Before venturing off to islands or coves, it is best to cover all exposed skin with insect-repellant. Especially in kayangan lake. The sights are breathtaking and you wouldn't want the moment to be ruined by stings of dragon-sized mosquitoes.
let yar eyes roll over... around the area..
on the shore, right at the beachfront, there could be sting ray resting their exhausted tail almost on the shore. There was an incident when a girl was just walking out of the water.. literally walking on the shore after a few seconds..when she suddenly fell on the sand crying hard and.. she could not stand anymore. She stepped on a sting ray. NOw, she is paralyzed.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Barracuda Lake, Sea Urchin, Unsafe Boats
Barracuda lake - be informed that the limestone that you need to hike is sharp, steep and slippery. The wooden handles are not fortified.
Sea Urchin - There are a lot around siete pecados, and Kalachuchi. Sarap kainin! Masakit ma-sting! Some are also around Twin Lagoon so be careful.
Unsafe Boats - Be sure to have enough life jackets. The water is deep and if you are not a good swimmer it'll be dangerous to go island hopping without it.
if you plan to trek atop Mt. Tapias 4pm onwards, do bring flashlights if you can as some lightposts may not be turned on (or simply not working) as you descend the mountain at dusk. this could be quite hazardous if you are not gifted with a batlike night vision. =)
Hard Rock Disco
For me, it is not a good idea to spend your night on this Disco bar. Especially for tourists because of security reasons. I am exploring the town to see some good place to party and because of its proximity to Sea diver I tried this one. I am very disappointed because everything is in chaos, no mirror, bad smelling and nothing fancy insideI noticed that it is the haven of local thugs but for the sake of experience I ordered 1 bottle of San miguel light and watched everything closely around me. Some are staring at me maybe because I am the only one drinking San miguel Light and they are drinking Mucho Red horse beer maybe. Everyone is very aggressive. And 30 minutes after 2 women started fighting each other at the dance floor and their Male friends hopped in and joined the brawl. I went to the far side of the disco house immediately and watched the staff trying to pacify everyone. I called the waitress and paid my bill and I heard shouting again ad I stepped outside. Go to Subasco the newly opened Disco Bar in town instead.
SHELLS-YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!
Please don't try to take shells off of the island as they will be confiscated at the airport. All bags are thoroughly searched for these rare shells and if caught you may receive a fine , anything from 10,000 to 1,000,000 pesos and a jail sentence of 6-12 years. At the airport you can see a list of rare shells and a box containing all the confiscated shells. Philippines is one of the countries that has a large amount of rare shells so collectors and souvenir hunters, BE WARNED
WEAR LONG TROUSERS ON MOTORBIKE
There are some nasty bugs in the Philippines and while motorbiking around the island i felt a sudden pain in my groin, and before i could stop my bike i felt another sharp pain.No time for modesty, i stopped the motorbike and took off my shorts and shook them around to find nothing, but on my groin there was a deep red mark which developed into a one inch blister after 30 minutes. By the time i returned to the GH at night the center of the bite/sting had turned whitish/yellow with the build up of puss and it was swollen all around the area, perhaps 3 inches in circumference. Fortunately over the next few days it slowly got better, but even now , 10 days later there is still a white mark on my skin. So i advise you to wear long pants while riding a bike which should prevent incidents like this from happening.
I might add that i have bee bitten by different types of bee, ants, centipedes but never experienced this before , and don't know who is the culprit!
WEAR A HELMET or FACE A FINE
In Coron Town i noticed that very few people wear a helmet while riding their motorbikes, but sometimes the police are on the outskirts of town stopping riders without helmets. I believe that the fine for this is around 400 pesos so when renting a bike ask for a helmet. All motor bike rental agencies have helmets for the tourists.
RELIEVE YOURSELF BEFORE CLIMBING MOUNT TAPYAS
It is 730 steps to the top of Mount Tapyas and takes 30-60 minutes depending how fit you are, but make sure that you perform your "morning constitutional" before you start climbing because the toilets that are about one third of the way up are completely destroyed. I needed to use them but the toilet bowls were completely broken, no water, debris, and there was sh*t everywhere among the ruined toilets, even wooden 2X3s to prevent you from entering. The area each side of the steps is clear and devoid of trees which makes it impossible to relieve oneself.
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DRINKS ARE COLD
We went on a day trip from Coron by boat which included lunch but unfortunately when it came time to eat the coke and water was at normal air temperature as there was no cooler with ice, so make sure when booking your day trip that cold drinks will be available.
Be careful while walking around as the whole of the seafront in Coron is full of rubbish and is impossible to swim in town. Many of the houses built on stilts the sewage goes directly in to the sea. Some places you must hold your nose while walking around.
DON't CHOOSE ACCOMMODATION NEXT TO ROOSTERS
Just check the neighbourhood out before you choose your hotel and make sure that there are no roosters in the area because if you are not used to them you will be kept awake with the cocka-doodle -doo in the early hours of the morning.
Filipinos love cock fights and many of the locals have a 100 roosters or more on their property. You can see the small houses that they keep their fighting cocks in when walking around the town
THE ROAD TO THE HOT SPRINGS
If you rent a motorbike to visit the hot springs which are 5 kms east of the town be very careful because there is a sheer drop at the side of the narrow road and you may end up lying in someone's backyard, especially if vehicles are coming from the other direction in the middle of the road. I talked to a few of the locals and many drunken motorbike and trike drivers have ended up going over the edge.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH FUEL
If you rent a motorbike be warned that outside Coron there are no petrol stations, only a few stores that sell fuel in 1 liter coke bottles, so fill up before you leave or you may find yourself pushing the bike for a few kms.
CLIMBING MOUNT TAPYAS
The best time to climb Mt Tapyas is before dawn, perhaps at 5 am or late afternoon, maybe around 6 pm. Be aware that there are over 730 steps and if you are elderly or have a medical condition you should think twice about doing this. I am a fairly active 60+yr old who can jog 4 kms each day but i did have to stop for a few breathers on the way up. I actually started the climb at 7 am and most of the people were already descending. There are rest huts on the way up but many of them have no roof due to the typhoon Yolanda that caused so much destruction. I would bring water as there is nowhere tp buy water on the climb.
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