In Pictures: Kayangan Lake
With temperatures in the metro climbing to as high as 37°C, it is hard not to think of destinations where you can just sit back and cool down with a fresh breeze blowing on your face while you soak your feet in fresh ice-water, or where you can dive-bomb into the water to combat the early signs of global warming.
For this week's In Pictures, we go to Kayangan Lake, in Coron, where we can do exactly just that, and more.
|Wooden boardwalk along the side of the lake|
|A visitor stands on a limestone outcropping|
|Fish from the lake|
Once you reach the lake you can find a spot where you can put your belongings. There's a wooden boardwalk built along the rim of the lake. You can sit in there and dip your feet in the water and let it suck the summer heat out of you. You can also let the fish nibble at your feet.
|Me skindiving in the lake|
|Lakebed limestone formation|
Kayangan is reputed to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines. As such people are advised not to put on sunblock or insect repellants before dipping in.
There are other freshwater lakes in the island as well but those were closed to the public, giving them an almost mythical reputation.
|Approaching the caretakers' quarters|
How to get there:
Getting to Coron is easier these days. You fly from Manila to Busuanga, then take a van from from the airport to Coron, 150 pesos each way. The route is serviced by many airlines, including Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, Zest Air, AirAsia and SEAir.
From Coron town, you can take a 20-minute boat ride to Kayangan. For a general guide to Coron, go here.
|The trek to Kayangan Lake will give you an added bonus: this view of Coron island cove|