Spending an entire day island-hopping is just the way to go here in Coron, Palawan. The northeastern islands off the main island province of Palawan hold many treasures, literally and figuratively speaking. The Tagbanuan tribes — one of the oldest inhabitants who claim to have descended from the Tabon Man — inhabit many of these coastal villages and islands. Raw, unspoilt except for a few areas where our hearts sank upon seeing some trash by the shore. Overall, Coron’s islands made for a lovely long weekend.
The natural beauty is even enhanced by intriguing stories of love, romance and tragedies. Siete Pecados is the first island we visited. Loosely translated to “7 sinners” referring to the 7 sisters who were cursed by their mother. Harsh? The story goes that the mom was sick and asked the eldest to do the household chores. Instead, the eldest daughter invited her 6 other sisters to take the boat, leave their sick mom, crossed the sea to attend a dance party. By the time they got back on the boat paddling home, lightning struck turning the cursed daughters into 7 islets. Tsk Tsk. Tragic story aside though, 7 Pecados have corals and marine life to “sink for”. Really.
Next we scaled some 150 steps then down the same number to swim in the brackish waters of Kayangan Lake. A boardwalk rings much of the lake where 70% fresh water mix with 30% saltwater. Lovely. After a quick swim, we had to climb back and then down another 300 steps. Energy sapped in time for a good lunch in Beach 91.
The highlight for me though is the Skeleton Wreck tour. A 1944 vintage Japanese boat chased and sunk by the Americans during World War II lies just a few meters underneath Coron Bay. It’s quite a sight, especially for non-divers like us. The skeletal remains are now adorned with corals and teeming with marine life.
By the time we reached CYC (Coron Youth Club) Beach, we’ve decided to reserve our energy for another swim in the Twin Lagoons. We’re poofed. Enough island hopping for the day. Tomorrow is another boat ride and more islands to explore!