Escape the tourist trap and fall in love with the serenity, beauty and majesty of Coron Island the Tribal way–by skimming across glassy tropical waters in a true sea kayak. In so doing, you will glide in to the nooks and crannies of an environment that is in National Geographic’s Top Ten list of places to visit on the planet. And there’s no better way to experience Coron than by paddling, as indeed the native Tagbanua, who own Coron Island, do. You will paddle through mangroves to Tagbanua Lagoon and on to Hear-a-Pin-Drop Lagoon which are accessible only by sea kayak. You will snorkel Kayangan Lake and gaze down at the extraordinarily picturesque view of the lagoon below–arguably Philippine tourism’s most photographed natural scene. Assemble 8am at Tribal Cafe Coron for an 8.30 departure in Dusky Bay or Wilderness Systems double or Necky, Perception or Wilderness Systems single sea kayaks for the north-western coast of Coron, dropping paddle and snorkelling at many of the following wondrous locations, before returning to Coron as the sun sets: The beaches of Banol, Skeleton Wreck, Sunset Beach, Twin Lagoon, Twin Lagoon cave, Tagbanua Lagoon, Hear-a-pin-drop Lagoon, Kayangan Lake, Calachuchi Beach, May Nunu Beach, May Nunu Cave, Tribal Adventures’ cliff dive spot, Siete Pecados
8:00 am Meet at Tribal Cafe main road Coron for coffee, leave at 8:30
8:30 am Paddle across to Jala-jala, skirting its mangrove forests, crossing to Banol Point and its soft white sand beaches. Drop paddle and snorkel the Skeleton Wreck, before having some merienda on a beach.
10:30 am We retrace our path back around Banol Point and poke our kayaks into a cave and, if the tide is on our side, we duck and pass between the Twin Lagoons, getting in the azure waters for a snorkel and swim.
11:30 am Hugging the rugged limestone coast we glide into numerous lagoons, passing by Barracuda Lake, a cousin of Kayangan Lake, our destination for lunch and an exquisite snorkel over cathedral-like rock formations. En route your guide takes you between innocuous rocks and mangrove trees to enter sheer nirvana for paddlers: Tagbanua and Hear-a-Pin-Drop lagoons.
12:30 pm Snorkel at Kayangan Lake
13:00 pm Lunch at Kayangan Lake
14:00 pm Paddle into more lagoons, stopping at Calachuchi Beach for merienda and a snorkel
15:00 pm Paddle across to Siete Pecados marine park for snorkelling
15:30 pm Snorkel Siete Pecados
16:30 pm Sunset paddle back to town. (Or arrive at Tribal Cafe by 6 pm if you opt for 4×4 pick-up from Cebu Beach)
Snorkel and kayak
White sand beaches
Lunch at Kayangan Lake
Duration: Fullday. From 8.00 am – 4.30 pm
Departure: Meet at Tribal Café main road Coron
Returning point: Triaal Café
Provision of single or double foot rudder controlled kayak
Snorkel and mask
Other personal expenses
For an additional 1,000 pesos (single payment good for up to 4 people) you can shorten your 15km paddle to 10km and get a 4×4 drop off and pick up at Cabu Beach: ask at Tribal Cafe the evening before your
What to bring: Suncreen, hat, bug repellent refillable water container as you will be provided only a single new plastic mineral water bottle that you will need to refill, walking shoes that will get wet or strong sandals, swim wear, waterproof layer, dry clothes, educational giveaways like crayons for children in place of tip money. (you can purchase water/trekking foot wear, water bottles and day packs from our office in Palawan)
A National Tourism (Kalakbay Award) winner, Tribal Adventures puts its money where its ecotourism mouth is, by splitting income 50:50 with the local people at Kayak Inn, Antique and Camp Calauit, Palawan.