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Kayangan Lake - Our own Blue Lagoon

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Kayangan Lake is dubbed as the cleanest lake in Asia. It can be found in Coron and the Calamian Islands, in Northern Palawan.

Loved the views there, the word "breathtaking" appropriately describes it. The lake is quite deep, has crystal clear emerald colored waters, and limestone mountains towering around. If you've watched the movie Blue Lagoon, this is exactly how it looks and feels :-)

Coron is about an hour's plane ride from Metro Manila. The airport is also referred to as Busuanga Airport. From Coron Town, it takes a 30-minute boat ride to arrive at the jump off point, where you will have to hike up some 250 rocky steps to get to the lake. Some people say its 150 steps and some 50 steps, haha, I lost count! I guess it depends on how big your step is. Anyway, it's about 15 minutes up.

Halfway up the pathway among the forests, there is a tiny viewing area where you can peek through to see the view on this photograph. Funny as everyone who's been there takes this same shot. That's because there's hardly any space for you to maneuver and take the shot from a different angle.

We continued our way up the rocky steps on to see a small opening leading to the enchanting Kayangan Lake where you can have a refreshing swim in the perfect combination of salty sea water and clear mountain spring.

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by Tina Lim
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