CORON UNDERWATER | Kayangan Lake
Part II Underwater Adventure
Coron Island is famous for its many lakes, most of it is sacred to the Tagbanua's which takes pride as having Coron as their ancestral domain. Being that most of its lake is sacred, there are only a few lakes that are open to the public. I bet, if one is to immerse in the culture of the Tagbanua's, they can open a lot of off beaten paths in Coron.
One thing that would distinguish Kayangan Lake from all the other sites in Coron Island is that this is the only location that doubles the price for its entrance, you have to pay a hefty tag of Php 200.00 before hiking up the hill to the other side, one can't also come in without carrying for themselves a life jacket. Other locations do have entrance fee, for a price of Php 100.00, the Tagbanua's use this for community development. There are no tables on it, only a ramp that would let you roam the sides of the lake, so do not bring much of your belongings, it will only burden you.
Kayangan Lake is perhaps the most famous among the lakes of Coron. Just entering the Kayangan Bay with the lagoon and its crystal clear water is an experience to behold. I could compare it to Harry Potter as a first year in Hogwarts, riding a boat over a lake approaching the majestic towers of Hogwarts for the first time. Of course it was a night scene, and my approach to Kayangan Bay is in broad daylight, I just like to make allusion into as it would've felt the same way.
Make no mistake, the place where most tourist boats are dock for entrance is called Kayangan Bay, its a lagoon that had been photographed many times by visitors for its scenic beauty. One will have to climb a steep trail to go over a hill to enter the Kayangan Lake, dubbed as "The cleanest lake in the Philippines", it was for a good and obvious reason. Entering Kayangan Bay, the limestone cliffs, the clear waters that can be mistaken for looking shallow is actually not. Waters with clear blue azure reflecting the sky.
The water is so clear that you can see the bottom of it even after 20 to 30 ft deep, a mix of fresh and salt water, and perhaps there are fishes that are endemic only here. What I like about lakes is that they have the tendency to have their own endemic creatures living in it, animal species that had been trapped and are forced to adapt to the lakes environment, a sub specie that can never be found anywhere. Of course evolution takes millions of years just like how time had carve the landscape that was Coron. I can only imagine a strong earth's crust movement that would've trusts these limestone sediments upward, and with exposure to elements, time had shape Coron to what it is today, a beauty of natural creation.
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