Date: 31st May 2013
This is a continuation of
the first half of this Coron island-hopping tour. After lunch, the boat set off towards the next stop on the tour.
Goodbye to the emerald green water
Telephone signals seemed quite far away
Some of the tourists were in their post-lunch nap
We were supposed to go to Barracuda Lake next but we couldn’t because of some “problem” there. So instead, the boat took us to the Twin Lagoon. The water here looked far clearer than Siete Picados and the skies were clearing up too. So I got ready to jump in.
Here we go!
Blue lagoon indeed 🙂
The water was cool
Quite rich in coral life
Here’s a brief video:
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This is just one of many, many coral spots in Philippines
I swam gently
Check out the small fish above the big coral
Anchored to the sand
Sea urchins, they’re considered a delicacy in the Far East
Loads of small fishes
It’s like a coral ‘jungle’ in here
There were a lot of these blue corals down below
They looked quite alien, but cool
The corals were definitely better here
This is our guide helping people who can’t swim. This way they can just hold on to the float and still enjoy the sights underneath.
I would just stay still the water and float. It’s a nice sensation in calm waters.
But after nearly 30 minutes in the water, I decided to head back to the boat
I was really enjoying underwater photography
The boat then just moved a few metres ahead to the second lagoon. It didn’t look drastically different, but I went in anyway!
More sea urchins
And more corals
Looked slightly different from the first one
Not as colourful though
Kinda dull (in comparison)
I wasn’t the only one in my group with an underwater camera
That’s a lot of fish!
And it’s amazing none of the fishes will ‘bump’ into you
This is how a kid goes around with her mommy when both of them can’t swim 🙂
I swam around the boat
Spot the white fish
So many corals in different shapes, colours and sizes
I didn’t spot anything new at this reef, so I went back to the boat
When it was time to leave, the tour boat then rode to the final stop on this tour, CYC island.
This is a small island where we could lay on the beach or swim if we wanted to
Not the greatest beach in Coron
So how this cat got to this island is beyond me
I left my DSLR on the boat and just carried the underwater camera
I felt like going in for a swim
Coron underwater selfie!
A short while later we went back to the boat
It was nearing 3:30pm and we headed back to Coron town. The cross you see on top of that hill? I was going to climb to the top next.
Once we disembarked at Lualhati park, I headed straight to my room to freshen up and offload some of the contents of my bag.
Feeling lighter, I walked to the foot of Mount Tapyas
It was only walking distance from Coron Backpackers Guesthouse
I thought of coming here tomorrow morning but I didn’t want to risk waking up late and rushing it up a hill
Plus, the sun was still an hour or two away from setting
Giving credit where credit is due!
Sigh, my worst enemy on travels. More than 700 steps. Here we go.
A few steps up and you already know the views are only going to get better
It’s a good thing that they have benches where climbers can rest for a while before continuing onwards with their journey
Some people had other ideas
It was pretty damn tiring
But after 30 minutes of huffing and puffing
I made it!
I don’t know what they are building out in the sea
This was the viewpoint. And the cyclist came up all the way up here to do wheelies — not ride downhill. I was disappointed 😛
They had a walking trail going around the top of the hill
They have a few gazebos up here
I had to take many more panoramas
This looked like a nice frame. So I set up my tripod and decided to shoot to a timelapse sequence.
But I had to stop because too many people started appearing in the frame
So I just took a photo of myself
It was time to head back down
So many islands
Mt. Tapyas would make for a nice spot to watch the sun set
I wanted to get back down before dark
When I got down, my legs were aching! I walked slowly because they were really stressed from climbing 700+ steps up and down. Once I got back to my room, I just lay in bed and gave my feet some rest for an hour or two.
I took a bath and later went out for dinner.
As soon as I sat down at Sushi Bar, it began to rain heavily. No worries, I carried an umbrella.
I ordered a lobster meal and found it quite disappointing. Barely any flesh and at this point, I gave up on my expectations when it came to great seafood in the Philippines.
By the time I headed back to my room, the rains had reduced to a drizzle. This was my last night in Coron. Tomorrow afternoon I would fly back to Manila. Much like how
El Nido capped off my 2011 journey across the Philippines, this year it was Coron that was the true highlight of my trip. I faced quite a few disappointments on this visit to the Philippines, but the Coron experience made this visit to the Philippines worth the while.
Anyway, back to Manila for now!
Previous posts in this series:
Philippines 2013: Coron island-hopping tour (Part 1) – Siete Pecados, Kayangan lake
Philippines 2013: Aerial view of Mount Mayon; arriving at Coron
Philippines 2013: Lignon Hill Park, Cagsawa Ruins and Mount Mayon
Philippines 2013: Arriving at Legazpi; going to Donsol to see whale sharks
Philippines 2013: Leaving Boracay; Kalibo to Angeles City
Beachfront hotels and resorts on White Beach, Boracay
Philippines 2013: Bulabog beach, Mount Luho viewpoint and sunset at White Beach
Philippines 2013: Boracay island tour, Puka beach and snorkelling
Philippines 2013: Flying from Manila to Boracay, White Beach
Philippines 2013: Taal Lake Volcano and Peoples Park, Tagaytay
The crap I went through to get my Philippines tourist visa this time