Kayangan Lake Palawan’s Natural Jewel
Known as one of the clearest lakes in all of Asia this gem and the island that holds it is one of the most stunning places on the planet. Kayangan Lake and the nearby viewpoint are one of the most photographed places in all of the Philippines.
Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs dotted with greenery, Kayangan is the cleanest lake in the Philippines and one of the cleanest in Asia. The water is so clear that you can see through to the rock formations beneath the surface.
The main viewpoint most people are familiar with is not actually of the lake, but the bay on the other side of Coron Island. Currently, they have parts of the lake roped off for conservation and during our 2019 visit to Coron, there were no Bamboo rafts on offer.
Kayangan Lake is the ancestral domain of the indigenous people, Tagbanua, who are referred to as the guardians of Coron.
The Tagbanua believe in panyain or spirits that dwell in nature, including the lakes, trees and the seas, like Kayangan Island. They hold to various sacred and conservation-related practices relating to resource use. For example, certain areas are protected as fish sanctuaries or sacred sites where the giant, human-like octopus (panlalabyut) are believed to dwell, and which may bring harm on anyone who trespasses in the area.
During World War II, the Japanese used the area as a naval base, and many of the ships were sunk by the Americans, which has now become popular dive sites.
However, just before noon is one of the best times to see the famous viewpoint at the top of the hill at Kayangan Lake with no shadows in the bay. The best approach is to visit in the early morning and visit the lake and then on the way out stop at the viewpoint while it is sunny.
Meanwhile, the DOT has vowed to continue providing technical assistance in the areas of product development, marketing and promotions and capacity building for both the local government and tourism workers.
The DOT has conducted rigid inspections and regularly monitors its accredited accommodation establishments (AEs) to ensure that minimum health and safety protocols are enforced. As of February 15, 2021, a total of 20 AEs have been accredited.
Coron prides itself on being almost COVID-free, which is a positive pull factor for visitors to enjoy the many beautiful bleach-white sand beaches, large limestone cliffs, endemic terrestrial wildlife and rich marine ecosystem. It is home to Kayangan Lake, touted as the cleanest lake in the country.
Often cited in many lists of top dive spots in the world, its main draw are the World War II Japanese wrecks as well as the other fun dive spots.
Coron is a top destination for both international and local travelers. In 2019, Palawan welcomed 1,987,605 visitors, 15 percent or a total of 292,549 of which visited Coron.
Coron has attracted some 2,900 visitors since it reopened on 01 December 2020.