If you were to choose just one destination to visit and explore before you die, it ought to be nowhere else other than Coron in the Philippines.
Coron is much more than a mere tropical island in the Palawan province. It is one of the rawest and most unspoiled lands in Asia.
The magnificent black limestone cliffs gracefully give way to sandy beaches and coral reefs. You can’t help but not blink at all while kayaking and island hopping in Coron, Philippines.
What is Coron famous for, you ask?
The Tangat Islet provides a unique experience of wreck diving at the very sight of a major battle between the U.S. and Japan, during World War II.
Today Coron Bay is one of the best wreck dive sites in the world. During an air raid of the Americans in World War II a whole fleet of Japanese war and transport ships was sunk off the coast. Ten of them are very well preserved and can be dived.
The thrilling dive, along with the fascinating snorkels amidst crystal clear turquoise blue waters makes it a must-visit place.
On the tour, you even have the rare opportunity to see a wreck as a non-diver. The Skeleton Wreck is still very well preserved and starts just below the water surface.
When is the best time to visit Palawan Island?
We recommend experiencing the beautiful island of Coron in Palawan, the Philippines between December and April. During this time the weather is dry, and there are fewer chances of tsunamis.
How to get from Manila to Coron?
You can use both flights and ferry to go from Manila to Coron:
Flights: Probably the most opted way, in this route you need to book a Manila to Busuanga flight to reach the Coron Airport. The trip takes around an hour.
Ferry: This is a cheaper option and is best for students. It takes 15-30 hours, by the way!
What to do in Coron, Palawan?
Most activities take place above or below water. With boats, you can discover hidden lakes, lagoons, and uninhabited islands around Coron Town on different tours. Prices are similar everywhere and all tours are full day.
Obviously, you must indulge in Island hopping and snorkeling around reefs.
Go trekking in the luscious green jungles or best to Mount Tapyas and enjoy some spectacular views of nearby Islands.
Relax peacefully after the tiring trek at the Manquint Hot Spring.
Go Kayaking around the mesmerizing mangroves surrounding the Kingfisher Park and in the famous Twin Lagoon.
Don’t miss out on the beautiful sightseeing at Barracuda Lake and Kayangan Lake and take some photos.
Chill at the humble Banol Beach.
About Island Hopping
If you don’t have that much time, you should go straight to the Highlights of Coron Tour, where you will visit all the major points in one day – including Coral Garden, Kayangan Lake, and Twin Lagoon.
The start is 8:00 am at the travel agency where you booked. From there you will be taken by tricycle to the harbor and assigned to a boat. Around 16:30 o’clock you are back in the harbor.
Lunch on a lonely beach and the entrance fees are usually included in the price. Snorkeling equipment and water shoes are recommended. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent it for a small fee.
Where to stay in Coron, Palawan?
Zenvea: Among the top-rated exotic stays, we have Zenvea which provides everything you need for a grand Coron, Philippines vacation.
MO2 Westide Lagoon Coron: It is another of our top favorites, being one of the best-rated as well.
Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel: Provides great views of the ocean.
Charms Hotel: Among the best-rated accommodations, this small hotel on the outskirts of Coron comes with a budget-friendly price.
Corto del Mar Hotel: It has its own restaurant and a stylish private pool.
Everything in Coron is a true hidden gem. This island is the gateway to heaven you never knew existed.
Surrender yourself to the fabulous shallow-water coral reefs, after throwing on your scuba gear.
The diverse marine life full of playful fishes, sea serpents, and sea turtles is all ready to welcome you to Coron in the beautiful Philippines.