Palawan is the country’s cleanest and most peaceful city. I have witnessed that during my 4 days stay in Coron. It has been dubbed the “last ecological frontier” in honor of it’s unique ecological balance. It has a land area of 1.5 million hectares, composed of 1,780 islands and islets, and subdivided into 23 municipalities. One of these municipalities is Coron which is located in the Calamianes Group of islands in Northern Palawan.
Language: Filipino and Cuyunon are widely spoken. Some of the basic Cuyunon language you should at least familiarize: Matamang Salamat-Maraming Salamat, Mayad nga timprano- Good Morning, Mayad nga udtong adlaw- Good afternoon.
Bank/ATM: BPI, Land Bank, and Allied Savings Bank
Industry: Fishing and Tourism ( Farming in some areas)
Delicacy: Cashew Nuts
Coron Palawan is part of everyone’s bucket list. And just like most of you, I thought it will cost an arm and a leg . But really, if there’s a will, there’s a way. 🙂 Here’s how I spent 4 days in Coron without breaking the bank.
Option 1. By plane. Subscribe to all airline news letters and fare alerts. That way, you can book your airfare in advance. Please remember that there is no direct flight from Cebu to Busuanga. You can book a promo fare to Manila and another promo fare to Busuanga. Possible promo airfare ranges from 600-2500 per way.
Option 2. Take a boat to Coron from Manila. Fare is PHP1,000 for ordinary and PHP1,150 for air-conditioned. Check out their schedule here ⇒ 2Go Travel or Atienza Shipping Lines .Estimated travel time is 17-19 hours.
Option 3. Take a ferry to Coron from Puerto Princesa or El Nido.
Always choose the budget type. We stayed at Casa Montemar for only 1,300/night good for 2 and additional 500 for the extra bed with free breakfast. Let them know if you want to be picked up from the airport, they will charge an additional P150/pax. Travel time from airport to Coron town is 30-45minutes. You may also want to stay at Coron Guapos Guesthouse for only 400/night. Compare hotel prices here ⇒ Agoda Expedia Booking
Tours and Activities:
Your hotel of choice will offer activities as soon as you get there but if you like to book in advance, you may contact Gamat Travel and Tours
All packages include food, permits, entrance fees, tour guide, boat, and life vest.
Where to eat:
Locals would always suggest Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station. They’re not just affordable but also serve yummy food.
Getting around Coron town:
Getting around the small town of Coron is easy. The main transportaion here is by tricycle and jeepney, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost =D
Top 10 must-see places in Coron
- Mt. Tapyas
The second tallest mountain in town with 720 steps that will lead you to the summit and another 720 steps downhill. Thanks to my very well trained knees, I was able to do this effortlessly.
Read More: Coron: Mt. Tapyas
2. Maquinit Spring
From the word maquinit which means mainit. Literally, this saltwater hot spring is so hot. I almost decided not to take a dip but when I see my travel buddies enjoying, I tried my best to endure it’s hotness and it was the most amazing bath experience I had my entire life. =D Actually, it was not really hot at all. It was just me exaggerating things. The technique is to dip your body little by little until your skin adapt the warmness.
3. Siete Pecados
This place is every traveler’s dream snorkeling and diving destination. It has beautiful corals that looks like there’s a forest down there. Not everyone gets the chance to explore the beauty this world has to offer but I’m so happy and thankful to God for giving me this opportunity to see his creations.
4. Kayangan Lake
The primary attraction in Coron and one of the cleanest lake in asia. It is 70% fresh water and 30% saltwater.
Read More: Coron: Kayangan Lake
5. Twin Lagoon
I hold my breath as we were welcomed by the magnificent limestone rock formations. The first lagoon is where the boats dock and the second lagoon is hidden which is accessible through a ladder over the rock or through a small crevice underneath the rock during low tide.
6. Beach 91
We had our lunch here. The place is perfect for kayaking, snorkeling , and even snoring. 🙂
7. Black Island
Also known as Malajon which means “malalim” in Filipino. This is called black island because of its black giant limestone cliffs.Caving and picture taking are the main activities here.
8. Calauit Island
A 3,700 hectare island off the coast of Palawan and home for the various species like giraffes, calamian deer, monkeys, fresh water crocodiles, zebras, bear cats, bush buck and a variety of birds roam freely. This safari park should not be missed on your visit to Coron for a taste of Africa.
Read More: Coron: Calauit Safari Park
9. Lusong Coral Garden
This place is also ideal for snorkeling and diving. All I can say is nothing beats the spectacular underwater beauty and marine life in Coron.
10. CYC Beach
This is the only public beach in Coron. Another spot for swimming and snorkeling.
4 Days and 3 Nights Sample Itinerary
9:00 am- ETD Cebu Mactan Airport
10:00 am – ETA NAIA
1:05 pm – ETD NAIA
2:05 pm- ETA Francisco B. Reyes Airport
3:30 pm- town tour to souvenir shop and Coron church
4:00 pm- trekking to Mt. Tapyas
6:30 pm -Maquinit Hot Spring
7:30 pm- back to Hotel
8:30 pm- Dinner
7:30 am- breakfast
8:00 am – start of the ultimate island hopping tour to Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake, skeleton wreck, Beach 91, CYC beach and Twin Lagoon.
6:00 pm- back to hotel
8:00 pm – Dinner
5:00 am – wake up call
6:00 am – start of the tour to black island, calauit safari park, lusong coral garden, and lusong gunboat.
6:00 pm- back to hotel
8:00 am – breakfast (buy some souvenirs)
11:00 am – hotel pick up to airport
1:00 pm – ETD Francisco B. Reyes Airport
2:05 pm – ETA Ninoy Aquino airport
6:15 pm (delayed and moved to 9pm) – ETD Ninoy Aquino Airport
10:00 pm – ETA Cebu Mactan Airport
Approximate breakdown of expenses:
Airfare- 5,547 ( Note: this is not yet the cheapest)
Miscellaneous – 1,500 ( includes snorkeling gear rent, bottled water, hotel pick up and Pasalubong)
Total Expenses: 14, 447
Note: You can lower your expenses depending on the tour activities you want to avail.
I’ll be posting and sharing more about each destination, so I could convince you to explore the Philippines first. 🙂 I would be very happy to hear your Palawan stories and experiences on the comment section. Thank you and Happy travelin!
Watch our video compiled by my vlogger boyfriend..:)