A Comprehensive Travel Guide to Coron Palawan + (5D4N Itinerary & Expenses)

the viewing deck of kayangan lake

Home to one of the most picturesque spots in the Philippines, Coron is part of northern Palawan, where you can get to see the beautiful rock formations, dip into the world-class wreck diving spots, swim in its cleanest lakes and turquoise seawater, walk on its white-sand beaches, and many more. Coron is the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan in the Philippines. It is a separate group of islands from the main Palawan island. 

It is often compared to El Nido, but Coron has its unique charm to attract local and foreign tourists! It has a lot to offer. Not to mention its most stunning photographed spots that you can only see in Coron! No wonder it is everyone’s dream destination in the Philippines! So if you are considering visiting this island soon, here’s a comprehensive travel guide to Coron, Palawan with a sample itinerary and expenses.

Updated Coron Travel Requirements and Guidelines 

dip in the clear waters of coron

Coron tourism is now again open for tourists. Thus, there are some requirements that you need to present to enter the island. Here are the following travel requirements for your trip:

  • Approved S-Pass Travel Coordination Permit
  • ID card
  • Vaccination Card
  • Confirmed hotel and tour (DOT accredited)
  • Roundtrip tickets

On the other hand, unvaccinated and partially tourists must present a negative RT-PCR test result valid within 48 hours before arrival. 

How to get to Coron, Palawan?

lunch time at the secret beach

If you plan to visit Coron soon, there are two ways to get there. It’s either by plane or via ferry. If you are taking a plane, their main airport is Busuanga Airport, less than an hour away from the town. Meanwhile, if you opt to travel by ferry, their boats are routed to their main pier, the Uson Island Public Pier.

By Flights

Taking a plane is the easiest and fastest way to get to Busuanga Airport. Major local airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Skyjet offer and operate daily trips to Coron from Manila and other parts of the Philippines. 

Cebu Pacific usually offers promo flights to Coron. But that would still depend on which season you are heading to and where you are coming from. In our case, my friend and I got a chance to book a roundtrip ticket for less than a thousand pesos! If you have already decided to fly to the beautiful island of Coron, here are some of the details that you need to know when you get there via plane.

  • From Manila: To those who are coming from Manila, going to the island is convenient. Taking a flight to Busuanga will only take you approximately an hour. 
  • From Cebu: Local airline companies also offer direct flights from Cebu to Busuanga airport. From Mactan International Airport, travel takes around an hour and a half to Busuanga. You can either book a flight via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. Take note that Skyjet only offers flights from Manila. 
  • From Clark: If you are coming from Clark International Airport, there are also direct flights to Coron and it is also convenient to fly from here. Some people from Manila even book a flight here because it sometimes has cheaper direct flights to Coron. 1 hour is the average travel time from Clark International Airport to Busuanga Airport.

By Ferry

If you want to have a more adventurous trip, you can also take a ferry heading to Uson Island Public Pier. Taking a ferry might not be the fastest way to get to the island but it could certainly save you some bucks. Taking a ferry is the cheapest way to get to the island especially if you have difficulty finding more affordable flights. On the other hand, the ferry routes are mostly limited to the following locations such as Manila, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido.

  • From Manila: You have two options to choose from when taking a ferry to Coron. You can either sail with 2go Travel which offers weekly trips. The Manila to Coron ferry (and vice versa)  departs every Friday at 1:00 PM and every Sunday at 4:00 PM. Depending on its offered promos, seats, and seasons, the typical cost of taking a 2go ferry is around Php 1000+ (it can be lowered than that). 2go Travel has different beds to select depending on your preferences and budget. 11-13 hours is the approximate travel time from Manila to Uson Island Public Pier.
  • From Puerto Princesa: You can take 2go Travel bound for Uson Island Public Pier with an approximate travel time of 16 hours. The ferry usually leaves Wednesday and Saturday and arrives the next day.
  • From El Nido: If you are going from El Nido, you can book a ride to Coron and vice versa via Montenegro Shipping Lines which cuts the travel time to 3-4 hours. They offer daily trips from 6:00 AM but schedules are subject to change. Regular rates are around Php 1760.

Coron Tour Packages

The list below is the most common tour packages you can get on the island. This gives you an idea of which type of package you would love to avail once you get there. These are the usual tours that local tour guides can offer you.

Tour A

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Peaks
  • CYC Beach
  • Coral Garden
  • Quin Reef
  • Green Lagoon

Tour B

  • Barracuda Lake
  • Twin Lagoon
  • Coral Garden
  • Skeleton Wreck
  • White Sand Beach

Super Ultimate Tour C

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Lagoon
  • Siete Picados / Twin Peaks
  • White Sand Beach
  • Skeleton Wreck
  • Barracuda Lake (Option to Add + Php 200)

Reefs and Wrecks Tour D

  • Pass Island
  • Lusong Coral Garden
  • East Tangat Wreck
  • Lusong Gun Boat & Shipwreck

Culion Island Escapade Tour E

  • Malcapuya Island 
  • Ditaytayan Sandbar
  • Coco Beach

Busuanga Wildlife Safari Tour F

  • Calauit Safari
  • Busuanga Town
  • Buluang Fish Pond / Palapat Beach
  • Conception Falls 
  • Malbato Church
  • Black Island (Option to add)

Coron Town Tour

  • Mt. Tapyas
  • Church 
  • Lualhati Park
  • Cashew Store
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Maquinit Hot Spring

Here are some of the photos taken during our tour:

Getting around the island

the white sandbar

The town of Coron is very small and is very accessible to travel around the place. With that, there are some ways to get around the town. Not that it is only accessible, but it is also very affordable for tourists to use public transportation on the island. Either walk around, take a motorcycle, or tricycle, or get a travel agency to guide you throughout your trip or stay on the island.

  • By tricycle: This is the main public transportation on the island. It is cheap that you can visit every town spot without breaking a bank! Based on our experience, from the park heading to Mt. Tapyas, we only paid around Php 20 each! Tricycles are around the area so it is convenient to charter one whenever you need to!
  • By motorcycle: If you know how to drive a motorcycle, you can rent it from local accommodations offering rental services. You can go anywhere you want if you have your own vehicle, so you may opt to rent a motorcycle and explore more undiscovered places in town! This is a better option if you want to save more, or tour around at your own pace.
  • By foot: The cheapest way to go around the town. There are a lot of local stores, cafes, restaurants, and even souvenir shops everywhere. It is possible to visit them one by foot if you are ready for a long walk. Explore like a local! Everything is mostly likely walkable in the town. 
  • Tour packages: Availing tour packages is also a common option when visiting the island. Whether joiners or private tours, getting a package tour is also recommended, especially if you are island hopping. If you are on a tight budget, it will cost less to join a package tour. But if you prefer to have some privacy and have the right budget for your trip, you can opt to book a private package tour.

Where to stay in Coron?

When you have finally arrived downtown, the first thing that you would look for is accommodation. There are a lot of selections of hotels, hostels, and mid-range stay-ins where you can stay during your trip around the island. So here is a list of some of the accommodations where to stay in Coron.

Budget-friendly Hostels

If you are looking for some budget-friendly accommodations in Coron, you might want to check out the following:

  • Luis Bay Travellers Lodge
  • Jims Castle Inn
  • Sanctuaria Treehouses
  • Mario’s Travellers Inn
  • Purple HomeStay
  • Coron Backpackers Inn
  • Haven 1916 Bed and Breakfast

High-end Accommodations

If you have so much budget for your trip and want to experience a luxurious stay on the island, you might consider the following accommodations. 

  • SunValley Tourist Inn
  • Skylodge Resort Philippines
  • Bluewave Hotel
  • Sunlight Guest Hotel Coron
  • Balinsasayaw Resort

There are a lot more, these are some of the recommendations that I can give you. If you are curious about where we stayed during our trip, we stayed in Luis Bay Travellers Lodge which is part of our Coron tour package. 

Where to Eat?

Here are some of the restaurants that you can try during your stay on the island.

  • Santino’s Grill
  • Trattoria Altrove
  • EPIC Cafe
  • Poco Deli
  • Inihaw Project

Note: I’ll have a comprehensive guide on where to stay and where to stay in Coron soon!

Top Fun Things to do in Coron, Palawan

Of course, your trip to Coron all goes down to enjoy and do all the fun! To give you an idea about what you can do during your stay on the island, here is a list of some of the fun activities you can expect from your trip!

Go trekking at Mt. Tapyas.

watch the sunset at mt tapyas

If you want to get a panoramic view of Coron, don’t hesitate to trek Mt. Tapyas. This is a beginner-friendly mountain and you need 720 steps to hike the mountain! It may sound tricky, but a giant cross and an amazing view of Coron await you from the summit!

Swim in Maquinit Hot Spring.

maquinit hot springs in coron palawan

This is one of my personal favorites! If you want to feel more relaxed, you can head over to Maquinit Hot Spring and pamper yourself in the spring itself. It is a saltwater spring with a beautiful view of the ocean. Mangrove trees also surround the area. The best time to visit here is after the hike from Mt. Tapyas.

Go island hopping. 

coron island hopping tour

This will probably be the highlight of your trip. You will go island hopping during most of your trip to Coron. Here, you can get to discover the stunning rock formations and lagoons, see the undeniably clear waters of the ocean, experience the fine and white sand of every beach, be amazed by the wreck ships underwater, and try the best island foods. 

Explore downtown.

i am coron signage at lualhati park

There are a lot of things to do in town. As stated earlier, there are a lot of restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops that you can visit around the town. Try their local foods as much as you can. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs too for your loved ones. Meet the locals. Talk to them. Also, if you are missing fast food, a McDonald’s is available for you. Personally, one of my favorite places in town is the view from Lualhati Park. It is just a small park, nothing special, but I love the view from the harbor. My friends and I personally loved taking lots of pictures here.

Try some water activities.

barracuda lake package tour
Photo by: Garet Morandarte

If you’re up for some water adventures, then you can try some water activities such as scuba diving, freediving, and snorkeling. Coron is considered one of the best diving spots in the Philippines. So it is also best to explore underwater if you have an extra budget to spare for diving. But going snorkeling would be good enough especially if you are on a tight budget.

Visit Calauit Safari Park and interact with the animals.

Calauit Safari Park is not located in the town of Coron. Still, you may also want to consider visiting this place if you desire some more adventures and wish to interact with the giraffes and zebras. This must be a part of your bucket list!

Unfortunately, my friend and I couldn’t visit the place due to limited tours (the travel restrictions had just been lifted during that time). But at least, there are still some reasons to come back!

Sample Coron Itinerary for 5D4N

If you are also planning to stay on the island for 5 days and 4 nights, here’s an example itinerary for you!

Day 1: City Tour

  • Mt. Tapyas
  • Maquinit Hot Spring
  • Lualhati Park

Day 2: Coron Island Tour B

  • Twin Lagoon
  • Reef Garden
  • Banol Beach
  • Skeleton Wreck
  • Barracuda Lake

Day 3: Coron Island Tour A

  • Green Lagoon
  • CYC Beach
  • Sunset Beach
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Barracuda Lake (add Php 200)

Day 4: Free Time (Rest Day)

  • Explore the town
  • Hike Mt. Tapyas

Day 5: Back to MNL

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days should I stay in Coron?

If you are traveling to Coron for the first time, 5 days and 4 nights are the most ideal days to enjoy your trip fully. However, if you don’t have much time to spend, 4 days and 3 nights would be enough for you to enjoy the island’s beauty. 

My friend and I booked a flight for 5 days and 4 nights in our case. If you have enough time and budget, this is an ideal itinerary for you! We were able to explore the town for 1 day, go island hopping for 2 days, and one day rest while the remaining was our time to go back to Manila.

What is the best month to visit Coron?

The best months to visit Coron are during March, April, and May since this is the hottest season in the country. But on average, the island is hot all year round. The rainiest months are July and September. You may also visit in November, December, January, and February.

How much is the budget for Coron, Palawan?

It depends on how you are going to travel around the island. You have two options, either you join a group tour or you avail of the private tour. If you are a solo traveler, it will be much cheaper to avail a joiners tour. But if you are traveling with a big group, a private tour is also possible. In our case, we had spent at least Php 10,000 for 5 days and 4 nights of our stay.

Is Coron safe?

It is safe in Coron and even if you take out your luxurious stuff while walking around the town, you won’t feel threatened. The locals on the island are very kind and approachable to tourists. So no need to worry about your safety when you are in Coron.

Is El Nido or Coron better?

El Nido and Coron are often compared, but both islands are worth visiting! They both are a must-visit! El Nido may offer the best beaches and lagoons, but Coron offers island tours and better diving and snorkeling experiences.

Are there ATMs in Coron?

Yes, there are some available ATMs on the island but they are difficult to find within the town proper. But there are ATMs at the Busuanga airport.

Heading to Coron, Palawan soon?

Coron is indeed one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. A must-visit island paradise in the Philippines. If any case you have already decided to visit Coron, Palawan, just follow this sample itinerary and everything will be much easier for you!

Who to contact?

For your reference, you may contact the following:

  • TripidoTravel: (Michael Yao) 09175285680 / 09163490597
  • iKenTravel and Tours: (Ken Vicente) 09499926657
  • Steven Travel and Tours: (Stevien Camposano) 09167133709

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