One of the highlights of our stay in Coron was our visit to the enchanting Blue Lagoon or as it is locally known, Kayangan Lake. Getting there however was no piece of cake though as it requires some serious leg pumping action.
After the quick dip at Siete Pecados, our outrigger boat again traversed the calm waters of Coron. Passing by Higantes, the local name for Coron Island, which looks more like a mountain than an island really, and into one of its many coves. A couple kayaking away greeted us as we approached the beach to the Blue Lagoon.
Before ascending the hundred plus uneven stone steps up into the heart of the island, we first paid our environmental fee at the mini-office near the docking area where we also found comfort rooms. We took the opportunity to relieve our bladders there instead of holding it in for the whole day or worst letting it go while in the water (the sea’s salty anyway, sorry bad joke lol).
The Tagbanuas who have been living in the island since time immemorial are its caretaker and they consider this their ancestral home. It is only with their permission that tourists are now allowed to visit the island’s numerous spots.
Without much further ado, we started our ascent up the steps. Having really no idea how lengthy this trek was gonna be, my mind went a-flashbacking to the previous day’s strength-draining Mt. Tapyas climb.
Like the previous day’s climb, railings and benches were readily available on selected locations for people who need to catch their breath. The similarities end there however, whereas Mt. Tapyas had even concrete steps, Kayangan have totally irregularly shaped steps made from natural stones. And some of the treads are huge! Better take your sweet time navigating these stairs as I imagine a simple slip would hurt you real bad.
After eight minutes of climbing we took a side trip to check out the most photographed location in Coron (scroll up to the main photo above). From the cliff’s edge, one can see the entrance to Kayangan’s cove; the view was simply grand, really postcard perfect. Err, again this was indeed where all those postcard photos came from.
There was also this small cave in the area where we explored a bit. Not much to see there though.
We bade goodbye to The Coron view and continued our hike towards the lake. Five minutes later and we reached the apex, it was all downhill from there.
The descent took less than ten minutes and the freshwater lake right in the middle of the island was already popping into our view. The sight of the deep emerald waters of Lake Kayangan made every single steps through the rocky 20-minute trek very much worth it.
Coron Island Hopping Tour
Boatman: Avel Arevalo | (0939) 815-0044
Tour Fee: Php1,500.00 whole day boat rental fee