Trekking, Mountain climbing, and Exploring

Mt. Tandalar

Hiking to the top of 640m Mt. Tundalara (or Tandalar), the highest point in northern Palawan, is an endurance test, especially in the midday heat. It takes around 2½ hours each way. To get to the trailhead, take a tricycle to Mabingtungan, around 3km north of Coron Town.

The highest point on Busuanga Island is Mount Tandalar at 2400ft. From there you can see all of the Calamianis Islands with a 360° view, and on a clear day it’s possible to see Mindoro and Northern Palawan. The walk up is stunning! First it takes you through rain forest and then through a natural bamboo plantation. Finally you break out into the open mountain area that continues to climb a further 700ft to the summit giving breath taking scenery.

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Mt. Tapyas

Other nice destinations would be Mt. Tapyas. Mt. Tapyas is 210 meters high and the trail going up the mountain’s view deck is easily accessible on foot. Along the trail are concrete benches which you could use if you’re too tired from all the trekking. It’s really helpful especially to those who find the hike a lot tiring. The views that we saw while climbing the steep staircases were epic. It made us a lot more interested into finding out how those views would look like from the summit. For an extra challenge you can take the trail on a horse back all up the way to Mt. Tapyas.

Conception Falls


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Experience a slice of Africa in Calauit – Surprising fact: Coron hosts giraffes and zebras from Kenya and you can watch them roaming freely at the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary. You can even feed the giraffes yourself by holding out twigs of their favorite leaves!

The 3,700-hectare sanctuary also counts gazelles, impalas and waterbucks among its African residents, along with endemic Philippine species such as the Calamian deer, bear cat and Palawan peacock pheasant. According to skyscanner, it’s worth the travel time (at least two and a half hours from the town proper if you travel by land and three to four hours via boat ride).

Kingfisher Park

What do you do in the place? The place is actually a sea and you could kayak (for about 1.5 hours roundtrip) in the mangroves. The place is very peaceful and we were very fortunate to have the place to ourselves. It was just us. The kayak rental is about PHP 400 per pax. Very interesting kayak around the mangroves with all the lush greenery and you could hear different birds chirping. It was quite an arm exercise I must say.

I would love to go back to this place to try trekking and firefly watching. Just be sure to bring your mosquito repellant.

Here ist the link to Kingfisher Park