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Budget Cheat Sheet: Experience Coron for Under ₱10,000

by Macy Alcaraz

There's a reason Palawan has been part of Best Island of the World lists for years now. There’s no denying that the Philippines is truly home to beautiful islands with clear azure waters, pristine shores, limestone cliffs, and secret lagoons.

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Coron is part of the Calamian Group of Islands in the northern part of Palawan. It’s a great place for hiking, snorkeling, and diving because of the well-preserved shipwrecks underwater dating back to World War II. If you’re itching to scratch this tropical paradise off your travel bucket list but don’t want to splurge, we’ve put together a guide that will show you how to stretch your budget for a 3-day, 2-night stay—and still have a great idyllic vacation.

How to Get There

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It goes without saying that budget airlines are the way to go if you’re looking to spend just ₱10,000 for your perfect little beach getaway, transportation included. Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, Skyjet, Philippine Airlines all have flights to Busuanga. If you plan early enough, you can book roundtrip fares for under ₱3,800 (no check-in baggage) even without promo fares. Transfers from the airport to town proper are at ₱150/head.

Where to Stay

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Treetop Suites is the latest boutique hotel in Calle Real Village, situated along Real Street near its affiliate hotels Coron Ecolodge and Casa Coron. The hotel is 40 minutes from the airport and offers transfers to and from the hotel. A standard room has two single beds, a private toilet and bath with hot and cold shower, an LED TV with cable, toiletries, air-conditioning unit, wardrobe space, and daily housekeeping. A booking is priced at ₱2,200/night for 2 people, and includes breakfast served at the restaurant on the ground floor.

Treetop Suites
Real Street, Coron, Busuanga Island

How to Get Around

Tricycle trips start at ₱10/head. Motorcycle rentals can go anywhere between ₱300-₱500 while bicycle rentals go for ₱100-300, depending on how long you’ll be using them. But since a lot of the restaurants and cafes are not that far from each other, we suggest going around on foot!

What to Do

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You must do at least one tour when you’re in Coron. There are several options for you to choose from, and your hotel can arrange them for you. Tour packages start from ₱700 to ₱1800 depending on how many stops you’ll be going to. Most packages also include lunch and refreshments that the boatmen will prepare for you on one of your stops.

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Some must-see spots are the cleanest lake (not to mention the most Instagrammed spot in Coron) Kayangan Lake; Twin Lagoon, where you can kayak through a hole to get to one side during low tide or swim through it during high tide; Barracuda Lake, where you can check out underwater rock formations (bring goggles!); and Banol Beach, which has fine white sand.

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Explore Siete Pecados for a breathtaking snorkeling experience with beautiful corals and different types of fishes in the area. Some tour packages also include a trip to Malcapuya Island, a beach with powdery sand often likened to Boracay’s. You can also head up the 700 steps of Mt. Tapyas to marvel at the view from the top. Another option is to do a day trip with a boat trip to Calauit (₱2500/head) and see giraffes and zebras.

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Head to Maquinit Hot Springs (₱200; ask your hotel for a discount voucher to get 10% off) after a long day of island hopping to relax in three different pools of saltwater hot springs. You also get a view of the beautiful mangroves that surround the property. It’s about a 30-45-minute trike ride (₱350 roundtrip) from the town proper.

Maquinit Hot Springs
Sitio Maquinit, Barangay Tagumpay
(0917) 819 5327 / (0918) 344 4633

Where to Eat

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There are a lot of restaurants in Coron, and most of them serve food good for sharing. Try the pizza and pasta at Trattoria Altrove (about ₱500/head). They use a brick oven to cook their pizza, which has a delicious crust that’s topped with fresh ingredients and snaps right as you finish a slice.

Trattoria Altrove
Rosario Street
(0917) 822 9871

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If you want to dine with a view, La Sirenetta sits right on the water along the boardwalk. Mermaids are on posts around the restaurant, looking like they’re holding up the roof. Try their kinilaw (raw seafood dish) (₱230) and the coconut crusted prawns (₱480).

La Sirenetta
Reef Pier Central Market
(0918) 903 7063

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Wind down with a beer or a cocktail at Bistro Coron (₱200/head). They also serve pizzas that are great for sharing with a big group. Or have a cup of coffee at Fika Indulgence Café paired with their freshly-baked bread or pastries (₱200/head).

Bistro Coron
National Highway, Barangay Poblacion 4

Fika Indulgence
2F Tablazon Building, National Highway, Barangay 5
(0917) 841 5856

Find Coron travel inspiration when you check out our Travel Guide.

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About Macy
Macy Alcaraz is a freelance editor and writer who’s almost always online. She has a tiny notebook where she draws everything she eats on a trip. Read about all her favorite things on macyalcaraz.com.

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