Coron Palawan Philippines Best Things To Do In Coron Island 2023

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Coron Palawan Philippines Best Things To Do In Coron Island 2023

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!

Coron Palawan Island Philippines

Coron Palawan Island Twin Lagoon In Philippines

Coron Palawan Island Lagoon In Philippines

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

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.

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.

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.