The Ideal Travel Guide to Coron Palawan

May 14, 2019

by Mawy Maglapuz

The Philippines is a wonderful country that will leave every tourist in awe. It consists of 7,107 beautiful islands and each island has its own remarkable features that truly won’t disappoint you. The Filipinos are also known for their hospitality that’s why this country is among the top countries that other nationalities always favor to visit.

One of the best islands in the Philippines is Palawan which is divided into three main attractions: Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. While the first two are such a beaut, the latter is a place where you will truly find peace and serenity and I assure you that once you step in this island, things will never be the same.

How to Get to Coron

You can go to Coron from any point of destination. Let’s assume that you will come from Manila, Philippines. From there, you can take a ferry or a plane. Taking the ferry is much cheaper and affordable with an estimated cost of Php2,500 per person one-way including the travel insurance, taxes, and other fees but would take roughly 12 hours to get to Coron. Meanwhile, taking the plane would only take you less than an hour to 1 hour but would cost more. The airfare usually amounts to an average of Php5,000 one-way. These fares are only an estimation based on the transportation websites and may change based on the season. You can choose any vehicle between the two but I suggest to choose the mode of transportation which will make you feel comfortable and fits your budget.

Finding a Place to Stay

Searching for a place to stay in Coron is easy. There are a lot of accommodations waiting for you there. You can find a place in AirBnB or search a hotel in Google and a lot of recommendations will appear. The good thing is, the rates are average. For only Php2,000-Php2,500 per night, you can book in a family room with a good ambiance. You can also find clean hostels there if you’re fine with cheap accommodations or if you are a backpacker. If it is possible, book yourself in a hotel near the Coron town proper so that you can be surrounded by different kinds of restaurants and so you can also experience the nightlife there.

Things to do in Coron

As many of us know, Coron is the place if you’re into island hopping. It is surrounded by beautiful lagoons and lakes such as the famous Twin Lagoon and Kayangan Lake that are truly breathtaking. You don’t have to worry if you can’t swim. There are life jackets provided for each passenger on the boat. However, having skills in freediving is a major plus point. There are a lot of tourist destinations where you will enjoy yourself more without a life vest such as the Coral Garden, Barracuda Lake, and the WWII Shipwrecks.

In able to see these amazing sites, you have to book with a travel agency. You can customize your tour depending on the number of days you will be staying in Coron. But let’s assume that you will be there for four days. Here are some examples of tour packages with prices for your reference.

Barracuda Lake

Day 1: Coron Ultimate Island Tour

Php1,000/person

  • Kayangan Lake
  • CYC Beach
  • Siete Pecados
  • Hidden Lagoon
  • Calachuchi Beach
  • Coral Eden

Day 2: Tour B

Php1,200/person

  • Twin Lagoon
  • Atwayan or Banol Beach
  • Barracuda Lake
  • Skeleton Wreck

Day 3: Tour C

Php1,500/person

  • Bulog Dos Island
  • Banana Island
  • Malcapuya Island

Day 4: The Best of Coron

Php1,550/person

  • East Tangat Vessel Wreck
  • Pass Island
  • Coral Garden
  • Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck

Of course, each travel agency has its own pricing strategy. It will depend on who you want to choose as the best travel agency and whom you think is trustworthy enough and won’t give you any headache or problems during the tour. You will also be traveling with a tour guide who will explain everything to you about the destinations. Also, you don’t have to worry about your lunch anymore because it is already included in the package. The boatmen will take care of your lunch and they will also be the ones to prepare it while you are enjoying yourself in the sea. One thing to take note is that these tours are for group package. Meaning, you will have other people joining you on a boat. A minimum of 8 persons and a maximum of 16, depending on the size of the boat. The good thing is, you can have the chance to meet other people and mingle with them while traveling at sea. Most of the tourists on the boat are Western people, some come from China and Korea, while there are few from the Philippines. On the other hand, if you want to have a personal space, you can book a private tour in a travel agency also but of course, it will be more expensive that ranges from Php12,000-15,000 per day that is good for a maximum of 6 persons and will be using a speedboat and not just a typical boat.

Realizations about Coron

Coron, Palawan, I must say, is a complete package destination. You will feel genuine happiness once you see the incredible rock formations, colorful creatures and corals under the sea, and the extraordinary clear blue water. Once you visit this place, you will feel the urge to visit again because you will miss the life here. You will miss the cool ocean breeze, the fresh air, the sun that hits your face every morning, and the simplicity of everything. It’s not the same as the others. Coron has set the bar high when it comes to beaches and islands. You will never look at anything again as great as Coron. It is the perfect place for an escapade with your family and friends. The feeling when you’re in this place is unexplainable and astounding and twisted in a good way. Maybe that’s just the way love is. I never thought that I would experience to fall in love with a place but I did. And I’m proud to say that it’s Coron.

Mawy Maglapuz

By Mawy Maglapuz

My name is Wynona, but you can call me Mawy. I'm 22 years old and I'm from the Philippines. I started writing when I was in high school. When I was in college, I wrote an article regarding my personal life and tried to submit it to Candy Magazine, a famous teen magazine in the Philippines. Surprisingly, it was published in their account. When I started working, I got busy and had no time to write. But now, I have a lot of time and trying to make my hobby as my work.

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