Coron DIY Town Tour
Just like any other places you can have a Coron DIY tour. Good thing about the DIY tour is you get to choose where you go and spend most of your time. We stayed at Islands View Inn which is located at the center of Coron town. This is an ideal place for travelers like us who loves wandering around the town day and night. Their staffs here was all friendly and accommodating.
Our Coron Do-it-yourself town tour includes the familiarization of the places around our accommodation. Mainly looking for atm, eateries or restaurants, police stations and pharmacies which s is very important for us and we recommend you do the same for many good reasons. For the tour destination highlights, we included the St Augustine Church, Bay walk, Mt. Tapyas hill view deck and Maquinit hot spring where we wander around by walking and via tricycle.
Walking around the town
Our Coron DIY town tour highlights are the St. Augustine Parish Church, Coron Baywalk, Mt. Tapyas trekking where you can see the big cross at the top of the mountain and an amazing 360 view of the town and the Maquinit Hot Spring which is warmed by natural spring on the area.
When we settled our things at the Inn, we started our Coron DIY town tour. Just in front of our accommodation are pharmacies, souvenir shops and bakeries. We walked a little and went to the church which we pass a while ago going to the Inn. St Augustine Parish Church is the town’s catholic church. You can see a few atm and banks along the way too. Also we look around for an eatery and checked out the one recommended by the staff from the inn. Unfortunately we weren’t please by the food they served at Big Mamas. It was too pricey for the amount served and vegetables are poor in quality but it was enough to fill our hungry tummies for our activity today.
We opted for a tricycle tour for this which only costs us Php 350.00 instead of taking the package tours which costs Php 700.00 per person. Funny thing though is that Mt. Tapyas is just few walks away from the Inn we are staying so no need for the ride but we didn’t know that by that time. The driver will be your tour guide so you can ask about the town, anyway who knows better of the place than it’s locals?
The climb at Mt. Tapyas
It was just a quick ride to the mountains starting point and you can ask if the driver can accompany you on the trekking. Mt. Tapyas is a 721 steps stairs to the top so we decided to bring water which we just bought at the starting point as there are no stores along the way. On the trek way up we enjoyed the view of the town and the cold afternoon wind breeze. When we reached the top and explored, we are in awe with the town view on one side and mountain ranges and farm fields on the other side. We followed the pathway and walk through the mountain ranges. The air was so refreshing after that long trek up and the green fields are soothing to the eyes.
Take a dip at Maquinit hot spring
Next and last for our Coron DIY destination is the famous Maquinit Hot Spring which is a 15 minute ride from the town. Expect rough roads most of the way to the spring. You’ll pass through the market and cashew “factory” where seafoods and cashew nuts are cheaper, respectively. We decided not to do a stop over because we wanted to maximize our time in the spring.
This is our first time to dip into a hot spring that’s why we’re really curious and excited. The good things I have read about the hot spring of how relaxing and good it is for the skin which adds up to my excitement. Entrance fee here costs 200 pesos each for adults. There is no time limit and no cottage fees. But trust me that 2 hours of soaking into the hot spring is enough to satisfy your experience. The place is wide, the spring tubs are spacious and since it is low season, there is not much tourist around. They have cottages on the front and the back area of the hot spring. There are toilet or changing area, not a shower room but there is a drum full of water available with a dipper.
There are no proper attire required so you can wear your most comfortable clothes for dipping into the hot spring. They say dip in fast so your body can adjust with the temperature but I didn’t do and Herbert did. I slowly touched the water with my bare foot to test the water. It was too hot at first that I quickly pull my foot back then slowly try again and again. But after a few minutes and my body has adjusted with the temperature, I can’t disagree with all those good reads. It is unbelievably relaxing and the view of surrounding mangroves and the open sea adds up to this feeling. It was a great way to end the long day.
Check out our Ultimate Travel Guide to Coron for tips, recommendations, other tours and activities we had. Let’s keep on wandering around and never stop learning and discovering.
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