Kayangan Lake: Coron, Palawan

Kayangan Lake, which can be found in Coron Island north of Palawan is said to be among the cleanest lake in Asia. Surrounded by rocky mountains covered by green trees and plants it certainly evokes an image of a lagoon one was used to seeing only in postcards and movies. If you're expecting paradise, then you cannot be mistaken as the path towards Kayangan lake itself serve as a prelude of a satisfying visual feast and all indication points towards making a conclusion that indeed, it is paradise on Earth.

The first stop on our Day 1 of Island hopping around Coron and the Calamian group of islands is Kayangan lake, after about 30 minutes of boat ride we reached an entrance separated by two islands and up ahead one will see the island where the lake can be found. Other boats are neatly docked over a mixture of green and blue waters and some cool nipa huts stands quietly giving more apt setting for an island life.

Going to the lake, you’ll have to climb about 50 steps upward wherein you will be greeted by an opening to a small cave and opposite of the cave one will see this magnificent view of Coron

Then after walking down about 30 steps, you’ll see the lake, which then leaves you in awe and thinking “what the hell i’ve been doing before, and I’m just seeing this right now”, however glad that you’re there seeing it now (at last) with your own eyes. It was such a dream like setting staring back at you with delight and yelling “welcome to paradise”.

The lake water is deep, unless you’re Michael Phelps you need a life vest, a snorkel gear to be able to enjoy your swim as the crystal clear lake waters offers a 10 meter visibility, the lake water is a mixture of salt and fresh water.

I wanted to stay there for a day, couple of days or more. Our guide told us that further ahead of the lake lies a Japanese WWII submarine wreckage but one needs scuba equipment to be able to see it. Another reason to come back perhaps, but with or without submarine wreckage, the place itself is a huge reason for me to start planning on coming back.

Till next time Kayangan Lake. I will be back.