Jam-Packed 4-Day Travel Guide in Coron, Palawan

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Coron, Palawan has been in my list of places to visit here in the Philippines.

Like I intended, I should visit El Nido first (which I already did last year) then Coron (which I have done this year) *insert happy dance. I got this advice from a lot of people who already visited both destinations. You might know that these two beautiful places will always be compared with each other. They are both wonderful, but as I always say, travel and experiences will always be subjective.

Like for me, I can’t compare both since when I visited El Nido, I did not do freediving so I was just merely enjoying the island and the view hopping. Then visiting Coron was all freediving. For the entire time I was looking under the water. Literally!

We visited Coron, Palawan with my Freediving Friends and I have to say that it was AMAZING!

All our activities were already planned out since we were a big group.  All we wanted was to dive so we skipped some islands and asked a new destination where we can dive.

But, as always, I’m not really a good itinerary planner, but I’m always willing to share with you some tips and how to explore the best island in the world…CORON.

 

Pre-travel Guide

Flights:

Book your flight at least 6 weeks before your departure date to get reasonable rates. We booked our flight via Philippines Airlines but you can always check  the cheapest low-cost airline in the country, Cebu Pacific.

You can book a flight directly to Coron from Manila, Clark and Cebu.

Ferry:

From El Nido

You can go to Coron from El Nido with Fast ferry for PHP1,760 via Montenegro Shipping Lines. Travel time will be about 4 hours.

They have daily schedules and you can check them at their Facebook page or you may contact them at 0917-705-9917 (Coron) and 0921-543-1887 (El Nido) for inquiries.

From Puerto Princesa

You can check 2GoTravel for schedules.

Transport:

From Busuanga Airport to Coron Proper – There will be a lot of available Vans outside the airport that will cost Php150.

Easiest way to get in Coron Proper is catching tricycles.

Accommodations:

Reserve your accommodation ahead of time. You can book in Booking.com without reservation fee.

My group actually split up during our visit. Some stayed in R2R Bayview Inn and we stayed in Pink House that we booked via Airbnb. P.S. You can have Php1600 travel credit if you will sign up using my referral link.

Other Options for less than Php1000 per night:

Book Here for more options:

Booking.com

Tour and Activities:

FIRST TIP: Coron is a top tourist destination and if you want to DIY island hopping, you might have a hard time. The cheapest and easiest way is to plan ahead and book tours.

You can book it in Klook. They have a list of tours, activities and even transportation. If you are a planner. You will love this site.

Book Here:


Klook.com

TIPS:

  • We took precautions while visiting Coron. We had some medications for Malaria just to be safe. (Thanks Te Doc! :D) But as you would go for any place with ordinary mosquitoes, bring spray or lotion type mosquito repellent to use during your visit.
  • If you are in a big group like us, renting an entire house would help you have cheaper expenses.
  • Book your tours in advance. You can also get your tours in your hotels.
  • Unlike El Nido, there are available ATMs in Coron. But bring cash just to be sure.
  • Learn Cuyunon phrases. It will help you interact more with the locals.

DAY 1 – Coron Town Tour

We arrived in the morning and some arrived at lunch. So we only have a half day to explore. Good thing there’s a half day tour where you can go around the town proper.

What to Expect:

  • Meals are not included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off

Things to do:

  • Mt. Tapyas – Climb over 700 steps to reach the top of Mt. Tapyas and get rewarding views overlooking Coron.
  • Maquinit Hotspring – One of the few saltwater hot springs in the world. Bring swimwear, extra clothes, and towel if you will have a quick dip.
  • Buy Souvenirs – Stroll around the public market and souvenir shops. Buy Cashew foods!
  • Landmarks of the town – the Town Plaza, Lualhati Park and St. Augustine Church

Scheduling:

  • Morning tour: 7:00am-11:30am
  • Afternoon tour: 2:30pm-7:00pm

Itinerary:

  • 7:00am/2:30pm hotel pick up
  • Mt Tapyas View Deck
  • Maquinit Hotspring
  • Public Market
  • Town Plaza
  • Lualhati Park
  • Souvenir Shops
  • St. Augustine Church
  • Cashew Harvest
    11:30am/7:00pm hotel drop off

BOOK HERE for Coron Town Tour

DAY 2 – Coron Ultimate Tour

What to Expect:

  • Hotel pick up and drop off within downtown Coron
  • Hotel pick up and drop off within downtown Coron
  • Snorkeling gear are provided
  • Drinking Water and lunch is included

Things to do:

  • Spend a day with views of the towering limestone cliffs and incomparable aquamarine lagoons of Coron
  • Kayangan Lake – Visit the picturesque Kayangan Lake or swim in a hole below a rocky outcrop leading to the Big Lagoon
  • Siete Pecados – Go snorkeling at the Siete Pecados Marine Park or experience an adventure as you check out Skeleton Wreck
  • Enjoy a nice picnic lunch with the backdrop of the crystal clear turquoise waters

Itinerary:

  • 8:00am hotel pick up
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Lagoon
  • Siete Pecados
  • Marine Park/Skeleton Wreck
  • Coral Garden
  • 12:30pm lunch at Smith Beach
  • CYC Beach
  • 4:00pm hotel drop off

BOOK HERE for Coron Ultimate Tour

DAY 3 – Coron Calauit Safari and Beach Tour

What to Expect:

  • Tour to see the savannah of Coron teeming with African giraffes, gazelles, zebras, brown deer and mor
  • Morning safari tour around Calauit Game Refuge and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visit either North Cay or Pamilacan Island for an afternoon swim before heading back to Coron town
  • Convenient hotel pick ups and drop offs are available for travelers staying in Coron Town hotels!
  • Lunch is included.

Itinerary:

  • 7:00am hotel pick up
  • Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 11:00am boat ride to North Cay or Pamilacan Island
  • 12:00pm picnic lunch
  • 4:00pm hotel drop off

BOOK HERE for Coron Calauit Safari and Beach Tour

OTHER OPTIONS:

During our visit, we skipped Coron Caluit Safari because we just wanted to dive in the sea. But if you want to do more island-hopping trip and enjoy the water, you can choose the tour options below.

Coron Tour A

Itinerary:

  • 7:00am hotel pick up
  • CYC beach
  • Coral Garden
  • 12:00pm picnic lunch at Atwayan Beach
  • Hidden Lagoon
  • Quin Reef
  • Kayangan Lake
  • 5:00pm hotel drop off

BOOK HERE for Coron Tour A

Coron Tour B

Itinerary:

  • 7:00am hotel pick up
  • Barracuda Lake
  • Skeleton Wreck
  • 12:00pm picnic lunch at Banol Beach
  • Twin Lagoon
  • Reef Garden
  • 5:00pm hotel drop off

BOOK HERE for Coron Tour B

Coron Tour C

Itinerary:

  • 7:00am hotel pick up
  • 10:30am arrive at Malcapuya Island
  • 12:00pm picnic lunch at Malcapuya Island
  • Bulog Dos Island
  • Banana Island
  • 5:00pm hotel drop off

BOOK HERE for Coron Tour C

Coron Tour D

Itinerary:

  • 7:00am hotel pick up
  • Bulog Dos Island
  • 12:00pm picnic lunch at Pass Island
  • Lusong Coral Garden
  • Lusong Gun Boat Shipwreck
  • 5:00pm hotel drop off

BOOK HERE for Coron Tour D

DAY 4 – Departure / Buy Souvenirs

If you already bought souvenirs in Day 1 you can just prepare for your departure in your 4th day.


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