CORON | Banol Beach
A trip to Coron is not complete without taking a taking the Coron Loop Tour, its called lope simply because the tour destinations consist of locations surrounding the big island of Coron, ancestral domain of the Tagbanua tribal community. Each location requires an entrance fee at a regular price of Php 100 except for the Kayangan Lake which is Php 200.00
The Banol Beach is very much accessible, the location is perfect as it is right smack in the middle of other can't be miss island hopping destinations in the Island. You may have heard already, but its regular that tourist take their lunch in Banol Beach. A small stretch of fine white sand beach, filled with overhanging limestone rocks carve by the beach waters, and palm trees giving a shade to an otherwise expose beach. As with anywhere in Coron, the waters take that Azure colors reflecting the sky, you'll literally feel like your in paradise.
On this Coron Loop tour, Banol Beach is our 4th destination. I feel glad that my travel buddy and I decided to take this trip on our own, meaning just the 2 of us as guest. It's nice to join group tours as you'll be able to meet other guest and make friends with others, but since the fee is Php 1,500 for the entire day, we took to our own not wanting to wait for dilly dallying guest and would also allow us time to explore the island at our own pace. At the end of the day, I could say that Coron didn't let me down.
There is a reason why an underwater camera is needed when touring the last frontier, its would be obvious in the pictures. Good thing though I was using a filter in my camera against the sun's glare. It was a cloudy day, with strong Amihan winds blowing. It was a letdown that the Amihan winds didn't allow us a good safe passage to the open sea to visit Malcapuya and Banana Island, it would have been a nice addition to my trips. The next time I intend to visit, I have to keep tab of the impending weather forecast.
Coron island is a good 30 minutes away from the town Centro of Coron which is actually included in the big Island of Busuanga. Coron can be seen from the peak of Mt Tapyas, looking like a big chunk of mossy limestone island with sharp spires reaching upwards. The hills that you can see in some of the photos is the island of Busuanga itself where Coron town centro and pier is located.
Coron Loop tour is a must as it consist of visiting locations like small island group (Siete Picados), magnificent lakes, fine white sand beaches, a good number of sunken ships (world war 2 relics), and beautiful hidden lagoons.
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