Palawan Travel

Sunset and sunrise watching at Mt. Tapyas | Coron, Palawan

By on June 19, 2012

tapyas - front page

At 210 MASL, Mt. Tapyas in Coron, Palawan offers a panoramic view of Coron’s harbor, the jagged karst formations and some islets nearby. It is located right at the Coron town proper, which makes it very accessible not only for weekend tourists but also for the town’s many residents.

But for those who want an extra challenge, there is Mt. Darala (~600 MASL), the highest point in Busuanga island, where Coron is part of. Its prominent features are the cell towers which are visible if you are at sea. Mt. Tapyas on the other hand, has a tall cross at its view deck which lights up at night. This landmark can easily be seen anywhere in town and you only need to look for the cross to guide you if you lose your way in Coron.

tapyas - various views

The trail leading up the Tapyas hill is well-developed with 718 wide concrete steps and metal railings on both sides. There are also covered areas along the way where you can rest and catch up with your breath. It may probably take just under 30 minutes to reach the top, but that may vary of course depending on your own stamina or the number of times your group takes photos along the way.

tapyas - sunset

You may want to climb earlier to take a better sunset photo at Tapyas. When we arrived at the peak, the sun was already behind the islets.

Since not all of the pathways are covered, it is advisable to climb Tapyas during the first few hours in the morning to catch the sunrise or the few remaining hours of the day for the sunset. In both instances, the sun casts a different color all over the landscape, the intensity of which varies every minute.

tapyas - sunrise

Sunrise at Tapyas.

Climbing Mt. Tapyas was the first and last thing that my good friend and I did when we visited Coron a few months ago. Due to the late arrival of our flight at the Busuanga airport, we were able to do only this trek during our first day in Coron. It was already nightfall too when we finished the trek so we bumped our walking tour and Maquinit Hot Spring to another day.

Catching the sunrise at Mt. Tapyas, however, was not a part of our initial itinerary. We got the idea after hearing a catchy song by Tribu Calamianen which was played in one of the restaurants at Coron. The chorus suggested that we should climb the hill in the morning, at noon and in the evening. On our final day in the island, we woke up earlier than the usual not only to see the sunrise at Tapyas but also to accomplish the challenge set by the song.

tapyas - rolling hills

The scenery at the northeastern section at Tapyas resembled the rolling hills at Pulag.

We were unable to do the lunchtime trek though, which is a mad yet interesting undertaking. Not many are crazy enough to trek under the scorching midday sun, so you would probably have the entire hill to yourself. But looking back now, I am still glad that we listened to that local song. All our adventures began and ended at Mt. Tapyas, and this is definitely one of the highlights of our stay at Coron.

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    Kim Halasan

    July 20, 2012

    Amazing sunrise Bren. I have to catch it next time. 😉

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    July 29, 2012

    you may want to catch the sunrise too at Pulag Kim. 🙂

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    Kim Halasan

    April 2, 2015

    I was browsing for Coron sunrise on your blog and here I am again. I like the organized links and I should do that do. 😀 Anyway, hope to be back in Coron within the next 5 years (before it becomes touristy).

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      April 2, 2015

      Have you been to El Nido?


Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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