Continuing on our Coron adventure, after Siete Pecados we geared for our next destination: the Kayangan Lake. The trip was very relaxing. The calm deep-blue waters surrounding us was refreshing. I enjoyed the view as we passed by several islets made up of limestones (see picture above). Very scenic talaga.
After a few minutes, we arrived in what looked like a hidden cove surrounded by beautiful massive limestone formations.
After our guide paid the entrance fee, we were given orientation by a young member of the Tagbanua tribe, one of the oldest tribes in the country. He showed us on a big map the different islands in the area. The Tagbanua people use the fees collected from tourist for the upkeep of the islands. I think it is good that the government of Palawan got the tribe actively involved in the tourism industry of the area. After all, it is considered as the tribe’s ancestral domain.
After the brief orientation, we had to climb a steep path. I did not bother to count the steps but I think more than a hundred sila. The steps are not concrete, the railings are either branches of trees or small wooden planks. Kailangan ng konting ingat.
Finally, we reached the “peak.” This small cave greeted us.
From the peak, you could see what I fondly call my favorite hidden cove 🙂
Ain’t it a picture-perfect view? Kulay pa lang ng tubig, superb na! No wonder why this part of Coron is perhaps one of the most photograph parts of the Philippines. We often see this in calendars, postcards, tourism websites, and TV commercials.
But wait, we haven’t reached Kayangan Lake yet. Patikim pa lang yan 🙂
From the “peak,” we descended on a steep trail.
The trail ends at the very scenic Kayangan Lake, a freshwater blue lagoon amidst big limestone cliffs.
Sarap lumangoy! Okay, that’s an exaggeration 😀 I really didn’t swim….because di naman talaga ako marunong lumangoy hehehe. Thankfully, we brought with us the lifevests provided by the boatmen. Then there was a long bamboo pole floating on the lake. Kinuha ito ng mga kasama ko then they made me hold on to it at itinulak nila ang bamboo pole kasabay ng paglangoy nila. Kaya hayun, nakarating ako sa gitna at na-enjoy ko yung lake. Salamat sa mga nagtulak ng bamboo hehehe.
Next stop: Barracuda Lake. I want to also include the trip tp Barracuda Lake in this post. But this already seems a long one. So sa susunod na lang.