It was our second day at Coron and I woke up at around 6am. We agreed to Ate Leidy that she will fetch us at around 7am and so we prepared early. Our breakfast was already ready (it was included in our package and we already ordered the night before). We went to the dining area of the lodge and the food was served to us. We had Tapsilog, Longsilog, Tocilog, and other Filipino breakfast classics. The food was good and it was enough to fuel us for our day’s adventure.
At around 7am, Ate Leidy was ready for us. We gathered our stuff and we went with her to the port. We took a tricycle going there and it was all shouldered by her as part of the package. A boat was waiting for us at the port. It was big enough for all of us and as soon as we boarded it, our island hopping adventure began.
Our first stop was Siete Pecados, which means seven islands. Ate Leidy said that it was owned by someone that is why there is a fee here (It was also prepaid as part of the package). I think it costs P100 per person. We stooped at one of the islands and there, we went snorkeling. We were prepared for this and brought crackers for the fishes. We enjoyed the view under water as the coral reef is so much alive. Lots of fishes also lives there and it was just a whole new world under there. The fishes loved the crackers and they get close to you. There are some who gets the food on your hand biting you a bit. It was really fun interacting with them. We didn’t want to go but there are a lot more other beautiful sights to see. After about half an hour we were headed to our next destination.
Our next stop is at Kayangan Lake. It took us several minutes of boat ride to get there. We stopped at a lagoon like place where there are a lot of boats parked and some small hut are built. There is a big map of Coron and at the side, the trek up going to the lake. There is an entrance fee here but it was part of the package and Ate Leidy already took care of it for us.
We were a bit ready for another climb as we had a lot of it the previous day. We climb the trek up and half way, we rested. Our guide showed us a spot where we can take pictures. It was the place where most post cards show. It was really beautiful and we were all clicking our cameras to capture the beauty of the place.
After a few minutes of resting there, our guide told us that we need to go because there are already a lot of people gathering so, we went down going to the lake. The place had already several people swimming and so we looked for a place to leave our things.
The lake was beautiful. It was clean and the water is inviting. The place is peaceful and calm. You’ll feel so close to nature when you are here. Only the people swimming there are noisy (I hope tourists would lessen their noise when they are there as respect to the place). We didn’t waste any time and we immediately dived from the man-made platform at the side of the lake. Good thing our guide brought our life vest and so, most of us was not afraid to go in the water.
As we swim, I noticed that there are small fishes swimming at the surface. It was the only type of fish in that lake. The water there is brackish since it was close to the sea and fresh and salt water mix there. It was very deep and as we look at the bottom, there are only rocks and no corals in the area. We looked for a place where there are a few people. We swam quite far and rested on a place near rocks. The rocks are quite sharp but it was okay as long as you watch your step. There is a small opening at the rocks and some of us went inside to look. After some time of swimming, we all decided to go back to dry land to rest. We all enjoyed our swim there and after a while of resting, we decided to go back to our boat.
As we got there, our lunch was already prepared by Ate Leidy. we had crabs, grilled fish, grilled squid, rice and soda. She also prepared bananas and mangoes for our dessert. The meal was filling and we are glad we availed the package because we need not to take care of our food. Also the food was very good. The squid was cooked just right and the crabs were also good. The fish was also yummy with the dip that they made. We really enjoyed our lunch that day.
After a few minutes rest, we went to our boat and to our next destination, Barracuda Lake.Before we got there, we passed by Twin Peaks. Ate Leidy said that it was another snorkeling spot but since it was scorching hot, we decided not to go there and continue with our next destination. I didn’t get to take the picture of the other peak because our boat is moving and I might fall if I move farther away.
It took us several minutes to get to Barracuda Lake. The entrance to the Barracuda Lake was a lagoon like place just like on the previous place we’ve been. The area is much more quiet and we were the only group to go there at that time. The whole place is ours. You need to get across some rocks to be able to get to the lake. We trekked up the rocks and then down to reach the lake. There is also an entrance fee here but as with the others sights, Ate Leidy took care of it.
The place was very enchanting. Everything is peaceful. We hear our voices echo as we speak. The water was clean and inviting. As we dived in, we can see that it was very deep and mostly rocks are on the bottom. Our guide told us that it was called Barracuda Lake because there are barracudas at the bottom. It was creepy but since they don’t go up at the surface, we still swam. we enjoyed being alone in the area and after minutes of repeated diving, we all decided to go back to the boat to our next destination.
We went to Banol Beach next. It was a pretty beach where the natives, the Tagbanuas, are the care takers. Ate Leidy paid for our entrance fee there for the use of the huts. We relaxed there and swam at the shore. We were afraid to go far because there are a lot of sea urchins on the sea floor. It was quite disappointing since even if you are at the farthest part, the water is still knee deep. It was also very hot and the sun hurts our already burnt skin. We just enjoyed ourselves under the rocks and rested.
We stayed there until 3pm. We were supposed to go to CYC Beach next but Ate Leidy asked us if we wanted to proceed. She told us that the beach there is not that pretty anymore and people are getting the sand there for their own business. We decided to stay for a little while. It was sad that people destroy nature just to have lots of money. If the place was preserved then lots of people in the future could appreciate the place, but now, it will soon be gone.
Ate Leidy just decided to take us to a marine sanctuary so that we could snorkel around to replace the CYC Beach trip. It was several minutes away from Banol Beach and we stopped in the middle of the sea. The water in the area was so clean that you can see the coral reef. We dived and enjoyed the water since the sun was not that scorching anymore. I was taking pictures underwater when I freaked out at a sea urchin I found hiding in a rock like coral. I didn’t want to go back to the water after that. The rest enjoyed and just stayed away from the sea urchin I found.
We decided to go to our last destination for that day, Twin Lagoon, after we snorkeled. Again, it was several minutes boat ride going there. It was already afternoon and the sun is not that hot anymore and so, we enjoyed our ride going there.
The entrance of the Twin Lagoon, where the big lagoon is, is crowded with boats. There are a lot of people there when we arrived. Fortunately, it was low-tide and so, we can go under the gap in the rocks to go to the small lagoon. Before, you cannot reach the small lagoon if it was high tide but they have placed a ladder going up to get to the other side. There is an entrance fee, I think, on this place but Ate Leidy, again, took care of it.
At the side of the rocks, the water is not that deep but as you go further, it will suddenly become deep so we had our vests on as we went under the small tunnel to the small lagoon. It was quite tedious to swim because of the day-long activities but as we got to the other side, It was all worth it. It was beautiful and serene. If not for the noisy group of people, we would have really enjoyed it. They are actually disturbing the calmness of the place. I wish that they put up a rule that there should be no noise as you go there or maybe people should learn to respect the places they go to and enjoy it without disturbing anything.
We enjoyed the place for a while. The water is deep and I cannot see anything under. One of us saw a jellyfish under but it was already upside down, however, it was still alive. The water was cold and there are certain places that it gets a bit warm. The lagoon was all walled up and it seems like there is a kingdom from amongst those high rocks. We decided to go back after a while. We wanted to use the balsa or bamboo raft but unfortunately, some other group is already using it. We went back to the boat and soon, people are already leaving too. I secretly wished that we had arrived later so that all those people are already gone and we could have enjoyed the place for ourselves.
The trip back took several minutes and we got back to the port in Coron Town. Ate Leidy got us a tricycle to get us back to the lodge.
As we got back, we decided to swim at the lodge’s pool since it was still early for dinner. We enjoyed it since we are the only guests using it. Some of us ordered food at the small restaurant and some played chess and darts which are available there. After a while, we decided to take a shower and get ready for dinner.
We decided to try our luck again at Bistro but for the second time, no one accommodated us as we went there. We were wise enough to ask if there is a table available for the nine of us and there was none. I quickly suggested Kawayanan since the manong tricycle driver said it yesterday when we were looking for another place to stay. We went there and there are lots of chairs to fit all of us. At last, we could eat!
Kawayanan Grill Station is a restaurant that is just around Coron Town. They have a big place and they mostly served grilled or sizzling food. They have small huts and tables for different group of customers. They also have a television and some music playing. Most of the decorations are from recycled materials. There is a small souvenir shop besides the restaurant where you can buy shirts and other stuff.
We settled on a table where we could all fit. We ordered several food, Sisg, Ensaladang Talong, Tapsilog, Fish Steak, Grilled Liempo, etc. The service was good and the waiters and waitresses are always ready when you call them. We waited several minutes before our food is served. It was quick (compared to the night before) and the food was served to us hot. The taste was also good. The Grilled Liempo was a bit tough but the rest were all yummy. We already loved the place and decided it is one of the best place we’ve dined in.
After we eat and payed the bill (which is just cheap), we decided to walk back the lodge to rest. Ate Leidy said we should be up by 3am for the Safari Trip that we will have.