Really excited on our second day, we woke up early to prepare and to have breakfast. We kept looking at our watch knowing 8AM is our pick up time. It was 815AM when we finally arrived at the port. Our boat was docked at the left side of the reclaimed area and we were the second to arrive after the two Americans. Our boatman told us we’re just 6 so we waited. Whilst waiting, they tried starting the engine manually with the help of other boatman but it just won’t start. Since our boat was the only one still docked, 4 more joiners arrived, this time Koreans, and so the boat operator decided to get a battery to jumpstart the engine and luckily it worked. We started a little late at around 930AM but it was fine since our first stop was just few minutes away.
Our first stop: Kayangan Lake. Kayangan Lake is one of two lakes in the island. The other one is known as Barracuda Lake. A quick 10 minute hike of about 300+ steps will get you to the inland lake and halfway through the trail is the view deck overlooking the lagoon. The lake’s temperature is just right for one to swim or snorkel. If you don’t know how to swim, life jackets are normally provided. The lake is 70% freshwater and 30% saltwater. All of us fell in love with the lake and stayed there for almost 2 hours.
-= Kayangan Lake Docking Area =-
-= Trail going to the Inland Lake =-
-= View of Lagoon halfway through the Trail =-
-= The Lake =-
-= Me Chillin =-
Second stop: Twin Peaks Coral Garden. Twin Peaks is just few minutes away from Kayangan Lake marked by 2 islets. The boat stopped somewhere near the islets for us to snorkel. I was amazed by the number of fishes and corals around the area. I was just unfortunate to not have any underwater camera to show you. Just before leaving, we even spotted a somewhat big fish, a possible whale, but never really confirmed it.
-= At Twin Peaks =-
Third stop: Vivian Beach. After snorkeling and swimming, it’s finally lunch time. Vivian Beach is a privately owned beach used for picnic as part of island hopping tour. On the beach, you’ll be welcomed by a very charming monkey. Just be careful not to carry them for long or the monkey will not let go of you. J We had sautéed squid, mixed vegetables, grilled fish and fresh mango. Yummy!
-= Vivian Beach =-
-= Monkey of Vivian Beach =-
-= After a hefty lunch =-
Fourth stop: CYC Coral Garden. The coral garden is just at the back of the island, corals here are way better than in Twin Peaks. There were more variety of color and species. If I just have an underwater camera to show you, you’d be wowed. Just need to be a little careful as there are loads of sea urchins around. Since we are not very comfortable snorkeling around without someone with us, one of the boatman helped us, pulled us, to go further to see more corals. It was a spectacular view! Something I only get to see on TV or through the web and its right in front me. So where’s my underwater camera again? Never mind. Hahahaha! I was also able to get a hold of one of the sea urchins. It feels like a moving hair brush right on your palm.
-= Sea Urchin For You=-
Last stop: CYC Beach. We just the circled the coral garden and we finally arrived at the beach. This is a small island free of charge. It has fine white sand perfect for swimming and for chilling. Some of us even dozed off while in the island.
-= CYC Beach =-
-= CYC Beach =-
-= Sea + Sky =-
It was almost 5PM when we arrived back at the port. A tricycle picked us up and brought us back to Rudy’s Place Lodge. After taking a bath, we hit the road and took a tricycle in search of a place to eat for dinner. The driver directed us to go to La Sirenetta. Since the restaurant was built above the water you need to walk for a few minutes from the main road and cross a wooden bridge to get to the restaurant.
-= First Round of San Miguel Light =-
-= Yummy =-
There were loads of people dining so we decided to wait. While waiting we ordered 2 bottles of SanMig Light and Seaweed in Sesame Oil. Perfect! I love seaweeds!!! When we finally got a table, we ordered pizza and Lumpia. I also had another round of beer after. The food was great! Highly recommended! No wonder a lot of people go here. The price is not bad as well.
-= Great Dinner at La Sirenetta =-
After dinner, we decided to go back to our lodge and instead of directly hitting the sack, we decided to play billiard while trying to digest the food we ate. Good thing Rudy’s Lodge has Billiard table free of charge for guests. Life is Good!
|Day 2 Itinerary – Island Hopping (Kayangan Lake + Twin Peaks + Vivian Beach + CYC Coral Garden + CYC Beach)|
|630||Wake up Time|
|815||Arrived at the Port|
|930||Start of Tour|
|945||Swim at Kayangan Lake|
|1130||Snorkeling Twin Peaks Coral Garden|
|1230||Lunch at Vivian Beach|
|1400||Left Vivian Beach|
|1415||Snorkeling at CYC Coral Garden|
|1520||Swim and Chill at CYC Beach|
|1620||Left CYC Beach|
|1650||Arrived back at the Port|
|1715||Back at Rudy’s Place Lodge|
|1800||Prep for Dinner|
|1830||Dinner + Drinks at La Sirenetta|
|2100||Back at Rudy’s Place Lodge|
Check the full Itinerary here.
Click here to see Day 1 Itinerary – Mt Tapyas & Maquinit Hot Spring.
|Instead of taking the normal tour packages, you may opt to rent a boat and just pay for the entrance fee of the islands or places you want to visit.
(Fees may change, feel free to visit the Tourism Centre near the town plaza to confirm)
|Banol Beach||P100/ person|
|Banana Island||P200/ person|
|Barracuda Lake||P100/ person|
|Bulalacao Island||P200/ person|
|Calauit Wildlife Safari||P250/ person|
|Calumbuyan Island||P150/ person|
|Coral Garden/ Lusong Sangat Gun Boat||P50/ person|
|Culion Museum||P250 local/ 350 foreigner|
|CYC Beach||No Charge|
|Dalawang Isla||P100/ person|
|Ditaytayan Island||P200/ person|
|Kayangan Lake||P200/ person|
|Malaroyroy Island/ Bulog Island||P100/ person|
|Malcapuya Island||P150/ person|
|Pulang Lupa||P100/ person|
|Sangat Island||P200/ person|
|Siete Pecados||P100/ person|
|Skeleton Wreck||P100/ person|
|Smith Beach||P100/ person|
|Twin Lagoon||P100/ person|
To give you an idea of the cost per tour, below is the daily Island Hopping Trips available through El Compass Travel & Tours
Inclusions: All Entrance Fees, Licensed Tour Guide, Lunch with Complimentary Fruit & Drinks, Licensed Boat with Life Vest
|A: P650/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)|
|Vivian Beach, Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks, Coral Carden and CYC Beach|
|B: P750/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)|
|Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck, Banol Beach, Kap’s Point, Hidden Lagoon|
|C: P950/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)|
|Sangat Coral Garden, Lusong Gunboat, Mareli Island, East Tangat Gunboat|
|D: P1,200/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)|
|Malcapuya, Banana Island, Malaroyroy|
|E: P1,300/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)|
|Calumbayan, Sangat Coral, Lusong Gunboat, East Tangat Gunboat|
|F: P1,300/ person (Minimum of 5 Pax)|
|Kayangan Lake, Baracuda Lake, Banol Beach, Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck,|
|Siet Picados, Coral Garden|
|G: P2,500/ person (Minimum of 6 Pax by Boat)|
|Calauit Safari, Black Island, Sangat Coral Garden, Lusong Gunboat,|
|East Tangat Gunboat|
|H: P2,300/ person (Minimum of 6 Pax)|
|Calauit Safari, Concepcion Falls, Pier House|
If you wish to enquire, you may reach them at the following contact information:
09462689716/ 09398149237/ 09296783943
Here’s the rundown of our expenses for the day:
P20 Tricycle Fare for 2 (going to town)
P700 Dinner at La Sirenetta
P20 Tricycle Fare for 2 (back to lodge)
P765 Total Expenses for Day 2
P300 Goggles Rental for 2 (included in the 6000 we paid but is normally separate from the tour for P150/set)
If you need help in Coron, you may contact Liezel Abringe at +63907 723 2451
Rudy’s Place Lodge: +63999 581 5019