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72 Hours in Coron

by Mimi Tiu

There are many reasons to explore the northeastern tip of Palawan: endless blue horizons, crystal clear waters, impressive limestone formations, and enchanting aquatic realms.

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Only have three days to discover this tropical paradise? Don’t worry—we’ve planned out your trip for you, DG Travelers. All you have to do is follow this detailed guide to making the most of your stay in the Calamian Islands.

DAY 1

Breakfast

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Head to Coffee Kong for freshly brewed coffee, refreshing smoothies, fruit-topped waffles, dense muffins, or a hearty American breakfast.

Coffee Kong
Barangay 5, National Highway, Coron
0916 472 9808
Mondays to Saturdays, 7 AM - 11 PM

Morning Activity

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One of the must-see natural attractions of Coron Island, Kayangan Lake should be visited first thing in the morning to avoid the throngs of tourists. Go on a 30-minute trek up a steep stony trail and be rewarded by an unforgettable view (undoubtedly the most iconic vista associated with Coron!). Go bamboo raft riding or take a challenging swim in a sparkling body of water made up of 70% freshwater.

Lunch

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Coordinate with your travel guide or tour operator to provide fresh meals, drinks, and snacks throughout your island hopping tours. On your first day, opt for Beach 91’s buffet lunch served by the ocean.

Afternoon Activity

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Depending on the tide, you can climb a rickety wooden ladder over a rocky cliff or swim under jagged limestone rocks to discover the magic of Twin Lagoons. Peacefully paddle in a kayak or drift away while experiencing strange water temperature changes within the inner lagoon. If you still have time and energy, make a pit stop at Siete Pecados Marine Park before heading back to the main island. Entice the fish to come closer by feeding them with leftover bread from your snack.

Dinner

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With all the calories you’ve burned throughout the day, you won’t feel guilty about having a carbo-loading session at Trattoria Altrov’é. Perfect for sharing, their brick-oven pizzas and sumptuous pasta dishes make for one unforgettable dinner.

Trattoria Altrov'é
Rosario Street, Coron
0917 822 9871

Post-Dinner Activity

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Meet new people, down-ice cold drinks, and dance to the music spun by the local DJs at Hangover Bar & Restaurant.

Hangover Bar & Restuarant
Don Pedro St, Barangay 3 Poblacion, Coron
0905 415 2087

Day 2

Breakfast

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For a fresh start, go for yogurt parfait bowls, fruit drinks naturally sweetened with honey, and other healthy vegan options at Le Voyage.

Le Voyage
Coron-Busuanga Road, Barangay 6, Coron
0908 895 6459

Morning Activity

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Put on your snorkeling gear to encounter the marine life residing at Twin Peaks Coral Garden. After getting your fill of colorful coral reefs and diverse schools of fish, hop on the boat and head to Barracuda Lake. Though a 15-minute trek must be completed to reach this unique karst sinkhole, getting to swim in its turquoise waters or simply gaze at its magnificent scenery will be worth the effort. Scuba divers will get to experience the water’s intense thermocline as they dive down in search of the sea creature the lake is named after!

Lunch

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Buy fresh seafood from the market and ask the boatmen to cook them for you in time for your alfresco lunch in one of Banol Beach’s nipa huts. Don’t forget to try the crispy danggit lamayo (rabbitfish) and lato (sea grapes) dipped in vinegar.

Afternoon Activity

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History buffs will get a kick out of seeing sunken Japanese war vessels from World War II and discovering how marine life has transformed them over time. Seasoned divers can examine the wrecks of the seaplane carrier Akitsushima Maru, the refrigeration ship Irako Maru, or the tanker Okikawa Maru, while non-divers can swim over the Skeleton Wreck at Malwawey Coral Garden.

Pre-Dinner Activity

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While watching the sunset, have a cocktail safari buzz as you sample The Funny Lion’s signature drinks at Pride Rock Deck.

The Funny Lion
Sitio Jolo, Barangay Poblacion 5, Coron
0917 861 9441

Dinner and Post-Dinner Activity

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Partake of a seafood smorgasbord aboard the Pang’et Firefly Floating Restaurant. When your bellies are full, go on a quest to quietly find glowing fireflies hidden within a dark mangrove forest.

Pang'et Firefly Floating Restaurant
Jolo, Barangay 5, Bancuang, Coron
0927 280 0029

Book the dinner and firefly tour via Calamian Islands Travel & Tours or Go Palawan Travel.

Day 3

Breakfast

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A vast selection of hot or iced coffee drinks will complement your homemade panini at Epic Cafe. If you still have room for dessert, go for a slice of their yummy cakes!

Epic Cafe
2 Real Street, Barangay Poblacion, Coron
0906 276 5943

Morning Activity

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Spend an hour and a half traversing Coron Bay to get to a tropical paradise known as Malcapuya Island that’s close to Culion Island (which you can also choose to explore for a day). This beach boasts a long shoreline with powder-fine white sand. Laze in a hammock, look for giant clams living underneath the sea, or feel the breeze along the rocky cliff as you marvel at the view of the stunning coast.

Lunch

Why not have a boodle fight consisting of grilled meat, fresh seafood, chopped vegetables, and mountains of rice beautifully arranged over banana leaves? Order buko juice harvested from the island to go with this tasty lunch.

Afternoon Activity

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Head back to town early to buy pasalubong for your loved ones. Bring home intricately designed wood carvings, delicious danggit lamayo, and surprisingly addictive cashews in diverse flavors (DGT tip: purchase cashews made by L. Escarda’s Coron Harvest). About an hour before twilight, leisurely make your way to the base of Mt. Tapyas and climb more than 700 steps to reach the famous Coron sign and white cross. There’s barely any shade, so bring lots of water to drink as you go up. Take pictures of the warm golden sphere bidding you farewell as it hides behind the mountains.

Head to the marked route on San Agustin Street to reach the starting point of Mt. Tapyas.

Pre-Dinner Activity

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Soak your tired muscles with a therapeutic dip at Maquinit Hot Springs. Hitting 40 degrees Celsius, the water’s toasty temperature from an inactive volcano will do wonders to your aching body.

Maquinit Hot Springs
Sitio Maquinit, Tagumpay, Coron
0918 344 4633

Dinner

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Satiate your hunger with fried calamares, a full slab of baby back ribs, and sinigang na bulalo from Santino’s Grill. You'll definitely be thinking about these dishes on your flight back home!

Santino's Grill
Coron-Busuanga Road, Tagumpay, Coron
0921 967 7571; 0917 700 3881

Looking for more things to See, Eat, and Do in Coron? Find inspiration from our Travel Guide!

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About Mimi
A freelance editor based in Manila, Mimi Tiu finds pleasure in coming up with meticulously detailed travel itineraries, wearing layers in autumn, and chronicling her ice cream discoveries on Instagram at @nicetomitiu.

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