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2019 • 07 • 25

More detailed travel guide here: Coron Budget Travel Guide

Coron Island, being the third biggest in the Calamian group of islands in Palawan, is teeming with natural wonders — both underwater and on the surface — that enchant tourists. Banul Beach is situated in the northwestern part of Coron Island. This beach, distinctive of its limestone walls and coral garden, is normally included in the Coron Island Tour itinerary, usually as a stopover for lunch.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Francisco B. Reyes Airport, also known as Busuanga Airport (Palawan)

By Air

  1. Coming from Manila, this is the most convenient and fastest way to go to Coron Island. It will take you around 1 hour to get to Busuanga Airport. Check your preferred airline company for the flight schedule and airfare.
  2. Once in Busuanga Airport, ride a van going to Coron town proper (P150). Travel time is 30-45 minutes.
    Note: There are no taxis or tricycles at the airport; only vans shuttle guests from the airport to Coron town proper. These vans can drop you off at your hotel. You can rent the van for P1500 if you’re a big group.

  4. From the town proper, you can either join a group tour (Coron Island Tour) or charter a private boat going to Banul Beach.

By Sea

  1. Going to Coron from Manila is now possible via overnight ferries; 2Go travels this route once a week, Fridays (P1500-2800, 11hrs).
  2. From the town proper, you can either join a group tour (Coron Island Tour) or charter a private boat going to Banul Beach.


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Since Banul Beach is usually part of Coron Island Tour, all fees that this trip may incur are included in the package tour fee that you will be paying if you join a group tour. This is perfect for solo travelers or small groups.

  • Coron Island Tour Rates: P1500 – P1800 (per person, ALL IN).
    Note: Check the itinerary first before booking.

    If your group is big and you want to charter a private boat and be in control of your itinerary, you can book with Calamian Tourist Boat Association.

  • Standard Boat Rates: P2700 (2-4 pax); P3250 (5-8 pax); P3800 (9-15 pax)
    Note: The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food.
  • Entrance Fee: P100
  • Tour Guide Fee: P500

Don’t Miss

  • Aside from wading in the beach, there’s a nearby coral garden where you can snorkel and appreciate the colorful underwater scenery.
  • Chill on the sand or just hang out with your companions inside one of the open cottages.

Don’t Forget

  • If you opt to charter a private boat and plan to have your lunch here, buy food or ingredients from the market first before starting the trip. You can ask the boatmen to cook the food for you.
  • Bring enough money to pay for other incidentals such as food and drinks and entrance fee, especially if your group didn’t join a group tour.
  • Charge your gadgets and/or bring battery packs.
  • Keep the place clean. Practice proper garbage disposal. Leave nothing but footprints.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • Other places to explore in Coron Island are Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Barracuda Lake, and Siete Picados.
  • Take other tours like Coron Town Tour (which includes Mt Tapyas and Maquinit Hotsprings), Calauit Safari Park Tour, and Culion Historical Tour.
  • Still craving for the “natural high” after Mt. Tapyas? Go try Mt. Dalara.
  • You might also be interested in Fireflies and Plankton Night Tour.

Where to Stay

Because you are in Coron and you want to make the most of your time, you surely would want to explore not just Coron Island but also other nearby places and attractions. Accommodations have been established and built aplenty to address the need of the rising tourism industry. Have no idea where to stay? You may want to consider these top resorts in Coron according to Agoda users, in no particular order.

Photo was provided by the hotel via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels


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