CORON TRAVEL GUIDE: Things to Do and See, Itinerary and Travel Tips

A comprehensive travel guide to Coron, Palawan, Philippines.

Considered a home to the locals among three clustered islands located between Mindoro and the rest of Palawan, Coron is a memorable island destination both below the water’s surface, above it, and on land. Apart from the impressive clear waters in the sea and the vestiges of World War II ships underneath it, Coron—the atoll—is simply amazing all things considered.

Coron Travel guide
Coron Blue Lagoon | Deposit Photos

From the geography to the surrounding ocean and anything in between, there’s a handful of interesting places to find if you will take the time to visit this one island of three around Palawan. [Read: Five Reasons to Ditch Coron]

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO TO CORON

The best time to visit Coron is during the summer season between March to May. Expect to pay more on plane fares and hotel accommodations as it’s also the island’s peak season. But, if you book your accommodation and flight in advance, you will save a lot!  

HOW TO GET TO CORON

There are a number of ways to get to Coron from different parts of the Philippines. Here are some of the common ways to get to Coron from Manila, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido.

How to get to Coron from Manila:

Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, SkyJet and Air Juan have direct flights to Busuanga from Manila. Busuanga is the jump-off point to Coron. From Busuanga’s Francisco Reyes Airport, you can take a van to take you to Coron. The van fare is Php150 / USD2.8.   Alternatively, you can also take a ferry from Manila to Coron. You may check the schedule and book online.  

How to get to Coron from Cebu:

Philippine Airlines have direct flights from Cebu Mactan International Airport to Coron Busuanga Airport.  

How to get to Coron from El Nido:

Montenegro Shipping Lines has daily trips from El Nido to Coron. the boat departs at 6 AM and arrives in Coron at 10:00 AM. Fare is Php1,760 / USD33. It is highly recommended to book your ticket in advance especially during the peak season. You can book online now.  

How to get to Coron from Puerto Princesa:

2Go Ferry has one trip every week from Puerto Princesa to Coron leaving every Sunday at 7:00AM and arrives in Coron at 6PM. The fare starts at Php1,180 for a Super Value Class seat. Book now online.

HOW TO GET AROUND CORON

The most common mode of public transportation around Coron proper is tricycle. You can either go on a shared ride or charter the whole tricycle espcially if your destination id from the town proper. Alternatively, you can also rent a motorbike to get around Coron.  

HOTELS IN CORON : WHERE TO STAY IN CORON

Budget Hotels and Cheap Hostels in Coron

Happy Camper Hostel

Dormitory rooms are spacious and the location is good. Ideal for backpackers who are budget conscious. Beds in fan rooms start at around Php437 / USD8.5 a night. Check availability and book.

Mid-range Hotels in Coron

Bluewave Hotel

Located in Nueva Street, Barangay 1, Coron, Bluewave Hotel is a walking distance to the town proper. Room rates start at around Php4,000 /USD75 for a suite room. Check availability and book.

Luxury Hotels in Coron

Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel is the place to be if you want an extra special vacation in Coron. It offers clean and big rooms with luxurious amenities. Check rates and availability.

TOP TOURIST SPOTS IN CORON: BEST THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN CORON

Kayangan Lake  

Renowned for having the cleanest and clearest liquid in a body of water at an elevation in the island, the Kayangan Lake is truly a sight to behold. To truly experience the lake, however, you would either have to choose to swim, dive, or otherwise ride a raft over it. As a fair warning, though, given the popularity of Coron Island as a tourist hotspot, the place is not solitary.

Kayangan Lake | Deposit Photos
Kayangan Lake | Deposit Photos

Malcapuya Island  

Many who had been to Boracay are under the impression that it makes for the best beach in the country. They obviously have not seen Malcapuya Island yet with the notion. Having finely-grained sands that appears white under direct sunlight paired with a beautiful see-through waters, all of which tantamount to Boracay’s, Malcapuya Island makes for a competent rival to the title of “best coast” in the Philippines.

Malcapuya Beach | Bigstock Photo
Malcapuya Beach | Bigstock Photo

Twin Lagoon  

The eponymous Twin Lagoon easily describes what you could expect in the place—two “concrete” bodies of water. But the relationship among the two parts is actually defined with the tides. When the tide is low, you could easily see the connection as to why the two bodies of water make for as a “sibling” with the opening of the entrance underneath an overarching rock which would otherwise not be visible when the tide is higher.

Twin Lagoons | Bigstock Photo

Yet, when the tide is high and that getting across the second lagoon is necessary, there are always the ladders that are left around the rock which people can use to traverse across.  

Sunken Japanese Wrecks  

It goes without saying that the island of Coron has seen its fair share of war back in World War II. Nowhere is this notion perhaps truer than its deep waters that have been the grave of the Japanese sunken ships which were themselves a casualty of the war. At present, these wreckages below the ocean make for a very popular spot among divers around Coron.  

Calauit Safari Park  

If you like seeing animals and are not too bothered whether or not they are native to the land, the Calauit Safari Park easily fills this desire with an eclectic showcase of animals sourced from Africa, like zebras and giraffes in addition to local finds such as the Calamian deer, the Philippine Crocodile, porcupine, civet cat, etc.

Calauit Safari Park
Calauit Safari Park | Photo by: Max Reyes under creative commons

Underwater Mountains in Barracuda Lake  

Not all mountains elevate above seawater, others are also as “proud” standing tall under the water of the ocean. Diving below the Barracuda Lake will show you what the notion meant as you encounter the underwater mountains underneath.

Barracuda Lake
Barracuda Lake | Bigstock Photo

DISCOUNTED CORON TOURS

The best way to explore Coron is by booking a shared tour. Like El Nido, Coron offers different tours where guests can avail. Whether you are traveling solo or traveling with a group, you can book these tours and pay for a fixed price.

You can choose from Coron Tour A (Kayangan Lake Tour), Coron Tour B (Barracuda Lake Tour) and Coron Tour C (Malcapuya Island Tour).

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SAMPLE CORON ITINERARY AND EXPENSES

Day 1: Arrival in Coron
3:00PM – Arrived in Coron from Manila
5:00PM – Hotel Check in
5:30PM – Explore the town
8:00PM – Dinner

Day 2: Coron Tour A
7:00AM – Hotel pick up
7:30 AM – Proceed to CYC beach then to Coral Garden
12:00PM – Picnic lunch at Atwayan Beach
1:00PM – Hidden Lagoon
2:00PM – Quin Reef
3:00PM – Kayangan Lake
5:00PM – Hotel drop off

Day 3: Coron Tour B
7:00AM –  Hotel pick up
7:30AM – Proceed to Barracuda Lake then to Skeleton Wreck
12:00PM – Picnic lunch at Banol Beach
1:00PM – Twin Lagoon
3:00PM – Reef Garden
5:00PM – Hotel drop off

Day 4: Fly back to Manila

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