Coron Adventure: Town Tour, Mt. Tapyas, Maquinit Hot Spring

For our Coron trip, we chose to enjoy the tours privately. It’s a very tourist-y move, sure, but we figured we’ll enjoy the beautiful Coron better if it’s just the two of us. And we sure did. 🙂

We basically went here for the next 3 days, as this is where the pump boats are located. :)
We basically went here for the next 3 days, as this is where the pump boats are located. 🙂

Our Coron adventure kicked off after a hearty lunch at Coron Westown Resort. Our van and tour guide whisked us away to the town, for a visit to the souvenir shops first. There’s not much to see but lots of things to buy (cashew nuts!).

We headed to the Coron Baywalk after, which was pretty awesome. You could see the bay, the mountains, and Mt. Tapyas. 😀 Our tour guide also mentioned that there will be a zipline at the baywalk. See the cables above us in the photo? That’s part of the zipline course, which will run along the baywalk. 🙂

Hiiiii Coron!
Hiiiii Coron!

During the drive, we saw the municipal hall (?). Friends, correct me if I’m mistaken. Nothing to see here but this photo-worthy Coron sign.

We were caught by surprise. Wasn't ready for such a tiring hike!
We were caught by surprise. Wasn’t ready for such a tiring hike!

Before our trip to Coron, I read up on the places we’d visit. Most of the blogs mentioned that it would only be a “short trek” to Mt. Tapyas but it’s really not. Most especially if you don’t exercise and hate hiking.

Don't panic when you see people rushing ahead. Enjoy the view, drink up, and take your time!
Don’t panic when you see people rushing ahead. Enjoy the view, drink up, and take your time!

You need to conquer a total of 742 steps to get to the top, but what people are forgetting is that you need to climb down another 742 steps down. Climbing up will leave you breathless but the climb down is just as difficult. I thought I would tumble down nonstop if I miss a step.

The secret to enjoying the hike is taking a break every once in a while, enjoying the view, and drinking lots of water. Our tour guide also helped distract us, telling us the story of why it’s called Mt. Tapyas. According to him, there’s a part of the mountain that’s chipped. In local lingo… “natapyas.” 🙂

Hello, beautiful Coron islands.
Hello, beautiful Coron islands.

It was late afternoon when we began our hike so it wasn’t as exhausting. Imagine traversing the steps at 12 or 1 in the afternoon, right?

Don't worry, the railing's high. I just decided to step on the bench for a better backdrop. :D
Don’t worry, the railing’s high. I just decided to step on the bench for a better backdrop. 😀

With knees trembling, breath running 50 miles an hour, and sweat dripping down my back, we finally reached the peak of Mt. Tapyas! The view is awesome. Not only do you get a 360-view of the nearby islands but also a bird’s eye view of the town below.

Maquinit Hot Springs, baby!
Maquinit Hot Springs, baby!

After taking in the view and resting our weary legs, we climbed down and headed to our last stop for the day–the one I was looking forward to the most–Maquinit Hot Springs. The drive was long and bumpy. The roads would go up and down. It’s definitely a road best left to the professional drivers 😀

The sun was setting when we arrived at the hotsprings and it was packed with tour vans too. There’s Php150 entrance fee, but it’s included in the your package (if you do avail!) so all you have to do is grab your towel and head in!

The sea and a mangrove forest are just behind the hot springs!
The sea and a mangrove forest are just behind the hot springs!

This hot spring is unlike any hot spring I’ve been too before. For one, it’s saltwater! The tour guide said the water is actually heated by an underground volcano. I think since it’s nestled between hills and the bay, that’s how the “salt” gets in the water. It’s privately-owned too, with the owner building a rock pool to catch the water springing up from the ground.

So relaxing!
So relaxing!

A must when you visit Coron, it truly is the perfect way to cap off a day filled with walking and hiking. As soon as my feet touched the hot water, I could my muscles untangling, my body cocooned by a relaxing warmth only a natural hot spring can provide. <3 While I wanted to spend an hour in there, our tour guide warned us that 10-15 minutes is enough. You don’t want to get too hot that you start feeling faint.

With our clothes dripping wet and my body perfectly relaxed, we drove back to the hotel and enjoyed the pool. We slept early, ready for more adventures the next day. 🙂

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