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After two trips to the Philippines, I decided to include the stunning island of Coron in my Philippines itinerary. Located on the northern tip of Palawan, the incredibly peaceful town of Coron is one of the most photographed islands in the Philippines.

As there is so much to do and explore around the island, picking just one thing is definitely a challenge. That’s why I have created this list of the 7 best things to do in Coron. From wreck-diving near some wrecks of WWII to island-hopping tours to the most secluded beaches in the Philippines.

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The 13 best things to do in Coron, Palawan

Where is Coron located?

If you have never been to the Philippines and wondering where this incredible beautiful piece of paradise is?

Coron is a real tropical paradise just ready to be found and located in the beautiful province of Palawan in the Philippines. It’s in the northern tip of Palawan and about an hour flight from Manila.

It has beautiful limestone cliffs, turquoise blue waters full of colourful marine life, and many other breathtaking landscapes, which makes it more than worth the journey to get here.

Where is Coron Located
Where is Coron, Palawan

How to get to Coron?

  • By plane:
    There are direct flights to Coron – Busuanga Airport from Manila or Cebu. This is the best way to get to Coron and there are several flights a day. The trip takes about 40 minutes, and tickets cost $25 to $100 one-way. There are a lot of tuk-tuks and minivans leaving from the airport for Coron Town as soon as you step outside of the airport of Coron.

You can pre-book your airport shuttle here for only $5

  • By ferry:
    You could also take a boat from El Nido to Coron, which runs twice a day. Each way costs about $35 and takes about three hours and thirty minutes. It is the cheapest option to travel between Coron and El Nido however, the next option might be the most amazing way to travel between the islands.
  • With an expedition:
    Joining a four-day El Nido to Coron Expedition is the most epic way to travel between these Islands. This expedition will take you to the most idyllic islands in the Palawan region over the course of four days, with stops on secluded beaches and amazing snorkel spots.
How to get to Coron

Where to stay in Coron

The most popular place to stay in Coron is Coron Town, which is located an hour from Busuanga airport. In Coron town are many places to stay, from cheap hostels to more luxury hotels.

I stayed in Dayon Hostel for 5 days, which I also highly recommend to anyone looking for an affordable but still trendy place to stay in Coron. If you are looking for more luxurious accommodation, I can highly recommend The Funny Lion.

READ ALSO: Best hotels & hostels in the Philippines

The 12 Best things to do in Coron

The tropical island of Coron in the Philippines is calling with a lot of amazing experiences. If you want to go on an exciting wreck-diving journey, you can dive into the clear blue water and see a fascinating underwater world.

Go snorkelling through bright coral gardens and see many tropical fish and other sea creatures or hop on one of the many amazing island hopping tours that take you from island to island to find secret coves, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking views.

best things to do in Coron

Kayangan Lake Coron

Kayangan Lake is a hidden treasure in Coron, known for its beautiful green waters. To see this peaceful place, visitors must climb a short 300-step path.

As you climb, you’ll feel excited, and at the top, you’ll see an amazing view. You can see the calm water and busy boat area from there. It’s a quiet moment that shows how beautiful nature is and makes you feel calm.

With its clear water and green area, Kayangan Lake is really beautiful and a place where you wanna stay forever.

Prices are around PHP 1800 per person (in a group) or PHP 6000 to rent a private boat

This Coron Super Ultimate Tour includes a visit to Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake Coron

Twin Lagoon Coron

Twin Lagoon is the perfect spot in Coron if you’re seeking a little bit of paradise!

Imagine yourself floating onto the pristine turquoise waters, surrounded by majestic cliffs and lush green jungle. As if you were dreaming of swimming.

I can assure you that you will never forget the feeling of being embraced by the gentle currents of the lagoon. Twin Lagoon is an absolute must-see for any traveller, as this unique place in the Philippines is really enchanted!

You can see this beautiful spot with a tour, which costs PHP 1800 per person (in a group) or PHP 6000 to rent a private boat

Join a Coron Super Ultimate Tour including a visit to Twin Lagoon

Twin Lagoon

Balinsasayaw Coral Garden

A great place to stop on a boat tour in Coron is the Balinsasayaw Coral Garden. With its bright reefs and sea life, this spot is like a magical land under the water. If you’re lucky, you might even see some sea turtles while you swim here.

You’ll see clownfish (you know, like Nemo!) and angelfish. Corals are like big, bright fields under the water. Bring a waterproof camera with you, because you’ll want to record every beautiful moment of this underwater journey!

If you love the ocean and want to see its beauty up close, you have to go to Balinsasayaw Coral Garden.

Prices are around PHP 1500 per person (group tour) or PHP 6000-7000 to rent a private boat

Explore the best places with the Coron Super Ultimate Tour

Balinsasayaw Coral Garden

Barracuda Lake Coron

A natural wonder known for its layers of cold, warm, and hot water is Barracuda Lake near Coron. You have to get there on yourself to check out the deep waters and mysterious underwater cliffs. Additionally, it is an excellent location for free-diving.

A visit to Barracuda Lake is part of one of the organized tours. Prices are around PHP 1800 per person (in a group) or PHP 6000 to rent a private boat

With the Coron Super Ultimate Tour, you’ll explore the most amazing places including Barracuda Lake.

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Visit Bulog Dos Island

Bulog Dos Island in Coron is another stunning spot you’ve got to see! It’s a small island, but it’s big on beauty. Imagine soft white sand beaches surrounded by clear, turquoise waters.

One of the coolest things about Bulog Dos is its sandbar. When the tide is low, a narrow strip of sand appears, connecting the island’s two halves. You can walk across it and feel like you’re walking on water!

Plus, the snorkelling here is amazing. You’ll see colourful fish and maybe even some sea turtles gliding through the water. Whether you’re sunbathing on the beach or exploring underwater, Bulog Dos Island is sure to leave you in awe of its natural beauty.

Prices for tours where you visit the 3 beaches are around PHP 1500 per person


This Coron Island Escapade Tour is highly recommended to do private and avoid the crowds.

Bulog Dos Island

Explore Malcapuya Island Coron

The island of Malcapuya in Coron is a true hidden paradise! Famous for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, you’ll feel like you’re in a tropical dream when you get to the island.

A lot of different kinds of sea life live in the coral reefs around Malcapuya Island. Take a break when you need it and enjoy a tasty beach lunch in the shade of a coconut tree. You can truly escape to heaven on Malcapuya Island, which will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.

Prices for tours where you visit the 3 beaches are around PHP 1500 per person

Hop on the Coron Island Escapade Tour and enjoy the most pristine beaches in Coron

12 best things to do in Coron

Banana Island Coron

Just as Malcapuya Island and Bulog Dos Island, Banana Island has soft, sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

You can relax on the beach and soak up the sun, or explore the underwater world and see colorful fish and corals. There are also cozy huts where you can have a picnic and enjoy some delicious fresh fruits sold by the locals.

It’s a peaceful and beautiful place where you can just enjoy the beauty of nature. Banana Island is a must-visit spot if you’re in Coron and want to experience tropical paradise at its best!

Prices for tours where you visit the 3 beaches are around PHP 1500 per person

Coron Island Escapade Tour

Banana Island Coron

Wreck diving Coron

Wreck diving in Coron with Reggae Divers is an unforgettable adventure! Coron is famous for its shipwrecks from World War II, and diving with Reggae Divers lets you explore these historic sites up close. This PADI 5* Dive Center is located in the Town of Coron.

Imagine swimming through sunken ships, surrounded by colorful coral reefs and tropical fish. The wrecks are like underwater time capsules, frozen in time and teeming with marine life. With Reggae Divers, you’ll have experienced guides to lead you safely through the wrecks and show you the most interesting parts.

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or trying wreck diving for the first time, it’s an incredible experience that you’ll never forget. However, You need to have a PADI Open Water Certificate to join a introduction to Wreck Diving in Coron.

Price for a single dive is around PHP 1200 per person, or a full day incl. 3 dives around PHP 4000 per person

With Reggae Divers, like we did. Amazing reviews, experienced instructors, good equipment and lovely food during the trip!

Wreck Diving in Coron
Wreck Diving in Coron

Join a liveaboard

Join a liveaboard if you want to take your diving to the next level and have an experience you’ll never forget.Liveaboards are all-inclusive diving trips that last for a week or more and include nice rooms, all meals, and several dives a day with trained teachers. Something that is still very high on our list of things to do!

A Coron Liveaboard diving trip here

liveaboard in the Philippines

Join an expedition from Coron to El Nido

Embarking on an expedition from Coron to El Nido in 3 days is like setting off on a thrilling journey through paradise! The adventure begins in Coron, where you’ll board a boat and set sail towards El Nido, a stunning destination known for its pristine beaches and towering limestone cliffs.

Along the way, you’ll pass by picturesque islands, each more beautiful than the last. You’ll have the chance to snorkel in crystal-clear waters, explore hidden lagoons, and relax on secluded beaches. As the sun sets, you’ll anchor at a cozy island or beachside campsite, where you can enjoy a delicious meal under the stars.

The next day brings more excitement as you continue your voyage towards El Nido, soaking in the breathtaking scenery and spotting wildlife along the way.

Finally, on the third day, you’ll arrive in El Nido, where you can explore the town’s charming streets and relax on its world-famous beaches. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that promises unforgettable memories and experiences you’ll treasure forever!

Prices are between $500-600 per person for a 4-day expedition

We highly recommend the expeditions of Big Dream Boatman, which offers the best service and are ranked as #1 on Trip Advisor

READ ALSO: 12 Awesome things in El Nido, Palawan

Island expedition Coron to El Nido
Island expedition Coron to El Nido

Hike up Mt. Tapyas for an amazing view

The ideal place to witness a spectacular sunset is atop Mt. Tapyas, which provides breathtaking views over Coron Town. Bring a water bottle because you’ll need to climb 742 steps! After the sun goes down, be sure to gaze upon the illuminated Coron Hollywood sign. That is totally awesome!

Mount Tapyas in Coron is a unique spot with beautiful views and an exciting trip waiting for you! After climbing to the top, you’ll be able to see Coron Town and all the islands around it in a whole new way.

At the top, there’s a big cross and a Hollywood sign of Coron that makes for a great place to take pictures. The whole way up is about 742 stairs, so it is pretty intensive. However, you can stop anytime and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Hiking Mt. Tapyas is free

You can easily hike Mt. Tapyas yourself (which is located in a side street of Coron Town) or you could book a half-day guided tour where Mt. Tapyas is included + a visit to the Maquinit hot springs

mount tapyas coron

Enjoy some of the best places to eat in Coron

Altrove is a cozy café in Coron that’s famous for its amazing wood-fired pizzas. The pizzas here are seriously delicious, with crispy crusts and lots of tasty toppings. It’s a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy a casual meal in a laid-back atmosphere.

Lotus Café is an awesome spot in Coron for breakfast or lunch. This café has a cool vibe and serves up a variety of healthy and tasty dishes, including salads, sandwiches, and smoothie bowls. It’s a great place to grab a quick bite or linger over a cup of coffee while enjoying the views.

READ ALSO: Travel the Philippines on a budget: Complete cost breakdown

best places to eat in Coron
best places to eat in Coron

Coron is truly a pearl in the Philippines where you will definitely not be bored. From adventurous boat trips to strolling around the local market, there is something for everyone.

If you have any questions or would like to add something to this corona guide, please let us know in the comments.

I hope that my story has made you want to visit this unspoiled gem. Leave a question below or connect with me on Instagram. I’d love to tell you more about this beautiful place.

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The camera gear I used for this trip

I never go out without my camera and many people ask me which gear I use. So to make it quite easy, I listed all the gear I used for this trip below.

Most of the time, I travel with the Sony A7III and the Sony 24-105mm/f4 as my primary lens but depending on the location, I change to another setup. However, I love the Tamron 17-28 to shoot in the big cities.


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