Coron Adventure Day 2: Twin Lagoon, Atwayan Beach, Kayangan Lake, Coral Garden, CYC Beach

Can you see how excited we are to begin our Coron-venture? :)
Can you see how excited we are to begin our Coron-venture? 🙂

Although we had achy legs from the previous day’s tiring hike, we were eager to get some much needed beach time. We made sure to have a filling breakfast, as we knew it would be an exhausting day. Our van picked us up from the hotel and took us to the pier, where our tour guide the previous day was waiting for us. (There’s no guarantee you’ll get the same tour guide every day but we liked ours, so we requested that they let him be our tour guide again :D)

Having the boat all to ourselves means lots of shameless selfies and photo ops!
Having the boat all to ourselves means lots of shameless selfies and photo ops!

With our bellies still full and the cool breeze fanning our skin, travelling to our first stop—Twin Lagoon—was a dream! While our tour guide suggested that we took a nap, we didn’t. How could we do that when you’re surrounded by amazing views? Looking at my photos, I do wish I wore something brighter and more summery like a dress. (Tip: I remember buying a dress from ZALORA way back and if you’re looking for pieces to bring and wear to your vacations, ZALORA has an amazing selection of green dresses perfect for your beach getaways!)

Can I stay in Coron forever?
Can I stay in Coron forever?
Parking is indeed more fun in the Philippines--when you're in Coron.
Parking is indeed more fun in the Philippines–when you’re in Coron.

Our tour guide decided to go to Twin Lagoon first because he had a feeling there won’t be anyone there. He wanted us to enjoy it on our own, without the roars and bellows of huge tour groups. He was almost right, since there were only a handful of boats there and when we went in the water, the tourists inside the lagoon were already swimming toward their respective boats.

We’re not good swimmers and I get tired easily treading water so I was relieved when I saw our tour guide wear a rope, which was tied to a lifebuoy, around his waist. All we had to do was grab the lifebuoy while he swam. We were basically a choo-choo train in the water! 😀

Twin Lagoon is quite a sight over and under water! Wondering why it’s called twin lagoon? The first lagoon is the area where the boats dock while the second lagoon can only be accessed via a small crevice under a rock. It was low tide at the time, so we swam underneath the rock. During high tide, you have to climb a ladder set against the rock.

So beautiful. I can't, even.
So beautiful. I can’t, even.
Lunch time is down time in paradise.
Lunch time is down time in paradise.

After Twin Lagoon, we headed to lunch at Atwayan Beach where picnic huts dotted the shore. I was surprised at the amount of food they served us! It was a fiesta for two. We had crabs, squid, fish, eggplant and fruits! I don’t know what I loved more, the delicious food or the gorgeous view sitting in front us. <3

Obviously I'm so excited to see the famous Kayangan Lake!
Obviously I’m so excited to see the famous Kayangan Lake!

Our next stop was the famous Kayangan Lake. This is the one spot I was most excited about. Considering it’s one of the cleanest lakes in Asia, how could you not? Like any site worthy of worldwide recognition, nature doesn’t make it easy to reach Kayangan Lake. It’s a 10-minute climb uphill and downhill. Thankfully, we had aqua shoes on!

Halfway up the hill/cliff
Halfway up the hill/cliff

I literally had butterflies in my stomach while we were walking up then down the hill to get to the lake. And when we finally caught a peek of its crystal clear water, it felt like someone knocked the wind out of me. It really was GORGEOUS.

Let's do this!
Let’s do this!

I immediately remembered this waterfall I saw back in Iligan City–Tinago Falls–because they both have a beautifully eerie atmosphere. The silence in Kayangan Lake is so magical, with nothing but the birds and us tourists disturbing the peace of the lake.

The last time I saw water as clear as this was in Calaguas Island :D
The last time I saw water as clear as this was in Calaguas Island 😀

From the deck alone, you could see the limestone dotting the bottom and sides of the lake. The water really was clear and clean you could immediately see the limestone at the bottom even from afar.

The water is so clean, see? :)
The water is so clean, see? 🙂

With limestone peppering the sides of the lake, I was able to go deeper into the lake by just grabbing the limestone and pushing myself down. There was also raft on the lake that some foreigners used to push their kids farther into the lake. Too bad we weren’t able to get on. 🙁

Water babies!
Water babies!

We spent a good 30-45 minutes in the water, just staring at the wonder of Kayangan Lake. It’s so mesmerizing, so peaceful. <3

Me, my boyfriend and the cute little CYC Island
Me, my boyfriend and the cute little CYC Island

After we had our fill of the gorgeous Kayangan Lake, we then proceeded to CYC Beach. It’s the perfect way to follow up a visit to Kayangan Lake because it was just this relaxed, calm beach. We didn’t stay long here, just got off to take some pictures and frolic in the water for a bit. Just like any other beach in Coron, it was divinely clean and pristine.

See how clear the water is and how close we are to the corals?
See how clear the water is and how close we are to the corals?

Our tiring but remarkable day ended at Coral Garden. Have I told you that I don’t like fishes? Yeah, weird. This was the first time that day I came this close to fishes and it really freaked me out. I stayed horizontal the entire time as not only were we not supposed to touch the corals but I was also avoiding any contact with the fishes. 😀 Well, by this time, we were both exhausted and red from the sun that we didn’t linger in the water after our tour guide showed us the entire coral garden.

It's been a long day. Excuse my messy hair!
It’s been a long day. Excuse my messy hair!

The ride back to the pier allowed us some time to catch our breaths after a long day of hopping in and hopping out of the boat. Sure we were burnt like toast and some of our photos were terrible–only because we couldn’t care less and just wanted to experience the places we went to–but boy were we thankful that we got the chance to see all (or rather some) that Coron has to offer. 🙂

Our Coron adventure continues… Watch out for my next post. 🙂

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