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A comprehensive travel guide to Coron, Palawan – a popular tourist destination in the Philippines featuring white sand beaches, lagoons, lakes, and many others.

Considered 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. [Check out our list of Hotels, Resorts, Inns, & Pension Houses in Coron]

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.

Related: Ultimate Coron Experience: 6D5N Itinerary

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!

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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 and Philippine Airlines have direct flights to Busuanga from Manila. Busuanga is the jump-off point to Coron. From Busuanga’s Francisco Reyes Airport, you can get 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 will have 3x weekly trips from El Nido to Coron. The boat departs from El Nido at 12:00NN and arrives in Coron at around 4:00 PM on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Fare is Php2,640 / USD50. It is highly recommended to book your ticket in advance, especially during the peak season. You can book online now. This service will be back starting 1 April 2022.

How to get to Coron from Puerto Princesa:

2Go Ferry has one trip every week from Puerto Princesa to Coron leaving every Friday at 2:00 AM and arrives in Coron at 3:30 PM. The fare starts at around Php2,300 for a Super Value Class seat. Book now online.

HOW TO GET AROUND CORON

The most common mode of public transportation around Coron town proper is the tricycle. You can either go on a shared ride or charter the whole tricycle especially if your destination is from the town proper. Alternatively, you can also rent a motorbike to get around Coron. The current fare (March 2022) is P25 per person for a shared ride.

HOTELS IN CORON: WHERE TO STAY IN CORON

Budget Hotels and Cheap Hostels in Coron [DOT-Accredited]

Luis Bay Travelers Lodge

Luis Bay Travelers Lodge is ideal for budget travelers and backpackers visiting Coron. At Php500 (USD10) a night, you’ll get a comfortable single fan room. Check rates & reviews

Luis Bay Travelers Lodge | Photo via Agoda

Acacia Garden Inn

If your budget is higher, you can opt to stay at Acacia Garden Inn, one of the top-rated budget DOT-accredited hotels in Coron. The room rates here start at around Php1500 (USD30) per night.

Acacia Garden Inn is one of the top-rated budget DOT-accredited hotels in Coron
Acacia Garden Inn | Photo via Agoda

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.

Bluewave Hotel | Photo via Agoda

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.

Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel - best lucry hotel in Coron
Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel | Photo via Agoda

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 on the island, 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
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 beautiful see-through waters, all of which are tantamount to Boracay’s, Malcapuya Island makes for a competent rival to the title of “best coast” in the Philippines.

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Malcapuya Island
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 between the two parts is actually defined by the tides. When the tide is low, you could easily see the connection as to why the two bodies of water make for a “sibling” with the opening of the entrance underneath an overarching rock which would otherwise not be visible when the tide is higher.

Twin Lagoon Coron
Twin Lagoon | Bigstock Photo

Yet, when the tide is high and getting across the second lagoon is necessary, there are always 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.  

Skeleton Wreck

Calauit Safari Park  

If you like seeing animals and are not too bothered about 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.

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Calauit Safari
Calauit Safari Park

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 Barracuda Lake will show you what the notion meant as you encounter the underwater mountains underneath.

Barracuda Lake
Barracuda Lake | Bigstock Photo

Mt. Tapyas

Another famous attraction in Coron is the majestic Mt. Tapyas where visitors can witness the breathtaking sceneries of the island. Mt. Tapyas is known to be the second tallest mountain on the island at 210 meters. Despite its height, hiking atop the summit is quite manageable for everyone! 

Mt. Tapyas Coron
Mt. Tapyas Coron

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 themselves. Whether you are traveling solo or traveling with a group, you can book these tours and pay a fixed price.

The popular tours in Coron are Coron Tour A (Kayangan Lake Tour), Coron Tour B (Barracuda Lake Tour) and Coron Tour C (Malcapuya Island Tour). You can also go on a half-day town tour or a full-day Calauit Safari tour.

SAMPLE CORON ITINERARY 4D3N

Most travelers to Coron stay for 4 days and 3 nights. If you are one of them, this is the suggested itinerary for you.

Day 1: Arrival in Coron – take the morning flight, 11:00 AM if possible for the town tour in the afternoon

  • Arrival in Busuanga Airport – 12:00nn
  • Van transfer – check-in at hotel 1:00-2:00PM
  • Lunch
  • Town Tour (Plaza, souvenir shop, church, Mt. Tapyas & Maquinit Hotspring 4:00-8:00 PM
  • Dinner

Day 2: Coron Tour A – Kayangan Lake Tour

The Coron Tour A usually starts at 9:00 AM and ends around 4:00 PM. Lunch is included in the tour package.

  • Pick-up at hotel at around 8:00-8:30 AM
  • Start of tour 9:00 AM
    • Kayangan Lake and View Deck
    • Green Lagoon
    • Sunset Beach
    • CYC Beach
  • End of Tour / Back at the hotel 5:00 PM
  • Dinner

Day 3: Coron Tour B – Barracuda Lake Tour

The Coron Tour B usually starts at 9:00 AM and ends around 5:00 PM. Lunch is included in the tour package.

  • Pick-up at hotel at around 8:00-8:30 AM
  • Start of tour 9:00 AM
    • Twin Lagoon
    • Reef Garden
    • Smith Beach
    • Skeleton Wreck
    • Barracuda Lake
  • End of Tour / Back at the hotel 5:00 PM
  • Dinner
  • Buy Pasalubong

Day 4: Fly back to Manila

If you stay in Coron for more days, you can avail of the Calauit Safari + Black Island Tour or the Island Escapade Tour. You can check out my Coron Itinerary for 6D5N for more information.

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Where to Eat in Coron?

Food in Coron is relatively pricey but there are plenty of options to choose from depending on your budget. Check out this list of 6 Best Restaurants in Coron.

Where to Buy Pasalubong in Coron

Cashew nut or kasoy is the most popular pasalubong item in Coron. The price usually ranges from P1,000 to P1,200 per kilo but I found a souvenir shop near the pier that sells kasoy for only P800 per kilo. I went to several shops and it’s the cheapest I could get. You can also buy half a kilo at P400 or taste it first with their 50g pack for P50. The shop is called ECO Souvenir Shop located at Don Pedro St., Brgy. 2, Coron, Palawan. It is beside Farmaciaco.

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