Everywhere you go, there will always be one place that will touch your heart. For my recent trip to Coron, Barangay Lajala is on the top of my list. There is something about spending time with locals and knowing their way of living that fascinates me, it is more personal, more authentic way of knowing and exploring one place than just coming and visiting their tourist infested places.
And much more than that is the realization that no matter how small a place is, there will always be something to be awed about. Check these fishermen doing their daily routine. Picturesque right? Could be a perfect shot, but it is more than that, it speaks of a simple life. Of life's beauty in Coron beyond those famous areas that thousands of tourist explores everyday.
Barangay Lajala is located at Uson Island in Coron, Palawan. I have 5 days to tour Coron and I was studying places to see, I got curious to try their "Las Islas Tribal Eco Tour", when I read the itinerary I just knew I have to have this tour! And I was not sorry I did. It is just around 20 to 30 minutes boat ride from the main town of Coron.
Let me tour you to Barangay Lajala:
the local houses:
Here's our group hanging out with the local kids:
right picture below is the only chapel they have:
|with new found friends I met on the tour, picture taking time before leaving this awesome place..|
Hoping that I have made you re-consider including trips like this to your next itinerary.
Let me share just 3 simple tips in exploring Coron.
3 simple tips in visiting Coron:
1) Read and research about Coron and jot down those places you want to see and explore
2) Check what local tour group offers, you don't have to avail of their service but if you are on a tight budget, join the tours unless you want to rent a boat on your own which is quite costly
3) Everyday you join a tour means joining a different group, for a solo traveler like me, that means spending time with different people everyday. So be friendly! The joy of traveling lies in meeting different people and winning friends over. Life is better with more friends. You'll never know how these people would leave marks on your life. Goodluck and happy traveling!