Mount Tapyas in Coron Palawan offers one of the most spectacular view of Coron Islands, so it’s highly recommended to go up this mountain if ever you are to visit Coron. It’s best to climb it early morning to see the sunrise, or before night falls to see the sun setting on Coron Bay. After some 700 steps to the top, we were treated with a breathtaking panoramic view of some of the islands and the surrounding mountains.
From Coron pier, one can view Mount Tapyas, prominent for the giant cross on its peak. Because we were staying at Mt. Tapyas Hotel, it was much easier for us to know how to get to Mount Tapyas’ top. This didn’t give us much advantage though because we still had to go through hundreds of steps before we reach the top.
Going up Mount Tapyas on our last morning in Coron, we saw some groups striding up and down the mountain with minimal effort. Surely, they must be locals. Some people obviously had a hard time “conquering” the mountain, and they were obviously city slickers not used to much walking.
Mount Tapyas was not what I expected. It’s already been developed by the local government to give easy and more convenient access to tourists. Instead of hiking through typical mountain trails, trekkers only need to go up the concrete steps. There are even landings with benches, for people who need to take a breather. If you get regular weekly exercise, then this trek shouldn’t be hard at all.
How to Go to Mount Tapyas
The entry to the steps to Mount Tapyas is very accessible from the small town of Coron, Palawan. From the main road, just look for San Agustin Street. They even have a road sign pointing directions to Mount Tapyas view deck.