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Coron: Siete Pecados

We started our second day in Coron with a hearty breakfast. Then we set out to Coron’s pier which is just beside the market. There were many boats waiting for passengers. The boat assigned to us had newly painted seats. It was clean. It was manned by two young men.

It was a sunny morning. I felt like bouncing upon the fluffy, white cotton ball-like clouds that gorgeously embellished the blue Coron skies. “Such a great day for island hopping,” I thought to myself.

Our first destination was Siete Pecados. It is just a few minutes away from the town proper. In fact, you can see some of the islets from the Maquinit Hot Spring.

The Siete Pecados is a cluster of 7 islets. It literally means “seven sins.” Kung bakit tinawag na ganun iyon ay hindi ko alam hehehe. According to one legend, there were seven sisters who went swimming against their mother’s wishes. Ang nangyari, they all drowned. Parusa raw sa kanila. Afterwards, seven small islands rose from the sea. Another legend tells of a kind-heartchieftain who asked God for something to honor his 7 daughters. And so seven islets sprouted from the sea.

The Siete Pecados is one of the best snorkeling spots in Coron. It is rich in marine life: corals and a wide variety of schools of fish. Be sure to bring some bread with you 😉 Some boatmen are thoughtful enough to bring ropes with them, so even those who cannot swim can hold on to the rope for dear life while snorkeling hehehe. Watch out, however, for some occasional strong undercurrents. Nung pumunta kami, malakas ang current. The boatmen had second thoughts letting us out into the water.

Next post, we will visit the Kayangan and Barracuda Lakes.

Posted 7 years, 5 months ago at 11:20 am.


Coron: The Maquinit Hot Spring

Sa lahat po ng nag-greet sa akin nung birthday ko, ipinaaabot ko ang aking taus-pusong pasasalamat. Thank you for your prayers and wishes.

Now, on to our next vacation destination: the Maquinit Hot Spring, still in the town of Coron in Palawan.

The Maquinit Hot Spring is just about 5 km east of the Coron town proper. You can reach the hot spring by tricycle. Fare is 35Php per person. You can arrange for the driver to wait for you if you won’t be staying long. Or you can ask him to fetch you on a particular time.

The Maquinit Hot Spring has two small and one wide pools with hot saltwater that sooths your tired muscles. After enjoying sunset in Mt. Tapyas, pamper your tired feet here 🙂 It is the only saltwater hot spring in the country, sabi ng caretaker, hehehe. It is said that during World War II, some Japanese soldiers set up a camp in this part of Coron to rest for a few days and mend their wounds. The temperature of the saltwater in Maquinit Hot Spring can reach 40 degrees Celsius.

Since the hot spring is located on the shorefront, at the entrance of mangrove-filled Coron harbor, it offers a great view of what’s in store for you as you explore more of Coron.

Next post, we’ll go island hopping in Coron!

Posted 7 years, 6 months ago at 11:31 am.


Welcoming Another 365 Days

Another set of 365 days is over. A new set of 365 days is beginning.

Thank you, God, for the gift of life.

Posted 7 years, 6 months ago at 2:43 pm.


Conquering Mt. Tapyas

I am continuing my posts on some great vacation spots I have recently been to, in the hope that you will be inspired to fill your piggy banks, pack your things, explore the Philippines, and commune with nature. Last month, I featured my trip to Boracay via the roll-on roll-off system. Today, I will be taking you to Mt. Tapyas, one of the most visited spots in the town of Coron in Palawan.

Mt. Tapyas is one of the mountains in Busuanga. It is easy to get to the start of its trail. When you are in Coron, all you have to do is ride a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to Mt. Tapyas. It will cost you only 8 pesos. The jump-off point to the mountain is a flight of steps beside a basketball court.

Now, the hard part hehehe. You have to climb 700 plus concrete stairs to get to the summit. Kaya mag-stretching muna bago umakyat, okay? 🙂 It is actually a good cardio exercise hehehe. But don’t you worry, there are shaded stops where you can rest.

Pagdating sa itaas, sulit lahat ng pagod ninyo. On Mt. Tapyas’ summit sits a very spacious view deck which offers a stunning view of Coron as well as other nearby islands.

The summit of Mt. Tapyas is also home to a big cross which stands more than 2,000 feet above sea level.

On the other side of the mountain is a sprawling grassy and hilly area. Masarap maglakad-lakad at magpa-picture 🙂

Mt. Tapyas offers a spectacular view of sunrise and sunset in Coron. So the best time to go there is before sunrise or before sunset. We went there in the morning. Pero medyo na-late konti ang akyat namin so when we got to its peak, hindi na masyadong kita ang kagandahan ng sunrise. Remember to bring water and wear something light and comfortable.

(On my next posts, I will explore more of Coron.)

Posted 7 years, 6 months ago at 11:05 am.