PALAWAN: Coron Travel Guide

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Coron in Palawan has been dropping jaws for years.  This island is blissfully rung with bone-white beaches and jade-colored lakes hemmed in by karsts limestone hills. This is why Coron attracts many travelers.

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In 1998, the indigenous tribe of Tagbanua in Coron Island – ancestors of some of the oldest people in the Philippines – were awarded Certificate of Ancestral Domain Claim (CADC) No. 134, covering over 22,000 hectares of land and sea. This gave them the authority to manage and preserve the marine and land resources, and the right to regulate the entry of migrant settlers and organizations into the domain. Such power is imperative for the Tagbanua community to protect their land from exploitation and destruction caused by outsiders.

I hope this Coron Travel Blog will guide you and help you plan your trip to this amazing island in Palawan.


HOW TO GET TO CORON

 

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BY AIR

MANILA TO CORON

Airlines such as Philippine Airlines   fly between Manila and Coron, Palawan.  From Coron airport, take a van bound for Coron Town.  Fare is Php 150.

 

BY FERRY

 

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MANILA TO CORON

 

2Go Travel  ferry  has trips from Manila to Coron every Tuesday and Friday at 1:30 PM.  And from Coron to Manila every Sunday and Friday at 4:30 PM. See ferry trips schedule between Manila and Coron below.

 

Departure TIME PORT  ARRIVAL TIME PORT
Tuesday 01:30 PM Pier 4 Manila Wednesday 04:30 AM Coron Pier
Friday 01:30 PM Pier 4  Manila Saturday 04:30 AM Coron Pier
Sunday 04:30 PM Coron Pier Monday 07:30 AM Pier 4 Manila
Thursday 04:30 PM Coron Pier Friday 07:30 AM Pier 4
Manila

 

 

PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON 

 

 2Go Travel  ferry  has trips from Puerto Princesa to Coron every Saturday and Wednesday at 11:59 PM. And from Coron to Puerto Princesa every Saturday and Wednesday at 09:00 PM.  See ferry trips schedule between Coron and Puerto Princesa below.

 

Departure TIME PORT  ARRIVAL TIME PORT
Saturday 11:59 PM Puerto Princesa Pier Sunday 03:00 PM Coron Pier
Wednesday 11:59 PM Puerto Princesa Pier Thursday 03:00 PM Coron Pier
Saturday 06:00 AM Coron Pier Saturday 09:00 PM Puerto Princesa Pier
Wednesday 06:00 AM Coron Pier Wednesday 09:00 PM Puerto Princesa Pier

EL NIDO TO CORON

 

Buy your tickets in advance. I took this route going to El Nido last December 2014, the sea was calm during my trip, but bring books and gadgets to entertain yourself especially if you are traveling alone. There are some nice islands to photograph along the way.

Coron to El Nido/ El Nido to Coron Boat/Ferry Rate (MBCA Overcomer):

Php 1,500 /person + Php 20 Terminal  Fee– Filipino Citizen

Php 1,800 /person + Php 20 Terminal  Fee – Foreigner

Boat fare includes lunch. 

Boat/Ferry Schedule from El Nido to Coron/ Coron to El Nido (MBCA Overcomer): 

El Nido to Coron: Monday, Wednesday &  Thursday

Coron to El Nido: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Boat leaves at 8AM.

Travel time is 7 hours on good weather.

Passengers should be at the port an hour before the trip (7AM).

 


 GETTING AROUND CORON

Tricycles are the main mode of transportation in downtown Coron. Fare is Php 10 per head if within the town proper, going to the port will cost you Php 20. To charter a tricycle to Maquinit Hotspring prepare about Php 350 for roundtrip fare.

 

Motorcycles are also available for rent in some guesthouses if you want to tour the countryside.

Maps are for sale ( Php 100) at Coron Galeri in Brgy. Poblacion 3 to help you navigate around Coron.

 


 

CORON TOURIST SPOTS

 

CORON TOWN TOUR

 

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MT. TAPYAS

MAQUINIT HOT SPRING
MAQUINIT HOT SPRING

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CORON CHURCH

LUALHATI PARK

 

CORON ISLAND LOOP

 

KAYANGAN LAKE PHOTO
KAYANGAN LAKE

BARRACUDA LAKE PHOTO
BARRACUDA LAKE

CYC BEACH PHOTO
CYC BEACH

SIETE PECADOS PHOTO
SIETE PECADOS

TWIN LAGOON

BANOL BEACH PHOTO
BANOL BEACH

 

 

REEF AND WRECKS

SKELETON WRECK PHOTO
SKELETON WRECK

 

LUSONG GUNBOAT AND SHIPWRECK

CORAL GARDEN

PASS ISLAND

EAST TANGAT WRECK

 

CORON ISLAND ESCAPADE

MALCAPUYA ISLAND photo
MALCAPUYA ISLAND

BANANA ISLAND photo
BANANA ISLAND
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Bulog Island


 

CALAUIT SAFARI

CALAUIT SAFARI PARK

BLACK ISLAND BEACH AND CAVES

PANIAITAN VILLAGE

CONCEPCION FALLS

BINTUAN MANGROVE BOARDWALK

MALBATO CHAPEL ON THE HILL

 

 

CULION TOUR

 

CULION 7TH CENTURY CHURCH

CULION MUSEUM

HISTORICAL LANDMARK

BOGOR MARINE PARK

RELATED POST:

CULION TRAVEL GUIDE

 

IMPORTANT:  Wear rashguard, aqua shoes or full sole fins when swimming to avoid getting stung by sea urchins, jellyfish or stonefish.  I recommend hiring a tourist guide if you’re renting a boat so someone can watch over you and guide you where to swim safely.

 


 

 

CORON TOUR PACKAGES

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Gamat Travel and Tours
Leidy Ocampo
Mobile: 0999- 9936 -639
Email: [email protected]

For Coron town tour, you may hire a tricycle for Php 600 (USD 14) for a day tour. A trusted tricycle driver in Coron is Ranilo Barba, mobile #: +63 928 835 5839.  Or avail of Coron town tour package for Php 550.

 

 

CORON TOUR RATES

 

NOTE:  Unlike tours in El Nido, Coron Tour packages and rates are NOT standardized. Entrance fees are usually included in the tour package, but do verify with your tour operator to make sure.  Below is a sample rate for tour packages in Coron to help you plan your trip to Coron this 2016.

Tour Inclusion:  Licensed tourist boat with life vest, first aid kit, entrance fees and permits, tour guide, picnic lunch with complimentary tropical fruit and drinks and cottages.

 

 TOUR RATE  DESTINATIONS
 
 
Php 550 – Php 750
 
CORON TOWN TOUR
Souvenir Shops, Cashew Nut Producer, Coron Bay Walk, Tapyas Hill Viewdeck, Makint Hot Springs
 
 
Php 650 – Php 1,500
 
 
CORON TOUR A
Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks Reef, CYC Beach, Hidden Lagoon, Isla Bulungan Beach, Coral Eden
 
 
Php 750 – Php 1,500
 
CORON TOUR B
Barracuda Lake, Siete Pecados, Lajala Cultural Village, Dimanglet Beach, Coral Triangle

 

 
Php, 1500 – Php 1,800
 
CORON ULTIMATE TOUR
Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Las Islas de Coral, CYC Beach, Twin Lagoon
 
 
Php 1,200 – Php 1,500
 
CORON ISLAND ESCAPADE
Destinations
Malcapuya Island, Banana Island and Bulog Island
 
Php 1,150 – Php 1,500 CULION HISTORICAL TOUR
                                                          
 
Culion 7th Century Church, Historical Landmarks, Culion Museum, Bogor Marine Park
Php 1,200 – Php 1,500 REEF AND WRECK TOURS
Lusong Gunboat and Shipwreck, Coral Garden, Pass Island, East Tangat Wreck,
Php 2,300 – Php 2,500 CALAUIT SAFARI PARK BY SEA
Calauit Safari Park, Black Island Beach and Caves, Paniaitan Village
 
Php 2,300 – Php 2,500 CALAUIT SAFARI PARK BY LAND
Calauit Safari Park with sidetrip to Salvacion Town, Concepcion Falls, Bintuan Mangrove Boardwalk, Malbato Chapel on the Hill
 
Php 1,500
 
Mangrove Kayaking and Nature Trek
Kingfisher Biodiversity Park

 


 

 

CORON BOAT RENTAL RATES

 

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Lunch, tour guide, snorkeling gears, cottages and entrance fees not included.  You have to settle them on your own.  Here is a list of the standard rates of boat rental in Coron.

 

Destination 2-5 Pax 6-9 Pax 10-15 Pax
Coron Island Php 2,000 Php 2, 500 Php 4,000
Sangat/Lusong Php 3,000 Php 3,500 Php 6,000
Banana/Malcapuya Php 3,500 Php 4,000 Php 6,000
Culion Php 3,500 Php 4, 000 Php 6,000
Dibatoc Island Php 3,000 Php 3,500 Php 4,500
Calumbayan/ Pass Is Php 3,500 Php 4,500 Php 6,500
Diwaran Php 3,500 Php 4,500 Php 6,500
Tara Php 7,000 Php 9,000 Php 15,000
Coral Bay/ Maglalambay Php 3,500 Php 4,500 Php 6,500
North and South Cay Islands Php 4,000 Php 5,500 Php 8,000
Calauit Safari Park Php 7,500 Php 9,000 Php 15,000
Panlaitan/Black Island Php 5,000 Php 7,500 Php 10,000
Linapacan Php 7,500 Php 9,500 Php 15,000
El Nido/Taytay Php 14,000 Php 18,000 Php 25,000

*Source: Calamian Tourist Boat Association, Inc.

 

If you rent a boat, entrance fess are not included. Here’s a list of entrance fees in Coron:

 

       Destination Fee
 

Kayangan Lake

 

Php 200 per person

 

Barracuda Lake

 

Php 100 per person

 

Banol Beach

 

Php 100 per person

 

Skeleton Wreck

 

Php 100 per person

 

Siete Pecados

 

Php 100 per person

 

Maquinit Hotspring

 

Php 150 per person

 

Grand Total

 

Php 750


 

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CORON TRAVEL BUDGET

I stayed 10 days in Coron and did a side trip to Culion before heading to El Nido.  My tour was sponsored so I only paid for the accommodation in Coron, but to give you an idea of how much to spend, here’s my sample Coron trip budget which is good for 3 days.

 

Activities Budget
Van to and from airport  (roundtrip) Php 150 x 2 = Php 300
Accomodation Php 500 x 3 = Php 1,500
Food Php 150 x 3 (meals per day) = Php 450 x 3 (days) = Php 1,350
Coron Town Tour Php 600
Coron Ultimate Island Hopping Php 1, 500
Malcapuya,  Banana  and Bulog Island Php 1, 200
GRAND TOTAL Php 6,450

 *You can lower this down if you skip the Malcapuya, Banana and Bulog Dos island hopping tour. But I suggest you don’t, since these beaches are really breath-snatching.

 


 

WHERE TO STAY IN CORON

 

Budget

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Sea Horse Guesthouse Hotel

Brgy. Poblacion 3 Coron Town

Check room rates and book here

 

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Casa Montemar Bed and Breakfast

Tapyas Stairway Coron Town

Check room rates here

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Micasa Lodge

National Highway, Brgy Poblacion 1, Coron Town

Check room rates here

 

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Coron  Underwater Garden Resort

Baquit Island, Coron Palawan

Check room rates

 

 

Mid-range

 

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La Natura Resort

Brgy. 6 Kapyas, Coron

Check room rates her

 

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Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort

Brgy. Maglambay, Pototan Island

Check room rates  and book a room here

 

High-end

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 The Funny Lion Inn

 Sitio Jolo, Poblacion 5, Coron Town

Check room rates here

El Rio Y Mar Resort

San Jose Busuanga

Check room rates here

 

 

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Huma Island Resort and Spa

Dicilingan Island, Brgy. Sagrada Busuanga

Check room and book a room  here

 


 

WHERE TO EAT IN CORON

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Big Mama’s Pinoy Hot Pot and Grill
Brgy. Poblacion 4, Coron

Kawayanan Grill
Calle San Pedro, Brgy. 2 Coron

Tita Eash Eatery
Malvar Street
Coron

Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station
Palawan National Highway Coron

Bistro Coron
Coron-Busuanga Road
Brgy.1 Poblacion Coron


CORON ITINERARY

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Day 1 ACTIVITIES
10:00 AM Arrival at Busuanga Airport
11:00 AM Arrival at Coron Town by van
11:10 AM Check in at Hotel
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Rest
01:00 PM Start City Tour

Coron Church, Coron Souvenirs, Zipline at Lualhati Park

04:00 PM Climb Mt. Tapyas for Sunset
06:00 PM  Head to Maquinit Hot Spring
08:00 PM Dinner

 

DAY 2 ACTIVITIES
07:00 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM Start of Coron Island Hopping Tour

Kayangan Lake, Siete Pecados,

11:30 PM Lunch at Banol Beach
12:30 PM Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon, CYC Beach
05:00 PM Return to Hotel
07:00 PM Dinner

 

 

DAY 3 ACTIVITIES
07:00 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM Start of Coron island Escapade Tour

Bulog Dos

11:30 AM Lunch at Banana Island
12:30 AM Snorkeling and Swimming at Banana Island
02:00 PM MalcapuyaIsland
04:00 PM Return to Coron Town/Hotel
07:00 PM Dinner

 

DAY 4 ACTIVITIES
06:30 AM Breakfast
07:00 AM Head to Calauit Safari for the Tour

Black Island Beach and Caves, Paniaitan Village

7:00 PM Dinner

 

DAY 5 ACTIVITIES
Culion Tour

 

 


 

 

CORON TRAVEL TIPS

 

 

Wear rashguard, aqua shoes or full sole fins when swimming and snorkeling to avoid being stung by sea urchins, jellyfish or stone fish.

 

Do not step or touch corals when snorkeling.

 

There are entrance fees imposed by Marine Park Managements and Tagbanua Tribes of Coron Island. See table above.

 

Some areas are sacred sites of the Tagbanua tribe, so please be respectful. Avoid being loud. And do not leave your trash nor collect plants or sand.

 

Coron uses 220 volt outlet.

 

Bring mosquito repellant and personal medicines.

 

There are 4 ATMs in Coron but I still recommend you to stack up cash (Philippines Peso).  Almost everything is on cash basis but some resorts and establishments accept major credit cards and they have money changing services.

 


 

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EXTEND  YOUR TRIP

 

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