Pink Panther Island Hopping and Snorkel Tours
This truly are great tours for everyone, whole day trips which provides a variety of experiences that showcases the natural beauty of Coron.
This tours starts with you all enjoying snorkeling and swimming at the famous beaches and Lagoons of Coron – look out for the fantastic corals, the small reef fish, the large pelagic fish and the occasional barracuda and turtle.
The next stop comprises a minor hiking activity for a swim at Kayangan Lake – one of the cleanest lakes in Asia. Enjoy a picnic lunch prepared at a nearby beach. Follow this up with a snorkel in the reefs of Twin Peaks reef.
Unveil the tranquil waters of the Hidden Lagoon surrounded by limestone rock formations before a relaxing cruise back to Coron.
Kayangan Lake is one of two lakes in Coron island (out of 8 lakes) that are open to the public. There is a steep 10-15 minute uphill climb of approximately 300 steps towards the inland lake. Midway through the climb is a view deck overlooking the lagoon. For those that do not want to climb 300 steps, an alternative is the nearby Barracuda Lake which only has 30-40 steps. Kayangan Lake, dubbed the ‘cleanest lake in the Philippines’, is surrounded by a karst scenery of limestone cliffs and guarded maintained by Tagbanua tribesmen. Kayangan Lake is 70% freshwater and 30% salt water. One may choose to swim or snorkel in the lake, or simply float around in a life jacket.
Barracuda Lake, which is near Kayangan Lake, is one of two lakes (out of 8 lakes) in Coron island that is open to the public. To get to the lake, from the landing platform there are 30-40 wooden steps meandering through the jagged limestone cliff surrounding the lake. The entrance of Barracuda Lake, however, is very small, and only a handful of people can be accommodated at the wooden platform at the mouth of the lake. During peak season when there are lots of visitors, the entrance can get very crowded. It is therefore advised to leave your things in the boat and only bring your swimming gear, as there is no place to put your bags inside the lake, unlike in Lake Kayangan where there is a long wooden platform and some seating area. The Barracuda Lake is composed of brackish water, a combination of fresh and salt water. The lake is known for it’s unique thermo-clines.
Twin Peaks, another possible destination during the Pink Panther Island Hopping Tour, is also a rich snorkeling ground.
The whole island of Coron and its surrounding islands are preserved and marine life is lush and abundant.
Banol Beach is a small stretch of sandy white beach and usually where lunch is served during Pink Panther Island Hopping Tours. Banol Beach is a public beach, and similar to the beaches in Coron island, is surrounded by a majestic backdrop of limestone cliffs.
One must be warned, however, that as of the moment there are no toilets or bathrooms in Banol beach or in any of the Pink Panther Island Hopping Tour destinations except for a makeshift toilet in Kayangan Lake. If you are riding a bigger boat, the boat might have a small built-in ‘bathroom’.
Maquinit Hot Springs
Maquinit Hot Springs is a very popular and not to miss attraction in Coron. This magnificent hot spring site is situated right amidst the beauty of hillside area. The Maquinit Hot Spring is the only saltwater hot spring in Philippines. The pool is completely filled with salt water coming directly from a nearby mountain. The temperature of the water varies from 30 to 40 degree Celsius. Visitors may feel the water too hot but once the body settles into the groove with the temperature, it become very soothing and relaxing. It is said that the water of this hot spring has therapeutic properties and it soothes the body. The entire site is surrounded by mangroves and rocks making it a delight for eyes. The views of the area are best during sunset and sunrise.