10 Best Things To Do And See in Coron, Palawan
The Coron island area is famous primarily for its World War II wreck dives, and the site has been named in many lists of top dive spots in the world. In September 1944, a fleet of Japanese ships hiding in the harbor were sunk in a daring raid by the US Navy. The result is around ten well preserved underwater shipwrecks surrounded by coral reef.
Coron Island itself hosts the pristine Barracuda and Kayangan lakes, well worth a day trip to explore the perfectly clear, mixed fresh and saltwater environments with a visible thermocline and an unusual amount of aquatic life. Coron and many nearby islands are dotted with tiny white sand beaches, often surrounded by large limestone cliffs and wildlife, as well as extensive reefs for snorkeling.
- How To Get To Coron -
- Fly into Busuanga from Manila with Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific or Cebu Pacific no more flying from Cebu. PAL Express has 2 flights daily from Cebu. SkyJet Airlines has 3x daily flight. SkyJet is the largest Jet (99 seater jet) and is also the fastest flight to coron busuanga airport (30 minutes flying time only).
- Airport to town: Van transfers P150/person, P1500 for the whole van
- Tricycles are everywhere downtown and super-cheap as P10 for rides around town (per person)
- Motorcycles are available for rent, though not useful for much more than getting to the nearby hot springs
- There are no taxis in Coron, but many vans to take you from the town to the airport, so check with your accommodation
- Buses and Jeepneys depart from the Jeepney Terminal near the Tourist Center.
Note: Please inquire for the most recent and the latest fees/fare
1. Calauit Safari Park
Calauit Safari Park dubbed as the Little African Safari in the Philippines. A game reserve and wildlife sanctuary located in Calauit Island, a 3,700 hectare island in the Calamian Islands chain that lies off the coast of Palawan in the MIMAROPA region of the Philippines. It is known for its wildlife sanctuary with a substantial population of African animals, including giraffes, zebras, and antelopes, as well as local fauna that all roam freely in a game reserve created in the 1970s..
2. Maquinit Hot Spring
The blissfully warm and salty waters of the spring provides a soothing counterpoint to the frenzy of activities you may have had. Just take a dip and relax in its healing waters.
The Maquinit Hot Springs is one of the only few saltwater hot springs in the world. The 30-minute tricycle ride on the dusty road to the hot spring can be tough, but it gets rewarding once you have reached the spot.
Here, mangrove trees surround the area, as if guardians of the stunning beach. There are two available pools of warm saltwater at the site. The flooring and walls of the pool are covered in pebbles. The pool temperature plays between 37° to 40° Celsius. While it certainly takes time to adjust the body to the temperature, remember that it gets more soothing and more therapeutic later on. Just don’t stay in the water too long.
3. Mt. Tapyas
Mt. Tapyas is the second highest place in Coron which gives a complete view of the town from its view deck. The summit can be seen from almost every part of the town.
A 689-foot peak accessed by steep steps with views across the town & harbor below
4. Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan
Kayangan Lake is located at Coron Island, Northern Palawan and is said to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines. Before approaching the lake, go over the cave and glimpse at the great view on top of the mountain. This view is the most photographed area in Palawan.
5. Twin Lagoon, Coron Palawan
The water and towering rocks are great photos. On low tide, experience kayaking under the hole of the rock. At high tide, one can swim through the hole of the rock or a walkway can be used to get to the other side of the lagoon.
6. Barracuda Lake Coron Palawan.
A popular lake for its unique brackish water. It is also known as Luluyan Lake and surrounded by limestone cliffs. It was named as such due to the discovery of a large barracuda fish skeleton in the depths of its water.
Situated on Siargao Island, this hotel is close to the Sohoton National Park. Boasting 10 water cottages, all are tastefully furnished and equipped with standard amenities for guests’ utmost comfort including a Jacuzzi with balconies of wooden flooring featuring see-through glass. [..]
7. Banol Beach Coron, Palawan
Small white sandy island beach backed by cliffs, popular with boat trippers & snorkelers.
This beach is the usual destination for lunch stops of island tours in Coron. So expect a crowd at that time. Plan to get there early before the lunch crowd come to enjoy the place. The view is spectacular without the crowd and all the boats.
8. Siete Pecados Coron, Palawan
Siete Picados, one of the usual destinations of the Coron Island Hopping Tour, is a group of seven small islands the surrounding waters of which are rich snorkeling grounds.
Popular snorkeling spot featuring coral reefs with diverse species of colorful tropical marine life.
9. Malcapuya Island
A 1.5 hours by boat from the town of Coron but worth the wait and ride. Malcapuya is a beautiful place for the true nature lover. Powdery sand, beautiful corals and colorful fishes minus the crowd.
10. Banana Island
Banana Island is one of those island paradises you always dreamed of! White sand beaches and numerous Pacific Giant Clams (local accommodations recommended as it is far from Coron, but it is available as a tour along with Malcapuya).You can visit the island by a day tour from Coron, Palawan, Philippines – be sure to haggle hard about the price of private tours!