Mt Tapyas is arguably the best viewpoint in Coron standing 210 meters above Coron Town. If you’re up for a bit of exercise and want to witness an incredible sunset in Coron, Mount Tapyas is a must-see location on your next trip to Busuanga Island in Palawan.
I have put together this easy guide to Mt Tapyas Coron including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
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HOW TO GET TO MT. TAPYAS
The only way to get to Mt Tapyas is on foot and the starting point can be found right next to ‘Davens Palace’ in Coron Town Proper. From the center of Coron Town, it’s no more than a 10-minute walk to reach the Tapyas stairway.
If your accommodation is a little out of town, you can ride in the back of a tricycle to the jump-off point for Mt Tapyas Coron. For a 10 to 15 minute ride in a tricycle, you can expect to pay around 30 to 50 pesos.
I recommend visiting Mount Tapyas in the early morning or late afternoon when the temperatures are much cooler. If you were to climb the stairs during the middle of the day it would be a battle in the heat for sure.
MT TAPYAS ENTRANCE FEE
Unlike most Coron tourist spots, the Mt Tapyas entrance fee is FREE. The only thing you may need to pay for is a bottle of water to keep you hydrated on the incline to the top
The starting point
View of Coron Bay
MT TAPYAS STEPS
The unforgiving part about reaching the Mt Tapyas view deck is the infamous 724 steps to get there. It’s definitely a sweat fest, though every step is worth it when you reach the summit.
Depending on your level of fitness, it will take around 20 to 30 minutes for the average person to reach the top. There are no uneven surfaces, just staircase after staircase leading up the mountainside.
Dotted along the steps are many locals selling cold water, soft drinks, ice creams, and fresh coconuts if you need some refreshing fluids to aid you on the way up to the top.
About three-quarters of the way, you’ll catch the first glimpse of Coron Bay and also the famous ‘CORON’ sign that resembles the Hollywood sign in California. I always smile when I see these sorts of signs on random mountain tops around the world and wonder who had the idea first.
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The stair climb begins
Three-quarters of the way
The famous CORON sign
Panoramic views at the peak
MT TAPYAS VIEW DECK
When you finally reach the top of the stairs at Mt Tapyas, you’ll be graced with a panoramic view of Coron Town, the bay, and other beautiful islands off in the distance.
The view deck is a large concrete slab with a handrailing right the way around the mountain edge which isn’t that appealing in my opinion. It’s worthy enough to take a couple of photos here but there is more to be seen.
The better photo spots can be found around the backside of the mountain, boasting views of rolling hills, grassy trails, and a front-on view facing west where the sun sets.
Tapyas view deck
Sweeping views of Coron Town
MOUNT TAPYAS SUNSET
As I mentioned before, be sure to walk over to the opposite side of the view deck to check out the epic scenes of rolling hills and grassy trails that stretch across the valley.
Continue around to where you’ll see the sun setting over the bay and find a nice spot to perch up on the side of the hill. This is by far the best spot to catch the last few rays of light spreading across the region.
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Idyllic rolling hills
WHERE TO STAY IN CORON
Coron has countless accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Coron to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Bacau Bay Resort Coron
Bacau Bay Resort is a 4-star accommodation close to the town. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, kids club, a relaxation spa, and free wifi throughout the property. Choose from a deluxe room or premier suite which are fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, seating area, wardrobe, kitchenette, private bathroom, spacious living, and large comfortable beds. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay in Coron for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Vienna Hotel
One of the best mid-range accommodations in Coron is Vienna Hotel. Centrally located in Coron town, featuring a swimming pool, massage services, in-house restaurant, bar, free wifi, and a rooftop terrace overlooking Coron Bay. The rooms are fitted with a desk, flat-screen tv, fridge, seating area, private bathroom, outside balcony, and large comfortable beds. American, Asian, Continental, English, or buffet breakfast is included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families, and friends.
Budget: Hop Hostel
Hop Hostel is one of the best and most popular hostels in Coron. Perfect for couples, friends, and solo travelers on a budget. Centrally located in Coron town and walking distance to Mt Tapyas, cafes, restaurants, bars, and public markets. Choose from either a Dorm room, Queen room, or Quadruple room with air conditioning and comfortable beds. The private rooms are fitted with a fridge, microwave, coffee machine, and wardrobe. There’s also free wifi, a shared kitchen, lounge area, and rooftop bar/terrace with incredible views of Coron Bay. Breakfast is also available for all guests.
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