Coral Garden: Travel Guide to Loon’s Newly Discovered Gem


I won’t be shocked if Loon, Bohol owns a great deal of surprises with all its hidden nature’s beauty. Unknown to many, this town suffered a lot during the 2013 quake that hit Bohol and the nearby Island of Cebu. Actually, one of the biggest and the oldest churches in the Philippines was actually sited in this town. But, during the earthquake in October 15, 2013, the church structures and walls were falling down and smashed into pieces. I’ve heard a bunch of stories of survival during this immense atrocious event, as I had a chance to stay with Miranda’s family during my first visit to this town on April 2017.

During my first visit, I’ve trekked to the mountainous part of this town, explored the hidden stunning waterfalls in Kabantian Falls and Piong Falls. I’ve also experienced a chance to traipse on their cold spring and waterfalls in Danicop Ticugan Spring. It was just lately that the town of Loon discovered another nature’s beauty. It is a newly discovered gem that seems to be really magical, since it is a very rare scenery. This gem that I’m talking about is the unassuming beauty of Loon’s Coral Garden.

Photo Credit: Angel Baldapan Jr. of angeljo317

The Coral Garden of Loon, Bohol is considered as nature’s gift after the earthquake that hit Bohol. It looks like a magical haven for every eye to enjoy.
This long stretch of Red Corals is peacefully located in Brgy. Tangnan, Loon, Bohol, and it’s now considered as the rising tourist destination in Loon, Bohol. This Coral Garden has caught the attention of many locals and even travellers from nearby towns and even outside Bohol. When you come close to this coral garden, they actually look like a ground-creeping plant with succulent leaves, which has a thick, heavy leaves or stems that has the ability to store water. They are more likely looks like a lush growth of reddish-orange plants that are believed to belong in the family of Aizoaceae. This long stretch of reddish-orange plant, which are peacefully and freely sprouting in the coastal area of Brgy. Tangnan still need a further research to avoid misleading information across Bohol and in the country.

Photo Credit: Angel Baldapan Jr. of angeljo317

This was called as Coral Garden by many locals and as of this writing, the LGU of Loon is still doing a further research regarding on this. Hence, this long stretch of pristine reddish-orange plant is now considered as a magical plant and it’s named as Coral Garden. According to the locals of the area, the long stretch of this ground creeping plant was started to exist after the 2013 earthquake. It wasn’t that quite a lot during that time, and overtime, it went on spreading their stunning innate beauty and has become known to many after it was viral online.

Photo Credit: Angel Baldapan Jr. of angeljo317

Personally, going around this Coral Garden was like walking around during Autumn season in another country. Likely because of the stunning color of this ground creeping plant that makes you feel like you’ve unlocked your bucket list of experiencing autumn. Truly, it’s a rare sight that offers a breathtaking view. It’s probably a nature’s way of letting us know that they work mysteriously and amazing.

Photo Credit: Angel Baldapan Jr. of angeljo317

 

Important Note:

The coastal area has been declared by DENR as a geological monument, which was uplifted after a magnitude 7.2 quake that hit the province in October 2013 by virtue of DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2015-08. This field has 1.2 meters and covers 1.37 square kilometres of coastline and it stretched for 8 kilometres within the towns of Loon and Maribojoc.

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HOW TO GET TO LOON’S CORAL GARDEN

There are two possible ways to get to Coral Garden in Brgy. Tangnan, Loon, Bohol, since this is located near Tubigon and Tagbilaran and roughly one hour of travel time.

From Tubigon

There are daily schedule of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu bound for Tubigon. You can take a fast craft for less than 2 hours. From Tubigon Port, ask the locals where is the Tubigon terminal then, take a Bus bound for Loon, Bohol. The fare is around Php 25.00. Ask the conductor to drop you off at the Brgy. Tangnan Multi purpose Hall and from the highway, you can walk for nearly 300-400 meters to get to the Coral Garden.

From Tagbilaran

There are daily schedule of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu bound for Tagbilaran. You can take a fast craft for 2 hours. From Tagbilaran City port, ask the locals where is the terminal of Jeepney (Cogon Terminal) or Ceres ( Dao Terminal ) going to Loon, Bohol. The fare is around Php 25.00 via Jeepney and Php 35 via Ceres (Bus). Ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the Brgy. Tangnan Multi purpose Hall and from the highway, you can walk for nearly 300-400 meters to get to the Coral Garden.

 

TRAVEL TIPS

  • There is no entrance fee to be collected yet as of this writing.
  • Avoid treading on the ground creeping reddish-orange plant, so they won’t get die easily.
  • I would strongly suggest that avoid leaving any garbage in the area. Always remember to practice Leave No Trace (LNT), to preserve the beauty of this stunning coral garden.
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44 comments

  1. Honestly, Bohol is one of my least favorite provinces. It’s not because of a bad experience or that it was ugly, but because I didn’t really get a chance to see more of it. Like this coral garden for example. I didn’t know anything about it until this post of yours. I haven never seen anything like it. I’m only familiar with coral gardens you can see underwater, but this one is on the surface and it’s orange, what an interesting sight indeed.

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  2. Wow! Such a unique place and so interesting that it came into existence after a major earthquake. Hopefully, it will be protected as I can see it becoming a hotspot for tourists. It would be so hard to resist not coming here and witnessing its beauty!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this incredibly beautiful place. I’m planning on visiting the Philippines with my partner, and would love to see this coral garden. It really does look like somewhere in Europe or the US, or it’s a nice surprise to see it’s not! I’ll take your tips and advice to get here too.

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  4. Every time I read your blog, I learn about an exciting new place in the Philippines. Coral Garden really is stunning. I can see why people think it’s magical. It really does look like a beautiful autumn in New England or something. I’d love to go there.

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  5. I never heard about the Coral Garden of Loon, Bohol. It looks definitively worth a visit! Interesting that such a beautiful scenery can develop after the earthquake hit Bohol. Nice it is an official monument nowadays and good to remember not to step on the reddish-orange plant, so they won’t get die easily.

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  6. Many natural places disappear nowadays so it’s great to see that some wonders like this happen 🙂 Thank you for sharing this magical place. I had never heard of it but your photos make me want to check it out. It looks unique.

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  7. I’d love to find out more about the Coral Garden and how the 2013 Earthquake helped it to appear here. It’s just something completely different to anything I’ve ever seen before. I’d never actually heard of it until I read your post!

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  8. Oh my god I wasn’t even aware this marvelous place existed right in our country. That means I have to visit Bohol again soon 😀 I hope it won’t be swamped with tourists in the near future. This is a secret we have to keep to ourselves 😉 Thanks for the great post!

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  9. Just want to ask.
    At tubigon, there is also a multicab going to Loon. Is the fare from Tubigon to Loon when riding the multicab the same as the bus?

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  10. The coral gardens are a beauty. And to think that they have been restored after the massive destruction that the earthquakes caused – that’s really impressive. I like your tips at the end, particularly that one shouldn’t leave any garbage behind.

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  11. FALSE. Those red spread are not corals. They are plants. OMG. Why are you spreading this fake article. You better go back to Loon and check it out. Please.

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  12. This is gorgeous! At first I expected your post to be about a coral reef, it’s really interesting that the ecology of the area changed so much after the earthquake. It’s fascinating, I’d love to know more about the science behind it.

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  13. Great post on a really beautiful and mysterious natural site! I agree that sites like this should be treated with caution until more is known about them…which makes me wonder why you laid down in the middle of a big patch of it to take a drone photo? 😦

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  14. That’s an interesting color. And a photo from the top, what kind of drone was used? I am thinking of buying one.

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  15. I have never seen something like this! The Coral garden looks like out of this world! Stunning!

    Interesting how beautiful landscapes can show up after some time when new flora and fauna come out after the earthquake.

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  16. Thanks a lot for sharing this alluring and gorgeous place. I have never been to the Philippines before, but this post has surely kindled the urge to visit it mainly for Coral garden. Just can not get over that orange long stretch of magical landscape.(This place seemed like a blessing in disguise).Your picture looks stunning in that orange carpet. Wish to visit this place sometime soon.

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  17. Ive never heard about this place before. I hope that Bohol increease tourism thanks to this kind of atractions instead than other activities like the whale shark. I will keep this bookmarked for future visits!

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  18. I have to admit that I have never heard of Loons as such a surreal destination before! Your pictures speak for itself how splendid it is! That coral garden looks like a hidden gem. I haven’t yet explored that part of the world yet but hope to visit soon!

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  19. The coral garden looks truly magical. I like how it is located in one of the less visited islands, since mass tourism can often destroy such pristine landscapes. Nice photos!

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  20. Awesome! Thanks for this “breaking news” for me because I’ve never heard nor seen this before. Nature giveth and nature taketh away indeed. It’s a blessing after a catastrophe. I just hope the local community tries to protect it by effectively managing tourism.

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  21. It is stunning, indeed! And I must agree, it will surely remind anyone who sees it of autumn, a treat for those of us who live in a tropical country devoid of this season. That background story is also as interesting as the coral garden. I guess we can say that beautiful things still come out after disasters and this is one perfect example. I sure hope LGUs can expedite their research in order to know more about how to care and protect this beautiful attraction.

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