White sand, mangroves, clear water, and diving all signify CYC Beach Coron Palawan but is it as good as it was?
CYC Beach Coron Palawan Review
The beach sand of CYC Beach Coron is off-white – not as white as other beaches in Coron, but still soft and appealing. For all those divers out there, the waters surrounding the island are crystal clear and full of marine life. There were also mangrove trees around the island which would add to the abundance of marine life in the area. A word of warning, the beach is small and this is a popular spot for tour groups to drop off. The beach does fill quickly as it did when we were there. Most of our group were happy to stay on the boat or swim in that general area and not venture to the beach.
For those wondering, CYC Beach stands for “Coron Youth Club” Beach. Another interesting fact about CYC Beach is it’s the only beach where you are not charged an entrance fee (or so we were told, we have not been to every island in Coron to validate this claim). I will admit, CYC beach does have a nice view, decorated by rock formations, mangrove trees, and creamy-white sand making it ideal for stretching out under the sun and getting a tan.
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss
CYC Beach will be found included in many of the organized island hopping tours you can book. This was the case for us, we signed up for the Ultimate tour which included this beach as one of it’s destinations. CYC beach is also a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling and diving. The shallow water can be a little rocky in places, so it is a good idea to get yourself a good pair of aqua shoes. Because the beach was getting crowded when we were there, most of us decided to stay near the boat, swim and kayak.
A quick update on island entrance fees as mentioned earlier. As of writing, CYC beach is still the only free entry beach in the area –
- Banol Beach: P100/ person
- Banana Island: P200/ person
- Barracuda Lake: P100/ person
- Bulalacao Island: P200/ person
- Calumbuyan Island: P150/ person
- Coral Garden/ Lusong Sangat Gun Boat: P50/ person
- CYC Beach: no charge
- Dalawang Isla: P100/ person
- Ditaytayan Island: P200/ person
- Kayangan Lake: P200/ person
- Malaroyroy Island/ Bulog Island: P100/ person
- Malcapuya Island: P150/ person
- Maquinit Hot Springs: P100/ person
- Pulang Lupa: P100/ person
- Sangat Island: P200/ person
- Siete Pecados: P100/ person
- Skeleton Wreck: P100/ person
- Smith Beach: P100/ person
- Twin Lagoon: P100/ person
After a short snorkel it was easy to see that much of the coral had been damaged. Either due to storms, tourists walking on it or tour boats dropping anchor on the coral, it seems the coral has seen better days. It is a shame because this was once a great area to dive and snorkel. Hopefully it will one day return to its former glory.
Also, beware, there are a lot of Sea Urchins in the area. Although they are not poisonous, get a few of their needles in your foot and you will know about it. The best thing if you do happen to stand on a Sea urchin if to wash the area where the needle entered your foot with vinegar. This will neutralize the toxin and after 20 minutes or so the pain will subside.Your boat operator should have bottles of vinegar on board ready for such an occurrence.
If you come here to specifically dive or snorkel then you may be disappointed. On the other hand it is a good spot to relax, swim and kayak. we tried to kayak around the island but the current is not too strong so we abandoned that idea.
Would we return the CYC Beach? Probably not. There are plenty of other great places to see and what this spot has to offer really doesn’t justify a second visit.