Once you get to the Francisco B. Reyes airport in Coron and upon arriving at your hotel, you will probably be handed flyers offering island hopping tours. Because we planned on having some R&R on our own pace (and avoid the rush of a planned tour with strangers), my husband and I decided to get a boat of our own. We rented one for P1,500.
In the morning, we walked to the market to meet our tour guide, ate Rowena. We bought what needed for the day. A kilo of fish for P110, 3/4 kilo squid for P100, rice, spices and other ingredients for P130, bananas for P40, drinks for P150, and coal for P30. A lunch of fresh seafood for five people at P560. Not bad at all!
We got to the docks and met our boatmen Jun2x a.k.a. kapitan and Edison. We also rented two sets of goggles and snorkels for P240.
Our first stop was Siete Pecados, which literally means “seven sins”. There is a tale about seven daughters who swam in the waters against their parents’ will. These seven daughters drowned, later on sprouting as seven islets which we now know as Siete Pecados. The marine park is one of Coron’s most famous. However, after the strike of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in November 2013, the corals have been destroyed. Hopefully, they can rehabilitate the corals and restore them back to their original beauty.
Next stop was Kayangan Lake, dubbed as the cleanest lake in the country.
This would be one of my favorites in Coron. I was in utter awe of what beauty God is able to create. No matter how I try, I cannot even put in words how beautiful this lake is. Pictures can’t even do justice.
One advantage of renting your own boat is you get to decide how long you want to stay in one destination. We spent the rest of our morning in Kayangan Lake, enjoying its beauty both above and under water. Look at those rock formations. Oh so beautiful!
We went back to our boat surprised that kapitan had already cooked our food on the boat for us. We were all the more pleased at how good of a cook he was! We enjoyed our delicious meal at Smith’s Beach.
Our third and last stop was the Skeleton Wreck. The Skeleton Wreck is a 25m wreck. It’s a popular spot for snorkelling and diving. In the picture is Edison free diving to about 5m deep.
A typical island hopping tour usually has an itinerary of four to five destinations. But because the sun was scorching hot, we decided to call it a day.
– Here’s the cost of entrance fees per destination per person:
Siete Pecados P 100
Kayangan Lake P 200
Smith’s Beach P 100
Skeleton Wreck P 100
– Start your tour early. I would say 6am is the best time to speed off to your first stop.
– Finish your tour early as well. This will give you time to enjoy the town and get enough rest to be energized for the next day.