This was easily my favorite site during our recent trip to Coron, Palawan. A mysterious, secretive lake hidden amidst a crown of towering limestone cliffs, Kayangan Lake is a stunningly beautiful body of water unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
With crystal clear turquoise waters and an almost unearthly stillness, I felt as if I had just walked into one of the Earth’s genuinely holy places.
Approaching these misty, limestone cliffs, I’m reminded of the opening scene from Jurassic Park. I wonder what secrets are kept by these beautiful, ancient formations?
As we approach the island, the fog begins to lift.
To reach Kayangan Lake, you have to do this 15-minute climb up the face of the mountain then walk down into the lake. Not too bad though the steps were uneven and a bit treacherous at parts.
A magnificent view from the summit.
Uh oh, more boats coming means more people so we better get moving…
A colorful cave along the way
As if inviting you, the dense forest finally opens up, revealing this breathtaking, wondrous secret. Known also as the Blue Lagoon, Kayangan Lake is a sight to behold.
With brackish water (part salt/part fresh) that tasted mostly fresh, the water of Kayangan Lake is supposedly the cleanest and clearest in the Philippines. No arguments here.
With nary a ripple in sight nor a sound in the air, places like this demand stillness. This is a sacred sight for the locals so please remember this when you visit.
Even these planks were beautiful.
Ren striking a pose before getting in the crystal clear, blue-green water.
With mind-boggling stalagmites rising from the lake’s floor, only the surrounding limestone cliffs really know how this mysterious lake came to be.
I couldn’t really tell, but the lake must have been around 50-80 feet at its deepest parts. Even at those depths, I could still see the bottom, which is a testament to just how clean these waters were.
Primordial soup or the last reminders of an ancient, forgotten civilization?
Floating motionlessly in the middle of the lake, I imagine how I must have looked from up above, this small, wading speck of a human being enveloped by this immeasurable expanse of blue-green stillness. No matter what you’ve done in your life, no matter what you think you’ve accomplished, places like this remind you of your insignificance.
My arms tiring, I stare down into the abyss and think how this lake could at any time swallow me, soundlessly, without anyone noticing. Humbled by its quiet power, I swim back to the safety of the dock.