Kayangan Lake: Everything to Know Before Exploring Palawan’s Natural Jewel
While Palawan boasts its pristine beaches, making it the best island in the world, it also has picture-perfect lakes that will take your breath away. One of the most famous is Kayangan Lake in Coron.
Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs dotted with greenery, Kayangan is the cleanest lake in the Philippines and one of the cleanest in Asia. The water is so clear that you can see through to the rock formations beneath the surface.
About Kayangan Lake
Here’s a Kayangan Lake trivia: It is one of two lakes in Coron (out of 8 lakes) that are open to the public. The lake is 70% freshwater and 30% saltwater, making it ideal for swimming.
Before reaching the famous tourist spot, you need to take a steep 10-15 minutes uphill climb of approximately 300 steps towards the inland lake. It might be challenging but the trek is so worth it. Midway through the climb is a view deck overlooking the picturesque lagoon which is perfect for the ‘gram.
What’s inside this blog?
- Kayangan Lake History
- Things to do in Kayangan Lake
- Other places to visit in Coron
- Where to stay in Coron
- How to get to Kayangan Lake
- Dos and Don’ts in Kayangan Lake
- Frequently Asked Questions About Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake History
Kayangan Lake is the ancestral domain of the indigenous people, Tagbanua, who are referred to as the guardians of Coron.
The Tagbanua believe in panyain or spirits that dwell in nature, including the lakes, trees and the seas, like Kayangan Island. They hold to various sacred and conservation-related practices relating to resource use. For example, certain areas are protected as fish sanctuaries or sacred sites where the giant, human-like octopus (panlalabyut) are believed to dwell, and which may bring harm on anyone who trespasses in the area.
During World War II, the Japanese used the area as a naval base, and many of the ships were sunk by the Americans, which has now become popular dive sites.
Things to do in Kayangan Lake
Here are some of the best activities you must try for a fun Kayangan Lake tour.
Since Kayangan is made of 70% freshwater, it is ideal for swimming. The water is inviting. It’s warm in some parts and cold in others.
Another amazing and thrilling thing to do in Kayangan Island is freediving. You’ll see one of the country’s most beautiful underwater worlds. The Kayangan Lake depth is said to be around 20 feet. But if you decide on freediving, make sure to be cautious at all times and follow the rules to avoid unwanted circumstances.
If you don’t want to ditch your life vest, don’t worry. You can still enjoy its underwater view by snorkeling. What makes snorkeling in Kayangan more exciting is that the water is so clear that you can already see beneath through the surface.
4. Picture taking
Oh what’s a trip to Kayangan Lake Coron Island without picture taking? Since Kayangan is picture-perfect in all corners, you’ll never run out of backgrounds for the ‘gram.
Other places to visit in Coron
Here are some other beautiful spots in Coron that you can visit for a more fun trip.
1. Barracuda Lake
This is one of Palawan’s best scuba diving spots. The water of the Barracuda Lake is a combination of freshwater and saltwater, which is why divers can experience temperature shifts from cold to warm.
2. Twin Lagoons
Also known as hidden lagoons, Twin Lagoons offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you shouldn’t miss. The lagoons are essentially two small lakes that have been created inside limestone cliffs that meet the picturesque turquoise water. When the tide is low, the surface of the water lays below a beautiful limestone archway, where you can swim through to the other lagoon. As you swim, you’ll pass through warm and cold spots that just add to the strangely wonderful experience. This is a must-visit spot near Kayangan Lake Coron Island.
3. Malcapuya Island
One of the best places to visit in Coron is Malcapuya Island. You can enjoy the sun and just laze all day on the fine white powdery sand of the island. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to enjoy the beach all to yourself!
4. Coral Garden
If amazing corals and colorful fishes interest you, you can never go wrong with one of the most popular Coron, Palawan tourist spots—Coral Garden. This is the best place to experience snorkeling because it is home to rich biodiversity. You can snorkel here to see colorful anemones, clownfish, and brightly colored reef fish by the hundreds. If you are an experienced diver and want to go deeper, this site offers depths of 131 feet that are totally surrounded by protected reef life offering the most crystal clear dive experience you may have ever had. But before you dive, you need to present your Advanced Open Water certification to come here.
5. Maquinit Hot Spring
After a full (or half) day of touring the town, a good way to relax is to have a dip in a hot spring. Unlike usual hot springs of freshwater, Maquinit is a natural saltwater hot spring and is actually one of the few in the world. This is one of the must-visit Coron, Palawan tourist spots if you want a different kind of relaxation.
Where to stay in Coron
From budget to luxurious hotels, we’ve listed some of the top accommodations you can book in Coron.
- Jims Castle Inn
Address: Nueva St, Coron Town Proper, Coron, Palawan
Price starts from P550/night
- Haven 1916 Bed and Breakfast
Address: Nueva St, Coron Town Proper, Coron, Palawan
Price starts from P1,000/night
- Corto del Mar Hotel
Address: Commiseria Street Barangay 1, Coron Town Proper, 5316 Coron
Price starts from P5,500/night
- Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel
Address: National Road, Barangay Tagumpay, Palawan, Coron Town Proper, 5316 Coron,
Price starts from P6,000/night
- Club Paradise Palawan
Address: Dimakya Island, Coron, Northern Palawan
Price starts from P9,500/night
How to get to Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake location is in Coron, Palawan. To get there, take a flight to Busuanga. From the airport, ride a shuttle to Coron town. Take the Coron Island loop boat tour, which includes Kayangan Lake. Before reaching the famous tourist spot, you need to take a steep 10-15 minutes uphill climb of approximately 300 steps towards the inland lake.
Dos and Don’ts in Kayangan Lake
- Always wear a life vest.
- Don’t swim in the prohibited areas. Avoid the deeper part and do not go on your own or out of sight of your companions or the local guides.
- Always follow the rules.
- Keep the place clean. Leave nothing but footprints.
Frequently Asked Questions About Kayangan Lake
Q: How do you get to Kayangan Lake?
A: Kayangan Lake location is in Coron, Palawan. To get there, take a flight to Busuanga. From the airport, ride a shuttle to Coron town. Take the Coron Island loop boat tour, which includes Kayangan Lake. Before reaching the famous tourist spot, you need to take a steep 10-15 minutes uphill climb of approximately 300 steps towards the inland lake.
Q: Is Kayangan Lake salt water?
A: It’s a mix of salt and freshwater. It’s the clearest and cleanest lake in the country.
Q: Is there an entrance fee in Kayangan Lake?
A: Yes. The Kayangan Lake entrance fee is P300 ($6) per person as of writing.
Q: Is it safe to swim in Kayangan Lake?
A: It’s safe to swim in Kayangan Lake. make sure to always be cautious and wear your life vest.
Q: Where to go in Coron Palawan?
A: Check out these beautiful spots in Coron that you can visit:
- Kayangan Lake
- Twin Lagoons
- Barracuda Lake
- Malcapuya Island
- Coral Garden
- Siete Pecados
- Mt. Tapyas
- Calauit Island Safari
- Skeleton Wreck
- Bulog Dos Island
- Banana Island
- Maquinit Hot Spring
Q: Is Coron, Palawan open for tourists?
A: Coron, Palawan is eyeing to welcome more local tourists outside the province beginning December 1. The development came days after Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez said in a public briefing that the municipality will only reopen to local tourists when it is finally cleared of the coronavirus.
Source: Manila Bulletin
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