Conquering Mt. Tapyas in Coron, Palawan

Mt. Tapyas is one of the popular destinations and the second highest place in Coron town in the province of Palawan, Philippines. It is one of the mountains in Busuanga and its base is accessible by a 5 to 10-minute walk from the pier and town proper. The mountain stands 210 meters while its cross is more than 2,000 feet above sea level.

The way to Mt. Tapyas is situated just beside a community basketball court where you can see a flight of steps on the side which will lead you to the entrance of the trail. The climb to its the peak will take you less than an hour but may also vary depending on your physical condition.

View of Mt. Tapyas from Seadive Resort

It was on our fifth day when we climbed Mt. Tapyas. The trail to its summit consists of 700+ steps but was safe and comfortable enough since it was paved and concrete. Also, there are handrails along the trail to help you pull yourself up the mountain and there are plenty of shaded rest stops scattered along the trail where tourists may stop and take a rest.

Mt. Tapyas Street Entrance to Mt. Tapyas Stairs to Mt. Tapyas
Few steps away from the peak of Mt. Tapyas Mt. Tapyas Cross Mt. Tapyas View Deck
Trail at Mt. Tapyas At Mt. Tapyas View Deck Sunset View at Mt. Tapyas

After a long, tiring trek, a huge steel cross greeted us as we reached the peak of Mt. Tapyas around 5.30 p.m., enough to catch the sunset in Coron. There is also a spacious view deck with cemented benches on the summit of the mountain where tourists can see the spectacular and panoramic view of Coron town together with the rest of the Calamianes group of islands.

After enjoying the amazing view from Mt. Tapyas, we left the place at around 6.30 p.m. and began with our trek back to the foot of Mt. Tapyas. It was very dark and the rain started to pour hard as we descend the mountain. We could hardly see our path since there were no lights on all of the lamp posts at that time. Once in a while, we stopped at some shade to keep us from getting wet until we finally reached the foot of the mountain at around 8.00 p.m.

Visiting Time

The advisable visiting time is around 4.00 a.m to 5.00 a.m to catch the breathtaking view of the sunrise in the morning or at around 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. to capture the stunning view of the sunset in the afternoon. Just avoid going there while the sun is up.

Getting There

  • Ride a tricycle to the place (P8.00/pax)
  • Walk to the place

Must Haves

  • Light Clothing (Shirts and shorts)
  • Comfortable shoes/slippers/sandals
  • Cap, hat or bandana
  • Shades/sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Flash Lights
  • Camera (Extra batteries, extra film, extra CF or SD Cards and tripod)
  • Water, water and lots of water

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35 responses to “Conquering Mt. Tapyas in Coron, Palawan

  1. The Phil Guild Guide

    A friend of mine had their picture taken below that staggering cross statue. Why is it that the cross is made of steel and looking like that? I understand that there are not many typhoons there, right?

  2. Wayne Post author

    The Phil Guild Guide

    Yeah, typhoons are seldom in Coron but I am not so sure also on why the cross on top of Mt. Tapyas is made of steel. 😀 Maybe to keep the cross strong and sturdy or maybe it has something to do with the lights on it at night.

    Nomadic Pinoy

    No. 🙁 We were supposed to get a spa nearby Coron Village Lodge but we’ve decided to stay on our Lodge since we need to pack our things for tomorrow’s flight.

  3. Crystal

    Uy, I lost 4 inches on my waist from going up at Mt. Tapyas once a month when i was living in Calauit…
    Kaya lang bumalik na ulit hehehe…

    I miss Palawan.
    :-S

  4. Wayne Post author

    As in? Effective pala talaga. Kung sa bagay, ikaw ba naman ang umakyat baba ng Mt. Tapyas. Ewan ko na lang kung hindi ka pa talaga sumexy ng lagay na yan. Hehehe! 😀

  5. Crystal

    Haha, nakakaTAPYAS ng taba!

    yun lang sarap din kse magpicnic sa taas, kaya madalas may dala ako baon pag akayat

    Did you notice that Dutchmill Yogurt drink is available in almost all sari-sari stores in Coron?
    Hehe yan ang fave ko baunin paakyat, plus water. kakahingal just thinking about it. 😀

  6. Wayne Post author

    Pagkatapos mag-lose ng weight, lumapang naman pag dating sa taas ano? Haha! 😀

    Hindi ko napansin yung Dutchmill Yogurt drink nung nasa Coron ako. Puro junkfoods lang kasi ang tinitignan ko sa mga tindahan nung andun kami. Hahaha!

    Korak! Sobrang nakakahingal. Yung kasama ko pa naman nun, soooooooobrang tamad maglakad. Parang magsasunset na, nasa kalahati pa lang kami. Nag-init talaga ang ulo ko eh! Kasi yun nga yung gusto kong makita sa taas. Ang ending, tinakbo namin yung paakyat para lang mahabol yung sunset. Hehehe! 😛

  7. Tita Cerez

    very nice and inviting talaga ang lugar… ok lang di naka harap si kuys kahit naman nakatalikod sya i will recognize him…. ang ganda ng website and very informative din kasi di naman lahat have the chance to go to these places. thanks for helping ate yey also. .

    Congrats to you and Icey…

  8. Wayne Post author

    Hi Tita Cerez! Wow, andito na rin po kayo. Thanks po. Hehehe! Syempre naman, original baby mo yan si Kuys eh. Kaya kahit anung pose nyan sa camera, makikilala mo talaga yan. Hehehe!

    You’re welcome po. Btw, kasama ko rin si Icey na nag-ayos ng site ni Ate Yey. 😀

  9. Dexter

    The best thing about Mt Tapyas is that the people there have a song about the mountain. Ang sarap pakinggan. Anybody here who has a copy of the song?

  10. yuri

    ive been to coron last 2007, and it was a wonderful experience! i missed coron so much, sana makabalik kami ng mga tropa ko.

  11. Wayne Post author

    Hey Yuri! Yeah, same here. I miss Coron. Kelangan talaga makabalik din kami doon kasi marami rin kaming mga islands na hindi na napuntahan. Hehehe! 😀

  12. pox

    i have fond memories in Mt. tapias, we used to go up there with my friends to look for spider, at that time there were no stairs to go up. We usually climbed early in the morning and experienced the spectacular beauty of Mt. Tapias especially sunrise. I love Mt. Tapias.

  13. alexi

    I thank you for this informative site esp. all about beautiful spots in Coron you had been! (B) (kampay!) We’ve planned to go to Coron, kaso nausog ng nausog skeds nmin dahil sa work at flight skeds n din, kaya we ended up 1st week of July of this year. ang fear ko lang eh ung weather bk ndi mkisama. :-S

  14. Wayne Post author

    Alexi: Think positive. 😀 Mag alay kayo ng itlog para di umulan. Hehehehe! Anyway, sana nga matuloy ng talaga yung trip ninyo sa Coron and sana mag enjoy din kayo. 😀

  15. Leizl

    Hi! My friend and I will go to Calauit this week unfortunately walang ibang group na pwedeng mag join sa amin 🙁 we’re kinda hesitant to go because we’re not sure if going to calauit is safe. Need your advise thanks :o)

  16. leo

    me and my wife went to coron and of course we tried to trek mt. tapyas. it was easier than i thought. siguro mga 20 mins of walking yun up the trail but not really that tiring than you could imagine. maybe the 700 + steps is just intimidating at first :o)

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  18. Roger

    The cross was made of wood…at least 20 years back…you are very much correct with your observation that steel made the cross very strong and sturdy, though Coron is seldom visited by typhoon and all that, but strong wind, specially on top of Tapyas is remarkable and so change it to steel aside from the fact that Coron can now afford infrastructures like that…20 years ago, daing na pusit was sold like 150 pesos a kilo…just last Sunday my revisit with Coron, Pusit now with the price mark of going 600 pesos a Kilo…it was a wow! I mean in such a short period of time, Coron that was becomes a BIG CORON that is now! I cant even locate the shanty where I stayed 20 years ago….Congratulations to LGU, Coron for making it among the top destinations in our country!

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