BARRACUDA LAKE, CORON: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

More detailed travel guide here: Coron Budget Travel Guide

Barracuda Lake is another lake in Coron Island that is open to the public; the other one is Kayangan Lake. The lake was named such due to the discovery of a large barracuda fish skeleton in the depths of its waters. It is one of the famous diving sites not only in Coron but also the entire country. Like Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake is composed of both salt and fresh water, but the most notable feature of this lake, especially for divers, is its layers of cold, warm, and hot water, also known as thermocline.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Francisco B. Reyes Airport, also known as Busuanga Airport (Palawan)

By Air
  1. Coming from Manila, this is the most convenient and fastest way to go to Coron Island where Barracuda Lake is located. It will take you around 1 hour to get to Busuanga Airport. Check your preferred airline company for the flight schedule and airfare.
  2. Once in Busuanga Airport, ride a van going to Coron town proper (P150). Travel time is 30-45 minutes.
  3.  
    Note: There are no taxis or tricycles at the airport; only vans shuttle guests from the airport to Coron town proper. These vans can drop you off at your hotel. You can rent the van for P1500 if you’re a big group.
     

  4. From the town proper, you can either join a group tour (Coron Island Tour) or charter a private boat going to Barracuda Lake.
By Sea
  1. Going to Coron from Manila is now possible via overnight ferries; 2Go travels this route twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays (P1200-2500, 15hrs).
  2. From the town proper, you can either join a group tour (Coron Island Tour) or charter a private boat going to Barracuda Lake.

 


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Since Barracuda Lake is usually part of Coron Island Tour, all fees that this trip may incur are included in the package tour fee that you will be paying if you join a group tour. This is perfect for solo travelers or small groups.

  • Coron Island Tour Rates: P1500 – P1800 (per person, ALL IN).
    Note: Check the itinerary first before booking. Some tour packages don’t have Barracuda Lake in their itinerary.

     
    If your group is big and you want to charter a private boat and be in control of your itinerary, you can book with Calamian Tourist Boat Association.

  • Standard Boat Rates: P2000 (2-4 pax); P2500 (5-8 pax); P3000 (9-15 pax)
    Note: The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food.
  • Entrance Fee: P200
  • Tour Guide Fee: P500

Don’t Miss

  • Go there early in the morning when the place is not yet crowded. The entrance to the lake is small, so it can get crowded during peak hours.
  • Chill by the lake and enjoy this piece of paradise surrounded by limestone cliffs.
  • Visitors may snorkel or swim in the lake. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the barracudas residing in its waters. No need to worry because the barracudas won’t eat you.
  • You may even spot other fishes like rabbit fish, cray fish, catfish, and other sea creatures from the ocean that have found their way through the small openings in the limestone cliff walls.
  • If you are into diving, you will have the chance to experience the changes in water temperature (thermocline) as you go deeper.

Don’t Forget

  • It is advised to wear a life vest when you swim or snorkel.
  • Follow the rules at all times. Practice caution, especially when swimming without your life vest. The lake is very deep, if you can, do not go on your own or out of sight of your companions or the local guides.
  • If you are planning to swim, just bring what you need. There’s no resting area and the viewing platform is not that big.
  • Bring enough money to pay for other incidentals such as food and drinks and entrance fee, especially if your group didn’t join a group tour.
  • Charge your gadgets and/or bring battery packs.
  • Keep the place clean. Practice proper garbage disposal. Leave nothing but footprints.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • Other places to explore in Coron Island are Banul Beach, Twin Lagoon, Kayangan Lake, and Siete Picados.
  • Take other tours like Coron Town Tour (which includes Mt Tapyas and Maquinit Hotsprings), Calauit Safari Park Tour, and Culion Historical Tour.
  • Still craving for the “natural high” after Mt. Tapyas? Go try Mt. Dalara.
  • You might also be interested in Fireflies and Plankton Night Tour.

Where to Stay

After all the touring, you surely want to cap the night off in a good hotel or resort. Plenty of accommodations have been established and built to address the need of the growing number of tourists in Coron. Planning to spend your vacation in Coron? You may want to consider these top resorts in Coron according to Agoda users as of July 2017.

Photo was provided by the hotel via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels


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