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When we think of Coron, the first thing that comes to mind are the towering karst cliffs that cloister pristine lagoons and lakes. These limestone walls have become iconic, but they’re not really unique to the area. Several other destinations in the Philippines have the same wonders to brag about — from El Nido just across the sea to Caramoan all the way to the other side of the country — but what sets Coron apart is the sheer diversity of what it has to offer.

Coron is part of the Calamianes, a collection of jagged islands that pepper the waters of Northern Palawan. It is the tourism hub in the area. Its map is dotted with tour operator offices, hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. Consequently, this made the town of Coron the major jump-off point to tourist attractions in neighboring islands and municipalities.

Coron offers a wide array of tourist spots and activities — from lustrous lagoons to beautiful beaches to unforgettable dive sites. They even have saltwater hot springs, which is pretty rare, and, believe it or not, an African safari.

Note: Most of these attractions can be accessed as part of an organized tour — either by chartering a private ride or by joining a group tour. You can also pull a D-I-Y if you have the means. In addition, opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official websites or Facebook pages before visiting.


1. Kayangan Lake

This scenic lake can be reached after a 15-minute trek up a hill, a bit challenging but totally worth it. But even before reaching the actual lake, you will be treated to a magnificent view of the clear blue waters halfway. This image from the view deck is what you will usually see when you search Kayangan Lake on the internet.

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To reach the actual lake, you need to do a few minutes of trekking, but the sight of Kayangan Lake will make the climb worth it. It is hailed as one of “the cleanest lakes in the Philippines”. It’s also important to note that the area is maintained by the local Tagbanua tribe. Take a dip and appreciate the surrounding rock formations. Go early to avoid the crowd.

Entrance Fee: P300 Tour Guide Fee: P500 If chartering a private boat: Standard rates are P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If joining a group tour: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions before booking.

Get discounted rates when you book with Klook! The Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour and Coron Tour A both include Kayangan Lake in their itineraries.



2. Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake is another popular lake on Coron Island that is open to the public.

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Why Barracuda? It’s said to be named after a giant barracuda fish whose skeleton was discovered in the depths of the lake. Like the Kayangan Lake, it has brackish water, a combination of saltwater and freshwater, but what makes it more interesting, especially for divers, is the thermocline — layers of cold, warm, and hot waters.

Be sure to follow the safety regulations when swimming and diving.

Entrance Fee: P250 Tour Guide Fee: P500 If booking a private boat: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax) per boat. Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If joining a group tour: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions before booking.

Score a great deal when you book with Klook! Both Coron Tour B and Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour have Barracuda Lake in their itineraries.


3. Twin Lagoon

This is a double treat for tourists! This stop features two pieces of paradise separated by a low karst wall.

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The first lagoon where the boats are docked can easily get crowded, especially at midday. The second lagoon can be accessed in two ways, depending on the tide — taking the ladder over the rock during high tide or swimming through an opening underneath the rock during low tide. Either way, take utmost care when transiting between the two.

You may feel a combination of warm and cold water as you swim in the lagoons.

Entrance Fee: P200 Tour Guide Fee: P500 If booking a private boat: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If booking a group tour: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary first before booking. Some tour packages don’t have Twin Lagoon in their itinerary.

You can book this tour through Klook! The Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour and Coron Tour B both include Twin Lagoon in their itineraries.

4. Banul Beach

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Aside from the lagoons and lakes, Coron is also blessed with beautiful beaches both on the mainland and on the islands. Banul Beach features powdery white sand, limestone walls, and a coral garden.

Banul Beach is the usual lunch stop for the Coron Island Tour, although not always. Some tour operators do their lunch stop somewhere else when the beach has already reached its traffic capacity.

Entrance Fee: P150 Tour Guide Fee: P500 If booking a private boat: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If booking a join-in tour: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions before booking. Some tour packages don’t have Banul Beach in their itinerary.

Score a great deal when you book with Klook! Coron Tour B and Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour’s itineraries have Banul Beach as their lunch stop.

5. CYC Beach

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Coron Youth Club (CYC) Beach is usually part of the Coron Island Tour package. The beach has fascinated both local and foreign tourists for its clear waters, fine white sand, and picturesque beachscape embellished with mangrove trees and rock formations.

Entrance Fee: FREE Tour Guide Fee: P500 If booking a private boat: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If booking a group tour package: P1,500 – P1,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking. Some tour packages don’t have CYC Beach in their itinerary.

Get discounted rates when you book with Klook! Both the Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour and Coron Tour A’s itineraries include CYC Beach.

6. Siete Pecados

If you are curious about what Coron has to offer beneath the surface, Siete Pecados Marine Park flaunts a diverse and vibrant underwater ecosystem.

Aside from various marine species, it also features a colorful coral garden that delights divers and snorkelers alike.

Entrance Fee: P100 Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Coron Island Tour Rates: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

Book with Klook! The Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour and Coron Tour A both include Siete Pecados in their itineraries.

7. Mount Tapyas

At 210 meters, Mount Tapyas offers a panoramic view of its surroundings. At its summit stands a giant cross. At sunset or sunrise, you can also witness the sky’s colorful gradient.

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But to get to the top, you need to conquer around 700 concrete steps. But fret not, rest stops with chairs have been installed along the way. For those who are not really into hiking, you can stop and take a breather in one of these rest decks.

To reach Mount Tapyas, you can march to the base of the hill independently (DIY-style) or charter a tricycle. If you want a hassle-free trip, you can book a Coron Town Tour . Whatever you choose, make sure to bring enough water and sun protection for this activity.

Entrance Fee: FREE Coron Town Tour: P700 – P1,600 per person. Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

You can get promo rates when you book with Klook!


8. Maquinit Hot Springs

After your island-hopping escapade or your Mount Tapyas hike, Maquinit Hot Spring is a perfect place to cap off your day. The hot spring bath draws dozens of tourists — locals and foreigners — despite the considerable distance from the town center.

You can book a tour or just charter a tricycle to go there. The roundtrip tricycle fare is around P350. The travel time is around 30 minutes from the town center.

Entrance Fee: P200 Coron Town Tour: P700 – P1,600 per person. Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

Maquinit Hot Spring is often included in the Coron Town Tour package. If you decide to take this tour instead, get promo rates when you book with Klook!

9. Calauit Safari

A piece of Africa in the Philippines? Yes!

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Although not really an African safari, the Calauit Safari Park still entices you with an experience that is different from the usual island destination activities in the Philippines. The island provides a habitat for animals that are not native in the Philippines like giraffes and zebras.

Calauit is located in the municipality of Busuanga, on the other side of the island, so it can take a lot of time to reach. To get to the Calauit Safari, you travel by sea or travel by land.

If you want to visit Black Island too, then the recommended mode is by boat. Here are the other stops when you travel by boat: Lusong Coral Garden and Gun Boat Wreck and Pamilacan Island. Other packages might include these stops: North Cay and South Cay.

If you choose to go by land, the itinerary will depend on the operator. Choose the one that suits your preferences. The trip by land usually consists of 2-4 of these attractions (aside from Calauit Safari): Conception Falls, Malbato Chapel, North/South Cay, Pamilacan Island, and Lusong Coral Garden and Gun Boat Wreck.

Entrance Fee: P250 (Filipinos) / P400 (Regular) Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P9,300 (2-4 pax) / P10,400 (5-8 pax) / P17,000 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Calauit Safari Tour Rates: P2,500 – P3,000 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

You can get discounted rate when you book Klook’s Coron Calauit Safari and Beach Tour!


10. Black Island

Situated northwest of Busuanga Island is Malajon Island , popularly called Black Island by the locals and tourists.

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It looks intimidating from afar because of its distinct feature — the dark colossal karst cliffs that largely define the island’s landscape. These peaks rise from a huge bed of white sand that slopes steeply and slides under the waves. It’s a wide and happy playground for the beach lover.

Aside from snorkeling, diving, or beach-bumming, you can also go cave hunting as the island have caves that are open to the public. The biggest can be easily accessed by climbing a short ladder. Its floor is cracked open, allowing a glimpse of the cold crystal water that filled its miniature lakes. Stalactites adorn its ceiling and rocks covered in sparkling white silica make up its walls.

Black Island is usually part of the Calauit Safari Tour by sea.

Entrance Fee: P200 Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P9,300 (2-4 pax) / P10,400 (5-8 pax) / P17,000 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Calauit Safari Tour Rates: P2,500 – P3,000 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

You can book Klook’s Coron Calauit Safari and Beach Tour and get a discounted rate!

11. Pamalican Island

There are two Pamalican Islands in Palawan: the popular one is in Cuyo, which is exclusively owned by Amanpulo; the other can be found in Busuanga, easily accessible from Coron.

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Lying west of Busuanga, this 50-hectare island is fringed by a wide expanse of light-colored sand and is covered by a dense forest. This is the best place for beach lovers to laze around and swim.

Pamalican Island is usually included in the Calauit Safari Tour itinerary.

Entrance Fee: P100 Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P9,300 (2-4 pax) / P10,400 (5-8 pax) / P17,000 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Calauit Safari Tour Rates: P2,500 – P3,000 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

12. Lusong Coral Garden & Gun Boat

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Lusong Coral Garden is another usual stop in the Calauit Safari Tour itinerary. This activity is amazing and enjoyable not only for those who know how to dive but also for those who are content just snorkeling.

The vast coral garden is a sight to behold — various colorful marine creatures frolicking in and out of the various formations of vibrant corals.

Lusong also has a shipwreck of a World War II gunboat.

Klook’s Coron Reefs and Wreck Day Tour includes Lusong Coral Garden at Gun Boat in the itinerary.


13. Malcapuya Island, Bulog Dos & Banana Island

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These island destinations are tailor-fit for those who are interested in beach bumming and swimming. These three share the same feature — powdery white sand beaches, cerulean waters, and rock formations — but each of them still offers something different and will make you appreciate the natural beauty of Coron.

All three are usually included in Malcapuya Island Tour , sometimes called Island Escapade Tour or Beaches Tour . Some packages also have Malaroyroy Island in the itinerary.

Entrance Fee: P250 (Malcapuya Island) / P250 (Bulog Dos) / P250 (Banana Island) Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P4,350 (4 pax) / P5,450 (8 pax) / P7,100 (15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Island Escapade Tour Rates: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

Klook’s Coron Tour C and Coron Island Escapade Day Tour have Malcapuya Island in their itineraries. Check the other inclusions.



14. Fireflies and Plankton Tour

It’s something that we highly recommend! This tour is an enchanting experience that you will never forget! In Coron, fireflies come out and fly around the mangroves at night, creating a luminous show.

But it doesn’t stop there. The natural illumination continues when you look down and dip your hand in the water, creating a magical trail brought about by the bioluminescent plankton.

You can avail of this through Calamian Islands Travel and Tours. The tour is inclusive of buffet dinner, transfers, and kayak fees. Note that they don’t do private tours, only group tours.

We tried taking photos and videos but it’s just too dark. But it is similar to what’s happening in this video. Not the same, but close to it.

Joiner Tour: P950 per person Tour Duration: Pick-up at 6:00 PM. The end of the tour and return to the hotel is at 9:30 PM.

15. Parasailing

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This is a thrilling way to see and experience Coron. If you want to see panoramic views of the natural riches of the area from above but don’t want to sweat it out by hiking up a mountain, you can opt to strap yourself up and parasail. Feel the wind embracing you as you appreciate the breathtaking scenery up in the air.

There are many parasailing packages offered in Coron. You can go solo or experience with your friends or family by booking the double flyer or the triple flyer. You can also check Klook’s All-In Watersports Experience if you want to try other watersports aside from parasailing.



16. Water Sports

Aside from the island-hopping tours, there are lots of water sports activities in Coron. Each operator offers different packages with varying inclusions and/or combines them with other tours or activities. Choose the best that suits your preference, budget, and itinerary. Some of the options are:

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  • Banana Boat

Score a discounted rate when you book with Klook! If you want to check the rates and inclusions, here are some of the water sports activities offered. Note that most tours are bundled with a “Clear Kayaking” activity.

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17. Culion Island

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Also part of the Calamianes, Culion Island is another day trip destination from Coron. Isolated from the rest of the world for almost a century, Culion has endured the stigma associated with being the biggest leper colony in the world.

Finally declared a leprosy-free area in 2006 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the island town is slowly rising as a tourist destination. Getting there is quite challenging as that route is yet to be developed, so the crowd volume is way fewer than the neighboring Coron and Busuanga.

Some of the places to visit are the Culion Museum and Archives, Culion Church, Aguila Viewpoint, Balanga Falls, San Ignacio Farm, Pulang Lupa, and diving/snorkeling sites. The first three are usually part of the Culion Town Historical Tour .

Island hopping tour usually includes Malcapuya Island, Banana Beach, Bulog Bulog Beach, Bogor Marine Park.

Getting There: You can charter a private boat via the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The office is located at Lualhati Park, just behind the public market. The rates depend on the number of passengers and the itinerary. Note that because the price is quite steep, it is best for big groups. Alternatively, you can join a group day tour from Coron. This is a much cheaper option if you don’t plan to stay overnight on the island.

If you are planning to stay overnight, the cheapest option is to take the passenger boat from Coron. Only one trip per day per way. The departure time from Coron is 1:30 PM. The trip back to Coron is scheduled at 7:00 AM the next day. The travel time is about 90 minutes. Note that this schedule might change, depending on the weather condition and other reasons.

Rates: P3000/1-4 pax, P3500/5-8 pax, P6000/10-15 pax (Private Boat Roundtrip); Approximately P1200 (Day Tour from Coron); P180 (Passenger Boat Fare + P20 Terminal Fee)

18. Coron Town Tour

Coron is not just about island hopping and beach activities. The town center also has some attractions for those interested in seeing how the locals go about their lives. Here are the usual stops:

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  • Public market
  • Souvenir shops
  • Lualhati Park
  • St. Augustine Church
  • Maquinit Hot Springs
  • Mount Tapyas

Some tours include a stop at a cashew nuts factory.

Although it is entirely possible to do this tour on your own — most stops are accessible by tricycle and on foot — it’s best done with a guide, who can explain the significance of these places to the locals.

Rates: Maquinit Hotsprings P200 (Entrance Fee); P350 (Roundtrip Tricycle Fare); FREE (Mount Tapyas Entrance) Coron Town Tour: P700 – P1,600 per person. Check the itinerary and inclusions before booking.

If you want to join a group tour, you can book Klook’s Coron Town Half-Day Tour. Usually, Klook offers discounted rates for tour packages.

19. Shipwreck Diving

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The battle between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1944 at the height of World War II resulted in about a dozen sunken warships at the bottom of Coron Bay. These shipwreck diving spots are just a short boat ride from the mainland and are within recreational diving depth. The colossal wartime vessel wrecks are said to be some of the best-preserved in the world.

Some of the popular wrecks are the Irako, the Olympia Maru, the Okikawa Maru, the Kogyo Maru, the Akitsushima, and the Morazan. There are many dive operators in Coron Town, so you will have no problem booking a diving tour here.

20. Seafood Galore

Because Coron is a world-famous island destination with very few food sources, expect the food to be quite pricey. Yes, even seafood! If you are eating at restaurants, the price range for a meal is P150 to P400.

To give you an idea, the P150-meal at a proper sit-down resto is composed of a cup of rice and a small serving of a Pinoy dish like adobo, tapa, or liempo. If you want to binge on seafood, the price of grilled seafood is around P200. For fruit shakes, the price is P100 to P120.

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Some of the restaurants we tried are:

  • La Morena Cafe
  • Carl’s BBQ
  • Kawayanan Grill Station
  • KT’s Sinugba sa Balai
  • La Sirenetta

The locals also recommend Santino’s Grill and Amigos’ Smokes and Grill .

That said, there are still many carinderias and other budget options for those traveling on a shoestring.

Note: Most restaurants and cafés are operating only during lunchtime and dinner time. Lunchtime is from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and dinner time is 6:00 PM onwards.

Top Coron Resorts & Hotels

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Here are some of the top-reviewed hotels, hostels, resorts, and apartments in Coron as scored by Agoda customers.

  • Happy Camper Hostel. Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • Haisa Apartment. Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • Blue Waters Inn Coron Palawan. Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel. Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • Bluewave Hotel. Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • Acacia Garden Inn. Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • Coron Eco Lodge. Check Rates & Photos! ✅

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  • List of DOT-Accredited Coron Resorts
  • Coron Travel Guide with Sample Itinerary
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10 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Coron, Palawan 2023

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  • September 23, 2023
  • Tourist Spots

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They say great things come in small packages, and Coron—being a small town—definitely lives up to the tale. With the dainty rustic charm of the town, the majestic views, inviting waters, and abundant marine life, Coron is more than just a tourist destination, it’s home to every thalassophile.  

Coron is a first-class municipality in the province of Palawan, located in the Eastern part of Busuanga Island. If flying by plane, you will need to book a flight to Busuanga Airport, or you can also travel by ferry. The Coron Town Proper is where most resorts, hotels, and restaurants are located and the jumpoff point for island tours.  

Coron, with all its tourist spots, is open all year round. However, it is highly recommended to visit during the dry months of November until May, with the peak travel season falling between the warm months of March and May.  

Here are our top picks for the best tourist attractions in Coron that you should not dare miss! 


1. Kayangan Lake 

Said to be the cleanest lake in all of the Philippines, Kayangan Lake is a turquoise crystal-clear brackish lake. It is only reachable by a 15-minute boat ride from Coron Town followed by a steep 15-minute uphill climb with approximately 300 steps. Midway through the hike is the famous picturesque viewpoint that overlooks the majestic view of Coron Bay – with its magnificent stone islets and cliffs surrounded by breathtaking blue waters. This spot is probably one of the most photographed scenery in Palawan on Google.  

The waters of Kayangan Lake is cold and refreshing after the hot walk. The water is still, turquoise, and clear. From the surface, you’d see the jagged rocks underneath and the little fishes. There’s a bamboo walkway half-circling the lake and bamboo rafts available to use in exploring, with the assistance, of course, of a local guide.  

It is important to remember though, that the lake is an ancestral domain and is sacred to the locals so we need to conduct ourselves with utmost respect and courtesy. Additionally, it is important to keep life jackets on while swimming around the lake because some parts of the water go much deeper plus it’s 70% freshwater so your body would be less buoyant.

Kayangan Lake - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

2. Barracuda Lake

“What?! A lake full of Barracudas?!” Not exactly; there’s only one shy resident barracuda who likes to hide among the rocks at the far side of the lake. The lake experiences a thermocline –  a phenomenon where layers of cold, warm, and hot water co-exist due to the mixed salt and freshwater. Because of such unique characteristics, plus its amazing jagged cliffs, divers who venture down the hot-cool depths experience a sort of weightlessness and view that resembles a moonwalk. 

Barracuda Lake - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

3. Twin Lagoon

It is exactly how it sounds like – a pair of crystal turquoise lagoons, brilliant against the majestic black, jagged karst walls of Coron. The lagoons are separated by a very narrow cliff; you’d know you’re near this partition because there will be a line of other tourists climbing up the wooden steps. During low tides, however, you can simply swim underneath the cliff. 

The salty waters are perfect for swimming. Do note that around April and May, there may be more jellyfish in the water than usual so we recommend wearing a rash guard.  

Twin Lagoon - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

4. Lusong Coral Garden 

Get ready to find Nemo! The Lusong Coral Garden is another of the most beautiful reefs for snorkeling accessible from Coron. This narrow coral reef bordering the southwest coast of Lusong Island is teeming with marine life and ends in a steep drop off into the blue. 

Apart from the abundant soft and branching corals, this underwater haven boasts of anemone fish, butterfly fish, angelfish, giant clams, and our main little dudes, the ocellaris clownfish.

Lusong Coral Garden - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

5. Calauit Safari 

Take a break from swimming and try this dry land adventure in Coron. The Calauit Safari Park covers almost 3800 hectares and is a wildlife sanctuary in the Philippines originally created in 1976 as a game reserve featuring large African mammals. In the 1980s more indigenous species were raised which has resulted in the successful conservation of Calamian deer, Palawan bearded pig, Philippine crocodile, Philippine porcupine, Binturong, and Philippine mouse-deer. The Calamian deer, by the way, is endemic to Palawan and is an endangered species. Thanks to this sanctuary, their population has gravely improved. 

Upon your arrival here, you will be assigned a guide and will be riding a Land Rover as you tour the land. You will pass by the different animals that roam free within the grounds: feeding, playing, running, and sitting under the shade of trees. It’s definitely the closest African safari feel you can get in the Philippines, so belt out your best rendition of “Circle of Life”. 

Calauit Safari - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

6. Pamalican Island 

This island is home to the famous resort of Amanpulo. It’s a 50-hectare private island paradise west of Busuanga. This destination is not one of the main tours offered in Coron, but it is available for booking. The Calauit tour usually allows you to make a quick stop on this island after visiting Calauit Safari. The waters of Pamalican are as clear, and the sand as white as the rest of Palawan, and the island is secluded. 

Pamalican Island - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

7. Malcapuya Island 

Imagine the cloud-like softness of the sands in Boracay but with the perks of a far-off beach – that’s Malcapuya Island. A boat ride to Malcapuya Island directly from the Coron Port usually takes one hour. You are docked on one side of the island, then you’ll have to take a 5-minute walk to fully enjoy the beachside. The island is sparsely resided with power only coming from generators. There are vendors selling typical Filipino street snacks such as turon (fried banana wrapped in spring roll paper), milkshakes, and buko (young coconut) juice. They only take cash so bring enough.  

Malcapuya offers a relaxing unspoiled beauty. Most people stay here for only a few minutes, but you can stay overnight. Just a heads up, the accommodations here won’t be glamorous but the peace and tranquility of the night will give you a break from the chaos of the world. The water is shallow with slow currents, and the beach is powdery white and oh-so-soft to walk on. We recommend you take off your footwear and walk the 50m stretch with your bare feet; it feels like walking on a cloud. 

Malcapuya Island in Coron Palawan - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

8. Banana Island 

Contrary to its name, there’s a whole lot more coconuts than bananas in this island. This was locally nicknamed after its subtle S-shape that, from above, looks like a banana..of some sort. 

The island has a short but white sand beach, and you can laze around and chill on hammocks hanging between coconut trees. The waters are a bit deeper than many island stops in Coron plus there’s a coral reef near so it’s a great snorkeling spot.  There’s a little shop that sells food and drinks too, if you’re famished or thirsty.  

Banana Island - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

9. Siete Pecados 

Named after a slightly macabre legend, “Siete Pecados”, which translates to “Seven Sins”, is indeed sinfully magnificent. This marine conservation is teeming with vibrant marine biodiversity and the best spot for snorkeling. The crystal and tranquil waters allow you to witness a variety of fishes inhabiting the reef and a kaleidoscope of corals, anemones, giant clams, and so much more. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see sea turtles, squids, octopi, and even baby sharks du du du. On one side of the reef, you’ll see the continental slope leading you to the deep end and perhaps a shoal of barracudas. If you scuba or free dive, imagine the underwater videos and photos you’ll get! 

This is honestly our favorite spot in Coron. It is so exquisite that in September 2022, the Siete Pecados Marine Park was recognized by the provincial government as the best-managed marine protected (MPA) area in Palawan.  

Siete Pecados - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

10. Bio-Luminescent Night Tour in Coron Mangrove Forrest 

We’ve all seen Moana, right? We’ve seen how her grandmother came back as a manta ray and lit up the waters in brilliant blue lights. That is what’s waiting for you on this tour! Well, probably without the manta ray. The firefly-watching and bio-luminescent night tour in the Coron Mangrove Forrest followed by dinner in Pange’t Floating Resto, is a must-try experience. 

The tour starts around 5 PM, and your guide will take you on a magical night adventure around the largest mangrove forest in Coron Town. You might have seen a few fireflies in your lifetime, but here, you’ll see them glowing and dancing in droves. And if that’s not magical enough for you, wait until you get to the bio-luminescent algae. A quick splash in the water and you’ll be singing “How Far I’ll Go” before you even know it! We promise it’s water magic we only usually see on TV or in a few international oceans.

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These are but our top ten picks! Coron has more to offer, and we recommend you stay longer or visit multiple times. We assure you you can never get enough of this little rustic island paradise. 

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With seascapes that are unquestionably some of the best in the world, there are countless reasons why the country’s most sparsely populated region is well-loved by tourists from all over the world. It is also interesting to note that this 403-mile island stretches as far as Borneo. Here are 25 of the must-visit tourist spots in Palawan: 1. Kayangan Lake Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan - Things to Do in Coron Palawan The view of Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan Located in beautiful Coron, Kayangan Lake is regarded as the cleanest lake in the country – some even consider it the cleanest lake in Asia. Before you can reach the lake itself, a trek is needed, but the fascinating views once you get to it are worth all the effort. The lake is warm and inviting, and don’t forget to gaze at its prepossessing jagged rock formations. 2. Barracuda Lake Barracuda Lake - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan Barracuda Lake in Coron, Palawan Love diving? Then Barracuda Lake should be on your itinerary. Also situated in Coron, this lake combines both fresh and salt waters that hold a secret hidden beneath it. To know this secret, you’ve got to dive in. This lake is named after a sizable barracuda skeleton once discovered in its depths. But don’t worry because though its name is “Barracuda,” there are not many barracudas in these waters, except for its resident barracuda that likes to conceal itself among the rocks at the lake’s far side. Yes, it will remind you of Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, indeed. 3. Twin Lagoon Twin Lagoon in Coron Palawan2 An aerial shot of the Twin Lagoon in Coron, Palawan The only way to get to the Twin Lagoon is by boat. If you wish for a more tranquil trip, you can ride a private boat, and you’ll reach this place early in the morning before the crowds arrive. But that does not mean you can’t take a boat ride with other tourists. Quite reminiscent of Italy’s Capri island, the Twin Lagoon got its name from the two bodies of water separated by stunning limestone cliffs on one of the many islets making up Palawan’s Calamian archipelago. You can explore its reefs and capture the best photos you can share with your friends on social media. 4. Siete Pecados Siete Pecados - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan An aerial view of Siete Pecados in Coron, Palawan Meanwhile, Siete Pecados is called such because of its seven islands bursting with marine life. You can mingle with sea turtles, squid, tropical angelfish, baby sharks, and octopi, among many others. Snorkel or dive into its turquoise waters to see its grandeur. This site is Coron’s closest dive site to the town proper. In just within a few minutes, your boat ride will take you right in the middle of its seven islands. 5. Calauit Island National Park Calauit Safari - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan Zebras at Calauit Safari in Coron, Palawan If you want to take a break from Palawan’s waters, head over to Calauit Island National Park. Spanning almost 3,800 hectares, this wildlife sanctuary was originally a game reserve established in 1976. Did you know that the park’s large African mammals were translocated here under the orders of former President Ferdinand Marcos? You won’t need to book a flight to Africa when you visit Calauit Island National Park. Roaming around the park are giraffes, waterbucks, monkeys, freshwater crocodiles, bear cats, zebras, bushbuck, various species of birds, and the region’s very own Calamian deer. 6. Mount Tapyas Mt. Tapyas - Things to Do in Coron Palawan The view from Mt. Tapyas in Coron, Palawan Palawan isn’t just about the beaches and waters. For hiking enthusiasts, there are also some trails you can tread, such as those of Mount Tapyas. 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Big Lagoon Big Lagoon - Tourist Spots in El Nido Palawan The majestic view of Big Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan Located off the eastern coast of El Nido’s Miniloc Island, Big Lagoon is famous for its vibrantly-hued waters and picturesque limestone rocks greeting you over the horizon. Your boat will approach this lagoon around a rock fronting a smaller lagoon. From here at the entrance, you can linger for a while and marvel at the Gatorade-blue pool. As it's shallowest, you can take a plunge and swim leisurely alongside sea turtles, or snorkel a bit farther to see some charming corals underneath you. 10. Small Lagoon Small Lagoon - Best Things to Do in El Nido, Palawan Small Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan You bet that if there’s a “Big Lagoon,” there has to be a “Small Lagoon.” Right, and Small Lagoon, being the more cramped version of the former, lets you pass through a narrow entrance that you need to plunge into or ride a kayak and go through a gap on a wall made of limestone, so you can see the turquoise waters and limestone cliffs inside. Then, you can either swim or kayak around this lagoon’s waters, and enjoy its calmness pulsating in harmony with the wildlife. 11. Shimizu Island Shimizu Island - El Nido Tours Shimizu Island in El Nido, Palawan welcomes you to its crystal-clear waters Shimizu Island is part of one of the most popular island-hopping tour packages in Palawan, which takes you here, and to Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and Secret Lagoon, among others. Snorkeling the calm and crystal clear waters is a recommended activity around this island. 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Cowrie Island Cowrie Island is another of the three islands you’ll be visiting in Honda Bay, the others being Luli Island and Starfish Island. The island got its name from the cowrie shells scattered around the area. Cowries are a type of sea snail. Aside from swimming in and snorkeling in its beguiling waters, tourists can also enjoy really incredible views of the island. Remember to take photos that you can keep as memories. Interestingly, some friendly locals on the island even offer to snap some artistic pictures of you on the island, free of charge. You can also enjoy a delicious picnic-style meal while on Cowrie Island. 19. Ugong Rock Adventures Are you an adrenaline junkie? You must include the Ugong Rock Adventures in your itinerary. 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Coron Palawan Philippines: Best Things To Do In Coron Island

Coron Palawan is one of the most amazing islands in the Philippines, with huge limestone peaks, multicolored lagoons, and great snorkeling or scuba diving.

Like other islands in the Philippines, Coron Island is a very budget friendly destination where you can see beautiful white sand beaches and some of the best coral reefs in Southeast Asia.

Even though Coron isn’t quite as famous as its nearby cousin El Nido , it’s more affordable and less crowded, and you could argue that the island hopping scenery is just as good.

This Coron travel guide will give you some details on getting there, things to do, where to stay, and how you can experience this gem of the Philippines yourself!

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Where Is Coron Island?

Coron is a small island located 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Palawan, which is a big island in the Philippines.

The area around Coron Bay has dozens of small islands with white sand beaches and sunken World War II shipwrecks, making it pretty much heaven for scuba diving and tropical island hopping!  

How To Get To Coron Palawan

Coron town can be reached by flight or ferry.

There’s an airport in Coron called the Busuanga airport (USU), but it’s not served internationally, so you’ll first need to fly to one of the big cities in the Philippines — Manila or Cebu — and go from there. You can shop for flights to the Philippines at Skyscanner.

If you plan to visit both El Nido and Coron, the easiest way to get there is to take the ferry between the two places , which only costs 1,800 Peso and takes a few hours.

You can also join a 4-day Palawan sailing expedition from El Nido to Coron and see some of the amazing secluded islands along the way (I’ll explain more on that later).  

Where To Stay In Coron

Acacia Garden Inn

Acacia Garden Inn

Vela Terraces Hotel

Vela Terraces Hotel

Coron Bancuang Mansion

Coron Bancuang Mansion

Joval Homestay

Joval Homestay

How To Get Around

Coron town is pretty small and only has a population of about 3,000.

It’s small enough to be walkable by foot for restaurants and most other things, but if you want to do some exploring outside of town you’ll need transport.

Scooter rentals are about 500 peso ($10 USD) per day. You can flag down a tricycle taxi for 100-200 peso per trip, but the scooter is more economical for long trips or multiple stops.

Shared or private airport transfers by van can be booked on Klook for as low as 180 peso per person.

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Coron Island Hopping

Coron has become a popular scuba diving destination, but the reason most people come here is for the incredible island hopping boat tours. You can’t miss these!  

• Coron Ultimate Island Tour

This is the main tour in Coron island and it combines a bunch of the top highlights in the area for a very full day trip.

You’ll get to land on some white sand beaches, see picturesque lakes and twin lagoons, and snorkel with fish at the fantastic coral gardens, along with at least one World War II shipwreck.

If you only do one tour in Coron, make sure it’s this one! It’s every bit as amazing as anything you can see in El Nido Palawan.

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• Coron Island Escapade Tour

This tour doesn’t seem to get as much publicity as the others, but it’s the best if you’re wanting to chill out on beaches.

You’ll get to walk across the ocean on a sandbar and see three amazing white sand beaches, complete with hammocks, fresh coconuts, and everything else you need to relax!

The main sights on this tour are Malcapuya Island, Ditaytayan Island, and Bulog Dos Island.

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• Coron Multi-Day Trips

Aside from the popular 1-day tours, you can also join multi-day sailing trips in Coron and the surrounding area, with some expeditions lasting up to 4 days and 3 nights, taking you all the way from Coron to El Nido , or vice versa.

This can be a great way to go island hopping in paradise without the crowds and time constraints of a simple day tour, and you get to see a lot of nice new islands that are off the beaten path and not included on the main day tours. It’s also a fun way to meet other travelers.

There are several companies offering multi-day trips in Palawan, but one of the highest rated is Big Dream Boat Man . They’re based in Coron, and they also have sailing expeditions that go all the way to El Nido, stopping at some amazing places along the way!

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Drone picture of karst mountains in Coron

Karst limestone peaks in Coron Palawan

What To Bring

Most of the items below can be found in Coron town in a pinch, but the quality of stuff you buy on the street won’t be guaranteed (personally, I’m not about to use a junky knockoff bag from a street vendor to protect my expensive camera gear).

It’s best to buy vetted products online!

  • Waterproof Bag: Essential for keeping your electronics safe on the boat tours. I brought a 30 liter bag and was able to fit my drone, tablet, camera, phone, and a bunch of other stuff inside. Everything was kept dry, even when I took the bag swimming a few times to reach hidden beaches!
  • Waterproof Phone Pouch: Same as above, but these are for your phone only. Great if you don’t have other electronics and just need something small to protect your phone.
  • Snorkeling Gear: Many of the islands have nice corals and fish, and you won’t want to miss out on them. Snorkels and masks can be rented on the boat too, but if you plan to do multiple tours it’s more economical to bring your own gear.
  • Water Shoes: Save your feet a lot of grief and wear water shoes! We got so many cuts while walking to shore from the boats.

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Is Coron Palawan Safe?

Yes! We’ve spent weeks here and I’d say it’s a very safe place.

The Philippines does have some problems with drugs and violent crime, but this hasn’t touched the small, remote town of Coron and it’s been a popular tourist spot for many years now.

You’ll be surrounded by international tourists at all times. Just keep your wits about you and follow normal precautions, and you shouldn’t have any issues.


Best Time To Visit Coron

Coron island is a tropical destination, so it’s warm all year round.

It’s also drier than El Nido. However, the best months to visit are still November to May, when it’s less rainy and not quite as hot.

We went once in January and once in February, and both times had fantastic weather for the entire week.  

How Long To Stay

I would plan to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Coron Philippines.

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Best Restaurants

Coron has a growing number of good places to eat, but these are some of our favorites:

  • Om’s Thai : Best restaurant in Coron, IMO. Great food, cheap prices, and huge portions. Indoors dining area with A/C and fans.
  • Levine’s Eatery : Good food, fair prices, great sunset view from the rooftop dining area.
  • Mat’s Shakes & Snacks : Great crepes and ice cream.
  • Trattoria Altrove Coron : Best pizza in Coron.

Other Coron Tips

  • Credit Cards: Most restaurants, hotels, and other things in Coron are cash only. I like to book my bigger purchases online (like hotels and tours), that way I can pay for them with credit card and save my precious cash for fresh coconuts!
  • ATM: Coron has several working ATMs now with big withdrawal limits. The pull fee is like 250 peso.
  • Electricity: There used to be long brownouts in Coron every day, but the electricity situation in Palawan island has improved quite a bit. On our latest visit, there were still daily brownouts, but they were quite short and didn’t really impact our trip at all. Many hotels and resorts in Coron also have generators in case there’s a problem with the electricity.
  • WiFi: Most hotels and places in Coron town have bad WiFi connections. This is gradually improving. For now, the best solution is to buy a local SIM card and use your phone as a hotspot. We had great speeds with Globe in the Coron area.
  • Language: Like many places in the Philippines, English is widely spoken by the locals in Palawan, so you don’t need to learn Tagalog to visit.
  • Hygiene: Don’t drink or brush with the tap water. Otherwise, eat and drink to your heart’s content!
  • Mosquitoes: There is some malaria present in Puerto Princesa city, but it’s very rare in Coron Palawan. I’ve never heard of a tourist getting malaria in Coron or Busuanga. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist there, but it’s certainly not common at all. There is still a risk of dengue fever from mosquitoes in Coron, which can be pretty nasty, so it’s a good idea to wear mosquito repellent in town or around the jungle. You don’t need to wear mosquito repellant while enjoying the beaches and island hopping in Coron, though.

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Best Coron Day Tour Packages

Klook has high rated Coron Palawan day tours for very competitive prices.

Their package for the Coron ultimate tour costs about 1,600 peso ($30 USD) and includes most of the usual stops like Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon, plus some good beaches and snorkeling locations. You also get free lunch and hotel pickup. This is a better price than many of the tour companies you’ll find on the street in Coron town!

The other advantage of booking an online tour like this is that you can pay by credit card or Paypal, so you won’t have to run to the ATM constantly (and the ATMs in Coron are not known for being very reliable in the first place).

Book Now: Coron Palawan Tour

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Where To Stay

Everyone visiting the islands stays in Coron town, which is on the east side of Busuanga island.

This is where all the hotels and restaurants are located, and it’s just a short drive from the airport or harbor.

The Coron hotels below are some of our top recommendations! You can see more options here .  

Coron Hotels

Where we stayed.

We stayed at Coron Visitors Hotel in town for 1,400 pesos ($27 USD) per night. This price got us a clean double bed with cold A/C and a private bathroom.

Keep in mind this is a relatively remote island in the Philippines, and the hotel scene is still struggling to develop and catch up with rapid demand, so don’t expect luxury.

Even so, this is one of the best budget friendly hotel options we could find in Coron. The location was perfect -— just a 5 minute walk from great restaurants -- and the staff were very helpful in arranging airport transfers, tours, and other things for us!

Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.

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We stayed at Coron Visitors Hotel for $27 USD

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  • Coron vs El Nido – Which Is Better?

Palawan island has become famous for its tropical scenery and island hopping, but in a head-to-head comparison of Coron vs El Nido which is better?

Both of these places are amazing, and it’s possible to do both (I’d recommend it!), but if you’re limited on time you may have to choose one or the other since the two provinces are separated in the Philippines by 100 kilometers of sea.

El Nido is more popular and more developed than Coron, but that’s not always a good thing. Coron is quieter and has better snorkeling and diving. Both El Nido and Coron have amazing islands and beaches to explore.

I wrote up a complete comparison of all the differences, and hopefully it’ll help you decide between Coron or El Nido!

Read More: Coron vs El Nido – Which Is Better?

  • Coron Ultimate Island Tour: What To Expect
  • El Nido Palawan Island Hopping Guide
  • My Philippines Travel Guide – Tips, Info & Photos

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Brother… been both places… Love El Nido, but the diving in Coron, and the in-town vibe was way cooler.. I built a house in Iba Zambales, and am heading back April 2023… Coron is number 1

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Coron is definitely underrated! Cheers

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Hi there! Thanks for the info 🙂 we are headed to El nido and coron for 3.5 weeks, very excited! From what I’m reading it seems there are no good beaches on (busuanga island, is that correct? I really want to avoid having to go on group tours (or pay for private tours) as much as possible. We have the big dream boat man tour booked and the paolyn floating house for a few nights. But spending 8 days on busuanga island staying in coron town… can we just ferry over to coron island and have a chill day on the beach? Or what would you recommend for just chill beach days?

Hi Laura! Sounds like a great trip. Yeah, the best beaches are on the northwest side of Coron island, which requires a boat to reach those if you’re coming from Coron town in Busuanga island. Unfortunately I don’t know of any cheap ferry between Busuanga and Coron, just the group tours or a private tour.

The distance by sea from Busuanga to Coron is really short though, so if you negotiate you may be able to get a pretty good price for a private tour, especially if you tell them you only want to stay on one beach for the day. Good luck and have a nice trip!

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Coron Tourist Spots: Top Things to Do in Coron, Palawan

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Coron is a breathtaking island located in the northern part of Palawan, Philippines. It is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and beach bums alike. With its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and stunning limestone cliffs, Coron has become a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists.

Sunset in Coron by Diego Gennaro via Unsplash

In this article, you will discover the top tourist spots in Coron, outdoor activities to try, cultural experiences to immerse yourself in, and culinary delights to savor. You will also find travel tips for Coron visitors and answers to frequently asked questions. Whether you’re planning a solo trip, a romantic getaway, or a family vacation, Coron has something for everyone. So pack your bags, put on your sunscreen, and get ready to explore the beauty of Coron.

Why should you visit Coron, Palawan?

  • Coron is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and beach bums alike.
  • The top tourist spots in Coron include stunning lakes, hot springs, beaches, and islands.
  • You can enjoy outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and culinary delights in Coron.

Coron Overview

If you’re looking for an enchanting paradise, Coron in the province of Palawan, Philippines, is the perfect destination for you. Coron offers a wide array of tourist spots and activities. You can explore lustrous lagoons, beautiful beaches, and unforgettable dive sites. There are even saltwater hot springs, which is pretty rare, and, believe it or not, an African safari.

One of the most popular things to do in Coron is to visit Coron Bay. This breathtaking maze of deep blue water winds around tall limestone cliffs that remind you of the movie ‘Avatar’. It almost doesn’t seem real. Multiple shipwrecks in the bay have encouraged the growth of natural reefs.

You can also visit Kayangan Lake, which is known as the cleanest lake in the Philippines. Its crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike to the lake’s viewpoint and take in the stunning panoramic view of the surrounding islands.

Another must-visit spot is Malcapuya Island, which is known for its powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. You can relax on the beach, swim in the turquoise waters, and take in the stunning view of the surrounding islands.

Overall, Coron is a paradise that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a beach bum, or a nature lover, you’re sure to find something that will make your trip unforgettable.

Top Tourist Spots in Coron

If you’re planning a trip to Coron, Palawan, you’re in for a treat. This tropical paradise is home to some of the Philippines’ most beautiful and unique tourist spots. Here are some of the top tourist spots in Coron that you shouldn’t miss.

Kayangan Lake in Coron

Kayangan Lake

Experience the majestic beauty of Kayangan Lake , the cleanest lake in the Philippines. The lake is nestled between towering limestone cliffs, and its crystal-clear waters offer a glimpse into its hidden underwater world. Take a dip and go snorkeling to explore its hidden caves and rock formations.

This popular tourist spot in Coron is a photographer’s dream, and the view from the top of the steep trail that leads to the lake is simply breathtaking. The cool, refreshing waters of Kayangan Lake are the perfect way to escape the heat of the day. So don’t miss out on this natural wonder and come explore its beauty!

Kayaking in Twin Lagoon, Coron Palawan photo via Depositphotos

Explore the Twin Lagoons

Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the Twin Lagoons! This beloved tourist spot in Coron is the perfect destination for day-trip island hopping tours and is included in nearly every boat tour company in the area. As you swim across the outer lagoon, you will discover a hidden paradise with lush green waters and towering limestone cliffs. To get to the other lagoon, you can opt to climb up a ladder or take a plunge through a crevice under the cliff wall.

Even if you don’t fancy swimming, you can simply relax and float with your life jacket, taking in the tropical ambiance that surrounds you. You won’t soon forget the majestic views of two lagoons divided by a narrow opening, and the towering limestone cliffs that make up the backdrop.

Barracuda Lake Entrance by Madcel via Wikipedia cc

Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake is a unique tourist spot in Coron because of its thermocline. The thermocline creates a blurry effect when you look down into the water, making it seem like the lake is bottomless.

As you dive deeper, the lake’s two layers of water become increasingly distinct — the top layer warm and the bottom layer cold. This creates a unique blurry effect when you look down into the lake, making it seem like the lake is bottomless. It’s a great spot for diving and snorkeling, and the scenery above the surface is just as stunning.

Malcapuya Island in Coron photo by Narjay Calinao via TPB

Malcapuya Island

If you’re looking for a stunning tropical paradise to relax and unwind, Malcapuya Island is the perfect place. This gorgeous island is home to a pristine white-sand beach and crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and even camping overnight. Located just two hours from Coron town, Malcapuya Island is one of the most idyllic islands near Coron and a must-visit destination for any island hopping tour.

With its sparse population and untouched beauty, Malcapuya Island is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and take in the breathtaking beauty of the Philippines. And if you’re looking for more island hopping, Malcapuya Island is conveniently located next to Banana Island and Bulog Dos.

Zebras in Calauit Island

Explore Calauit Safari Park

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, don’t miss the chance to experience the incredible Calauit Safari Park . Home to an array of exotic animals, including giraffes, and zebras, you can take a safari tour and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. Established in 1976 by President Ferdinand Marcos, the 3,700-hectare (9,100-acre) island in the Calamian Islands chain off the coast of Palawan in the Mimaropa region was originally created as a game reserve featuring large African mammals.

Though the populations of Waterbuck, Common Eland, Impala, Topi, Bushbuck, and Thomson’s gazelle have since died out, the park has successfully conserved Calamian deer, Palawan bearded pig, Philippine crocodile, Philippine porcupine, Binturong, and Philippine mouse-deer as part of an expansion of the program initiated by local officials in the 1980s. Don’t miss the chance to explore this unique wildlife sanctuary!

Maquinit Hot Springs photo via Depositphotos

Take a dip in Maquinit Hot Springs

After basking under the sun and enjoying island hopping activity, immerse yourself in the unique and therapeutic experience of Maquinit Hot Springs . Here, you can relax your body and soothe your muscles in the natural hot spring waters, surrounded by lush greenery.

What makes this hot spring so special? It is the only saltwater hot spring in the Philippines and possibly even in all of Asia, located just 25 minutes from the town center, nestled between a hill and the blue sea, with mangrove trees and floating bamboo cottages along its shores.

These are just a few of the top tourist spots in Coron. You’ll never be bored in this tropical paradise with so much to see and do.

Outdoor Activities in Coron

If you’re looking for outdoor activities in Coron, you’re in luck. Plenty of options are available, whether you want to explore the islands, go scuba diving, or hike through the jungle.

Bulog Dos Island photo by Narjay Calinao via TPB

Island Hopping

Island hopping is one of the most popular activities in Coron. You can hire a boat to take you to some of the most beautiful islands in the area, including Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, and Bulog Island. Each island has its own unique features, from white sand beaches to crystal clear waters to hidden lagoons. You can spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun.

Dugong in Coron by Ray Aucott via Unsplash

Dugong Watching

Are you looking for a unique and unforgettable experience? Look no further than the eco-tourism program “Dugong Watching” on Busuanga Island in Palawan! Here, you can observe the majestic marine mammals known as dugongs, or sea cows, in their natural habitat as they graze on seagrass.

The full-day excursion takes you to several feeding grounds along the coastline and two turtle islands, where you can watch the dugongs from the boat (like whale watching) and then approach the dugong by snorkeling or scuba diving. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to observe the unique dugong!

Snorkeling in Siete Pecados

Siete Pecados, a protected marine area with seven small rocky islets, lies just a few hundred meters off the coast of Busuanga Island in Palawan. It’s one of the most popular spots in the area and easily accessible from Coron Town.

The coral reefs here are some of the healthiest in the region, despite the daily influx of snorkelers. Diving beneath the surface, you’ll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of fish, from vibrant reef fish to turtles and even huge schools of barracudas.

Shipwreck and diver in Coron photo via DepositPhotos.com

Dive into WWII Shipwrecks

Immerse yourself in an underwater adventure in Coron! The area is renowned for its spectacular shipwreck diving sites from World War II, like the Skeleton Wreck, Irako Wreck, and the famous Japanese shipwreck in Coron Bay. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water, it would be a shame to not take advantage of the local diving opportunities. You can rent equipment from various clubs in the area, or bring your own gear and explore practically anywhere.

With a waterproof camera, you can capture the incredible marine life and shipwrecks you come across. For an unforgettable experience, take a diving tour to explore some of the most popular dive sites, such as the Okikawa Maru, the Irako Maru, and the Akitsushima. You can also explore Barracuda Lake and Coral Garden to see even more of the underwater world.

Girl looking over Coron Town and Bay from Mount Tapyas photo via Depositphotos

Mt. Tapyas View Deck

Take your Coron adventure to the next level and trek to the peak of Mt. Tapyas . The 700+ steps to the summit will be challenging, but the reward is an incredible view of the town, the islands, and the ocean. Watch the sun set or rise in the distance and get a taste of the beauty of Coron Palawan’s nature. It’s a great workout and a fun experience that will make your trip extra special.

No matter what outdoor activities you choose in Coron, you will surely have an unforgettable experience. From island hopping to scuba diving to hiking, there’s something for everyone.

Cultural Experiences in Coron

If you’re looking for a deeper understanding of Coron’s culture, you can try a few cultural experiences. Here are two options:

Visit the Tagbanua Tribe

The Tagbanua Tribe is an indigenous group that has been living in Coron for centuries. They have a rich culture and a unique way of life that you can experience by visiting their community. You can learn about their traditions, beliefs, and practices by listening to their stories and seeing their way of life firsthand.

One way to visit the Tagbanua Tribe is by booking a tour with a local guide. The tour will take you to their village, where you can meet the locals, see their homes, and observe their daily activities. You can also participate in their cultural activities, such as weaving, dancing, and cooking.

Explore Coron Town Proper

Coron Town Proper is the commercial center of Coron. It is a bustling place where you can find shops, restaurants, and other establishments. It is also a great place to learn about the history and culture of the town.

One of the best ways to explore Coron Town Proper is by walking around its streets. You can see the old houses, the town plaza, and the church. You can also visit the Coron Museum, which showcases the history and culture of the town. The museum has exhibits on the Tagbanua Tribe, the Spanish colonial era, and the World War II period.

Another way to experience the culture of Coron is by trying the local food. Many restaurants serve traditional Filipino dishes, such as adobo, sinigang, and lechon. You can also try the seafood, which is fresh and delicious.

In conclusion, if you want to experience the culture of Coron, you can visit the Tagbanua Tribe or explore Coron Town Proper. These cultural experiences will give you a deeper understanding of the town’s history, traditions, and way of life.

Culinary Delights in Coron

When it comes to food, Coron offers various options that will satisfy your taste buds. From fresh seafood to local snacks, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few must-try culinary delights in Coron.

Seafood in Coron Palawan

Seafood Feast

Coron is known for its fresh seafood; you can find it everywhere, from street vendors to high-end restaurants. One of the best ways to enjoy it is to have a seafood feast. Many restaurants offer a “paluto” service where you can choose your fresh seafood and have it cooked to your liking. You can have it grilled, fried, or even made into a soup. Coron’s most popular seafood dishes include grilled squid, buttered garlic shrimp, and seafood sinigang.

Bag of Nuts. Palawan is not only known for its pristine white beaches, secluded islands, and thriving flora and fauna, it is also the best source of cashew nuts, which makes it an ideal pasalubong for family and friends.

Buy Cashew Nut

Cashew nuts are one of Coron’s most popular pasalubong (souvenir) items. They are grown locally and are known for their high quality and delicious taste. You can find them in many stores and markets around town. Make sure to buy them roasted and unsalted for the best flavor.

Danggit Lamayo Breakfast

Try Danggit Lamayo

Danggit Lamayo is a local delicacy made from dried rabbitfish that has been marinated in vinegar, garlic, and spices. It is then sun-dried and fried to perfection. The result is a crispy, flavorful snack that is perfect for munching on while exploring the island. You can find it in many stores and markets around town, and it makes for a great pasalubong item as well.

In conclusion, Coron has a lot to offer when it comes to food. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, local snacks, or a unique delicacy, you’re sure to find something that will satisfy your cravings. So go ahead and indulge in the culinary delights of Coron.

Travel Tips for Coron Visitors

If you’re planning a trip to Coron, Palawan, here are some travel tips that can help make your visit more enjoyable.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Coron is from December to May when the weather is dry and sunny. This is also the peak season, so expect more crowds and higher prices. If you want to avoid the crowds, you can visit during the off-peak season from June to November. However, this is also the typhoon season, so be prepared for rainy weather.

How to Get to Coron

To get to Coron, a beautiful island destination in the Philippines, you have a few transportation options depending on your starting point. Here are the main ways to reach Coron:

The fastest way to reach Coron is by flying into Francisco B. Reyes Airport, also known as Busuanga Airport. Several airlines operate daily flights from major cities in the Philippines, such as Manila and Cebu. The flight duration from Manila to Coron is approximately one hour.

You can also reach Coron by sea if you prefer a more scenic journey. There are ferry services available from Manila and Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The ferry rides usually take longer, ranging from around 9 hours from Manila and up to 15 hours from Puerto Princesa.

Remember to check for any travel advisories or changes in transportation schedules before your trip. Enjoy your journey to Coron, and soak in this tropical paradise’s stunning landscapes and crystal-clear waters!

How to Get Around

The best way to get around Coron is by renting a motorbike or hiring a tricycle. Motorbikes can be rented for around PHP 500 to PHP 700 per day, while tricycles can be hired for around PHP 1,200 to PHP 1,500 per day. If you’re uncomfortable driving, you can hire a private van or join a group tour.

Safety Tips

Coron is generally a safe place to visit, but taking precautions is always important to ensure your safety. Here are some tips:

  • Always wear a life vest when swimming or snorkeling.
  • If you’re renting a motorbike, wear a helmet and follow traffic rules.

By following these travel tips, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip to Coron.

Frequently Asked Questions

Best day trip options in coron palawan.

If you’re looking for a day trip option in Coron Palawan, you can visit the Calauit Safari Park, which is located on a different island. You can also go island hopping to some nearby islands, such as Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, and Bulog Dos Island.

Activities to do in Coron during the rainy season

While Coron is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, there are still plenty of activities to do during rainy season. You can go on a hike to Mt. Tapyas or explore the Maquinit Hot Springs. You can also visit the Coron Baywalk and enjoy the local food and drinks.

Top recommended accommodations in Coron

Coron Palawan has a variety of accommodations to choose from, ranging from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious resorts. Some of the top recommended accommodations include Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa, Coron Westown Resort, and The Funny Lion.

Popular Coron Palawan tour packages

There are many popular tour packages in Coron Palawan, and some of the most popular include island hopping tours, diving tours, and snorkeling tours. You can also book a tour to visit the Calauit Safari Park or explore the Coron Island Loop.

Off-the-beaten-path spots to visit in Coron

If you’re looking to explore off-the-beaten-path spots in Coron, you can visit Kayangan Lake, which is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning views. You can also go on a hike to Mt. Darala, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding islands.

Comparison between Coron and El Nido

Coron and El Nido are popular tourist destinations in Palawan but offer different experiences. While El Nido is known for its stunning beaches and limestone cliffs, Coron is known for its shipwreck diving sites and hot springs. Ultimately, choosing between the two destinations depends on your preferences and interests.

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Best Things To Do in Coron, Palawan

Best Things To Do in Coron, Palawan

Coron in the Philippines offers jaw-dropping limestone formations surrounded by pristine white beaches and multiple clear jade-green sweet water lakes in its center. Like El Nido, Coron is part of Palawan Island. The town itself is small and used as a port to do island hopping tours. Use our 2-day Guide and find out about the things to do in Coron, Philippines.

Day 1 – Coron Island Hopping

Spend your first full day in Coron, Palawan, on a boat exploring the stunning islands nearby. The island hopping tours are one of the main things to do in Coron. Private and shared boat tours are being offered all around town and can be booked online as well. Visit Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Banol Beach, and Kayangan Lake all in one beautiful day trip.

Easily book this boat tour online

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The price to go Coron Island hopping is quite high. Expect to pay 1600 PHP (30 USD) for a shared boat and 3000 PHP (60 USD) for a private boat. On top of that, every location that you visit charges an entrance fee, which varies from 200 – 400 PHP. Read more: Ultimate Philippines Travel Guide

It’s good to keep in mind that the Coron Island Hopping tours are incredibly popular. We recommend you leave the harbor as early as possible to avoid the crowds where possible.

Book your tour online

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1. Coron Market

Start the day with your guide at the local market, get some fresh fish, veggies, and fruits for your lunch prepared by the boat staff, and some drinking water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Best Things To Do in Coron, Palawan

Have a rich breakfast before heading to the market because the smells of raw meat can be quite intense in the morning.

Here are all your hotel options in Coron.

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2. Kayangan Lake Coron

Crystal clear emerald water is only accessible via a short 300-step hike: Kayangan Lake holds the title “Cleanest lake in the Philippines”, all because a group of Filipinos takes care of the lake. Fantastic work, guys! The hike to the top also leads to a viewpoint that has a beautiful view over the boat docks.

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3. Twin Lagoon Coron

Twin Lagoon in Coron, Philippines, is a large lagoon accessible via a small swim-through gap between cliffs. Snorkel along the cliff and see the incredible underwater life. Ask your captain to avoid the tourists as much as possible since you don’t want to be in the water with hundreds of others.

Book a tour to Coron’s highlights online

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4. Banol Beach Coron

Soft white sand, crystal clear water, and a fantastic place to have a delicious lunch with the products you bought at the market and sunbathe afterward. Banol Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in Coron.

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A delicious Filipino lunch will be freshly prepared on the boat by the boat staff. The usually includes an eggplant salad, fish or chicken, fresh fruits, and rice. A yummy thing to do in Coron.

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5. Barracuda Lake Coron

Snorkel or dive in unreal clear emerald water in Barracuda Lake. The water is so clear that you can see the limestone cliff go all the way down when you’re still standing on the wooden dock. We highly recommend snorkeling here.

Tip: Bring flippers. The water is sweet and unlike salt water, it won’t takes you back to the surface as quickly.

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6. Have dinner at Altrove

Altrove makes delicious pizzas and is one of the few good restaurants in Coron. That’s why there is a line at the door every single evening. We recommend you to be there before 7 PM so you won’t be waiting in line for too long.

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Day 2 – Things to do in Coron Town

Rent a motorbike in Coron for 500 PHP (9.5 USD) and explore the town’s surroundings. We rented a motorcycle at a shop on the corner of the street across the fountain.

Tip : Love tropics? See Siquijor Island .

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7. Cabo Beach

The first stop is Cabo Beach, a small stretch of sand with huts where you can relax. The entrance to the beach is 50 PHP per person. Search for Cabo Beach on Google Maps and make sure to follow the path along the waterside. This dusty road takes you through local villages with kids who are very interested in interacting with you.

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8. Lunch at Summer Cafe

Grab a delicious lunch and some WiFi at Summer Cafe. Tucked away in a small side street is one of the town’s most trendy cafes. Their yogurt with fruit is a must-try and a little different than Filipino food.

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9. Mt. Tapyas – Viewpoint of Coron

One of our favorite things to do in Coron was hiking Mt. Tapyas. A stair of 750 steps that leads up the hill with Hollywood-like letters saying ‘CORON’. Start the walk at 4 PM, after the heat of the day. It is not as bad as it looks, and once on top, you will get rewarded with a view over the entire bay.

Don’t forget to explore the hills on the opposite side of the bay; it felt like pure magic seeing the sun go down from here.

Also read: ultimate Philippines travel guide

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10. Maquinit Hot Springs, Coron

Relax your muscles from the hike at Mt. Tapyas in the 40-degree water of Maquinit Hot Springs. The natural salt-water hot spring is surrounded by a mangrove forest, has a beautiful view over the ocean, and is a good location to see the sunset as well. The entrance fee is 200 PHP (4 USD) per person.

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11. Boat from Coron to El Nido

Picture yourself gliding over crystal clear waters between Coron and El Nido (or vice versa) along some of the untouched beauty of the Philippines.

Embark on a 4-day expedition with Big Dream Boatman to explore crystal-clear waters, hidden lagoons, and abundant marine life. As you traverse the archipelago, you’ll find opportunities for adventure, moments of quiet reflection, and glimpses into the vibrant local culture. With Big Dream Boatman, you’re not just a tourist but a curious explorer. Be sure to book this journey in advance, as it’s a popular way to travel to El Nido .

Discover the expeditions of Big Dream Boatman here .

How to get to Coron

The island is accessible via boat or direct flight from Manila or El Nido.

Getting to Coron by Airplane

A flight takes about 1.5 hours to Busuanga Airport, and it’s another 30 minutes to town by car. A flight in high season should cost you about 90 USD per person.

You can also take a short 40-minute flight from El Nido to Busuanga Airport on Coron. In high season, these flights cost 100 USD per person.

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Getting to Coron by Boat

The other option is to take the overnight ferry from Manila. This journey takes 11 hours and only leaves on Thursdays and Sundays.

Browse boat schedules and tickets online

You can also get to Coron by boat from El Nido, which takes about 4.5 hours, although the ad says 3 hours. The ferry ride costs about 30 USD per person.

Find your tickets online

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Where to Stay

Hotels in Coron are available for every kind of budget; however, traveling on a tight budget limits your choices drastically. The best place to stay is in town, as it has the most options, with the only downside being that you won’t have any beach near your hotel.

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Top 19 Stunning Coron Palawan Tourist Spots and Things To Do

Coron Palawan tourist spots, a breathtaking gems nestled in the archipelago of the Philippines, is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. With its crystal-clear waters, lush landscapes, and rich marine life, Coron Palawan tourist spots offer a plethora of experiences for every traveler.

Here’s a guide to the best destinations in this tropical paradise of Coron Palawan tourist spots.

1. Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake - Coron Palawan Tourist Spot

Coron’s poster child, Kayangan Lake, is a stunning turquoise lagoon surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. A short hike rewards visitors with a panoramic view before descending to the serene waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

2. Twin Lagoon

Twin Lagoon - Coron Palawan tourist spot

Connected by a small opening, the Twin Lagoon boasts emerald waters and is best explored by boat. Witness the unique transition from warm to cool water as you swim through the passage, surrounded by breathtaking limestone formations.

3. Maquinit Hot Springs

Maquinit Hot Springs

After a day of exploration, unwind at Maquinit Hot Springs. Nestled amidst mangroves, this natural hot spring offers a therapeutic experience, especially during cool evenings. This is definitely a must-visit Coron Palawan tourist spot.

4. Coron Bay Walk

Lualhati Park (Coron Bay Walk)

Stroll along the Lualhati Park (Coron Bay Walk) during sunset and enjoy the stunning views of Coron Bay and the nearby mountains. It’s a peaceful spot to relax and take in the picturesque scenery. Local food stalls can be found in the area that suits your strolling along the bay walk of Coron. Don’t forget to add this place on your Coron Palawan tourist spots hopping.

5. Island Hopping

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Coron is renowned for its island-hopping opportunities. Visit the enchanting Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, and Bulog Dos for pristine beaches, coral reefs, and vibrant marine life.

6. Culion Island – Coron Palawan Tourist Spots

Culion Island Palawan

Delve into history on Culion Island, once a leper colony. Explore the Culion Museum and Archives, providing insights into the island’s past and the efforts towards its transformation.

7. Barracuda Lake

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Another remarkable lake in Coron, Barracuda Lake is known for its unique thermocline. Dive beneath the surface to experience the dramatic change in water temperature and encounter underwater rock formations.

8. Scuba Diving at Japanese Shipwrecks

Skeleton Shipwreck

Coron is a haven for wreck diving enthusiasts. Explore the remnants of World War II Japanese shipwrecks, such as the Irako and Okikawa Maru, teeming with marine life and offering an eerie yet captivating underwater experience.

9. Mt. Tapyas View Deck

Mt. Tapyas View Deck

For panoramic views of Coron town and its surroundings, embark on a trek to the summit of Mt. Tapyas. The reward is a breathtaking view, especially during sunset.

10. Coron Town Tour

Coron Town Tower

Explore the local culture with a visit to Coron town. Discover the vibrant market, taste local delicacies, and interact with the friendly locals to get a taste of authentic Palawan.

11. Siete Pecados Marine Park

Siete Pecados Marine Park

Explore the vibrant underwater world at Siete Pecados, a protected marine sanctuary. Snorkeling here reveals a kaleidoscope of coral formations and diverse marine species, making it a paradise for underwater enthusiasts.

12. CYC Beach

CYC Beach

Coron Youth Club (CYC) Beach offers a serene escape with its white sand and clear waters. Ideal for a relaxing day of swimming and picnicking, this quiet beach is a hidden gem.

13. Calauit Safari Park

Calauit Safari Park

For a unique experience, visit Calauit Safari Park on Busuanga Island. Home to both local and exotic wildlife, including giraffes and zebras, this safari park offers a safari-like adventure against a stunning island backdrop.

14. Banol Beach

Banol Beach - Coron Palawan Tourist Spot

Nestled on Coron Island, Banol Beach is a secluded spot with powdery white sand and clear blue waters. It’s perfect for a tranquil beach day, and you can hire a small boat to reach it.

15. Concepcion Falls

Concepcion Falls

Venture into the lush landscapes of Coron by visiting Concepcion Falls. A short trek through the forest reveals a refreshing waterfall surrounded by verdant flora, offering a refreshing break from the island heat.

16. Ditaytayan Island

Ditaytayan Island

Escape the crowds and head to Ditaytayan Island, a pristine destination with untouched beaches and vibrant coral reefs. Ideal for a day trip, it provides a serene escape into nature.

17. Balinsasayaw Floating House

Balinsasayaw Floating House

Experience a unique dining setting at the Balinsasayaw Floating House. Indulge in local cuisine while enjoying the picturesque views of Coron Bay from this charming floating restaurant.

18. Mount Darala

Mount Darala

For the adventurous souls, trek to the summit of Mount Darala. This challenging hike rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding islands and the vast expanse of the Sulu Sea. So you should not miss this Coron Palawan tourist spot on your list!

19. Cabugao Gamay Island

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Known for its iconic shape resembling a boomerang, Cabugao Gamay Island is a visual feast. The island offers stunning viewpoints and vibrant coral gardens, making it a must-visit for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Coron Palawan tourist spots are truly a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural delights. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping activities or tranquil moments by the beach, Coron Palawan tourist spots have something to offer for every type of traveler. Explore these additional spots to make your journey to Coron an even more memorable adventure.

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Coron Palawan: Itinerary & Best Things to Do

Of all the places we have visited in Southeast Asia, we left our hearts in Coron Palawan . We’ve been to the area three times and it’s one of those places we will always go back to when we are in the Philippines.

While Coron Town itself is a decently busy tourist hub, it’s the area around it that truly beckons to us. Unspoiled beaches, islands, and jungles are what draws us to the area. Every time we visit we discover something new and this isn’t something that can be said about a lot of places in the world.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when visiting this area is to just hang out in town and maybe take one boat trip over to Coron Island. Do not sell yourself short, there are many wonders to see in the area.

This extensive guide is designed to give you some insight into the area, share with you some of the things that we love and to help you plan the perfect stay.

In this guide you will find:

Defining the Palawan Region

  • Where is Coron?
  • How to get to Coron
  • History of Coron
  • Things to do in Coron Palawan

Itinerary Suggestions

Where to stay in coron, practical information for your visit.

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Palawan lies in the southwestern Philippines, in a region known as Mimaropa, which is surrounded by the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea. It is about 1 hour from the capital of Manila by plane.

The state of Palawan is named after Palawan Island, but there are other islands that make up the state, such as Busuanga and Coron Islands. As tourism is still beginning to be developed, Palawan has a lot of unspoiled nature and really clean and crystal-clear waters.

When compared to other places in the Philippines, such as Boracay, Palawan is a region with more nature and with beaches almost unknown. The population survives from fishing and general services, mainly around the state capital.

Puerto Princesa is the least populated capital of the Philippines and has often been mentioned as the greenest and cleanest city in the country.

The best time of the year to visit the Palawan region is from December to May. After that, the typhoon season starts and the weather is not so appealing to visit islands where the main attractions are beaches and the main activities include snorkeling and diving.

Where is Coron Palawan?

Coron Palawan Map

Coron is the name of the region, the name of one of the islands and the name of the main city of the region, located on Busuanga Island . The region of Coron composes a group of islands, formed by Coron, Uson, Apo, Bulacao, and Cabilauan, which are part of Palawan.

Coron is on the north end of Palawan and is different than anything else you have ever seen. It is formed by paradisiacal beaches with a transparent sea and surrounded by fantastic mountains.

Coron Island is known for its several lagoons dug thousands of years ago in their islands, forming an environment seen in few places in the world. The lagoons are a mixture of salt and freshwater that change in temperature according to the depth immersed.

History of Coron Palawan

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The Philippines is a country that was once a Spanish Colony, American Colony and Japanese Colony and all this history is told on the walls of its museums and on the streets of each city.

Just walk around Manila and catch a ride on a Jeepney, or pay attention to street names, or visit Corregidor to come across an unfamiliar and gaping story in front of you.

During World War II, in 1942, the region of Coron was occupied by the Japanese. In September 1944, due to American bombing, a group of approximately 10 or 12 Japanese ships sunk in the region.

Thus, Coron is listed as one of the best places in the world for diving due to the number of shipwrecks, which results in amazing and unique ecosystems.

How to Get to Coron Palawan

Banca Boat in Coron Palawan

Coron used to be very difficult to get to but with tourism in the area increasing, travel options are improving. The best destinations to begin your journey to Coron are Manila or El Nido.

From El Nido to Coron

There are two ferry options from El Nido to Coron, one is slow and cheaper while the other is more expensive but faster. The slow ferry takes about 8 hours, leaving early in the morning at around 8:00 am from the port of El Nido.

The slow boat is the same as those that make the longer trips around the Palawan area with a capacity for 150 people and with 2 floors. It is not comfortable and the trip can become boring, but it is possible to sleep or sunbathe to pass the time.

The fast ferry, on the other hand, is comfortable and air-conditioned, taking only around 3.5 hours to get to Coron from El Nido. Check online for up to date prices.

From Manila to Coron Palawan

Black Island in the Philippines on a Island hopping trip from Coron

The quickest option to get to Coron from Manila is by plane. The flight from Manila to Busuanga Island is approximately 1 hour long. The most used airline for this route is Cebu Pacific and tickets can be bought online.

To get to Coron town from the airport, the most common transportation is in a shared van. These vans wait for passengers outside the departure gate and the journey takes around 45 minutes directly to your accommodation.

From Manila to Coron there is also the option of taking a ferry. Despite the fact that it takes 15 hours, most of the route is done during the night, so it could be a way of saving one night on accommodation if your budget is low.

But, keep in mind that the ferry leaves from Manila to Coron only on Tuesdays and Fridays. The return from Coron to Manila departs only on Sundays and Thursdays.

12 Best Things to do in Coron Palawan

Kayangan Lake on Coron Island

The town center of Coron is quite small, known in just a few hours walking and there is not much to do there. The main attractions of Coron are its amazing tours of the islands and beaches of the region, which there are many.

Tours in Coron Palawan are divided as Tours A, B, C, D and more. Some agencies make changes in this, making private tours or adding destinations and reducing the number of people per boat, which increases the value.

Make sure to do a lot of research before booking with an agency, because the value for money can change dramatically from one agency to another.

Some of the experiences you may enjoy in Coron include kayaking at CYC Beach, relaxing at a cottage on Banana Island, visiting the village of Maricaban or climbing up Mount Tapyas and admiring the view of the town of Coron, it’s bay and islands.

Other than that, Coron is filled with beautiful beaches. One of them is Atwayan Beach, which is famous for its calm waters. Banol Beach is located in a region with a small coral reef and snorkeling is mandatory there.

You will be able to see several species of coral of different colors and shoals of fish, all this with just 1 meter (3 ft) of depth.

1. Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake on Coron Island - Lina Stock

Barracuda Lake is a lake that sits among the stunning island rocks rising out of the water. The boat tours stop outside the island and from there, there is a small wooden path that navigates through the middle of the rocks and in 5 minutes you arrive at the lake in the center part of the island.

The water of the lake is a mixture of fresh and saltwater, so the body sinks easier than at sea. Although a beautiful lake, the visibility of the water isn’t great and there are almost no life, just a few small fish and one giant barracuda that inhabit the bottom.

2. Kayangan Lake

Drone photo of Kayangan Bay - Coron Island

Kayangan Lake is a lake of the same style as Barracuda Lake, but much larger. In the same way, you need to take a trail, only much longer and more time-consuming.

On the way there, steps take the trail uphill reaching a viewpoint, from where the view is one of the nicest of Coron and the Philippines.

Kayangan Lake has a bamboo raft that can be floated and navigated around the lake. It also has a wooden deck that wraps around a good part of it. Coron Palawan has at least a dozen of these lakes, but some of them only the locals know about and know how to get there.

3. Twin Lagoons

Twin Lagoons, Philippines

The Twin Lagoons are two identical lagoons, connected by a tunnel possible to cross when the tide is low. Despite the name, they are two bodies of seawater, one blue and one green.

An interesting difference is their temperature, one is cold and the other warm and you can feel the difference in your skin. Depending on your tour operator, you may get the chance to kayak and/or paddleboard in these calm waters.

It is also an excellent place to snorkel. In addition to it being warm and cold, the area also has random spots that mix saltwater with freshwater, creating a very neat effect in the water. The phenomenon is best observed underwater.

4. Take a Kayak Trip

Kayaking near Busuanga Island

This part of the Philippines is one of the best places in the world to kayak. It has been named, time and time again, by major media (National Geographic included!) as a destination for a trip of a lifetime.

The unique landscape of islands, beaches, and reefs means that no trip is the same and you’re able to easily get off the beaten track. Kayak trips allow you to get up close and personal with the area and one of our favorite things to is explore the lush mangrove forests along the coastline in search of hidden hot springs.

5. Thermal Baths of Maquinit

Thermal Baths of Maquinit

Maquinit hot spring is glued to the sea, with the saltwater of 40ºC (104 F) and overlooking the islands in the background.

The sunset at this place is magical when the islands become orange and you can enjoy this landscape while relaxing in the thermal waters. It is a great way to end your busy touristic day around the islands of Coron Palawan.

6. Climb Mt Tapyas

Mount Tapyas Sunset

If you don’t mind a climb and want to get the most incredible panoramic view of Coron, then this adventure shouldn’t be missed. 700 steps will lead you to the summit of the second tallest mountain in Coron.

Once you reach the top there is a viewing platform and most people choose to visit at sunset. Although it is worth getting up for sunrise in this spot too.

Climbing Mt Tapyas will take you less than an hour on the way up, depending on your fitness. Be sure to take water and sunscreen for your hike.

It is possible to do this hike independently from the downtown of Coron Town or you can ask to have it included in any number of tours around the area.

7. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Snorkeling Lusong Coral Garden Philippines

Whichever beach you choose to stay at or boat tour you decide to enjoy, you cannot miss the opportunity to scuba dive or at least snorkel to see the fish and coral in the crystal-clear waters of Coron Palawan.

It is possible to rent professional diving equipment and enjoy recreational dives around the area. If you do not yet have your diving certificate, you can take an open water course at one of the local diving operators.

We recommend it to anyone who is going to stay in Palawan for a longer period of time because then you can learn, dive and have plenty of time to recover before moving on to your next location.

Snorkeling can be enjoyed throughout the region of Coron. Some of the sites where you can experience this are Las Islas de Coral, Hidden Lagoon, Siete Pecados and Coral Gardens where there are several kilometers of corals and fish to explore.

8. Shipwrecks

Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck, Philippines

As mentioned, the highlights of scuba diving in Coron include the shipwrecks. Witnessing how corals can take over ships in less than 70 years is surprising.

It is as if the ships were always present in that landscape and were part of the coral’s system. Skeleton Wreck is one of the main sites and it sits right in the shallow waters in Coron. You can explore it by snorkeling and diving. Either is equally rewarding.

Another famous shipwreck is the Lusong Gunboat at 18 meters (59 ft) deep. This ship was sunk by a submarine during  World War II. Several corals have formed overtime throughout the ship and dozens of marine life have made it their home.

9. Explore the Calamian Satellite Islands

Pass Island in the Calamianes Islands

Being in Coron Town is really about all of the amazing day trips that you can take to explore the area. One of our favorites is to hire a private boat or take a tour that explores a few of the many satellite islands, that make up the Calamian Island group.

This is where you’ll stumble across unmarked reefs, pristine white sand beaches, and random shipwrecks.

Some of our favorite island discoveries include Malcapuya Island, Pass Island, Banana Island, Bulog Dos, Kalachuchi and many more. Each island is unique, providing you with some perfect combination of nature to enjoy.

In addition to exploring this area by boat on a day trip, the best adventure is to take a multi-day kayaking trip through the islands. Most trips are Banca boat supported but really give you the chance to immerse into the area and explore at the water level.

We’ve done this twice and not only is it a world’s Top 100 Travel Adventure , but it’s also simply magical.

10. Take a Hike

Coron Palawan - Jungle Hiking

One of the most appealing things about Coron and Busuanga is not only the remoteness but the easy access to some incredible hiking. Our two favorite options are to hike along the coastline and upwards, which gives you some insane views of the coast and areas.

The water is so clear and so abundant reefs that you will be hard-pressed to get better views elsewhere in the Philippines. We also like to do some jungle hiking, especially on the trails that lead to hidden swimming holes.

11. Go on Safari in Calauit

Calauit Safari Park in Busuanga

Calauit is a small island just off the coast of Busuanga where there is a nature park. It is possible to observe the local fauna and a population of typical African wildlife such as giraffes, antelopes, and zebras.

Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary allow its animals to walk freely making a visit feel like a safari experience. It sounds strange, I know, but it’s a really cool experience to see African wildlife here. 

12. Spend the day Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking on Busuanga Island

Take advantage of the dirt roads that run through Busuanga before heading off on a single bike cattle trail into the jungle. We enjoyed river crossings, narrow bridges, fun terrain, fields and local interactions on our day we spent mountain biking.

Biking trips on the island can be custom tailored meaning you can pedal as much or as little as you want. There are also options for truck support if your legs get tired along the way.

Malcapuya Island beach

I think one of the biggest questions asked is ‘how many days should I plan for Coron?’ This is legit because the Philippines has a lot of amazing things to check out.

That said, Coron Palawan is one of those amazing places and it deserves more than a couple of days. I would say the average stay is around 3 to 4 days, but if you want my honest opinion you should give it a week. Especially if you are a diver and want to check out the shipwrecks.

Our suggested itinerary using Coron as a base:

  • Day 1 – Arrive, check into a hotel and plan a sunset hike at Mt Tapyas
  • Day 2- Book a day trip to Coron Island and spend your day experiencing the Twin Lagoons, Kayangan Lake and Barracuda Lake
  • Day 3 – Book a day trip to Malcapuya, Banana Island and Bulog Dos
  • Day 4 – Book a day trip to Pass Island, Siete Pescadas Marine Reserve, and Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck
  • Day 5 – Check in to Sandcastles Palawan and go for an afternoon kayak along the coast
  • Day 6 – Take a jeep expedition to Calauit Island and go for a jungle hike to a hidden swimming pool
  • Day 7 – Morning kayak and early afternoon departure

An Alternative Coron Itinerary:

One that we LOVE to do when we visit Coron, is to head off on a sea safari. These trips are for the more adventurous but your days will be spent hiking, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and exploring remote islands.

Your mode of transportation is a large Banca boat and your accommodation is camping. These trips are an incredible way to see the area.

Malcapuya Island - Lina Stock

We’ve done our legwork when it comes to recommending places to stay in Coron. There are several places we love and you really can’t go wrong with any of them when planning your stay.

  • Corto del Mar : one of the fancier hotels on the island, this hotel is centrally located with western amenities. It has a fantastic restaurant that serves both traditional Filipino dishes and western food, including their famous thin crust pizza. They also operate a dive shop, Corto Divers. We stayed here on our first visit to Coron and enjoyed it. 
  • The Funny Lion : we stayed here on our second visit to Coron and found the place to be incredibly relaxed. The rooms are very large and comfortable with all the amenities you can think of to make your stay perfect. Their pool is gorgeous and set back away from the road, overlooking the forest. When you’re in it, you feel completely secluded. They also have a very nice restaurant. The location is just outside of the downtown, so it is a much quieter place but you do need to use tuk-tuks to get around. 
  • Sandcastles Palawan : if you want off the beaten path, this place is an absolute oasis. We have stayed here on every visit to Coron and truth be told, would never miss the chance to visit again. This eco-resort is located way outside of Coron Town up the coast on Busuanga Island. They have a private beach, natural bungalows and luxury bungalows. They also operate adventure tours out of this location and the kayaking along the coast here is out of this world. If you don’t mind the seclusion, it’s paradise. 

In addition to these places, there are several budget type guesthouses and hostels available in Coron Town. We have stayed at a few but recommend booking with one of the above unless you are really on a tight budget.

In that case, you can either book the cheaper places in advance or try to find one when you arrive in Coron. Keep in mind that quality levels vary greatly and that availability could be sparse during high season.

Coron Town Street

  • Safety:  Coron is a very safe place and you’ll find smiling faces around every corner. As with all places, opportunistic theft can happen so be mindful of your things. We have wandered the streets of Coron Town and various beaches around the whole area at all hours of the day and night without any threat. If you feel lost, stop and ask someone for directions.
  • ATM Access:  Coron Town has several ATM machines located in the downtown area. Money is dispensed in Philippine Pesos (PHP) and there is a 200PHP withdrawal charge.
  • Transport: The cheapest and easiest way to get around is by tuk-tuk. Prices are negotiated with the driver and based on your destination. Rates are ever-changing, so be sure to ask around for the going rate before you head out and start chatting with the drivers. There are also shuttle buses that primarily provide transport to/from the airport. Coron Town is small and can mostly be accessed by foot. What can’t be reached on foot is usually done by boat.
  • WIFI Access: The Internet is sufficient and widespread around town. Most service works decently fast but the island does experience random power outages. It is recommended to purchase a SIM card and data package in Manila when you arrive in the Philippines, this will allow you to turn your phone into a hotspot.
  • Booking Plane Tickets: When flying to Coron you will actually be booking your plane tickets to Busuanga Island, airport code USU. It is a very small airport and delays are common. Keep this in mind if Coron is your last stop in the Philippines. I highly advise you to plan a night in Manila before connecting to any international flights.

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13 Best Tourist Spots to Visit in Coron Palawan

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Coron is one of the best tourist spots among the 4 major islands in Palawan. It is a tropical paradise with a mix of fun and vibrant urban life. Even in the town proper, you can already enjoy a few Coron tourist spots and plenty of shops, pubs, and restaurants you can explore. There are indeed a lot of beautiful sceneries in Coron. The island has a very limited internet connection as well as a cellphone signal. This is also why it is the perfect place to disconnect from the world and just have fun with nature. However, if you need to rely on the internet during your vacation, you might need to consider this downside of Coron. It surely is a must visit in planning your trip to the Philippines too.

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Is Coron worth visiting?

Definitely! Coron has a lot of activities all around the clock. During the daytime, you can enjoy island hopping , basking under the sun, and diving; While during nighttime, you can meet friends, socialize, and grab a few drinks in town. Nightlife is also lively in Coron.

Reated Read: The Best ways to get from El Nido to Coron

What is the best month to visit Coron Palawan?

Coron Palawan can be enjoyed all year round but if you want to make the most out of it, the dry season is the best time to go. It typically starts in the month of December and ends in May. If you want to explore more sights, the ideal month to go is in April where days are the longest. The month with the least rainfall is in March while the warmest month is May. On the other hand, we can expect that the coolest dry months start in December until February. If you want to know more about when is the best time to visit Coron tourist spots, click this informative guide .

What is Coron Palawan known for?

Destinations involving diving and watersport activities are the main tourist attractions in Coron and these activities make Coron Palawan known to a lot of foreign and local enthusiasts. It can easily be booked in many tour packages across the island but if you want to make your own itinerary, here are the 13 best tourist spots in Coron, Palawan.

Kayangan Lake

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Kayangan Lake is on the top of the most popular Coron Palawan tourist spots and is located on Busuanga Island. In fact, it is usually the first picture that will show up online when you search for “Coron”. The Kayangan Lake has become popular because of its crystal clear freshwater lake which can be best appreciated from the view deck that consists of 367 steps and down under when you are scuba diving. The lake also features limestone rock formations above water and even underwater.

Best Thing to do in Kayangan Lake

Upon docking in Kayangan Lake, you need to hike a total of 367 steps to get to the view deck where you can enjoy an overlooking view of the Instagrammable Kayangan Lake. Here’s where you can take the famous Coron Palawan shots you can find on social media. Behind that, you can also find a cave that used to be a cemetery. Swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling are the best things to do in Kayangan Lake.

Entrance fee: PHP 300 ($6)

Click here to book an island hopping to Kayangan Lake .

Twin Lagoon

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Twin Lagoon is one of the must-see Coron Palawan tourist spots. It features a beautiful twin lagoon divided by 1 limestone wall where tourists need to cross to get from one lagoon to another. Another fun fact about the lagoon is that one part of the lagoon is made of saltwater while another part is made of freshwater and when this two mix together, it makes the lagoon appear blurry. Aside from that, it also alters the water temperature in the lagoon from warm to cold and vice versa.

Best thing to do in Twin Lagoon

For those who can scuba dive, the underwater rock formations are a treat. If not, snorkeling can also be enjoyed in the lagoon. If you just want to chill and relax, you can even float and drift with your life jacket.

Entrance fee: PHP 200 ($4)

Japanese Sunken Shipwrecks in Coron Bay

If you are a diving enthusiast, you might find wonders exploring the bottom of the sea in Coron bay. There are 7 dive sites you can find in Coron Bay and all of these feature shipwrecks from the sunken Japanese naval fleet which originated during World War II. These shipwrecks now serve as a home to the abundant marine life in Coron. While there are dive spots where a diving skill is necessary, there are also some spots that can be enjoyed with a snorkel. This underwater adventure is also one of the best Coron Palawan tourist spots.

Best thing to do in Coron Bay

There are different dive spots in Coron Bay which are currently named after the sunken ships in World War II.

Akitsushima Maru – This sunken warship served to deploy a seaplane named “Emily” during the war measures 118m long and lies 22-36m deep. This dive spot in Coron bay is suitable for Technical Wreck Divers and deep divers. Military History enthusiasts will only enjoy exploring the remains of this ship as you can still see debris and even war guns within the vicinity of the ship.

Irako Maru – The Iraku Maru is one of the best shipwrecks in Coron Bay. During WWII, the Irako Maru served as a cargo ship that carries food items for the Japanese Navy Fleet– not until it was bombed in 1944 by the US Task Force. It is 147m long and 34 – 45m deep.

Kogyo Maru – This auxiliary supply ship used to carry construction supplies and one of the survivors of the attack in Manila bay which fled to Coron Bay to hide. Currently, it is now home to various marine species along with hard and soft corals. It is now 22 – 36m deep in the water of Coron. Advanced Open Water, Deep divers, and Wreck Divers. will surely enjoy this shipwreck It is also one of the best Coron Tourist Spots for underwater photography.

Okikawa Maru – Considered the largest shipwreck in Coron Bay, the Okikawa Maru measures 170m and weighed 10,045 tonnes. It is now sunken at a depth of 10 – 26m and is suitable for Open Water divers and Wreck divers.

Olympia Maru – This ship is now 12 – 25m deep in the waters of Coron Bay. It was also used as an auxiliary ship during WWII. The remainder of this ship is the perfect site for basic or novice wreck penetrations and underwater photography.

Tangat Wreck – this shipwreck is located close to Tangat island thus the name of this Coron Palawan tourist spot. Divers can enjoy various marine life around it such as seahorses and ghost pipefish, as well as the view of the beautiful corals covering the shipwreck. This dive spot is suitable for Advanced Open Water divers most especially for underwater photographers and macro critter enthusiasts.

Kyokuzan Maru – Believed to be the last ship that sunk during the massive attack in WWII, Kyokuzan Maru now lies 22 – 29m deep. It is located on the far end of Busuanga Island which is why most diving centers in Coron do not include it in their itinerary. But if you still want to explore the beauty of Kyokuzan Maru, you can take a long boatride to get there.

Entrance fee: Fees are already included in the diving rates but if you wish to know more about the best diving centers in Coron and the best Coron tourist spots to dive in, read here.

Calauit Island and Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary

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Calauit Island is known for the Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary and should be included in your list of Coron Palawan tourist spots. The travel time from Coron to Calauit is approximately 1 hour and a half. After that, you need to take a boat for 5 minutes to get to the Safari/Wildlife Sanctuary. For a brief history of the place, the Calauit Safari used to be a private island until President Marcos turned it into a wildlife sanctuary in 1976. Some of the animals that you can find here were imported from Kenya. You can find civet cats, monkeys, crocs, giraffes, zebras, and other wildlife in the sanctuary. It considered one of the biggest Safari in the country.

Best thing to do in Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary

Exploring the island with the safari jeep is one of the best things to do here. From the rooftop of the jeep, you can also feed the giraffes and take really cool photos with them. Basically, Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary is a great experience if you don’t have the capacity to go to Africa to see this wildlife.

Entrance fee: PHP 300 ($6). There are also other fees like environmental fee, jeepney rental, and etc which will be asked upon entry. There are also tour packages that already include Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary in the itinerary. BOOK HERE.

Siete Pecados

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Siete Pecados is named after the 7 rocky islets located south of Busuanga Island. It is considered to be one of the best Coron tourist spots because of the beautiful coral reefs surrounding it. It is also very accessible from the town proper which a lot of tourists love about it. You can book a snorkeling day trip in Coron which usually includes Siete Pecados in one of its snorkeling stops.

Best thing to do in Siete Pecados

Snorkeling is the main activity in Siete Pecados. You can find coral reefs, various species of fishes, turtles, and a school of barracuda in the area. In fact, it even has a certain spot known as the Barracuda Point where you can easily spot a huge school of barracuda.

Entrance fee: PHP 100 ($2). If you are booking a Coron Tour, entrance fees are already included in their rates. BOOK HERE.

Barracuda Lake

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Barracuda Lake, also known as Luluyuan Lake, features a crystal blue water composed of fresh and salt water. The combination of these two makes the temperature of the lake drastically change as you dive deeper. Aside from this, you can also see rock formations which extends to the deepest part of the lake. Barracudas are no longer visible in the area but if you are lucky you might spot a few. Barracuda lake is one of the most popular Coron Palawan tourist spots for scuba divers and diving enthusiasts.

Best thing to do in Barracuda Lake

You can enjoy scuba diving in Barracuda Lake. The topmost layer of the lake is actually freshwater. 4 meters deep, you can now find yourself in saltwater where the temperature rises to 38 degrees Celsius as you go deeper. You can also find a long cave near the bottom of the lake where only one diver at a time can fit its entrance. You can find Gobie, Grouper, Trevally, and Barracudas in the lake.

Entrance fee: PHP 150 ($3). If you book a Coron tour, Entrance fees are already included in their rates. BOOK HERE.

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Mount Tapyas is the second highest peak and the best viewpoint in Coron. From the town proper, you can already see the huge white cross located at the peak of the hill. Mount Tapyas is the best place to see the entirety of Coron and to catch sunset– of course. The best thing about this Coron tourist spot is that it is located very close to the town proper. It is usually one of the stops before going to Maquinit Hot Spring.

Best thing to do in Mt. Tapyas

The goal when visiting Mt. Tapyas is to reach the peak of the hill where the giant white cross is located. The road to the cross is not difficult and only requires a total of 721 steps or approximately 45-minutes of hiking. However, with the scorching heat in Coron, a lot of tourists find it challenging to reach the peak.

Entrance fee: There is no entrance to Mount Tapyas. You only need patience and perseverance to get there.

Maquinit Hot Spring

Maquinit Hot Spring is one of the very few saltwater hot springs in the world and is located on the southern coast of Busuanga Island. The hot spring has a temperature of 39 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius. To get there, you need to take a 30-minute tricycle ride from the town proper.

Best thing to do in Maquinit Hot Spring

If you want to relax after a long day or probably after hiking in Mt. Tapyas, one of the best Coron tourist spots to visit is the Maquinit hot spring. Although it seems impossible to bear with the hotness of the spring at the first dip, once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to enjoy it already.

Entrance fee: PHP 150 ($3). Book this Coron town Half Day tour for a convenient trip to Maquinit Hot Spring.

Black Island

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Black Island is one of the gems located in Busuanga Island. It consists of water caves and tunnels, black limestones, a shipwreck close to the shore, a cold spring, a vibrant marine life, and a white sand beach. Because of its growing popularity among other Coron Palawan tourist spots, a lot of tour packages are including this island in their itinerary. One of the most popular tours going to Black Island is the Calauit Safari Tour by sea.

Best thing to do in Black Island

Aside from snorkeling, diving, and basking in the sun, you can also go caving in Black Island. The biggest cave on the island is easily accessible with a ladder and has an opening big enough to peek through the crystal clear water underneath.

Entrance fee: PHP 200 ($4). A tour guide is not yet included with the entrance fee and has another rate.

Banul Beach

Banul Beach is the most popular lunch stopover in most Coron Island tours. It has a beautiful, still, and warm sea water, a powdery white sand, and rows of huts as the lunch area for tourists. However, not all tours stop at Banul Beach for lunch most especially when the island has already reached its capacity.

Best thing to do in Banul Beach

After lunch, you can swim in the warm water of Banul Beach or go to the nearby coral garden to snorkel and enjoy the underwater life at the beach.

Entrance fee: PHP 150 ($3)

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If you can’t get enough of the beautiful beaches in Coron, CYC Beach is a free-entrance beach that is as equally beautiful as the other beaches in Coron. It boasts turquoise crystal water, white powdery sand, rock formations, and mangroves.

Best thing to do in CYC Beach

A trip to CYC Beach is already included in the Coron Island tour and it comes along with a trip to Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon. A stopover at CYC Beach is perfect to relax and just enjoy the beauty of nature. You can also grab a few delicious snacks from the small snack boats in the island.

Entrance fee: CYC Beach has no entrance fee. Book the Coron tour A here for a convenient trip to CYC Beach.

Coron’s Royal Island Watersports

If you seek for a thrill day in Coron, the Royal Island Watersports tour is the perfect Coron tourist spot for you. It features a day filled with watersport activities such as Banana boat, Flying fish, and a lot more. The tour starts at Zipline Lualhati Park where you will be transferred to Royal Island Watersport via a speedboat. Keep in mind that this tour is not advisable for pregnant women and person with heart conditions.

Best thing to do in Coron’s Royal Island Watersports

While in Coron’s Royal Island Watersports, guests can access the floating sea pool, use the clear bottom glass kayak, and a 15 minutes ride of any of the following: Banana Boat, Flying Fish, Bandwagon, and Hurricane.

Entrance fee: Price starts at PHP 800 ($17).

Calamian Island Fireflies and Plankton Tour

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A tour to Calamian Island is probably one of the most magical Coron tourist spots experience. Fun fact, Coron is also home to fireflies which come out during the night. You can spot them in mangrove swamps– exactly where this Calamian Island tour will take you. Bioluminescent planktons are also in the waters which makes the whole tour very magical.

Best thing to do in Calamian Island

Aside from the Fireflies and Plankton Tour, the Calamian Island tour is already inclusive of a buffet dinner, transfers, and kayak fees.

Entrance fee: The entrance fee is already included in the tour rate which is PHP 950 ($20) per person.

How many days do you need in Coron?

With all these exciting adventures and Coron tourist spots, it is not surprising that a lot of tourists would want to spend more days on the island. If you want to experience the most out of these Coron Palawan tourist spots, 3 to 4 days in Coron will already be enough. To save more time and have a convenient vacation, be sure to book all your activities in advance.

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Everything You Need to Know About Coron Palawan – 2024 Guide

By: Author Adam

Posted on Last updated: 9 January, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About Coron Palawan – 2024 Guide

The islands, commonly known as Coron, are some of our favorite places in the whole world. We have visited more than 80 countries around the world, but when my mind drifts to our favorite places – it always ends up here. Coron is special .

This cluster of islands has become most well known for a handful of WWII shipwrecks permanently entombed off Coron’s shores. Above the surface, Coron is just as majestic.

Over the past decade, it has become home to one of the most photographed spots in all of the Philippines. The deeper you look, the more breathtaking sights you will find here in Coron, Philippines.

Our first trip was in 2014, and we just returned from another amazing trip in Coron. Here is everything you need to know before planning a trip to Coron Palawan in the remote corner of the Philippines.

Where Is Coron?

A part of the Calamian Islands, or Calamianes Archipelago, Coron is in the Palawan Provence in the far west of the Philippines.

What most travelers call Coron is Coron Town, which is located on the largest island in the archipelago, Busuanga Island. What can be confusing is there is also Coron Island, which is a stunning undeveloped island that most Coron day trips visit.

Coron Island is located on Busuanga Island, a 30-minute boat ride from the town, and it is home to many of the top sights in Coron. You can find Twin Lagoons, Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, and many stunning beaches and smaller lagoons here.

Coron Town is a fishing village with a population of just over 40,000, but it is becoming more and more popular tourist every year. Coron is often listed as one of the top tourist places in the Philippines .  The Palawan has been recently named the most beautiful island in the world many times over, and we’d have to agree.

Related Article: El Nido Palawan Guide

2024 Coron Travel Guide

Traditional filipino boat on a day trip in Coron

How To Get To Coron

Traveling to coron by plane.

Coron Airport Code: XCN

The quickest way to get on the island is to fly. Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines run flights several times per day from Manila. If possible, avoid the later flights.

The Coron airport (Busuanga) doesn’t have runway lights, and flights can’t land after dusk. There are also flights from El Nido to Coron on Air Swift, click here to check prices and book online .

Coron Palawan Airport to Coron town:

When you arrive by plane, all of the local taxi drivers know the flight schedules, and they will be waiting to take passengers to the town of Coron.

Ferry from Manila to Coron

There is a ferry that runs from Manila and Puerto Princesa to Coron. The ferry from Manila to Coron is 15 hours long and runs twice a week. The journey from Puerto Princesa to Coron also takes 15 hours.

The same boat company then runs from Coron back to Manila or Puerta Princesa, which is the getaway to El Nido. There are tons of things to do in El Nido. We highly recommend adding El Nido to your Philippines travel plans.

Ferry From El Nido to Coron

There are two ferry companies that run an El Nido to Coron ferry, each once a day. For our complete El Nido to Coron, ferry guide click here , complete with schedule and ferry tips. The ferry only takes 4 hours and is one of the fastest ways to travel to Coron. The ferry sells out days in advance. Make sure book tickets online in advance .

Expedition Cruise El Nido to Coron

One of the coolest and most scenic ways to travel between El Nido and Coron is an Expedition Cruise . This is one of the newest ways it’s a super unique adventure cruise traveling between El Nido to Coron. The expedition cruises range from three to five-day options, and you’ll stop and camp at various islands that lie between Coron and El Nido.

If you want a crazy, fun Philippines adventure, then an expedition cruise is for you. You have to open to beach camping, but you’ll see the islands and beaches that very few people visit.

We recommend booking an expedition cruise with  El Nido Paradise . They have six different expedition cruises. The cruises include all your meals, water, rum & coke, snorkel equipment, tents & bedding, and amazing scenery. Prices vary based on the dates and length of the expedition cruise. Click here to book online.

Related Article: Things To Do In El Nido

Famous viewpoint from Kayangan Lake Coron Island Philippines

Coron Palawan  Itinerary

The diving in Coron could take weeks if you have the time or desire. For most, it’s the main draw to Coron, and the most popular sites are a fleet of sunken Japanese warships in 20-35 meters of water.

The dive sites are about an hour’s boat ride from the port in Coron Town, and it’s typical to do two tanks per day and sometimes three, depending on the dives.

How Many Days Should You Spend In Coron?

Well, that depends on how you are diving and how much diving in the Palawan you’re doing. Outside of diving, we would plan a minimum of 3 days in addition to diving days to do some Coron island hopping and see the rest of the surrounding islands near Coron Palawan.

Coron Day Trips

During the day, get on a boat, get out of town, and explore the other islands nearby. There are a handful of preset island tours where you will join other travelers to see some of the top sites in the Palawan nearby. Prices are from 850P to 1500P, including lunch.

Most tours return after 4 p.m., leaving you only to find dinner in town. Picky eaters, beware. We didn’t find any options for Hannah’s selective pallet. The few good ones we found are in the tips section.

Where to Stay in Coron Palawan?

The easiest place to base yourself in Coron Town is on the Island of Busuanga. However, there isn’t much to do in the actual town. The beaches on the main island require a drive, but in the town, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, tour operators, and even a little bit of nightlife.

The action and the main draw to Coron is a boat ride away. The small islands clustered around Busuanga are some of the prettiest I have seen, and the diving is one of a kind. Here are a few properties we suggest:

  • Corto del Mar (this is where we stayed) | Check Rates On Booking.com | Read Latest TripAdvisor Reviews 
  • The Funny Lion the #1 hotel in Coron on TripAdvisor | Get The Best Price On Booking.com | Read Latest TripAdvisor Reviews 
  • Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa right on their own private bach |  Get The Best Price On Booking.com | Read Latest TripAdvisor Reviews 

There are also options where you can have a boat take you to another island to stay, but you need to bring all of your food and be okay without moving around a lot. If we were to come back, we would consider this option.

*When looking for the best price and the biggest selection of hotels in Coron, check prices on Booking.com . We’ve found they are the best option and have a great cancelation policy.*

Recommended Hotel in Coron – Corto del Mar Hotel

Don’t forget your insurance! You never know when you’ll need it. We suggest getting  travel insurance with Safety Wing. Which coverage includes medical, trip interruption, lost luggage, and more. Often rates are as low as $12 a week. 

Things To Do In Coron Palawan

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1. Visit Kayangan Lake

Known as one of the clearest lakes in all of Asia, this gem and the island that holds it is one of the most stunning places on the planet. Kayangan Lake and the nearby viewpoint are one of the most photographed places in all the Philippines.

The main viewpoint most people are familiar with is not actually of the lake but the bay on the other side of Coron Island. Currently, they have parts of the lake roped off for conservation, and during our 2019 visit to Coron, there were no Bamboo rafts on offer.

If you visit in the late morning, this lake will be at its busiest. If you can, try to arrange a trip that goes early in the morning or after lunch. Many of the standard tours all follow the same route, which puts many people at the sight in the late morning.

However, just before noon is one of the best times to see the famous viewpoint at the top of the hill at Kayangan Lake, with no shadows in the bay. The best approach is to visit in the early morning and visit the lake and then, on the way out, stop at the viewpoint while it is sunny.

white sand beach of Malcapuya Island near Coron in the Palawan

2. Visit Malcapuya Beach

A short boat ride from Coron Town is the stunning Malcapuya Beach. With only a few small hotels on the beach, you can have this picture-perfect stretch of sand mostly to yourself. Seriously, some of the most beautiful scenery we have encountered. Bright blue and green waters with white sands.

To get to this beach, you can take a day tour visiting this beach and a few others as part of the Beach Tour day trip bookable in Coron Town. (all part of the beach tour #1, 1200P)

Related Article: Siargao Island – The Philippines’ Best Kept Secret

divers exploring WWII shipwrecks near Coron - Top tourist attractions in the Palawan Philippines

3. Shipwreck diving in Coron

One of the main draws for visitors is the fleet of Japanese warships at the bottom of the sea in Coron. Here, you can find 12 well-preserved World War II wrecks at diveable depths, which is pretty incredible. I dove four of the wrecks as part of my Advanced Open Water Certification with Corto Divers.

Coron Island in the Coron Archipelago Palawan Philippines

4. Visit Coron Island

Some of the best things to see and do in Coron are on Coron Island, not the island with Coron Town. The best stuff is a boat ride away. Make sure to take lots of day trips while visiting Coron Palawan.

5. Get a Dive Certification or Advanced Certification

This is a great place to get certified to dive. There are incredibly unique places to explore while diving in Coron. The shipwrecks are a great place to complete an advanced open water certificate.

There is a lot to see on the required dives as opposed to other places where there you may just go through the skills. Here in Coron, Philippines, on your deep-dive training, you can swim around the shipwrecks, which are deeper than 35 meters at some points.

For the other specialty dives, you can again use the shipwreck to fill your wreck dive training. Coron is also an awesome place for a night dive with lots to see, including bioluminescent plankton glowing in the dark.

6. Swim into the Twin Lagoon

One of the most breathtaking scenes in Coron is the stunning Twin Lagoon. Make sure to take a day trip that brings you to these pools of water that hold every shade of blue imaginable. Located on the fringes of Coron Island, the twin lagoons are a must-visit.

Related Article: Top Things to do in the Palawan

View looking over the hot springs in Coron called the Maquinit during a pink and orange sunset - Things to do in Coron

7. Maquinit Hot Springs

Relax in the Maquinit Springs after a busy trip of diving and exploring the beautiful islands of Coron. The water in the springs is warm and cozy at just over 100 degrees F. Located outside of town, you can either arrange a local guide or hire a driver to bring you there too. This is a great place for sunset to relax after a busy day exploring Coron Philippines.

Related: See our full guide to the Maquinit Hot Springs

view of snorkel fins submerged in very clear waters of Kayangan Lake in Coron - Best activities in the Palawan Philippines

8. Dive or Snorkel in Barracuda Lake

Next door to Kayangan Lake is another ultra-clear lake named Barracuda Lake . For a quieter experience than the more popular Kayangan Lake, then head over to Barracuda. In addition to the fewer crowds, this lake also has some interesting features like thermoclines and underwater mountains. This lake is just as clear if not clearer than Kayangan Lake and is less visited.

Most people say Kayangan Lake is the clearest lake in Asia. Those people obviously haven’t been to Barracuda Lake. This Lake also has many unique features that make it a top dive spot in Coron.

9. Snorkel the Lusong Gunboat

One particular shipwreck is so shallow you can actually snorkel it. The Lusong Gunboat is situated just below the surface. After over 70 years, it has become part of the environment, and corals are growing on it. It is fun swimming around it.

People watching sunset at the top of Mt Tapyas - Top things to do in Coron

10. Hike Mt.Tapyas

If you are looking for some adventure that doesn’t involve a boat, then do the climb to the top of Mt. Tapyas . While probably not technically a mountain, the view from the top is worth the hike up. Here you’ll be rewarded with views of Coron town and Coron Island in the distance.

Best Restaurants in Coron Palawan

There aren’t many choices of restaurants in Coron , especially for Western food. If Filipino food isn’t your thing, you will be limited.

By far, the best Western options we found were at the Corto Del Mar hotel, with pizzas, pasta, and burgers, along with Filipino options. We didn’t have a bad meal here.

Altrove Pizza – The same owner who runs the Altrove in El Nido has opened a location in Coron as well, and it’s just as good. There is sometimes a wait outside, but the line moves pretty fast. Worth the wait, generally.

Try the Sisig – If you like Sisig, try it at Lolo Nonoy’s cooking station. It is one of the best I have had in the Philippines. The garlic rice is good, too, and beer is always 40P.

Corto del Mar Hotel –  Good thin-crust pizza and some of the cheapest happy hour beer in town at 35P from 5-8 pm. Sunday pizza and a beer for 200P is a good deal.

Coron Travel Tips:

Dive with Corto Divers – Their boats are nicely set up for diving, the staff is knowledgeable, and they actually care if you have good dive experience. Lunch is included with dives, and the food is some of the better food I have had in the Philippines.

From all the other shops I visited, I am confident I made the right choice diving here, you won’t be disappointed.

Make sure your tetanus shot is up to date if diving: The ships are awesome to explore, but they are full of tight entries and rusty metal. We saw lots of people walking around town that looked like they had a run-in with a sharp piece of ship metal, so get your shots if you are going under.

Avoid the later flights to Coron Palawan Airport : Taking the last flight to Busuanga you run the risk of it being canceled because the airport stops service at dusk because they have no runway lights.

Coron Palawan FAQs:

Is there an ATM on Coron? Yes, we saw at least three machines. Fees were 200P per transaction.

Is there 24-hour power?  Yes, over the past few years, the power grid has been much improved, and brownouts or power outages are much less frequent.

El Nido Vs. Coron

This topic seems to have come up between Coron and El Nido of which to visit. The simple answer is they both should be visited! If you don’t have time in your schedule to visit both – cut something else out because you seriously need to see both of these places.

Do not skip El Nido, and definitely, do not skip Coron Palawan.

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Are you looking for a tropical paradise with pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking views? Well, you might consider  Coron...

Discovering the Best of Coron, Palawan: 2023 Travel Guide

Are you looking for a tropical paradise with pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking views? Well, you might consider  Coron, Palawan . This stunning island destination in the Philippines is a true gem of Southeast Asia, boasting a range of natural wonders and tourist attractions that are sure to delight any traveler.

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Tourist Attractions

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Coron is best known for its world-class scuba diving, with plenty of dive sites to explore around the island, including WWII shipwrecks, colorful coral reefs, and exotic marine life. Other popular activities in Coron include island hopping tours, snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Coron is the Twin Lagoon, which features two lagoons connected by a small opening. Visitors can swim or kayak through the opening and explore the two lagoons, which are surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and crystal-clear waters.

Another must-visit destination in Coron is Kayangan Lake, known for its turquoise waters and stunning rock formations. Visitors can take a short hike to reach the lake and enjoy a refreshing swim in its crystal-clear waters.

Coron Tour Packages 

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Here are some popular tour packages that you can consider:

Island hopping tour - this is a must-do tour in Coron, which takes visitors to some of the most beautiful islands and beaches around the area, including Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Siete Pecados, and Malcapuya Island.

Calauit Safari Tour - This tour takes visitors to Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary, home to various exotic animals, including giraffes, zebras, and impalas.

Coron Ultimate Tour - A full-day tour that covers all of the major attractions in Coron, including the iconic Twin Lagoon, Kayangan Lake, and the WWII shipwrecks.

Coron Town Tour - This tour takes visitors to the town of Coron, where they can explore the local market, visit the Lualhati Park, and climb the Mt. Tapyas viewpoint for a stunning panoramic view of the island.

Diving tour - For diving enthusiasts, there is a range of dive tour packages available, which take visitors to some of the best diving spots in Coron, including the shipwrecks and coral reefs.

Most tour packages in Coron are inclusive of transportation, tour guide services, entrance fees, and sometimes meals. There are many tour operators available in Coron, so it's important to do some research and choose a reputable and experienced operator to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Where to Stay

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Coron offers a range of accommodations to suit any budget, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury resorts. For those looking for a luxurious stay, the Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa is a top choice, featuring stunning villas, a private beach, and world-class amenities. Other popular options include the Coron Soleil Garden Resort and the Coron Underwater Garden Resort. These are some of the best hotels and resorts in Coron Palawan

For budget-conscious travelers, there are plenty of affordable guesthouses and hostels in Coron, such as the Hop Hostel and Coron Backpacker Guesthouse.

Recommended Hotel in Coron

1. Sunglight  Guest Hotel - Coron

2. Blue Waters Inn  Coron Palawan

3. Dayon Hostel

4. Outpost Hostel -Coron

5. Club Paradise Resort

6. Coron Westown Resort

7. Sunglight Eco Tourism Island

8. Two Seasons Coron Island Resort

9. Coron Backpacker Guesthouse

10. Coron Soleil Garden Resort

Where to Eat

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Coron, Palawan offers a wide range of dining options, from local street food to international cuisine. Here are some recommended places to eat in Coron :

1. Kawayanan Grill Station - a popular spot for delicious Filipino grilled dishes, including seafood and meats, served with rice and local sauces.

2. Santino's Grill - serves a variety of Filipino and international cuisine, including burgers, pizza, and seafood dishes.

3. Lolo Nonoy's Food Station - offers authentic Filipino cuisine, such as adobo, sisig, and sinigang, at affordable prices.

4. Winnie's Restauran t - a great spot for seafood lovers, serving fresh seafood dishes, grilled or cooked to order.

5. Calamian Islands Restaurant - a restaurant with a view, overlooking the stunning Coron Bay, serving both local and international dishes.

6. Altrove - a cozy Italian restaurant serving delicious pasta, pizza, and other Italian specialties.

7. Brujita Bar & Restaurant - offers a unique fusion of Mexican and Filipino cuisine, along with a wide selection of drinks and cocktails.

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Budget travel guide to Coron, Palawan

COMPLETE Travel Guide to Coron, Palawan + 5 Days Itinerary

Coron is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines and one of the top attractions in Palawan. It’s mostly famous for Kayangan Lake — which is said to be one of the cleanest lakes in Asia. Coron has numerous islands which you can explore through island hopping boat tours, lagoons, and WW2 shipwrecks that are popular among freedivers and scuba divers.

Solo travel to Coron, Palawan

For me, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited in the Philippines. In fact, for foreign travelers who plan to visit the country, it would be my topmost recommendation.

Aside from its beautiful nature attractions, another thing that I like about Coron is that it’s budget-friendly, even for solo travelers like me. Even though tour rates aren’t standardized yet, the rates for accommodation and tours are reasonable. I’m going to share several budget tips to Coron here with you!

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The easiest way to get to Coron is by booking a flight to Busuanga Airport.

  • Take a local flight to Busuanga Airport. Cebu Pacific offers the cheapest year-round fares.
  • From Busuanga airport, there will be vans waiting that can take you to Coron (P150, 30-40 minutes). If you’re in a group, you can also hire the entire van (P1500). From the drop-off point, take a tricycle to get to your accommodation.
  • 2Go has weekly trips from Manila to Coron. The port is located in Pier 4 in Tondo, Manila. Travel time is 11 hours; fare is about P1400+ per person depending on how early you book and your ticket class. Book ferry tickets from Manila to Coron here .
  • From the Coron pier, walk for 15 minutes to the town proper or ride a tricycle.

There are ferries from El Nido to Coron. For regular ferry, travel time is 4 hours; fare is P1760. Book ferry tickets from El Nido to Coron here .

Things to know before you go

Here are some information about Coron, Palawan:

  • Coron is safeguarded by the indigenous tribe of Tagbanua. As such, some places are considered sacred and off limits.
  • Be respectful. Wear a coverup when walking on streets.
  • There are ATMs in Coron.
  • Most establishments accept cash only, but some resorts and establishments also accept major credit cards.

Drone shot in Coron, Palawan

As in most destinations in the Philippines, the best time to go here is during summer  where there is guaranteed good weather.

However, going during off-peak season has its perks too. You can avoid the huge summer crowd and even get discounted rates on rooms and tours. I love traveling during off-peak season for these reasons, moreso in Palawan which is rarely affected by the typhoon season. There might be cloudy skies or a bit of rain, but it doesn’t experience heavy rain as other places such as Manila .

Coron town proper is small so almost everything is walking distance. Alternatively, you may also ride tricycles for a minimum fee.

On the day of your flight departure, you can ask assistance from your hotel’s receptionist to schedule a van pickup to the airport since the vans follow a daily schedule.

Island hopping tours

Island hopping is the main activity offered in Coron. Each island hopping tour is different, but mainly you will get to see beaches, lakes particularly Kayangan Lake which is considered the cleanest lake in Asia, and snorkel in underwater coral areas and shipwrecks. During island hopping, you will also get to see the iconic photo in Coron: an islet surrounded by clear turquoise water that is the Coron Bay.

Each tour may differ depending on the agency, but joiner tours are generally the same in terms of places to visit. As said above, there are no standardized tours in Coron so rates may vary per agency.

Tour A is a great start for your island hopping experience. It takes you to several beaches and snorkeling areas, as well as the famous Kayangan Lake. If you like snorkeling, I suggest you explore the surrounding waters in CYC Beach. Most people stay on the shore, but it actually has one of the best underwater spots I’ve seen during my stay there.

  • Places to see : Las Islas de Coral, CYC Beach, Atwayan/Sunset beach, Quin Reef, Green Lagoon, Kayangan Lake
  • Book your tour via Klook

View deck in Kayangan Lake, Coron

This takes you to more snorkeling spots in Coron. But the true highlight of this tour is the Twin Lagoon, which features dazzling-blue lagoons against a backdrop of karst formations.

  • Places to see : Barracuda Lake, Smith Beach, Skeleton Wreck, Reef Garden, Twin Lagoon

Twin Lagoon in Coron

This is a new tour which includes Malcapuya Island and other islands in Coron.

  • Places to see : Coco Beach, Waling-Waling Island, Malcapuya Island

This tour takes you to three beautiful islands in Coron. The islands are located a bit far compared to other island hopping stops (about 2 hours), so majority of your time will be spent on the boat ride. Again, if you like snorkeling, you will enjoy Banana Island with its giant clams and Malcapuya Island wits its big schools of fishes.

  • Places to see : Bulog Dos Island, Banana Island, Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island in Coron, Palawan

This is the best tour for those who enjoy snorkeling and freediving, as you will be taken to a vast coral garden (lazily named Coral Garden) where it’s possible to get sightings of sea turtles and the shipwreck sites. The shipwrecks can be seen even from the surface. This is a fun tour; my only complaint during my tour is that each stop is too short so there’s not much time to linger and enjoy the underwater scenes.

  • Places to see : East Tangat, Pass Island, Coral Garden, Lusong Gunboat
  • Rate : P1300 per person

Shipwreck in Pass Island, Coron

If you want to see the best island hopping spots in Coron in one tour, you can avail of the Coron Island Ultimate Tour. If you’ve already taken the rest of the tours, there’s no need to get this one.

  • Places to see : Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Smith Beach, Skeleton Wreck, Las Islas de Coral, CYC Beach
  • Rate : P1500
  • Island hopping starts at at 9AM up to 4 or 5PM. If you’re availing of a joiner tour, make sure to get to the port early and keep track of time at all times so other joiners wouldn’t have to wait for you.
  • The tour includes lunch buffet and water.
  • Rental for snorkeling set and/or aqua shoes are not included (P150 each).

Other tours in Coron

If you want a little break from the sea, there are other tours in Coron you can avail.

As its name suggests, the highlight of this tour is the Calauit Safari . The safari is home to various endemic and imported wildlife, such as giraffes. It’s about 3 hours away from the town proper, and as such pickup is usually at around 4AM.

Other places to see may vary depending on the travel agency offering this tour. Others may include side trips to town attractions while others offer snorkeling sites to be visited along with Black Island.

  • Places to see : Calauit Safari Sanctuary, Isla Paraiso, Busuanga town proper, Malbato Church, (Optional) Black Island

Culion Tour is an underrated tour in Coron. It takes you to Culion, which was once a leper colony. Today, it’s a charming town with various historical landmarks.

  • Places to see : Culion Church and Forest, Aguila Viewpoint, Culion Museum and Archives, Bogor Marine Park.

If you have half a day, you can take a Coron town tour where you can buy souvenirs and take home cashew, which is one of the local products in Palawan. Other highlights include Maquinit Hot Spring, a natural hot spring within a mangrove  forest, and Mount Tapyas which is a favorite spot for island hopping.

The tour is also doable DIY as you only need to commute via tricycle to get to the destinations for minimum fare. If you’re going to Maquinit Hot Spring, a private tricycle costs P300 good for 4 people; the driver will wait for you. Entrance fee is P200 per person.

  • Places to see : Lualhati Park, cashew shop, souvenir shop, St. Augustine Church, Mount Tapyas and Maquinit Hot Spring

Culion in Palawan

This is a magical tour wherein you can see fireflies and bioluminiscent planktons. The tour starts at 6PM to 9PM, with buffet dinner.

  • Rate : P950 per pax

There are various travel agencies in Coron, Palawan. You can just walk around the Coron town proper and book for a tour, at least a day before. Regardless of your choice, I highly suggest that you give a tip to your boatman/guide especially if you’re happy with their service!

Here are your options:

  • Joiner tours . The easiest and most convenient option, whether you’re solo or with companion(s).
  • Private tours . If you’re in a group, you might want to get a private tour (i.e., per-person rate is the same as joiner tour, but it will be exclusive to your group) or you may find your a private boat to rent. If you choose the latter, take note that you will have to buy your own food in the market for cooking during the tour and pay the entrance fees, which are not included in the rental rate. The advantages of this is that it’s cheaper and you can dictate which places to go and which time, which is useful if you want to escape the crowds. Moreover, you can also stop over beach coves not included in the usual island hopping tours.

There are a number of restaurants in Coron where you can enjoy local delicacies and other cuisines. Here are the most recommended ones:

  • Kawayanan Grill . This restaurant offers reasonably priced seafood platters.
  • Santino’s Grill . A popular restaurant famous for their baby backribs
  • Sea Dive Restaurant or La Sirenetta . A great option especially for sunset viewing.

I recommend La Sirenetta which has good ambiance and food.

If you’re on a budget, there are carinderias in Coron where you can buy meals for around P100 per person.

Where to stay

The great thing about Coron is that it offers a range of accommodations, starting from budget-friendly fan rooms and dorms to mid-range resorts and even luxury island resorts.

Here are some accommodation highlights. You can also check out our separate article on the Best Resorts in Coron Palawan .

Here are some of the most recommended resorts and hotels in Coron:

  • Two Seasons Coron Island Resort and Spa . This is a 5-star luxury accommodation, considered one of the best in Coron. Book discounted rooms here .
  • Club Paradise Palawan . A private island resort with its own spa and pool. Book discounted rooms here .
  • Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort . One of the most beautiful resorts in Coron, with luxurious water villas. Book discounted rooms here.

Club Paradise Resort in Coron, Palawan

Here are some of the recommended budget accommodations in Coron, Palawan:

  • Coron Westown Resort . A popular laid-back accommodation with outdoor pools. Book discounted rooms here .
  • Seahorse Guesthouse . This guesthouse offers dorm-type accommodation, with free breakfast. It has a rooftop area where you can eat and which features a nice view of the ocean. Book discounted rooms here .
  • Coron Paradise Bed & Breakfast . A good option if you want a private room in a budget, with free breakfast. It’s close to major establishments such as restaurants and souvenir shops. Book discounted rooms here.

I recommend staying at least 5-6 days in Coron. If you wish to maximize your time, you can avail of the Coron Ultimate Island Tour and other 1-2 island hopping tours and the rest exploring Calauit Safari or Cuyo Island. If you’re into diving as well, I suggest adding 2-3 days more to your itinerary.

Anyway, here’s a sample 5 days itinerary to Coron.

As island hopping tours normally start at 9AM, if you arrive in Busuanga Airport at 7:30AM or earlier, you still have time to drop your bag at your accommodation and join a tour.

Here are important budget tips so you can still enjoy Coron without breaking the bank!

  • Snorkel and aqua shoes rental are not included in island hopping tours, which are rented out at about P150 each. If you’re going to stay for a few days, it’s best to buy or bring your own equipment. I got my own snorkeling set for less than P1000 and I’ve used it in other locations besides Coron.
  • If you’re in a group, you may look at all-in tour packages. However, if you’re solo or in two’s, it’s cheaper to book the island hopping tours and accommodations separately. This advice was given to me by a travel agent when I inquired about rates.
  • It’s cheaper to do the Coron Town Tour on your own, as the attractions can be visited via commute with tricycles. This is especially true if you’re in a group.
  • For cheap eats, there are carinderias selling meals at about P100. Another favorite backpacker spot is the ihawans in the port area, where you can buy grilled chicken, pork and seafood for cheap.

Here are the current rates in Coron. These are per person rates.

Usually you only have to worry about dinner. Breakfast is often served complimentary in hotels and tours include lunch buffet.

For 5 days, a safe budget would be P9000-10,000 per person .

Did you find this travel guide to Coron, Palawan, helpful? Any other suggestions to future travelers?

Visiting Palawan? Check out the rest of our guides in Palawan:

  • Ultimate Guide to Palawan
  • Top Things to Do in Palawan
  • Best Beaches in Palawan

Puerto Princesa :

  • Guide to Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Island Hopping in Honda Bay
  • Best Resorts and Hotels in Puerto Princesa
  • Travel Guide to Coron
  • Best Resorts in Coron Palawan
  • Travel Guide to El Nido
  • Best Resorts in El Nido Palawan
  • Travel Guide to Balabac
  • Island Hopping in Balabac
  • Onuk Island

Port Barton :

  • Travel Guide to Port Barton + 3 Days Itinerary
  • Top Things to Do in Port Barton
  • Island Hopping in Port Barton

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Budget travel guide to Coron, Palawan (Philippines)

Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).

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Hello Katherine! We will be going to Coron on Oct 21-25. We are 11 in a group but 8 persons will be leaving on the 3rd days, so unluckily 3 of us will remain. Can you give me some recommendations please. Should I book with the package tour including accommodation and land transfer or is it cheaper to have it separately?

Katherine Cortes

It depends on the package rate and inclusion. 🙂 You can compute naman saan kayo makakatipid.

Can I ask for the contact number of the tour package you availed. thanks po 🙂

Hi! Your blog inspired me to book a solo trip to Coron. Just a question though: how did you handle your phone & money while swimming? Did you leave them behind or bring them with you in the water?

Hi Aly! Good question. Hmm. Because I was on tours I just leave my bag on the boat ahahaha.

Hi Katherine, very helpful post. Thank you. We are planning to visit Coron in December 2019 for 4D3N. We will be 8-10 people (family)on a tight budget. How much should we save per person for all expenses including airfare and lodging? Thank you!

Hi Katherine! I read that you spent 8k on this trip. Did you go there via cebpac or 2go? Coz I’ve been checking out cheap flights and so far 7k is what I’ve seen. We’re going there for our cousin’s wedding in March next year. Hope to hear from you. Thanks in advance!

7k RT is expensive. Try to wait for promos. Cebu Pac frequently holds them. 🙂

Thanks for the blog as I it really helps me picture out how to do my itinerary..Planning to visit Coron this September for our 5th Anniversary

Irene Arquero

Thank you so much i found your blog. Anyway will plano namin pupunta ng Coron sa First week ng January we have six peoples in the group from age 11 years old to 60 years old. Any recommendations From the beginning to the end of our trip? This is our first time.

Overall experience to Seahorse Guesthouse? I am considering this hotel for our family vacation in Coron.

Hi, the Seahorse Guesthouse has dorm rooms and fit for solo/couple backpackers. You might want to check other resorts if you’re coming with your family.

You can check for discounted rates via Agoda here – https://www.agoda.com/pages/agoda/default/DestinationSearchResult.aspx?cid=1779159&pcs=1&city=16185&hotelAccom=37&sort=agodaRecommended

Hi! Sorry if this had been asked, I tried searching past comments!

For booking your tours, did you pre-book all of them online or did you wait until you arrived to walk to their booth and then book them?

I actually just texted them a day before, if I remember correctly. But this was low season. During high season it’s recommended to pre-book.

Hi, Is it wise to go in July ?? It’s raining most of the days. Kindly advise !!!

Hi, will travel 2nd or 3rd week of Nov, do you suggest to look for travel packages in Coron or book prior? Thanks

I always find it prudent to book prior or at least do pencil reservation. 🙂

Hi! Im really glad i came across this blog, this is helpful, we’ll be in coron on the 31st of October to the 3rd of November and we’re booked at SeaHorseguest house (me,my hubby and our son) i want to know the most practical tour we can get since we’re traveling with our 12y/o kid. Thanks! And can we just book it with seahorse?

Hi. I happened to leave a comment in this post some few months ago, and since then i’m receiving notifs that I’m not even involved in. Ummm, how can I unsubcribe po? I need to know po sana. Thanks.

Hi Michelle, sorry abt that! Usually there’s an unsubscribe button in email notifications. Let me know if you’re still having problems.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love this blog & and it helped me a lot during my trip.. Maybe I only need to adjust notification settings. 🙂 Thank you po..

Hey, I‘m also heading to Coron as single traveler and I‘d like to do some of the tour packages you have mentioned in your blog. However, I cant find a link or name of the agency that provided exactly these Tour A etc. packages. Can you name it? Many thanks!!

We literally allotted a whole subsection for the travel agencies and even gave links for their pages. : )) I got the tours from JY Travel and Tours.

I was in Coron just last week, travelled solo as well. Booked my tour from Alherini Travel Services in facebook, and I must say, they are Legit, accomodating and very smooth to transact with. Hope that helps.

Hello! Do you know if still perfect to have a vacay during the month of oct. (this year)?

I’m not sure if it’s going to be “perfect.” 🙂 June-November is the rainy season so it really depends on the weather, but the good news is Palawan doesn’t really experience strong typhoons. You might still get a lil bit of rain here and there tho.

Hi! I’d like to ask for advice on how I can have a worthy vacation to Coron for 3D2N only. I want to travel solo and as much as possible not to join groups. Thank you so much!

Then you should hire your own private boat. 🙂 Afaik for packaged tours you’ll still be with other people, so this is probably the best choice.

Good day po! Meron po kayong idea if every anong oras bumabyahe ang van sa airport going to coron town proper?

We don’t know the timetable for the vans, but take note that Coron is a major attraction in Palawan and so with the influx of passengers, there are always public vans outside the airport. If unsure, you can always contact your resort/accommodation; they are affiliated with those doing airport transfers.

Hi Katherine we’re planning to go there with my partner. Is there any boat to rent in the pier area? I want to DIY my travel and i dont want to book tours. Which is more cheaper DIY or TOUR Agency?

Yep, you can go to the pier but I’m not sure about the availability during summer.

DIY or tour agency — it depends. If there are only 2 of you I’d go for joining a group tour instead.

Hi Duke. I recommend Jon for private boat in Coron. You can ask them how much is the rate. This is worth considering if you want to enjoy the place on your own and you can choose which tourists spots you can visit. Though you have to shoulder the entrance fees and you have to buy your own food in the market for cooking later on.

We hired JON, ARMAN, & STANLEY our boatmen/tourguide for 2 days island hopping. They’re helpful, kind and they made our Coron trip worth remembering ❤️

For private boat: ■JON(Boatman in Coron): +639955287803 +639218139568

For solo or couple travelers it’s more cheaper if you get a tour at local travel agency, you dont need to think about your food and entrance fees since it is included in the package.

Hi, I just want to ask. Is solo travelling to Coron safe? I want to assure my mom that it’s safe, or else she won’t allow me to go. And I already have tickets for April. Hoping to hear from you soon. Thanks.

Yes. I’m wondering where your mom got the idea that it might not be safe. Coron is pretty well known even abroad.

Hi! I’m visiting Coron on april 30 to may 4 2018, i will traveling alone is it not really that bad? it will be my first solo travel. Will I still be able to enjoy the tours and have an overall great time?

It largely depends on you haha. But this was my first solo travel and I loved it. 🙂

Hi! I’m thinking of going to Coron this March, it will be 3D2N. Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Island and Maquinit Hot Spring are the places I want to visit. It would be my first time to travel alone. Just want to ask for help in planning my itinerary or how do I get there without joining tours.

You can rent a private boat if you don’t want to join tours. Maquinit hot spring can be reached via tricycle. 🙂 You can visit all those in ome day.

Hi! Nice blog, i enjoyed reading it. We will be travelling as a couple on Feb 27 to Mar 3. We plan to rent a private boat instead of joining a group. The cheapest rate provided to me is 3700/pax for the Coron Island Tour. And 4800/pax for the Malcapuya, banana and bulog beaches. Rates included all entrance fees, food, licensed tour guide. Do you think the rate is reasonable? Or i can find better deal once i arrive at Coron?

I think the price is reasonable because there are only two of you. You can also try looking for a travel agency/boat owners who’ll agree on a rate per boat (not per person) and see if it’ll be cheaper. Last time I was there boat rental is 2000-2500, entrance fees and lunch not included. Not sure if the rate is the same for the three beaches you mentioned because those are a bit far.

Hi! I’m visiting Coron on July 2018, so I’ll be expecting some rain 🙁 Given it rains, is it really that bad? Will I still be able to enjoy the tours and have an overall great time?

We love to travel during the rainy season because of fewer crowds, lower rates. 🙂 If it’s just a little bit of rain, you’re still good to go. But if there’s a strong typhoon, tours might get cancelled. In general though, Palawan rarely experiences strong typhoons as in other parts of the PH… so you’d be terribly unlucky to be stuck in one. Good luck!

Good day, Ask ko lng po if anu masuggest mo maam. Me and my cousins will be going this coming august, we are 4 in the group, is it ideal and cheaper if we will do DIY or avail a package for the whole tour? Thank you for your response

I think since there’s 4 of you it’s better to get a private boat (DIY). 🙂 It’s cheaper overall and you get to do your own itinerary.

Hi! Do travel tour agencies allow grouping solo travellers for private tours instead of letting them join with the group tours? This is to allow more flexibility on the itineraries instead of feeling rushed.

Yes. 🙂 You can rent a private boat if they offer it (with your own itinerary) or go on a private group tour (following their itinerary).

Coron looks lovely. I have not been to the Philippines yet, but it is on my bucketlist! I see you did 4 tours? Would you recommand that? Did you meet loads of people on those tours? x

Yes and yes. 🙂 I liked the first three tours. I wasn’t impressed with tour D, but I heard it’s a popular choice because of the coral garden. I did meet lots of people because I joined group tours. Hope you decide to visit here!

I love solo travel and I’m looking at Coron for next year. Is it possible to request for a budget breakdown of your 5-day stay? 🙂 Thank you so much and i wish you more travels today, onward!

Hi Monica. I already have a whole section for budget and expenses in this post. 🙂

Camille Umagat

I’m going to Coron this November. Isn’t it awkward to go on tour without any friend/s?

Nope. But you will probably get asked a lot why you’re alone or if you’re heartbroken… or something along those lines. 🙂

Marice S. Batiao

Hello, I’m planning for a solo trip this September. Do you have to book the tour in advance or you can just get book then and there on a cheaper price. Also, I’m going on a weekday, there might be no group tours available. Thank for the help.

Even in off-peak season it’s best to book in advance. There are group tours even on weekdays. 🙂

Hi! I’m going to Coron this January and I’m also booked at Seahorse Guesthouse! I just wanted to ask if they provide the guests with free towels? Also, do guests need to bring their own padlock for the locker or do they also provide them?

Hi Martin, yes the inn provides towels and a padlock.

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Coron Palawan – Complete Travel Guide & Things To Do (2023)

Coron is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines, a place that you just need to see with your own eyes to truly believe.

But how do you get there? And what is there to do once you finally arrive in Coron?

This travel guide offers everything you need to know to make the most of your trip – from the best things to do to essential tips .

With this complete guide, you can plan an unforgettable trip to Coron Palawan .

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Coron Palawan Complete Travel Guide

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My Personal Thoughts on Coron, Palawan

Before we dive into this guide, I just wanted to take a second to say how much I love Coron .

This is probably my favorite island in the whole of the Philippines! …which is quite a big statement, since the Philippines has SO MANY beautiful islands to choose from.

In fact, we loved it so much that Coron is where we decided to hold the first-ever Travel Continuously Summit !

From the charming town of Coron to the endless local islands to hop around, I’m confident in saying that you’ll fall in love with this little island – Jordan Simons .

The 3 Top Things to Do in Coron

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Where is Coron, Philippines?

Coron is an archipelago in the Philippines located off the northwest tip of Palawan Island, just south of Mindoro.

The island chain consists of several large islands and a few dozen smaller land masses that reach from the northern to the southern section of Palawan.

You can see where Coron is on a map here:

Introduction To Coron

When visiting Coron, you’ll find yourself in a convergence of cultural influences – Tag banua, Cuyunon, and Ilocano being the most prominent.

These ethnic groups have amalgamated to form a unique identity distinct from other parts of the country offering visitors different perspectives of Filipino culture.

The crystal-clear waters surrounding Coron are home to stunning marine life including stunning coral reefs and vibrant fish species such as sardines, snapper, and barracuda, making it one of the best places in the Philippines to go diving or snorkeling !

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There are also numerous historical sites throughout Coron such as Kayangan Lake (the site designated “cleanest lake” by Guinness World Records) and Mount Tapyas (the highest point on Coron Island) awaiting exploration.

There’s truly something for everyone here; this complete travel guide on Coron will show you where to go and things to do for an unforgettable trip!

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How to Travel to Coron

Before you can start exploring, you’ll need to figure out how to get there first.

Luckily, getting to this tropical paradise is fairly easy and straightforward.

Get to Coron By Air

The easiest way to reach Coron from Manila is by air.

Several airlines offer direct flights from Manila or other major cities in the Philippines including Cebu City and Kalibo International Airport.

Get to Coron By Speed Boat

Otherwise, you can make arrangements to get a boat directly from El Nido or Puerto Princesa.

The most common route people take is normally with a direct speed boat from El Nido.

Get to Coron By Ferry

It’s also possible to take larger ferries from both of these locations – as well as an 18-hour journey from Manila – which could make for an interesting but slightly longer journey.

The ferry services will normally depart every day. Just be aware of any weather complications, as they can also be canceled if there is a typhoon.

You can book your tickets ahead of time or directly at any local port – just be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out.

Why Travel to Coron, Palawan?

Are you looking for a destination where you can experience breathtaking nature, immersive culture, and stunning beaches ? Welcome to Coron.

Coron is world-renowned for its breath-taking landscapes, crystal clear waters, lush jungles, and exotic marine life. It offers plenty of activities for the adventurous traveler – from cliff jumping and island hopping to snorkeling and SCUBA diving.

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But why travel to Coron, Palawan ?

The easy answer would be that it is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines and offers a perfect place for travelers to explore and relax.

With over 45 inhabited islands, stunning limestone cliffs that plunge into clear turquoise waters, idyllic lagoons, towering karst mountains, thick forests, and tropical fish habitats – Coron provides an opportunity to explore an unspoiled paradise.

There’s just so much to do in this island paradise, which brings us neatly to the next section!

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Things to do in Coron Palawan

As we’ve already been saying, Coron has something for everyone.

Check out some of these must-try activities:

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Island Hopping in Coron

Be dazzled by some of the best postcard-perfect beaches in all of Asia. Coron is home to a wide array of tropical islands, each offering its own unique experiences.

Head out on a guided tour or rent your own boat and take in classic views such as limestone cliffs, stunning blue lagoons, and verdant jungles.

This is definitely the best thing to do on Coron – and you can’t leave without at least doing one day of island hopping.

There are plenty of vendors around the town offering different tours. The highlights that you won’t want to miss are Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoons, and the WW2 Shipwreck .

READ MORE: Meeting The Tagbanua At Camp Carabao

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Coron

Glide through crystal clear waters and discover diverse undersea life such as starfish, crustaceans, and technicolor corals native to Coron’s reefs.

Rent a kayak, or SUP board, and join an organized tour that will have you gliding over crystal water full of Nemos!

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Hike Mt Tapyas

Work up an appetite with a hike up Mt Tapyas (210 meters above sea level).

This is one of Cayangan’s highest points providing 360-degree views that stretch across the open ocean – day or night this is a truly unforgettable sight.

Pack picnic snacks and stay for sunset or sunrise if you can!

READ MORE: Epic Sunset At The Top Of Mount Tapyas In Coron!

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Maquinit Hot Springs

If you have some spare time at the end of the day, you NEED to get to the Maquinit Hot Springs for sunset .

In the mangroves outside of Coron Town are the Maquinit Hot Springs. These are saltwater hot springs, a rare thing in the world, and the source of the geothermal energy is an underground volcano that vents into the sea.

Plus, the sunsets are spectacular.

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Calauit Safari Park

Visit a secluded wildlife sanctuary known as Calauit Island where African wildlife roam freely through the forests alongside indigenous species who call this special place home.

See creatures like giraffes, cheetahs, monkeys, zebras, wild buffalos, and crocodiles as well as endemic species like Palawan bearded pigs amongst many others!

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While I haven’t actually been here personally yet, it always comes up as an option in Coron and it’s definitely something unique to try.

With so much amazing stuff to do in Coron Palawan, it’s no wonder why people flock year after year for an unforgettable experience that leaves lasting memories!

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Is Coron Safe?

For travelers considering a trip to Coron Palawan in 2023, safety is an important factor in their decision-making process.

Coron is one of the quieter and less commercial destinations in the Philippines, but that doesn’t mean that security and safety standards are any lower than in other places.

Make sure to read up on the history of the island and understand the basics of tourist safety before traveling there.

Coron is mostly safe with regards to petty crime such as pickpocketing, but taking precautionary measures like carrying a padlock or keeping valuables out of sight will help reduce danger even further.

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The Philippine government also has regular police patrols throughout all tourist areas so that worries related to security can be minimized—which can be an added layer of comfort for wary travelers.

Finally, double-check the tour operators you plan on traveling with for any local licenses or permits before embarking on any tours or activities; this not only helps you make sure that everything will run smoothly during your vacation but also contributes towards responsible tourism for everyone’s benefit!

Coron Vs El Nido: Which is Better?

You might be trying to decide between two popular destinations: Coron or El Nido .

There is no right or wrong answer, as both places offer unique activities and attractions. It really comes down to personal preference and your own travel style!

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Both El Nido and Coron are must-see destinations for travelers visiting Palawan.

Coron is less developed than El Nido but offers its own charm with numerous lagoons, beaches, and hidden waterfalls. There’s also plenty of buzzing nightlife with restaurants, bars, and cafes dotting the town while still maintaining the peaceful character of its surroundings.

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Meanwhile, El Nido boasts stunning limestone cliffs that always take travelers’ breath away. It’s a popular spot for adventurers looking for hiking, kayaking, or island hopping tours through Bacuit Bay – perfect for snorkeling and diving activities due to its abundance of tropical sea life!

Ultimately the choice boils down to what kind of sightseeing experience you’re looking for from your travels; if you’re looking more for adventuring outdoors then El Nido would be suitable but if culture and relaxation are more up your alley then Coron will certainly have something in store.

Where Next After Coron?

Wonder what is next when your visit to Coron Palawan is over?

While Coron Palawan surely has plenty of interesting places to explore and activities to try, it should not be the end of your Philippine travels. If you are planning a trip to the country, why not extend your stay with these other areas that can offer you an unforgettable experience?

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Once finished exploring Coron Palawan, you might consider visiting El Nido . Located near the northern tip of mainland Palawan, this rustic town offers stunning beach destinations and lush vegetation with spots for trekking or kayaking.

Tour packages are available for adventurous travelers looking for island hopping experiences or visits to underground rivers and lagoons .

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For those with time constraints, another option would be Manila – home to several tourist attractions perfect for any type of traveler including families with young children or couples who want to enjoy wonderful days out in the capital city before venturing off elsewhere in the country.

From Intramuros’ historical sites to Manila Bay’s gorgeous sunset views, there’s plenty that can keep one fascinated throughout their stay in this Philippine metropolis.

After Coron Palawan it is easy discovering what comes next; pick any destination knowing that beautiful experiences await around every corner!

READ MORE: Why The Philippines Starts Christmas In September

Frequently Asked Questions

Coron Palawan is known for its stunning natural beauty, with attractions including Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, and the Siete Pecados Marine Park. Other popular places to visit include Mount Tapyas, the Maquinit Hot Springs, and the Skeleton Wreck.

Coron Palawan is a great destination for outdoor activities. Popular activities include island hopping, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and visiting the many beaches. Coron also offers a variety of cultural attractions, including the Coron Town Market and the Coron Eco Museum.

The best time to visit Coron Palawan is from December to May, when the weather is dry and sunny. This is also the busiest time of year, so it’s important to book accommodation and activities in advance.

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Palawan is truly one of the most amazing islands worldwide. When you visit again, don’t miss out on exploring the southern region known as Balabac. It’s a hidden gem that remains unexplored by most tourists, allowing you to enjoy its pristine and untouched beauty. Here, you can experience the genuine allure of the area without any crowds or commercialization.

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Kayangan Lake In Coron Island: The Ultimate Guide

Jackson Groves

Posted on Last updated: September 21, 2023


Kayangan Lake In Coron Island: The Ultimate Guide

Kayangan Lake is by far the most popular spot on Coron Island and for good reason. You cruise into the ‘parking lot’, which in itself is an immaculate reef with crystal clear water. After parking the boat you take a short hike up the stairs to the viewpoint before clambering down the other side to reach the famous Kayangan Lake. It’s a crystal clear, freshwater lake with unbelievable underwater rock formations, which make it one of the most incredible sites in Coron, Palawan.

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Above the surface, this is the ‘postcard view’ of the region and arguably home to the most popular viewpoint in Coron. Underneath the surface, it truly feels like a dream world and the snorkeling is incredible. The best way to get to Kayangan Lake is on the Coron Ultimate Island Hopping Tour , which includes visiting Barracuda Lake aswell as many other snorkeling spots and beautiful beaches.

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Kayangan Lake is located on Coron Island. Coron Town is where all of the tourists stay and it’s actually on Busuanga. It gets a little confusing but all you need to know is that you will be staying in Coron Town and taking a boat over to Kayangan Lake and Coron Island to visit all of the other lagoons, snorkel spots and shipwrecks on a tour such as the Coron Ultimate Island Hopping Tour . You can see on the map below where Kayangan Lake is in relation to Coron Town (Busuanga).


The simple answer about how to get to Barracuda Lake is:  By Boat

You will most likely be staying in Coron Town, which is where the hotels, bars, restaurants, and airport is located. The next question is about which boat. There are lots of Coron Island Hopping Tours available and they range in price. Options are:

  • Full-day Island hopping Group Tour
  • Private Island Hopping Trip
  • Big Dream Boat Man 3-Day, 4-Night Island Hopping Trip


Kayangan Lake is part of Island Hopping Tour ‘B’ . This means that as a solo or budget traveler you can visit Kayangan Lake as well as multiple other locations on a day tour for a cheap price including lunch! I highly recommend Tour B and of course Tour A and have done them both.

To book your  ISLAND HOPPING TOUR B  you can  Click Here  to check the availability and book online (It’s just $35 USD)

  • It includes Barracuda Lake, Kayangan Lake, Banol Beach, Snorkel at Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon

The best way to avoid the crowds at Kayangan Lake is to arrive before they do! This four-day expedition make sure you visit all the tourist spots before the tourists and then you sleep on secluded islands in cabins and tents throughout the region. To book your Big Dream Boat Man Expedition you can Click Here  or if you want to see my detailed blog post (and my most epic drone photos ever) you can visit my blog post about my experience:  BEST ISLAND HOPPING BOAT TOUR IN CORON: BIG DREAM BOAT MAN REVIEW


Big Dream Boat Man is a locally owned tour company that offers THE BEST island-hopping experience in Coron on their private 3-day, 4-night trip throughout the islands nearby Coron.

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Reasons to book with Big Dream Boat Man

  • Skip the crowds: Visit popular spots like Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake and Lusong gunboat BEFORE the crowds arrive.
  • Secluded Spots: Visit islands that the daytrippers can’t reach.
  • Sunrise & Sunset: Stay overnight at secluded islands in cabins and tents on the beach. Enjoy bonfires, drinks and a fun atmosphere.


  • Coron Island Hopping Trip : The iconic boat trip to amazing Kayangan Lake & Barracuda Lake. Best value and most popular
  • Snorkeling, Shipwrecks, Private Islands (Island Hopping D) : Pass Island, Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck Snorkel & Coral Gardens. This is my favorite island hopping in Coron and is the snorkeling paradise & active tour.
  • Coron Land Tour : Get to know Coron! Visit Mt Tapyas viewing deck, Maquinit Hot Spring and important sites around town. Great for a day off from snorkeling and island hopping.

I only recommend tours with Guide To The Philippines , who are a locally owned company and the most RELIABLE & PROFESSIONAL in Coron with small group sizes.


Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan is an awesome spot to hang out for several hours if you like to explore. While most tourists on the Coron Ultimate Island Hopping Tour will snorkel for 20-30 minutes and move on there is actually a lot to see and do here. There’s a cave that most people don’t know about, epic free-diving and of course the famous viewpoint.

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Freediving at Kayangan Lake

While it is now compulsory to wear a life jacket at Kayangan Lake (two tourists died doing some pretty full-on freediving so they tightened the rules for snorkelers) you can still get away with free-diving here. I usually hang out by the edges of the left side of the lake, put my life jacket on a rock and free-dive down by the cliffs underwater.

This underwater landscape is up there with my favorite snorkel/free-dive spot in the world. Epic jagged rocks make you feel like you are on the moon as you dive deeper. Make sure you are cautious as it is a freshwater lake so you will be significantly less buoyant than in salt water making it harder to return to the surface.

If you are not 100% sure in your swimming/free-diving capabilities please keep your life jacket on. Technically everyone needs to keep it on but those rules are for the masses and I’m willing to bend them knowing that there is very small to no-danger for ME  while I do basic freediving at this part of Kayangan Lake. I made this video on my last visit to Kayangan Lake while on the Coron Ultimate Island Hopping Tour .

Snorkeling at Kayangan Lake

Of course, the most popular activity at Kayangan Lake is snorkeling. Most tourists will keep their lifejackets on and check out the underwater cliffs from above. Snorkeling at Kayangan Lake offers a unique experience, unlike any other freshwater dive.

Touted as one of the cleanest lakes in Asia, Kayangan’s crystal-clear waters provide a pristine window into a mesmerizing underwater world. One of the standout features is the majestic rock formations that lay submerged beneath the surface. These ancient stone structures, sculpted over eons, form a surreal underwater landscape, teeming with pockets of marine life. Gliding over these natural monoliths gives snorkelers the feeling of exploring an alien realm, making every dive in Kayangan Lake a memorable adventure.

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Awuyuk Cave at Kayangan Lake

On the left side of the lake, quite near to the boardwalk is Awuyuk Kayangan Cave. It is about 10-meters to swim through and in parts in pitch black. It’s a short adventure but pretty exciting and best done with a guide. Looking back out towards the light from inside the cave is a scene not to be missed.

Kayangan Lake Viewpoint

The famous viewpoint of Kayangan Lake is actually not of the lake funnily enough. The viewpoint is at the top of the stairs before you head down towards Kayangan Lake and actually looks out to the area where the boats are parking. It is beautiful and the water clarity is so good that you can see the cliffs continue down below the surface. In peak times there can be a line here, which can be pretty hectic but if you come early in the morning it is much more relaxed.

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Drone flight at Kayangan Lake

If you are fortunate enough to have a drone, this is an amazing spot to fly. In fact, all of Coron makes for spectacular flying. However, they do it call it the ‘Drone Graveyard’ for a reason. With cliffs at all different heights, bad signal and bright sun for pilots, this region has claimed many drones over the years. Fly high, fly slow and enjoy the view from the sky.

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How to avoid crowds at Kayangan Lake

The best way to avoid the crowds at Kayangan Lake is to arrive at opening time, which is 7 am. You can do this by hiring a private boat or going with Big Dream Boat Man . If you join a regular group tour you will inevitably be there at peak time most likely.

Big Dream Boat Man (How I visited):  Big Dream Boat Man is a  3-night Coron island hopping tour expedition  that is different from the rest. Instead of battling the crowds, the sea of life-jackets and the lines, Big Dream Boat Man takes you to the hotspots such as Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon before the crowds come.

After spending one day at the hotspots, Big Dream Boat Man veers away and guides you on an expedition to some of the hidden gems  such as Kayangan Lake  and off-the-beaten-path locations in Coron, which in my opinion were equally as impressive if not more so than the famous spots on Coron Island. We free-dived at WWII shipwrecks,  camped on secluded beaches, swam with stingrays, counted the stars from the beach at night and ate like kings during our island hopping tour with Big Dream Boat Man.

Make an inquiry/booking: To visit the website to check the tour itineraries, costs and availability of dates you can click here: Big Dream Boat Man Website 

If you want to read the big blog post about my Big Dream Boat Man 4-day journey you can head over to read that by clicking here .

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  • Cleanest Lake in Asia : Kayangan Lake is often touted as the cleanest lake in Asia due to its crystal-clear waters, which provide spectacular underwater views.
  • Mixture of Fresh and Salt Water : The lake is a mix of 70% freshwater and 30% saltwater. This unique combination is called a brackish water environment.
  • Sacred Place : The indigenous Tagbanua people, who are the ancestral domain holders of Coron Island, consider Kayangan Lake as a sacred place.

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The best time to visit Kayangan Lake is during the dry months of November to May, with the peak tourist season falling between December and March. During these months, the weather in Coron, Palawan is typically sunny and dry, ensuring clear skies and calm waters, ideal for snorkeling and sightseeing. It’s also less likely for tours to be canceled due to weather disturbances. However, those seeking a quieter experience might opt for the shoulder months at the beginning or end of this period, as the lake can get crowded during the peak season.

Regardless of the timing, the ethereal beauty of Kayangan Lake remains a constant, but visiting during these recommended months guarantees a more seamless experience.


Your entrance fee for Kayangan Lake is most likely organized by your tour operator but the system is not that you need to buy the tickets in town before you arrive. They are trying to regulate things more these days so that is how it works. The fee is 300PHP per person, which is $6 USD. This fee will rise year over year

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Coron Town is the base for all of your adventures in Coron. In Coron Town you have the bars, restaurants, transport, places to book tours and you are close to Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit Hot Spring. It is also just a $3 shuttle to the airport. Below are my three picks plus one all-inclusive resort (I’ve stayed multiple times) that includes private island hopping.

  • The Funny Lion  (Good Atmosphere):  The Funny Lion is a boutique resort in Coron that I visited several years ago. Let’s just say that beer from the hot tub with one of the best sunset views in Coron is about as good as it gets. It’s ultra-modern and has a spa, pool, and immaculate rooms. The rooftop bar and dining is an awesome place to be after a long day of island-hopping in Coron.
  • Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel  (Value):  Located by the bay in Coron Town, this upscale hotel features an infinity pool which makes for a picture-perfect sunset view (Possibly the best sunset hotel view in Coron). If you want comfort and luxury at the same time this place is for you. It has its own private dock so you just leave straight to the island-hopping tours from your hotel room!
  • Casa Fidelis Resort All-inclusive (Includes private island hopping) : I had the most amazing stay at Casa Fidelis. The villa had a large patio area that looked out over the garden. Stepping stones led you from the room to the dining area, where we had decadent spreads of gourmet food for every meal. Casa 

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  • Best Location: Two Seasons Coron Island Resort – Incredible Island Bungalows
  • Where I stayed : Outpost Hostel – Central location, great hostel vibes.
  • All-Round Resort: Sunlight Eco Resort – Great beachfront location & activities.


  • Best Island Hopping Experience: (4 Days & 3 Nights) Big Dream Boat Man Coron Tour Review .
  • My Ultimate Travel Guide: Coron Travel Guide: 22 Awesome Things To Do
  • A detailed activity schedule for you: Ultimate Coron Itinerary for 3-4 Days
  • A comprehensive accommodation guide: 20 Best Places to Stay in Coron
  • Best activity that is not in the water: Mt. Tapyas Hike for the best view in Coron.

Or you might want to jump to a few of my favorite spots in Coron:

  • Read my blog post about Kayangan Lake
  • Read my blog about Black Island
  • Read my blog about Barracuda Lake
  • Read my blog about​ Lusong Gunboat

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Viola Smith

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Hi Jackson. Lovely read. I definitely want to visit Coron after the restrictions are lifted. Where are you these days?

Hey, I'm in Australia now but I'm heading to Europe soon. Enjoy Coron.

How to plan a Coron Trip

The ultimate coron travel guide: plan your trip.

Discover everything you need to know to plan an unforgettable trip to Coron and Calamian Islands, including must-see attractions, transportation options, and insider tips. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!


Landscape of Coron island, Palawan, Philippines

Essential Coron | 4 Days

Coron Island Hopping Tour

Coron Island Hopping by Shared Boat

Aerial view of the lagoon in Coron

Coron Island Super Ultimate Tour

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Coron and Calamian Islands can be visited year-round.

High Season

The best time to visit Coron and Calamian Islands is during the high season, which runs from November to early May. During this period, the weather is dry, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the islands’ stunning natural beauty.

However, keep in mind that Christmas, New Year, and Easter are peak periods, and accommodations can get booked up quickly. It’s best to book well in advance if you’re planning to visit during these times.

If you’re traveling during the low season from June to September, you may encounter some rainfall and strong winds. However, it’s rare for Coron to be hit by super typhoons directly.

Bad Weather

Be aware that adverse weather can delay or prevent island hopping tours or ferry services. You might want to consider travel insurance in case your trip is disrupted due to bad weather. 

Attractions You Should Consider Visiting:

  • Coron Island
  • Malcapuya Island
  • Banana Island
  • Bulog Island
  • Black Island
  • Ditaytayan Sandbar
  • Mount Tapyas

Classic Coron Tour Options:

Barracuda Lake, Coron Palawan

Experience the ultimate Coron adventure with our Island Super Ultimate Tour. Discover stunning lakes, gorgeous lagoons, and spectacular snorkeling sites, including Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoons, Beach 91, CYC Beach, Balinsasayaw Reef, and Twin Peak Reef.

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Escape to some of the most idyllic tropical islands of Coron and immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters with the Coron Island Hopping Tour. Discover the beauty of Malcapuya Island, Bulog Dos Island, Ditaytayan Island, and Sandbar while basking in the sun on the beach and snorkeling amidst the underwater world.

Embark on an unforgettable snorkeling adventure with the Coron Reef and Wreck Tour, where you can witness the diverse marine life and explore the fascinating World War II shipwrecks resting in the shallow parts of the sea. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to discover the history and natural beauty of Coron’s underwater world.

Discovering Coron in 4 days

Day 1: Arrival in Coron – Explore Coron town Arrive at Coron-Busuanga airport and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Coron town, including Mount Tapyas for scenic views of Coron Bay, and Maquinit Hot Springs for a relaxing soak.

Day 2: Discover Coron Island  Explore Coron Island on a full-day tour by boat. Visit Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, and Twin Lagoons for picturesque turquoise waters and towering limestone cliffs. Discover marine life and colorful corals at Twin Peaks Reef and Balinsasayaw Coral Garden, and relax on CYC Beach and Beach 91.

Day 3: Island Hopping Indulge in a fun-filled day of island hopping. Visit beautiful islands like Malcapuya Island, Bulog Dos Island and Ditaytayan Island, where you can swim, snorkel, or simply relax on the pristine white sand beaches.

Day 4: Departure from Coron airport Bid farewell to paradise as you check out of your hotel at 12:00pm and transfer to Coron-Busuanga airport for your departure.

Where to stay:

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If you’re planning to explore the stunning natural attractions of Coron and Calamian Islands, the town of Coron is the most convenient jump-off point for diving and island hopping tours. Located just 40 minutes away from Busuanga airport, Coron town offers a wide range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly to mid-range hotels and guesthouses.

For those looking for a more luxurious stay, there are a few exclusive five-star resorts located on nearby islands, as well as several diving resorts that cater to diving enthusiasts.

The Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel is a stylish and modern hotel located in the heart of Coron town, offering guests a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore the surrounding area. The hotel features spacious and elegantly designed rooms, ranging from standard rooms to Bayview rooms with stunning views of the bay.

The hotel boasts a wide range of amenities, including a bar and restaurant where guests can enjoy delicious meals and drinks while taking in panoramic views of Coron Bay. There is also a swimming pool, spa, and fitness center on-site, ensuring that guests can stay active and refreshed throughout their stay.

Corto del Mar Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Coron Town, just a short distance from the town’s main attractions. The hotel features 32 tastefully decorated bedrooms and suites, each showcasing a distinctive blend of Mediterranean and Filipino styles.

One of the highlights of Corto del Mar Hotel is its stunning pool, which is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring the town and its surroundings. There is also a Mediterranean-style restaurant on-site that serves a range of international and local cuisine, as well as a bar.

Club Paradise Palawan Resort is a luxury resort located on the beautiful and secluded island of Dimakya in northern Palawan. The resort is surrounded by pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush tropical forests, offering guests a truly unforgettable experience.

The resort features 55 well-appointed rooms and villas, each of which is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style and features all the modern amenities that guests could need during their stay. Guests can choose from a range of room types, including garden suites, and beachfront villas, all of which offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

One of the highlights of Club Paradise Palawan Resort is its wide range of activities and amenities. Guests can enjoy a range of water sports, including snorkeling, diving, and kayaking, as well as land-based activities such as hiking and tennis. There is also a luxurious spa on-site that offers a range of treatments and massages to help guests relax and unwind.

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort is a luxury resort located on Bulalacao Island, about 30 minutes by boat from Coron town. The resort is situated on a secluded beach and surrounded by lush tropical greenery, offering guests a peaceful and serene atmosphere.

The resort features 42 well-appointed villas, each of which is designed with modern and elegant furnishings. The accommodations offer breathtaking views of the sea, while the private balconies provide guests with an outdoor space to relax and unwind. The villas are equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and spacious bathrooms with rain showers.

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort offers a range of activities and amenities for guests to enjoy during their stay. The resort features an outdoor pool, a spa offering various treatments, and a fitness center. Guests can also enjoy a range of water activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and island-hopping tours.

The resort has several dining options, including Sulu Restaurant, which serves both local and international cuisine, and the Baya Beach Bar, which offers refreshing drinks and cocktails. The resort also has a private sandbar that guests can visit and enjoy a picnic.

What to bring along

Are you planning a trip to Coron? Don’t forget to pack these beach essentials to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable vacation.

  • Swimsuit: Pack one or two depending on how often you plan to swim.
  • Shorts and Cotton T-Shirts: A few lightweight, breathable shirts and shorts are perfect for casual daytime wear.
  • Flip Flops: Essential for any beach vacation, flip flops are perfect for the sand.
  • Beach Bag: essential for carrying all your beach gear.
  • Beach Towel: Pack a lightweight, quick-drying beach towel to dry off after a swim or lounge on the sand.
  • Beach Pareo: Pareos are versatile and lightweight cover-ups that can be used as a scarf and shawl.
  • Sunhat and Sunglasses: Stay protected from the sun's harmful rays with a sunhat and sunglasses.
  • Refillable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the day with a refillable water bottle.
  • A good book/Kindle: Relax and unwind with a good book or Kindle on the beach.
  • Insect Repellent: Keep mosquito away with a good DEET insect repellent, especially during the evening.
  • Raincoat: Pack a lightweight raincoat just in case of an unexpected rain shower during your trip.
  • Waterproof phone case : to take underwater pictures without damaging the phone.

Good to know

How many days should you spend in coron.

For a well-rounded experience, we recommend spending 3 to 4 days in Coron. This will give you enough time to explore the best islands and beaches while getting a real sense of the place.

Coron or El Nido – Which should you choose?

If you have the time, we highly recommend visiting both El Nido and Coron as they offer unique experiences. However, if you have to choose between the two, it ultimately depends on your preferences. Coron is known for its incredible dive sites and Japanese shipwrecks, while El Nido is famous for its stunning limestone cliffs and lagoons.

If you’re a diver, then Coron should be your top choice, with over 20 Japanese sunken wrecks and diverse marine life to explore. However, if you’re more interested in island hopping and beach lounging, El Nido may be a better fit for you.

Are there any beaches in Coron town?

There are no beaches in Coron town itself, but there are several nearby beaches that are easily accessible by boat. Some popular ones include CYC Beach, Atwayan Beach, and Banol Beach. These beaches are part of island hopping tours that you can join when visiting Coron.

Payment Options

It’s advisable to bring cash in the local currency (Philippine peso) as credit cards and foreign currency may not be accepted by some restaurants, shops, and hotels in Coron. Currently, there are a few ATMs in Coron town.

Internet Access

The Philippines has the slowest internet speed in Southeast Asia, and good Wi-Fi in Coron is scarce. While most hostels, guesthouses, hotels, cafes, and bars offer free Wi-Fi, the speed is typically below average.

Buying a SIM Card

You can purchase a Smart or Globe SIM card, both of which are active in Coron. However, Globe has better coverage in the area.

Coron Palawan Kayangan Lake Island Hopping Tour with Lunch & Transfers

Kayangan Lake at Coron Palawan


Jump into the clear waters of Kayangan Lake and visit the stunning shores of Coron, Palawan, with this day tour. Filled with stops at some of the province's best islands, this trip is the perfect getaway for travelers who love snorkeling and marine life. It also includes entrance fees to each destination, a picnic lunch, land and sea transfers, hotel pick-up and drop-off, and service of a guide. 

Your guide will fetch you from your accommodation within Coron's town proper to start your tour. Afterward, you will make your way to the port to board your boat for the day. Take in the beautiful surroundings as you cruise to your first stop, the famous Kayangan Lake. 

The lake has gained widespread recognition thanks to its clear waters that are home to different species of fish. The whole lake is also bordered by towering karst cliffs, adding to the area's picturesque appeal. Next, you will head to Atwayan Beach. Compared to Coron's more popular shores, this beach is smaller but a great spot to unwind and take in the tropical ambiance. 

Afterward, you will head to a snorkeling area called Las Islas de Coral. This place is teeming with marine life, making it a great spot to experience some of Coron's best underwater wildlife in their natural habitats. From there, you will travel to CYC Beach, a small white sand island that also boasts clear waters. You may also enjoy your picnic lunch here by the sea as you take a break from the island-hopping tour. 

When you're recharged and ready to go, you will now make your way to the last stop: Green Lagoon. As its name suggests, the waters here are a beautiful emerald shade. Dive right in to cool off and get a peek at the fish that have made a home in the lagoon as well. 

Immerse in some of Coron's top beaches and lagoons with this island-hopping tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

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What to bring

Good to know.

Picnic lunch will be served in-between the itinerary. For food allergies or food preferences, please let us know in advance so we can advise if the request is possible. Optional activities that may be available on-site should be paid in cash so make sure to bring extra money in Philippine Peso Currency. Guests may snorkel during the island hopping so prepare gears such as fins, tails, snorkel maks, and comfortable swimwear. The recommended pick-up time is 8:00 AM but since this is a private tour guest may recommend their preferred time and our operator will advise whether the schedule would fit the itinerary.

The operator may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Note that being late by 15-30 minutes without any advice is considered a no-show. Tour cancellation requests must be made 48 hours before your scheduled tour subject for approval.

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