Take a look at these:

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Photo credit: Darss 😉

For those who are wondering about what they should do there, below are spots I believe you should not miss out on:

1. Kayangan Lake

This is simply my favorite spot in Coron! Serene, relaxing, and beautiiiiful!! I stayed on a wooden plank relaxing sans any toxic thoughts and it was simply amazing!

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2. Go island hopping!!

Beautiful, almost-secluded, beaches. Lakes. Clear water. Beautiful creatures under the sea. The first string of pictures shows the sights I saw while Island hopping. We started the tour at about 9 am and ended at about 4 pm. All this for only P650.

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3. Visit Maquinit Hot Springs

I have not gone for this during my first two Coron trips, but a lot of my friends say it’s worth it. Even if you get to Coron in the afternoon, you’ll still be able to manage in the evening. It worth a visit, I hear. I’ll definitely go during my 3rd trip.

4. Climb Mt. Payas

I didn’t get to do this; obviously because I only had practically half a day.

Here are pictures taken by Darss though:

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5. Meet people! Go out there, join big traveling groups. That’s the best part about traveling anyway.

Our island hopping tour was composed of six individuals. Individuals I would otherwise never have met had I not gone for this adventure. I was lucky, my trip was made even more memorable thanks to them.

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Oh and where did I stay? During my first trip two years ago, I stayed in Coron Gateway Hotel. They had exceptional service. They upgraded our room to the best suite they had which was awesome! Spacious and fairly new when we stayed there.

For this trip, we stayed in Sea Dive Restaurant which was just as nice. My favorite part about that place is the view from the restaurant. So beautiful.

Below are some pictures:

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How much was the damage? And this, I always include so everyone can see that it is pretty much manageable! Coron isn’t as expensive as most people think.

Below is the breakdown:
* P4,900 for my plane ticket from PAL (which I bought on the Wednesday before my trip that Saturday)
* P1,300 per night from Sea Dive Resort
* Food per meal is about P100-P300
* Island hopping per day is about P650. You can also rent a boat for about P2000
* P150 for the van to and from the airport

As I traveled through Coron for the second time, what made it a lil more special this time around was having my Travel Finds Jcaf Art bag with me. I had a little bit of my art world with me while exploring which was amazing.

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Oh beautiful Coron, this blog will never ever be enough to let everyone know how beautiful you are…

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For those reading this, if you have not
gone there… It’s high time you book a flight and head out there. Trust me! 😉

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All she wanted,
was to find a place to stretch her bones
A place to lengthen her smiles
and spread her hair
A place where her legs could walk
without cutting and bruising
A place unchained
She was born out of ocean breath.
I reminded her:
‘Stop pouring so much of yourself
into hearts that have no room for themselves
Do not thin yourself
Be vast
You do not bring the ocean to a river.

– Tapiwa Mugabe

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