5 must-visit places in Coron, Palawan

By Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 12 2014 05:00 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2014 12:06 AM

Looking for a place in the Philippines to visit in summer next year, or even during the lean months? Make sure that Coron is part of your list.

Located in the province of Palawan, Coron is known for its crystal clear waters, powder white sand and marine biodiversity, making it ideal for nature lovers, photographers and people who want to break away from the buzz of city life.

During a familiarization tour organized by Club Paradise Resort in Dimakya Island and Skyjet, ABS-CBNnews.com and selected members of the media were given a tour of some of the must-visit places in Coron.

Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake is accessible by a steep 300-step climb. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Dubbed as the cleanest lake in the country, Kayangan Lake is one of Coron’s most photographed attractions. Surrounded by limestone cliffs, the lake is a mix of freshwater and saltwater, making it a great place to swim.

Kayangan Lake is a great place for swimming. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

The scenic view is well worth the steep 300-step climb, which can get quite slippery.

Banol Beach

Banol Beach is perfect for lazy afternoons. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Small and peaceful, Banol Beach is ideal for picnics and lazy afternoons.

Enjoy a meal at Banol Beach. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Twin Lagoon

The path leading to Twin Lagoon. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

The Twin Lagoon is divided by a huge limestone wall. Boats can dock at the first lagoon, while the second one can be accessed by going under a small crevice (or climbing a ladder over the rock during high tide).

Make sure to wear your life jackets as the Twin Lagoon is around 60 meters deep, according to our guide. The water here is brackish, which is said to be the reason behind the changing temperatures.

Siete Pecados Marine Park

One of the seven islets at Siete Pecados Marine Park. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Siete Pecados Marine Park is teeming with marine life and is a wonderful place for snorkeling and diving.

This place is enough reason to buy an underwater camera.

Make sure to bring an underwater camera when heading to Siete Pecados so you can go beyond this photo. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Maquinit Hot Spring

The Maquinit Hot Spring is divided into two areas. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Said to be the only saltwater hot spring in the Philippines, Maquinit Hot Spring is surrounded by trees, rock formations, mangroves and cottages.

The water at the Maquinit Hot Spring has a temperature of 39 to 40 degrees Celsius. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

The water has a temperature of 39 to 40 degrees Celsius, according to our guide, and is a great way to relax after a long day of island hopping.