Drizzle and Dip

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

what to do in coron

Storytime is a series of  stories about my most memorable travel experiences. Read more here.

The day we arrived in Coron, it was drizzly. On our way to our accommodation – Sophia's Garden – the downpour let on, making me even more drowsy. I flew straight from an assignment in Northern Samar (a repeat of what happened during the Agal-agal Festival in Tawi-tawi – more on this later) and I was still exhausted from the previous week exploring its uncharted parts. The cold, rainy Coron weather seemed to be lulling me to sleep.

An hour later, we arrived at the resort and had a quick late lunch. The rain weakened, but only just, so changes were made to our day's itinerary. We ended up being sent to our rooms and were told to wait for further announcement.

That was a bad idea.

Immediately as I lay down on my bed, my eyes started to get heavy. Not long after, I was asleep. Subconsciously aware that I wasn't supposed to be sleeping, I jerked awake. A moment of daze. When I came to, I jumped out of bed, grabbed my things, and dashed to the reception.

I was too late.

It was still drizzly and it had turned dark. My companions, I was informed, had already left for the city tour. The lady at the reception assured me, however. My companions were on their way back to fetch me.

Apparently, they hadn't realized they left without me. I was offended at first. Then, I realized it wasn't completely my fault. Whew!

At any rate, they did come back for me.

"Did I miss anything?" I asked Gabby.

"Don't worry," she said.

They were just on their first destination – the city church – when they noticed I was missing. So, I really didn't miss much.

We then made a quick stop at a store selling cashews – a product Palawan is most known for – before heading to the Maquinit Hotspring.
palawan souvenirs

Maquinit Hotspring is a natural saltwater spring that's popular among both locals and tourists not just for its relaxing warm waters but also for its health benefits. Saltwater springs are more beneficial than freshwater ones because of the presence of more minerals. Add the fact that there is a large presence of blue-green algae, considered by many as a "super food", in all of its three pools, and you have a complete therapeutic experience. The springs also look out into the bay and are rimmed by mangroves. It is, perhaps, the best ways to cap off a tour around Coron.
tourist spots in coron

For us, however, it was only the beginning.

There was a light drizzle the evening we came. Steam was slithering upward, covering the pool in a thin smoky shroud. Despite the dreary weather, there was a veritable crowd that seemed to be enjoying the warmth from the spring. There was still a lot of room in the main pool, which can hold up to a hundred people, but the two smaller pools are also stuffed.
saltwater springs in the philippines

coron freshwater spring

I didn't bring any swimming clothes and I really wasn't in the mood to get wet. I wanted to sleep and/or to eat. Nevertheless, I walked over to the pool to take some photos. I could feel how warm it was as I went around its rim and so I went back to our cottage, stashed my camera, hiked up my skirt and dipped my toes in the water.

The warmth felt good. Not minding the fact that my skirt was going to get drenched, I sat on the edge of the pool and dipped my legs. I stayed for a good while until it started to rain again. At that point, I hurried back to the cottage and accepted the sandwich I was being offered. I spent the rest of my time there munching on my clubhouse. But I was still hungry.

I couldn't be any more excited for our next destination.

Maquinit Hotspring is open daily from 8AM to 10PM, but gates are closed to guests at 8PM. Regular etrance fee is at Php200; students, Php160; senior citizens, Php142.86, children 5yo to 10yo, Php500; and children below 5yo are free to enter.

The best way to reach it is to hire a tricycle for Php100 per person, two-way. Or rent the entire tricycle for Php300, roundtrip.

Storytime is a series of  stories about my most memorable travel experiences. Read more here.

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