7 Tourist Spots for Your CORON ITINERARY

Coron is a popular destination in Palawan. Its attractions are often on the pages of magazines, newspapers, and postcards. Its most iconic landmark is the giant limestone outside of Kayangan Lake. Its town has an idyllic and chill vibe, which makes it an ideal place to relax and unwind. Regular flights from Manila make it an accessible place to visit. There are also many tour operators, making traveling to nearby islands and doing activities easy.

If you’re planning to visit, here are some of the things you can do and see.

Mt. Tapyas

This mountain stands approximately 210m high and is a good spot for watching the sunset and getting overlooking views of the town and sea. You’ll also see a giant cross at the top. The way up is paved, has around 700 steps and is easy to walk on. There are also several flat areas where you can sit and rest before moving on. Many locals run or jog up and down as their exercise. You can walk to the base of the mountain or take a tricycle for a small fee.


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Calauit Safari Tour

If you’re looking for something different to do other than the beaches and lagoons, a trip to Calauit Safari might be for you. You read that right, there’s a safari in Coron. Tours are around P2500 to P3000 per person. You’ll get to see and even feed a giraffe during your visit. There are also zebras in the park. You have the option to travel by boat or land. Most would recommend the boat trip because it includes a stop at Black Island. You can also charter a boat for around P10500 for up to eight people.


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Coron Island Tour

Palawan has many beautiful islands and you shouldn’t miss out on them during your visit. The Coron Island Tour is a must. This activity covers the highlights such as Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon. The lake has waters so clear you can see the bottom despite its depth. It is also the spot where you see the iconic giant limestone rising above the emerald waters. The lagoon is a must because of its blue waters surrounded by limestone formations.

Other than the two mentioned famous stops, you’ll also visit Banul Beach, Siete Pecados, and Barracuda Lake. Banul Beach may be small, but it has powdery, bone-white sand and clear, turquoise waters. Go for a swim or just sunbathe during your stop. Siete Pecados, on the other hand, is one of the best places to snorkel because of its stunning and diverse underwater wonders. Meanwhile, Barracuda Lake has – yep, that’s right – a barracuda swimming in its depths. It also has a raw, but beautiful appeal.

A tour costs around P1500 to P1800 per person. However, you’ll find many tour operators in town selling it for as low as P750. This may be cheaper, but most that offer it at that rate doesn’t include the highlights in one trip. They would often separate Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon so better make clear the inclusions before availing a tour. Chartering a private boat is also possible. This option costs approximately P3200 for eight persons.


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Beach-hopping Tour

After you see the lagoons and lakes, you enjoy a chill day on the beautiful beaches of Coron. This tour includes stops at Malcapuya Island, Bulog Dos, and Banana Island. All three have fine, white sand shores, swaying trees, turquoise waters, and a laidback vibe. This tour costs up to P1700 per person if you’re a “joiner”. Alternatively, you have the option to rent a boat. This will cost approximately P5400 for up to 8 people. Price varies depending on the size of the group.


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Maquinit Hot Spring

After going up Mt. Tapyas, chill and revitalize your body at this hot spring. Maquinit is a short tricycle ride from tow; round trip fare is around P350. Dip into the warm water and feel your body loosen and release stress. You’ll need to pay P200 for the entrance fee.


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Plankton and Fireflies Tour

This underrated tour deserves more attention. On this tour, you’ll see fireflies glimmering in the dark. However, that’s not the highlight of the trip, the plankton that turns the dark waters blue is why you should go on this trip. The tour costs P950 including food, transfers, and guide.


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If you’re a diver or unsatisfied with snorkeling, diving is a must in Coron. The islands has a handful of sunken ships that turned into reefs teeming with marine life. Beginners will need more experience to do this activity, but if you already have a license you can go as many times as you want. Check rates at the many dive shops in town.


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Where to Stay in Coron

Coron is a popular destination hence you’ll have no problems finding accommodation from budget to luxurious. There are many guesthouses and hotels in town. The town is small enough to walk around in and taking a tricycle to most places is cheap at P10.

If you haven’t booked your hotel yet, these are the highly recommended resorts in Coron by Agoda users as of January 2019.

For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels



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