Who’s been in Mt Tapyas Coron in Palawan? Do you like the sunsets? Do you agree that the best place to watch a sunset would be from the peak of Mt Tapyas?
You’ll catch glimpses of Mt Tapyas while out on the boats in Coron Bay as the large white metal cross at the peak seems to stand, drawing your attention to it. With 700+ steps it can’t be said that it’s not still a challenge and fun or does it makes the journey to the summit a little less enjoyable than it should be? Let’s find out…
Mt Tapyas Coron
Mt Tapyas Coron serves as a popular viewpoint offering sweeping panoramas over the surrounding islands, Coron Town and harbor. At 210 meters with over 700 steps to the top, it is one of the most dominant mountains in town. What’s more interesting is the hidden meaning of the “tapyas“ which means ripped off because a portion of the mountain is actually cut off.
Towering over the Poblacion, its trail is easily accessible on foot. It surprised me just how well-maintained the trail leading up to the peak was. It was clean and tidy with well-developed paved stairways with metal railings on both sides. Such a well-maintained setting might make it sound like an easy hike. But with 700+ steps to the summit is not a piece of cake!
With the sun about to set, we wasted no time. From the basketball court (which serves as the Mountain’s jump off point), the sight of the staircase was very challenging. We were greeted warmly by a bunch of vendors selling bottled water, some souvenirs like dry bags. The path going up is clean and maintained. Along the way, we stopped to capture the beautiful views.
We were excited so we opted our climb as fast as we could. But after 100 steps, I was sweating, my legs shaking and was catching my breath. Surprisingly, 100 steps were quite easy for Gary. I used to go in hiking but it’s been so long since my last climb in Mt Manalmon in Bulacan – approximately 4 years ago. I found the trek a little bit tiring but it only made me more challenged into finishing the hike and reaching the top.
NOTE: Please make sure to bring lots of water to avoid being dehydrated as the climb can really work you up!
Halfway to the summit, you will find a mini-park with the non-operational snack bar. Also scattered around are picnic table with benches (A few of them being broken). Sometimes, during our ascent, we would stop to admire the views and snap some pics. Also a valid excuse to rest for a bit in the sheltered benches provided. Even though we’re not yet at the summit, we were already seeing some remarkable views – Islands surrounded by waters, greens trees… You know the thing…
We both decided to stop for a much-needed drink of water. It didn’t take long before the bottle was empty and time to continue the uphill walk. It was about this time that I noticed Gary had used expired sunscreen and it had started to go blotchy on his face. Well, I did try to tell him, but you know how Aussies are.. never listen… LOL.
Even I was a bonafide hiker, Gary didn’t have a hard time keeping up with me. Sometimes, one of us had to slow down and adjust with our pace. Midway, I can’t help but be amazed by the views. I really appreciated the fact that there were so many places to rest and step aside if you feel like you needed a break (we sure did). It’s so hot, and inhaling the fresh air and feeling it in my skin is so comforting.
Sellers along the way up and a few people up the top-selling water and ice creams as well as waterproof phone covers and selfie sticks. Of course, the prices are just a little higher. I saw a kid selling ice candy for Php10, I bought one -and the first bite and sip are so yummy and refreshing. Strange, after eating the dessert, I feel like I’m more energetic again.
When I saw the giant cross poking, I knew that we are close to the summit. We can’t stop – I need to chase the beautiful sunset. To keep everyone motivated, there were markers indicating the number of steps.
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Climbing to the summit can take your breath away – literally & figuratively! Each breath I took was more desperate. Each step my tired legs climb is more determined. Few more steps and I’ll reach the peak but I feel like one gentle push away and my body will collapse so I dragged myself to the edge.
It was a joy to reach the first hundred steps but when you reach the summit – a sense of accomplishment would slowly sink in. Yes!!!! We achieved it! A moment like this where I can pause and just stare blankly at nature’s beauty with the cold wind brushing my hair is priceless. All the troubles we felt climbing up were blown away. I found the answer to my question.
WHY I LOVE CHASING SUNSETS?
Bec it’s amazingly beautiful. The view is worth the hike and the exercise is also good.
Looking around, the steel cross can be found at the center of the spacious viewing deck. Few benches were also provided offering climbers some rest. Everyone was waiting with their cameras and phones to get the best sunset photos. We enjoy the panoramic views of Coron town, the bay, and rugged coastline.
When the sky gained orange and reddish tones, the scenery became enchanting. It was the gift received after the effort made to climb over 700 exhausting stairs. Yes, The whole experience was really tiring but at the same time, it was very rewarding! The challenging climb to witness the amazing sunset is definitely worth it.
How to get here: From Busuanga Airport, you can take a shuttle to Coron town proper (PhP150). From here, the base of Mt. Tapyas is just a walk away. Just look for Malvar Street. Your landmark is the Iglesia ni Cristo church. There are plenty of big signs along the way. Or, you may just take a tricycle.