Wish We Were Here: This lake in Palawan that proves Mother Nature is truly awe-inspiring

Widely known as the cleanest lake in the Philippines, its best viewing point is after a steep mountain hike -- the climb is totally worth it.

Widely known as the cleanest lake in the Philippines, its best viewing point is after a steep mountain hike — the climb is totally worth it, as you can see.

Kayangan Lake

Most of your time in Palawan will be spent hopping to and fro the tiny islets that make up the municipality. Beach babies will enjoy island hopping, snorkeling, swimming and diving into their beautiful waters — and a highlight of one's nature tripping in Coron is experiencing Kayangan Lake.

Considered the cleanest lake (with gorgeous shades of blue!) in the country, Kayangan can be accessed by a short hike, ten to fifteen minutes long from the island’s dock. At the highest point of the hike (where photo ops are mostly done), you will be enthralled by the majestic view of the towering limestone formations surrounded by clear waters.

Where: Kayangan Lake, Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines

Getting There: Direct flights from Manila to Busuanga Airport take around one hour from Manila. Vans are available outside the airport that lead to Coron town proper, and sea transfers to the key islands can be arranged with your hotel. Travel time is around 30 to 45 minutes.

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Tip: The hike can be quite challenging for children and the elderly as there are steep and uneven steps than can get slippery; slippers may not be the best footwear for this, so you can bring aquasocks or hiking sandals. Get boat services that include goggles, fins, and life vests if you want to snorkel and explore the waters more. Everywhere you look is practically picture-perfect here — especially the crystal clear waters — so gear up with waterproof/shockproof phone cases, tripods, GoPro… and don't forget to slather on some sunblock!

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