PNP, POLICE STATION
You can see the police station about 200 meters after Rizal Street as you head along the National Highway to the port. I noticed a distinct lack of policeman in Coron Town, not sure if there is less crime here or the police just hang around the police station.
The City Hall, Fire Station and other town's government building are all located in a block adjacent to the National Highway between Burgos Street and Rizal Street. Around the building are many trees which provide shade for the government workers
WALK ALONG THE COASTAL ROAD
The Coastal Road is a small road that leads from the highway to the Cemetery, just west of the center of town. You will see the houses built on stilts, bangkas, and how the people live. Great for photography too.Related to:
While walking around the town you may see the electricity lines hooked up to posts and meters in a way that we would not see in our own countries. Also people hook up their own lines illegally to the supply. So many fires are started in the Philippines due to faulty electrical lines.
I WOULD HARDLY CALL THIS A PARK
As parks go Lualhati is the worst one i have ever seen so don't expect to see a blade of grass, beautiful shrubs and flowers. All you will find is a few palms, and some benches where you can sit, the rest is concrete. Admittedly it is fine to sit there when the sun is going down and view the ocean, and possibly see the zip-liners on the eyesore that is built on two towers over the water, but 4 days in Coron we never met anyone who saw the zipline being used.
And of course no park would be complete without basketball nets for the teenagers to enjoy
ENJOY A HALO HALO
All over town, particularly down the side streets you will see locals selling halo halo, which is a drink made with shaved ice, evaporated milk and dried fruits as well as other ingredients. In a restaurant this will cost around 80 pesos but the locals sell it from their stalls for as little as 20 pesos. It may not be as good as the restaurant variety but it is refreshing and will quench your thirst on a hot day.
CORON TOWN CEMETERY
The cemetery has increased in size since my last visit 24 years ago and suffered some typhoon damage from Yolanda. Some folks just have a simple wooden cross while others have tombs with a roof. You can reach the cemetery by walking along the Coastal Road, just 10 minutes from the town center.
CHOOSING A TOUR
With so many tour operators in Coron Town it may become confusing which tour to take, but most operators go to all the main places and the price is more or less the same. Here is a list of the more interesting places.
Kayangan Lake on Coron Island------really beautiful natural setting amd great to swim in this salt water lake.
Barracuda Lake---more interesting if you are a diver as the water is in layers of fresh, salty, brackish and also variations in temperature which can go as high as 38 degrees. Jagged cliffs, ideal for spelunkers. (no Barracuda here)
Siete Picados---- seven islands that are protected a few kms from Coron Town----good coral and marine life although some coral has been destroyed by typhoon Yolanda.
Calauit Safari Park---tours leave before 4 am in the morning for the 4 hr boat ride to Calauit so you will reach there in time to feed the giraffes. There are around 30 different animals here and a bus tors you around the island. President Marcos imported the animals from Africa to amuse his son
COVES, BEACHES and LAGOONS
With so many tour operators in the town of Coron who send boats to all the nearby islands it seems that each beach, cove or lagoon is given a name so you will come across blue lagoons, green lagoons, hidden lagoons plus various beaches and coves, most of them will have some native huts on them so the tourists can have a seat in some shade. Most of the beaches are similar, even the lagoons.
I would visit a few tour operators to find out what interests you and perhaps just choose two different tours as i feel that that will be enough, but if you are a diver there is a host of different reefs, shipwrecks to visit.
ATWAYAN BEACH FOR LUNCH
Atwayan Beach on Coron Island was the place where our tour boat decided to stop and have lunch, but although it is a beautiful place with a lovely sandy beach there were too many bangkas anchored there as it is a popular lunch stop. Our boatman was already grilling the fish onboard so by the time we arrived the fish were ready.
There were several native huts where the tourists had their picnic, and the tables were cleaned quickly for the next group to arrive. The tranquility of this beautiful place was ruined by a boatload of local teenagers who insisted on playing loud music from their boom box.
Although our lunch was plentiful---crabs, fish, vegetables, mango and rice accompanied by drinks that were not chilled we spotted that people on other tourist boats were dining on lobster and meat so you may want to check out what lunch the tour operator provides before booking your trip.
SWIMMING IN THE GREEN LAGOON
We took a day tour with El Compass Travel & Tours, and one of the 6 places they stopped at was the Green Lagoon on Coron Island. The water was an amazing color and you could see right to the sandy bottom. There were a few fish to see nearer the cliff if you decided to do some snorkeling.
Nearby the green lagoon was also a blue lagoon.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
TRY CATCH A DEADLY FISH WITH YOUR HANDS
While snorkeling i saw this friendly little fellow laying in the sand and he did not seem to mind much when i took him out of the water. After a few minutes i put him back in the sea and he expelled all the water and returned to his normal size. The puffer fish was like holding a balloon full of water, and are very poor swimmers and can quickly increase several time in size which makes them unattractive to prey. Puffer fish contain a deadly toxin, enough to kill 30 human beings, but in Japan this is a delicacy and only certain chefs can cut up this fish and remove the toxin.
DISAPPOINTING SNORKELING AT THE CORAL GARDEN
One of the stops on our tour took as to The Coral Garden which was a huge disappointment as there were very few fish and 90% of the coral had been destroyed. The Coral Garden is just off of CYC Island and certainly not worth the money to rent a mask and snorkel . Suggest that you take a tour that does not include this place.
SWIM AT CYC ISLAND
Many tours will take you to CYC Island and the boat will anchor there for the best part of an hour. The island is only about 100 meters in diameter but has a small white sandy beach which is good for swimming. CYC stands for Coron Yacht Club but as there is nothing at all on the island i cannot understand why it is named as such.
THE POLITICIANS ARE ALL THERE
Between the town and the port you will see a huge poster of the local politicians--- Love them or hate them they are all there.
Chico Alvarez, Congressman whose father owns many properties in Palawan ,and a representative of the first district of Palawan (his father, not Chico)
Dennis Socrates, Vice Governor,
Fems Reyes mayor, whose husband is Joel Reyes, wanted for murder and disappeared in hiding 3 years ago, and the mayor says she has no idea where he is! DO YOU BELIEVE IT?
Jose Alvarez, Governor, 65 year old ex-logger
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