Monday, February 29, 2016

Exploring the Lakes and Hot Springs of Coron, Palawan, Philippines By Beatrice Afra

There are many reasons people love Coron, a town in Palawan, Philippines. With its pristine beaches and lovely setting, it's not surprising that tourists from all over the world visit the town every year.
Coron has seven lakes. Kayangan Lake, the most famous lake in town, is said to be one of the cleanest lakes in Asia. Tourists will also find many islands with white beaches and clear blue waters, which are perfect for sun bathing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and shipwreck diving.
If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure, Coron Island is a must-visit destination. From its nationally acclaimed cleanest lake, Kayangan Lake, to its Forbes Traveler Magazine-listed Japanese sunken ships, Coron has many beautiful things to offer. Here are some of them:

Siete Pecados
Siete Pecados is a famous snorkeling spot in Coron. As celebrities from around the world visit the site, it has become even more popular. The legends of Siete Pecados have been told time and again. One of the popular legends is about the seven sisters who followed their parents to the main island. They drowned on their way and on the spot where they drowned appeared seven small islands.

Maquinit Hot Springs
After a fun day of adventure and delicious food, head to Maquinit Hot Springs and give yourself a soothing respite. Considered one of rarest hot springs in Asia, Maquinit Hot Springs feature a number of saltwater pools. It is about half an hour away from the town center and is at the hillside of Coron. Visitors will find it a delight to dip in the hot pool, with water that originates from the nearby mountain. The water's temperature, which ranges from 38-40 degrees Celsius, may make you feel a bit uncomfortable initially. As your body gets used to the temperature, however, you will relax and enjoy the experience. Tourists often visit the hot springs after taking the 700-step challenge at Mt. Tapyas. For many, there's no better way to end a beautiful day in town, but a dip at Maquinit Hot Springs to soothe tired muscles, joints, and bones.

Barracuda Lake
Twenty minutes away from Coron Island, you will see this impressive vista that's worth taking a photo of. What makes Barracuda Lake interesting, apart from being an excellent diving spot, is that the water changes from salt to fresh to brackish, depending on the depth that you're in. The significant water temperature shifts, which could reach up to 38°C, is noteworthy, too. Tour guides advise visitors to wear a good pair of footwear, as the 25m climb could be challenging and tiresome.
If you're tired of visiting crowded and noisy beaches, take the road less traveled. Visit Palawan and explore the beautiful lakes and hot springs of Coron.

Beatrice writes blogs for Hopping Buddies Travel & Tours, a registered travel agency in the Philippines that offers affordable packages to Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron, Boracay, and Cebu. Visit their website for more information on their packages, tours and other services.
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