Sunday, May 3, 2009

Coron: Boulders at Banol Beach

On our third day in Coron, Palawan, we visited an amazing white-sand beach. On our way there, I asked our local guide/slash/tour arranger/slash/lunch provider if it was a private beach. He answered yes. Bummer. He then continued that it was owned by indigenous Mangyan tribes. I was relieved.

Banol Beach

We arrived at Banol Beach (that's its name) just in time for lunch. We settled on a hut and had our hearty lunch there. We were lucky we had arrived before a number of other boats and tourists got there. We were able to have the beach to ourselves for at least an hour.

Banol Beach

The place had these huge rock boulders sprawled around. The beach is not that vast, really. The place, in fact, is in a cove, bordered by huge rock mountains. It didn't stop the local Mangyans, though, from calling it home. I guess the huts and the tables are theirs. When we got there, some of them were also preparing their lunch. I even overheard some chatting with tourists, teaching them some local words and expressions.

Banol Beach

It's really obvious what charms the place has: powdery white sand and crystal-clear turquoise water. There's plenty of that in Coron, I noticed. The places are the kind you see in travel magazines. the kind you look at and say, I want to go there.

Banol Beach

After lunch, we explored the beach more. On the other side are more huts, which by the time we discovered them, were already occupied by tourists. It didn't matter really, because on this side of the island are these flower-bearing trees. I am not really sure what kind were they, but obviously they are a beautiful compliment to the gorgeous beach.

Banol Beach


For other Coron-related posts, please see:
Coron: Sights and Sunsets at Kayangan
Coron: Waddling around CYC Beach
Coron: Lusong at Sangat
Coron: Exploring the Town


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