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“Great Snorkeling”
Review of Siete Pecados

Siete Pecados
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Full-Day Coron Island Ecotours
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Ultimate Island Hopping Tour with Buffet Lunch from Coron Town
Ranked #8 of 49 things to do in Coron
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

The snorkeling here was great!

Lots of fish (albeit small ones). But they were colorful and loved to be fed. They'd swim up to you, bite the bread you had and then bite your fingers if you didn't bring enough. hehe.

There are parts of coral that are beautiful, yet there are also quite a few parts that are destroyed. I think its just recovering.

Its a great stop and one of the highlights of the trip.

Tips: go early, as the water is soo clear, you'd take great water pics. Bring bread (i bought some buns from the bakery in town before the trip) and had fun feeding the fish (tours may not bring bread for you). Bring lots of water, as it can get tiring and thirsty in the sun. Sun lotion and snacks are also a must.

The Siete Pecados are usually part of a day tour that will take you to 4-5 locations per day, tours can cost anywhere from P650 to P2000 per head. The difference is the locations you visit and the food they serve. The cheep tours will have fish and chicken for lunch, while the expensive tours will have lobsters and crabs. Choose the experience you're willing to pay for.

3  Thank KingBee32
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

While the weather was 'threatening' when we visited, the snorkelling here was great although it was choppier than at Shipwreck Reef as the latter was more sheltered.

The one negative relates to the collection of access fees.

By allowing locals to charge what I gather in some cases may strictly be illegal fees, the Philippines' local government is at risk of 'killing the golden goose.'

I agree that for a family, charging P100 here per person or more rapidly adds up.

I wondered what would occur if one did not pay, especially since at Shipwreck reef it was children who rowed out to collect the fees.

While we all understand the revenue problems that developing countries face and the potential for corruption, it's time for the Philippines national government and its smaller local governments to stamp out practices such as this.

Of course, I still recommend a visit, but in Australia, the public has a right of entry to all sites like this in the sea without fees being payable.

2  Thank Victorianlad
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

Siete Pecados was the first stop on our Coron Island tour, and it was wonderful! There are so many kinds of coral and fish in the area, including angel fish and clown fish. The fish are used to people, so they will come right up to you. The only downside to this site is that many people come here, and some of the corals have been damaged. Also, the area is very shallow, so you have to be careful when swimming. Not only could you damage the coral if you bump it, but it is also very sharp! I would recommend wearing water shoes because there are sea urchins in the area.

It's too bad that EVERY site around Coron Island charges entrance fees of PHP 100-200. Be sure to bring a lot of small bills, as not all sites can make change. (In fact, most places in Coron won't want to make change for very large bills.)

Calumbuyan coral garden is similar to Siete Pecados, although the water is a bit deeper and there are fewer people. Unfortunately, it is also an hour away from Coron Town. The boat rental for the Calumbuyan/Pass Island/Lusong Gunboat tour will cost around PHP 4,000. (Expensive, but worth it!)

2  Thank Hangzhouren_2
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Entrance Fees - thumbs down rating!
I hope this segment will serve as "alarm call" to the local government of Coron. To those who plans to visit Coron and do Island Hopping, make sure you are aware that you have to pay EXCESSIVE Entrance fees in each of the site destinations ranges from 100 to 200 pesos per stop. Meaning, if your itinerary includes 6 or 7 destinations in a day then prepare about 900.00 pesos per head. (a family of 6 members, total entrance fee would be around 5,400 for just one day) That's too much for an entrance fee in just approximately 1 hour stay in each stop. I felt that locals are taking advantage of us travelers.
I asked one of the locals on how they did the policy for these entrance fees and accordingly, the collected fees serves as salaries of the island keepers. One boatman interrupted and says that these Islands are owned by private sectors/families which they charge their own fees. I' am not against charging entrance fees but hopefully the local government will issue a Mandatory and Aligned policy to lessen the said fees. Approximately, there were about 100 person in each of the destinations which means each island earns 10,000 pesos a day.
Here are the updated entrance fees as of April 2011.
Siete Pecados - 100.00 per head
Banul Beach - 100.00 per head
Barracuda Lake - 100.00 per head
Twin Lagoon - 100.00 per head
Skeleton Ship Wreck - 100.00 per head
Kayangan Lake - 200.00 per head

Philippines is blessed with plenty of beautiful tourist spots but if it's too costly to experience these sites, tourism will definitely affect with all negative reviews. Hope they will fix it!

10  Thank russellpicardal
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Reviewed March 22, 2011

I was surprised at how close Siete Pecados was to Coron Town (Poblacion). It was 6-10 minutes to the East from the harbor. All of a sudden you're in the middle of these separate, arbitrary, beautiful small rock formations, floating over clear water gleaming with colorful fish.
Jump in and it's pretty crazy.
It's a protected marine park, but of course there is some coral damage. Being so very close to town, it is surprising at how maintained and healthy the ecosystem really is! It is teeming with life and the best of the nearest most accessible places to go snorkeling by Coron Town. If you are island-hopping and exploring, it's one of the best options for the perfect in-between. You don't need to stay long. Just pass by. Bring the kids; they'll go nuts. Entrance fee is 100p.

2  Thank jennagenio
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