One of the most memorable spots in Coron Palawan where I love to watch the sunrise and sunset is Mount Tapyas. Mt. Tapyas is one of the highest points of Coron Palawan. The giant metal cross serves as a landmark that can be seen day and night because it is brightly lit. It has 700+ stairs steps and handrails all the way up which makes it a bit easier to climb.
Why do I want to come back in this place?
1. It gives a great view of the beautiful town of Coron and its neighboring islands.
2. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunrise and sunset
3. The feeling of fulfillment is great once you reached the top of the mountain.
4. The back of the holy cross has a short trail that leads to a resting place, green grass, nature, fresh air and the other side of the mountain.
5. Good for people who wants to enjoy a quiet and serene place in Coron
6. Lastly, it’s free for everyone
Before you start to climb, ensure you read these tips:
Bring enough water
Wear sneakers/sandals if possible
Climb 30-60 minutes before the sunset
Bring insect repellent especially if you’re going to do the short trail at the back of the cross
Bring extra clothes/towels
Don’t forget phone/cameras for taking perfect photos
How to get there?
From the town of Coron or your hotel, you can ride a tricycle and just instruct the driver to take you to Mount Tapyas. You can also book a town tour as Mt.Ttapyas is included in the town tour packages being offered by the locals and tour agencies.
If you have questions, tips, or want to share your experience in climbing Mt. Tapyas please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.
I hope you enjoyed the Part Iof my first solo travel. I know I promise to tell you everything about the second part of the trip I made. So here it is guys 🙂
PART II – CORON, PALAWAN
Palawan is famous not only here in the Philippines but in all parts of the world. So what does it have that makes tourists love it?
Answer:Stunning beaches, breathtaking lagoons, great diving sites, hospitable people and it’s off the beaten path
After my Boracay trip, I went back to Manila and had overnight stayed at home. I arrived around 8:10 in the evening. I arranged my luggage and separated my used clothes as fast as I can to get some sleep. I wake up at 8:00 in the morning, have my breakfast with my siblings and then I went to the airport around lunch time as my flight is scheduled at 3:20 in the afternoon. I’m thankful that my flight was not canceled and it was on time.
I arrived at Francisco B. Reyes Airport around 4:30pm. I get a tourist map and guides in the airport and look for a van after. Lucky there are rental vans waiting outside the airport. I paid P150 and the travel took only 30 minutes. I met a Chinese-Filipino group of friends and we are all actually in the same hotel. They’re nice, happy and friendly people. I’m glad to meet them because I was alone in this travel.
When I arrived at my hotel, the staff gave me my keycard and helped me with my luggage. I got a cute and simple room. It is good for two persons but they also have bigger rooms that can accommodate more than 3 -10 persons. By the way, the name of my hotel is Micasa Lodge.
This place is amazing! It is surrounded by mountains and you can see the small community and the sea. 😍
I rested in my room for a while and then, I went out for dinner. There was a nice restaurant nearby, called Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station and they served Filipino dishes at very affordable price. I noticed there’s a lot of people eating so I was curious about their food. I ordered beef stake which is their best seller and a mango shake. I came to realized why people are flocking to this place. It’s not the cheap price but the delicious food and fruit shakes they served.
I sleep early because I was tired and I need to prepare for the tour the next day. Also, I notice that there are few establishments and they closed at 10:00 in the evening.
I get the Tour A and the hotel staff contacted the tour operator. I’m happy that the staff is very friendly and very helpful.
I wake up at 6:00 AM and have my breakfast at the hotel which is included in my bookings. You may opt to eat outside as there are also a lot of restaurants nearby.
There are 5 different tours to choose from and their prices vary depending on the tour operator you get, the size of the boat and if it’s a joint or private tour. Price ranges from P600-P2500/person per package tour.
So to give you some tips for Tour A which is the Coron Island Tour, I listed down the things you should bring:
plastic case (for your mobile phone)
lotion and sunblock with high SPF
Plastic bag (wet clothes)
Selfie stick (for solo traveler)
Powerbank /extra battery
Medicine (allergies, headache, dizziness)
Hair bands/clip (for women with long hair)
Note: if you don’t want to bring a snorkel gear and aqua shoes on your trip, it’s okay as the tour guide will help you in renting snorkeling equipment and swimming shoes.
The tour operator picked us at the hotel around 8:00 in the morning. After the van driver and our tour guide do the headcount, we headed to the Port of Coron. The boats used for tours and island hopping are everywhere. After the registration, tour operator briefing, and coast guard checking, we left and proceed with our itineraries.
Tour A highlights the most beautiful islands of Coron. I will absolutely recommend it to everyone who will visit Coron. You will certainly enjoy the panoramic view and Instagram-worthy photos. I’m thankful I had my power bank with me cause the tour takes a whole day and I can’t count how much photos I took. Haha 😂
I recommend Calamian Island tour operator because we are truly satisfied with their service. From the boat, the food, and the tour guide, all I can give them is thumbs up 👍. The tour guide is very friendly and patient in assisting us and taking our photos. The served Filipino dishes with fruits, they provided us clean drinking water and they prepared everything with care. They treat their guests like their friend and the tour guides are knowledgeable and very entertaining.
my plate.. lol too many :p
Tour mates for Tour A 🙂
After the tour, we went back to our hotel, had a nice shower and left satisfied and dreamy of the astounding islands of Coron. After dinner, I felt sleepy, and I know all the activities (trekking, snorkeling, climbing) I did for tour A made me ready to drop.
To continue my adventure, I took the second tour the next day. Tour B is the “Island Escapades”, featuring the three famous beaches of Coron. Since I grew up in Bicol, surrounded by beautiful beaches, I was curious what their beaches look like.
Tour B is also a whole day tour. The itinerary consists of 3 islands which are outlying places to visit. The three beaches have each snorkeling sites which I enjoyed so much. There are too many little sea creatures, colorful coral reefs and more clown fishes which are my favorite. I’m always a fan of “finding Nemo” movie and I’m always fascinated bClownfish or anemonefish. I saw different kinds of clownfishes when I had my trip to Hong Kong, just by looking at them in the water makes me happy and remember the movie..lol 😂
Among the three beaches, my favorite is Malcapuya beach which has a nice white powdery sand, great snorkeling site, nice view deck, and tranquil and quiet impression. It made me speechless, calm and at peace. I just sit quietly in the sand, drinking fresh coconut and enjoying the place. There’s a cute little monkey in Malcapuya that I saw playing and eating. I think 3 to 4 months old monkey.
By the way, another highlight of my tour is the food. I ate a lot of crabs and enjoyed so much the lunch prepared for us 🙂 #seafoods #tunafish #grilled #shrimps #crabs and #fruits
The third and the last tour I had in Coron is Tour E which is worth P700/person. Instead of paying P700 for the tour, I only paid P387.50 for the tour. The people I’m with on the previous tour rented a van that cost P1500. We divided P1500 to people resulting us to P187.50 each for the van. Then,we paid P200/person entrance fee for Maquinit Hot Spring. Joining a group when you are in your solo trip will save you money and it’s a great way to meet other tourists.
I bought several “pasalubong” for my siblings and officemates. It includes cashews nuts, tarts, and some dried fish which became my favorite breakfast in Coron.
My favorite from Tour E are Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit hot spring. I climbed 700+ stairs just to reach the summit. It is tiring but it has the best view deck to see the panoramic view of Coron and the sunset. At the back of the cross, you can continue the trekking. You’ll see the lush greenery and breathtaking mountains. It’s a great spot for photography and photo shoot with friends.
Maquinit Hot spring is the last place we visited. We stayed there till 8:15pm. The hot spring is a great relief for your worn out body after island hopping and town tour. Its water is warm, fresh and salty.
I had a pleasant time in Coron. Indeed, a wonderful paradise that I experience for my first-time solo travel. I will never forget it!!!
I now know the difference of El Nido and Coron and I will be posting soon the trip I made last January in El Nido.
Let me know in the comments your experience in Coron and what other interesting activities you did there. I’d love to hear about it.