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The Secret Truth About Kayangan Lake

The Secret Truth About Kayangan Lake

One of the most photographed places in the Philippines is none other than the beautiful Kayangan Lake. Well, actually it’s not Kayangan Lake when you are taking a picture of the iconic viewpoint you’re actually taking a picture of Coron Bay.

The waters of Kayangan Lake are said to be the cleanest and clearest in the Philippines. While we haven’t visited them all it’s easy to see that this lake is special. The water is extremely clear and the colors are amazing.

While it puts Coron on the map for most visitors, these beautiful islands hold many more amazing sights as well. Here is everything you need to know when planning a trip to Kayangan Lake.

Where is Kayangan Lake?

This beautiful lake is located on Coron Island, near the popular Philippines tourist town of Coron City on Busuanga Island. Kayangan Lake is in the part of the country known as Coron which is in the northern end of the Palawan Islands in the far southwest of the Philippines.

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A tour boat is the only way to get to Kayangan Lake - boat with swimmers near Kayangan Lake

How to Get to Kayangan Lake

Most tourists visiting Kayangan Lake choose to stay in Coron Town on the neighboring island of Busuanga because of the airport and accommodation options.

Kayangan Lake on Coron Island is a short boat ride away and can easily be arranged as a tour while in Coron Town. The two main options are to take a group tour or hire a private boat for the day to see Kayangan Lake and surrounding attractions.

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Recommended Hotel in Coron – Corto del Mar Hotel

Kayangan Lake Tour Package and Day Trips

The most common way to visit the lake is by taking a Kayangan Lake tour. Most tour operators in Coron Town offer a trip to Kayangan Lake with what they call “Coron Tour A”. On this tour, you will visit Kayangan Lake, Twin lagoons, Banol Beach, Coral Gardens, and some operators will bring you to Balinsasayaw Floating House.

The average prices are around 1,000PHP or close to $20USD. We suggest booking this tour online, it’s $20 for a full day Coron Tour. This is the best option, that way you don’t have to spend time shopping for the best tour price and negotiating. Book online here.

Kayangan Lake Tour Packages

Tour Name Includes Lunch Price Check Availability
Coron Islands Lakes Day Tour yes $20 Check Availability
Ultimate Island Hopping Tour with Buffet Lunch from Coron Town yes  $55 Check Availability
Full-Day Coron Island Ecotours yes $60 Check Availability

Other ways to see Kayangan Lake are by arranging a custom private tour with the boat operators. Depending on your negotiating skills a private tour can be had for around 2,000PHP depending on the duration and number of stops on the trip. If you are looking for a more relaxed trip consider a private tour.

Things to do at Kayangan lake

Viewpoint from the top of the hill looking down on to Kayangan Lagoon at the Kayangan Lake Viewpoint

Kayangan Lake Viewpoint

This is what everyone comes here for, this view right here. Most people know of Kayangan Lake for the famous viewpoint, but what most don’t know is that the viewpoint isn’t looking at Kayangan Lake.

Instead, the viewpoint looks on to the Coron Bay between Coron Island and Busuanga Island. The view from the top of the hill on Coron island looking down on the crystal clear turquoise waters and tall cliffs of the surrounding islands. This is one of the places I really wish I would have had my drone but this was before I traveled with a drone. I highly suggest looking into the DJI Mavic Mini, it’s a gamechanger for only $399.

Swimming in Kayangan Lake - Clearest Lake in Asia

Swimming in Kayangan Lake

Almost all day trips and Kayangan Lake tour packages allow for time for a swim after visiting the viewpoint on the other side of the hill. The water here is some of the clearest anywhere in the world. Below the surface are plenty of interesting rock formations and lots of sea life.

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Local man paddling a bamboo raft in Kayangan Lake

Raft Rides in Kayangan lake

One of the most famous things to do take a raft ride around Kayangan Lake. Aboard a bamboo raft, you can explore the lake with a local guide.

*Update: Currently raft rides are not offered and the swimming area has been reduced to protect the lake’s ecosystem. 

Awuyuk Kayangan Cave

Through a narrow entrance, you can check out the Awuyuk Kayangan Cave with interesting things to see above and below the surface.

Diving in Kayangan Lake

Another thing to do in Kayangan Lake is go diving. The lake has both salt and fresh water and is home to a number of different marine life. The different waters for layers of salt and fresh and can be a unique diving experience similar to Cenote Diving in Mexico.

Traditional Filipino Boat at Kayangan Lake in Coron Palawan

Tips before visiting Kayangan Lake

  • The lake can get quite busy, and even more so the viewpoint can get crowded. To avoid the crowds you can try and arrange a private tour. Most tours run the same time meaning most people arrive all within a short time period of each other. Go private and have more time at each site of your Kayangan lake tour package.
  • Visit off-season for an even more relaxed trip. The main tourist season for Coron and the lake is from November to April in the dryest season. Visiting outside of these times you’ll run into much thinner crowds in Coron and the lake.

Kayangan Lake FAQ

Q: Is Kayangan Lake Closed?

A: No, Kayangan Lake was closed in the first part of 2017 due to the drowning deaths of two tourists. The lake has since re-opened after taking measures to ensure others do not drown.

More things to do near Kayangan Lake

  1. Twin lagoons – Commonly packaged with Kayangan Lake, the twin lagoons are two breathtaking shallow saltwater lagoons with stunning water and great swimming opportunities
  2. Barracuda Lake – Another lake similar to Kayangan Lake is the neighboring Barracuda Lake on Coron Island. This lake is a lot like Kayangan Lake, but significantly less visited since it’s not on as many packaged tours. Consider this option if you want to escape the crowds.
  3. Shipwreck Diving in Coron – One of the best things to do in here is to dive the famous WWII shipwrecks of Coron. There is an entire fleet of Japanese ships at the bottom of the bay in good shape and very easy to dive depths. A must-do while in Coron.

Hotels Near Kayangan Lake

You’ll have to stay at a hotel in Coron Town and take a day tour to Kayangan Lake. There are a bunch of hotels in Coron Town and something for everyone’s budget.

If you’re a backpacker you can find a room for under $15 a night but you will have a very basic room. There are also several luxury properties that will spoil you silly and would make a great spot for a Philippines honeymoon.

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Pin of Kayangan Lake in Coron - Viewpoint over the lagoon



Tuesday 24th of July 2018

Thank you for a very informative post. We will be traveling with a small child. Is there a shallow part of this lake that would be good for playing in the water, or would the Twin lagoons be a better option?


Wednesday 25th of July 2018

There and a lot of shallow parts where it is easy to stand in Kayangan Lake, that's why they built the platforms around part of the lake. It might not be the best option to swim with a small child, but it is often offered as a stop on a tour with other spots that would be. Even though it might not be ideal for a small child, you should definitely still visit for the views and a short swim in the very clear water here.


Thursday 12th of April 2018

For active and adventurous travelers, one other way to get to Kayangan Lake you didn't mention is to kayak over from Coron Town. Not only do you burn off the sigsig and rice from the night before, but you can explore the nooks and crannies of Coron Island that all the boats and tours miss. And the water's so clear you can see the fish while paddling.

Hannah Lukaszewicz

Monday 30th of April 2018

Kayak to Kayangan Lake would be a workout and one with an epic view. How long did this take you?