Coron is one of the most memorable places we've been to as it is where I propose to my wife back in April 04, 2015. I chose this place not only because Palawan has been known as one of the Worlds Best Islands. But because of its calmness, astonishing seascape: Bizarre rock formations, turquoise lagoons, white beaches, mountains, jungles and a diversity of wildlife, over and under the sea. Palawan became such a dream destination not only for scuba divers or hikers. But to everyone who wants to see the beauty of nature. Are you looking for Coron Palawan Travel Guide? You are on the right place. 🙂
How to get there
Coron is located off the shores of Northern Palawan, which is surrounded by the South China Sea and Sulu Sea. The easiest way to get there is by taking a plane from Metro Manila via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. Once you reach Busuanga Airport, there are vans that carry passengers to town for PHP 150.00 per head. The ride to town takes about 45 minutes. The good thing is that we were given a free ride to the town as part of our hotel booking. 🙂
How to get around
Tricycle is the main mode of transportation in Coron. The ones in town are larger than usual and can easily seat up to eight persons for a minimum fare of PHP10.00 per head. During our visit, we noticed how honest the tricycle drivers are in Coron, always giving our change up to the last centavo. With a bit of side stories about Coron during the travel. Habal-habal or single motorbikes are also available for rent for those wanting to explore Coron on their own. Luckily, the hotel offer free tricycle ride going to town. So we only paid for the ride from the town going back to the hotel.
Blessed with fine, powdery white beaches but far from the town which makes Island hopping popular in Coron. Island tour will take you around its lagoons and lakes set amidst its famed dramatic limestone cliffs whilst other tours can take you to white sand beaches like Malcapuya and Banana Island. Most of the spots have an entrance fee of P100, while Kayangan Lake, known to be the clearest lake in the Philippines charges P200. The lake is emerald in color(see photos) and it is very deep. It is also the viewpoint for the iconic Coron shot seen in most photos. Yes, I got my own version of this iconic photo of Coron. Thanks honey! 🙂
Although the tours are much cheaper, I highly suggest renting a boat yourself rather than joining a tour, which shuffles you off to every destination on a time limit. We rented a private boat which cost PHP 2500 and we have control on where we want to go. Our tour guide let us decide on which island we spent our Lunch which was bought from the market before the tour departs. Our lunch was cooked along the way by our tour guide as the boat is equipped with cooking tools. Awesome, yeah?
How was the stay
Accommodation is really not a problem in Coron except during summer time. Coron town is host to numerous inns, lodges, hotels and island resorts. We stayed in Sun Enz Coron hotel. It was a Korean owned hotel and was 30 minutes away from the Busuanga Airport. The staff and the manager are extremely accomodating which exceeds our expectation. Aside from the free ride they offer, they even provided us a free room upgrade. Clean room, nice pool, friendly & helpful staff, many choices of breakfast, what more can we ask for? I even asked assistance from them regarding my wedding proposal. The funny thing is that they can't find a flower arrangement as it is hard to find it from the Island. So they improvise a flower arrangement using Bougainvillea. Indeed, it was a wonderful hotel stay which we will never forget. 😀
Rising over 200 meters above sea level, Mt. Tapyas is located in Coron Town proper. It’s not a walk in the park though since you’ll have to climb more than 700 steps to the top. Unfortunately, since my wife has a knee injury, we did not reached the top. 🙁 But we heard that it's best to go in the late afternoon and catch the most breathtaking view of the town of Coron, Coron Island and Coron Bay during sunset.
In the middle of a mangrove forest, you'll find the Maquinit Hot Spring which provides a relaxing & therapeutic time. The source is said to be an underground volcano that heats up the saltwater that is now gathered in a giant tub. The floor of the pool is pebbly and rough, adding a more natural touch to the relaxing experience. It’s around 25 minutes away from the town, accessible by trike. Perfect after your daytime activities or after climbing Mt. Tapyas. But let me warn you, the water is hot especially during summer. It felt scalding at first touch, and even after I grew accustomed to it I only went in up to my knees.
Coron has become a must-visit destination not only for Filipinos but also foreign tourists who wants to relax, unwind, and enjoy breathtaking land and seascapes. Although Coron is a small town, there's a lot of things to do and explore. Arguably the most picturesque part of Palawan, which has been voted Best Island in the World by Travel + Leisure readers several years in a row. I bet, you'll also love this place like we do. As they say, Palawan is "The Last Frontier" because it is the last unsettled area in the Philippines.
Have you been to Coron, Palawan or planning to go someday? Feel free to share your comments below. 😀