Majestic limestone cliffs, unspoiled beaches, and the clearest blue seas—Coron is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in the country.
With so many awe-inspiring sites to discover, one visit to Coron is never enough. If you're planning a trip to this Palawan paradise soon, here's our very own Coron Travel Guide is here to help you maximize your time there. It has everything you need to know about this charming island gem in the "The Last Frontier of the Philippines!
NATURAL HOTSPOTS IN CORON
Sunset at Mt. Tapyas
A hike 724 steps up to the top of Mt. Tapyas will lead you to a picturesque view of Coron town and the islands. At 210 meters high, its large white cross and Coron sign found at its peak is one that can be seen while on board a banca or almost anywhere in town. Sunsets at the top of this mountain are unarguably one of the best in the country!
Known as the “the craziest dive spot in the world”, the Barracuda Lake is popular for its thermocline where the temperature drastically changes.
Diving is the only way to experience the sudden change in temperature, but it's still a popular destination to snorkel and swim. A 10-minute climb through its jagged limestone cliffs is needed to reach the lake.
Twin Lagoons promises not just one, but two breathtaking destinations. Separated by a majestic limestone cliff, the first lagoon is a boat docking area while the hidden lagoon can be accessed through a small crevice under the cliff when the tide is low or up a few steps over the cliff.
You’ll experience pockets of cold and warm water as you swim in the lagoon since this is where cold freshwater and warm saltwater meet. It’s usually the last stop when island hopping—we'd like to think it’s because they save the best for last!
Imagine a lazy afternoon in Malcapuya Island, swinging in a hammock shaded by coconut trees under clear blue skies. When you’re ready, sink your toes into sugar fine white sand and take a dip in its refreshing waters. Your 1.5-hour boat ride to this island is sure to be worth it!
WHAT TO EAT IN CORON
Bird's Nest Soup, Balinsasayaw Restaurant
When in Coron, don’t miss out on having a bowl of bird’s nest soup! This luxurious dish found in various parts of Asia is also known as "Caviar of the East" simply because it costs a small fortune. Harvested by locals in the caves of Palawan, these nests are made from the saliva of birds indigenous to Southeast Asia.
Sample a hearty bowl of bird’s nest soup at Balinsasayaw Restaurant and while you’re at it, have your fill of their best selling Crispy Pata, too!
Crocodile Sisig, Kawayanan Grill Station
You haven’t been to Palawan if you’ve never tried their famous Crocodile Sisig. Exotic as it may seem, it’s not far from the sisig that we’ve all come to love.
Served on a sizzling plate, its meat is tender and flavorful and perhaps may even be a healthier option to pork. Similarly, it takes like chicken and best paired with an ice cold beer.
Try this exotic dish at Kawayanan Grill Station along with their Seafood Platter. Feel free to help yourself to an extra serving of rice!
Ensaladang Lato, KT’s Sinugba Sa Balay
When in Palawan, eat as the Palawenyos eat. One of the most common dishes found in almost every home is Lato or most commonly known as sea grapes (as its appearance suggests). It's marinated in vinegar, onions, and garlic and complements Filipino seafood dishes—grilled seafood in particular.
You can find it in most local restaurants in the area. For authentic Filipino dishes and seafood, we definitely recommend this place!
Danggit Lamayo, Coron Public Market
Danggit. What’s not to love about it? Every bit of it is perfectly seasoned and crisp from its head, tail and even to the bones. In fact, its so popular that Palawan has made their own spin on it called, Danggit Lamayo.
Using sun-dried rabbit fish, this Palawan delicacy is lightly salted and marinated in garlic, vinegar, and pepper. Aside from being one of the country’s favorite breakfast foods, it makes a great gift to give as pasalubong or souvenir gifts to family and friends back home.
TOURIST ACTIVITIES IN CORON
Discover Coron’s breathtaking sites as you hop from destination to the next. A quick 30-minute boat ride away from the town proper will take you amid crystal clear waters, rich marine life, breathtaking limestone cliffs, and pristine white sand beaches. There’s really nothing quite like it!
Enjoy a unique safari experience as you come face to face with various species of exotic animals at the wildlife sanctuary in Calauit Safari Park. This 3,700-hectare island off the coast of Palawan is home to hundreds of Calamian deer, monkeys, zebras, giraffes and other animals from Africa.
Maquinit Hot Springs
A trip to Maquinit Hot Springs is always a must, especially after a hike up Mt. Tapyas or a long day of island hopping. Known to be the only saltwater spring in the country, its hot water streams from a volcano and is well-known for its healing powers that soothe aches and pains.
Explore Coron’s hidden gems by paddling your way in a kayak. Swiftly glide over water through to secret lagoons and mangrove tunnels without having to join the rest of the crowded tours. The best part about it is, your photos will turn out amazing—it's just you and the breathtaking scenery!
HIDDEN GEMS IN CORON
Picnic in a hidden beach
A picnic in the island beats fine dining any day! Hop on a boat and have lunch on a secluded beach. While you bask in the sun, your meal is cooked fresh and prepared for you by the boatmen. Most island hopping tours offer a picnic lunch or you can opt to go DIY. Don't forget to visit the market before heading out to sea!
Immerse yourself in the island life as you sail away on a 5-day adventure where you can live among locals, camp in nature and sleep under the stars in one of Palawan’s unspoiled islands. This ultimate island adventure is life changing, but certainly not for everyone.
DG TRAVELER TIPS
Dry season, which runs through October to mid-June, is the best time to visit Coron.
There are plenty of accommodations to choose from in Coron. For the budget-conscious, there are travel lodges and small inns that can go as low as ₱400/per night. Newly opened boutique hotel The Palladium Hotel offers a stunning Santorini-inspired escape at reasonable prices. Sophia's Gardem Resort is a quiet and private garden resort located just 5 minutes away from Coron Town proper. If you are willing to splurge, luxury resorts like Two Seasons Coron Island & Resort and Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel are recommended.
The easiest and most efficient way to get around the island would be via tricycle, with rides starting at about ₱20. Motorbikes may also be available for rent at certain resorts.
Bring enough cash since the island only has ATM machines from BPI, Allied Bank, Metrobank, and their local bank. Have small change readily available, as most places are cash based.
It goes without saying that sunblock is a must, but don't forget about mosquito repellant too.
Always charge your gadgets or bring extra batteries and powerbanks. Don't be surprised as power outages are quite a norm here.
Since you're in a laidback town, learn to take things slow. Only then can you say that you've had the full Coron experience!
WHAT TO WEAR
Cool and comfy beachwear is ideal for a Coron vacation. Comfortable footwear is a must for all the walking and exploring! Although optional, aqua shoes serve as great protection from jagged rocks, especially if you're doing water activities.
HOW TO GET THERE
Skyjet Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines has direct flights to Busuanga from Manila. Philippine Airlines also offers flights from Cebu and Clark. From Coron airport, take a van transfer bound for Coron Town. This will cost you P150 per pax.
The most popular ferry option is via 2Go Travel. They have ferry trips twice a week from Manila to Coron and vice versa. Other ferry options include J.V. Serrano Shipping Lines (M/V D’Asean Journey, M/V D’Sea Journey) and Atienza Shipping Lines (M/V Josilee-II, M/V April Rose, M/V Q-Carrelyn-III). A one-way ferry trip will take about 13-15 hours.
Illustrations by Ce Manalang
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