Calamian group of Islands has been making a splash in the tourism industry in the recent years, especially Coron- the capital and main island. It has superb natural wonders to boot. Coron is now considered as one of the top local destination.
One of the cleanest lakes in the world, Kayangan Lake, can be found here. World-class shipwreck dive sites abound in the island’s shores. It has stunning beaches and lovely lagoons.
The Islands are just a sheer spectacle both under and above waters. Here’s our list of Ten Places to Visit in Calamian Group of Islands:
1. Kayangan Lake – It is hailed as one of the most beautiful, must-visit lake in the world by countless Magazines and travel gurus. It’s waters is one of the cleanest in all of the lakes in the planet.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Kayangan Lake by yoodz
2. Malcapuya Island – It is one of the best beaches in Coron or even in the whole of Philippines. The pristine and powdery white sands and the azure waters will satiate any discerning beach connoisseur.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Malcapuya Island by Roslyn
3. Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary – The zebras and giraffes will surely give travelers the safari-vibe. The park is located in the northern tip of Busuanga. Aside from zebras and giraffes, it is a refuge of impalas, gazelles, elands, peacocks etc.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Calauit Island by brownpau
4. Lusong – Diving is probably what put Coron to the world travel map. And Lusong is one of the many awesome diving spots that can validate the claim. The shipwrecks from the last world war are now the playground of a rich and diverse marine life.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Lusong by brownpau
5. Culion Island – This was once the settlement of the largest leper colony in the world. Since 1992, the island was considered Leprosy free. And just like the disease, the island is now healed from all fears and revulsions. The splendid natural wonders finally outplaced the horrors of the disease. There is a museum in town that houses intensive archive of medical relics and pictures from the turn of the past century. The charming church of La Immaculada Concepcion is in the town center. There are plenty of dive spots that will surely captivate underwater-loving travelers.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Culion Island Church by Roslyn
6. Twin Lagoon – The crystal clear waters and the rugged limestone cliffs, as the backdrop is a view that could send urban dwellers rush to book a trip to Coron. The outer lagoon is reachable by boat. The inner lagoon is completely surrounded by limestone cliffs and can be reach by swimming or kayaking.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Twin Lagoon by Haundreis
7. CYC Island – It has a beaitful beach and it’s free for the public. It is a small island free from building structures.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Twin Lagoon by tztk
8. Maquinit Hot Spring – It is located in Barangay Tagumpay. It takes a 15-minute tricycle ride from the town center to reach this spot that has been winning traveler’s hearts. A dip into the spring is invigorating- perfect to soothe tired bodies from an all-day swimming and trekking.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Maquinit Hot Spring by Roslyn
9. Mt. Tapyas – the 700-plus steps leading to the summit is both punishing and rewarding. It, sure, is tiring but the panorama from the top is well worth it. It has a sweeping view of Coron town and the islands nearby. A trek to the top is best done in the morning. Temperature is a little nippy. And the sunrise, it definitely is one of the best spot in country to witness. The Coron iconic cross grandiosely stands on the summit.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Mt Tapyas by Roslyn
10. Siete Pecados – this is considered to be the best snorkeling spot. But it does not mean that other spots in Coron are less than beautiful because if there’s one place in the Philippines that have the most beautiful spots, it has to be Coron. This protected sanctuary is a wonderland of underwater grandeur- fishes of different colors, corals of different shapes etc. Siete Pecados is the Spanish word for seven sins. According to legend, seven sisters went swimming despite their mother’s will. They all accidentally drowned, thus, the seven islets.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Siete Pecados by Roslyn
Have you been to Calamian Group of Islands? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations.