Coron is located north of mainland Palawan and is part of the Calamian Islands. Indigenous groups such as the Cuyonon, Tagbanuas and Calmiananen were the original inhabitants. Fast forward to today, Coron is a 1st class municipality and has a population of around 51,000 people based on a 2015 census. The island is a popular tourist destination for both foreigners and locals because of the white sand beaches, azure waters, lakes and lagoons.
The town is your likely jump-off point for island hopping activities. There are a couple of things to do when you’re not on a boat, one of which is going up Mt. Tapyas. The mountain is around 210m high; it towers over the quaint town and is a popular spot to watch the sunset.
Feel the fresh air and see the town from a bird’s vantage point as you slowly make it to the summit. Once you reach the summit, you will see a giant cross and overlooking views of the sea and rolling hills. Take pictures of the surroundings and selfies as souvenirs. Rest for a while before making the descent; if you have time, wait until sunset to watch the blue sky turn to red and then dark. Mt. Tapyas is an ideal half day trip for those who are looking for another activity during their visit. The effort it takes to reach the top is worth it.
Mt. Tapyas is easy to access from the town center, you can walk to the base, join a tour or just a hire a tricycle to take you. The mountain is easy to climb because you’ll mostly walk on concrete steps and there are several platforms and benches where visitors can stop and rest before continuing. There are approximately more than 700 steps before you reach the top. There are also rails to hold onto during your way up.
It is best visited during summer months, when rainy season isn’t prevalent.