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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?

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.

Coron Palawan Complete Travel Guide

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 favourite 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 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 – Tagbanua, 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 with 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 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 Get 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 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 cancelled 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.

Interested in the 18 hour Coron to Manila ferry? Here’s my vlog of the experience.

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.

But why travel to Coron, Palawan?

The easy answer would be that it is one of the most beautiful places in 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, 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:

Island Hopping

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 their 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

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Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

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!

Hike Mt Tapyas

Work up an appetite with a hike up Mt Tapyas (742 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 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 salt water 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.

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, 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!

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 other places.

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

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

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Another way to ensure your own safety while in Coron is by avoiding going out after dark and sticking to more popular destinations during peak tourist hours.

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 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!

Check out these Coron Travel Tips for more information

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 is more up your alley then Coron will certainly have something in store.

My vlog of El Nido to help you make up your mind.

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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El Nido

Once finished exploring in 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 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 fascinating throughout their stay at this Philippine metropolis.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best places to visit in Coron Palawan?

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.

What activities can I do in Coron Palawan?

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.

What is the best time to visit Coron Palawan?

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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