Coron is one of the three towns that make up Calamianes or Calamian Group of Islands. It is made up of around 51 islands and islets, and home to seven enchanting lakes which are sacred cultural sites of Tagbanua tribe. Of these seven lakes, only two are open to public – Kayangan and Barracuda Lake. The other five, including Cabugao Lake which is the biggest and believed to be a lair of giant octopus, are hidden and restricted to general public.
The place is a paradise blessed with rich marine life, endemic flora and fauna, and magnificent landscape. With its stunning limestone cliffs, pristine white sand beaches, picturesque lagoons and lakes, amazing underwater ship wrecks and natural scenery, the place imprints an indelible beauty to everyone who falls to its unique charm.
Coron is the real jewel of the Calamianes Group of Islands! A picture perfect place that will make you believe that paradise truly exists.
How to Get to Coron
By Air, Franciso Bangoy Airport of Busuanga is the jump off point to Coron. Philippine Airlines, Skyjet, Air Juan and Cebu Pacific have direct flights to Busuanga from Manila, Cebu, Clark, Caticlan, Puerto Princesa and San Vicente. From Busuanga, catch a 45-minute van ride to Coron town for P150.00 per person (2013 rate).
Manila to Coron: 2Go Travel has twice a week voyage from Manila to Coron and Puerto Princesa. The ferry usually leaves in the afternoon for a 13 to 14 hours journey. There’s a ferry that leaves Friday afternoon, arriving in Coron at 5AM of Saturday with return ferry leaving Coron at 430PM of Sunday, arriving Manila at 630AM of Monday. This is perfect for weekend warriors, but expect some delays. Aside from 2Go Travel, there are also other ferry operators from Manila to Coron including:
Operator: J.V. Serrano Shipping Lines (M/V D’Asean Journey, M/V D’Sea Journey)
Route: Manila-Coron and vice versa; Coron to Cuyo and vice versa
Contact Info: (02)-243-4595
Operator: Atienza Shipping Lines (M/V Josilee-II, M/V April Rose, M/V Q-Carrelyn-III)
Route: Manila-Coron-El Nido-Liminangcong and vice versa
Website : http://www.atienzashippinglines.net
Telephone No. : (02)-986-3118 and (02)-536-8123
El Nido to Coron: Fast craft and outrigger boats connect El Nido to Coron with daily departures. Travel time is at least 3.5 hours for a fare of around P1,800 one-way via fast craft; around 7 hours for a fare of P1,400 one-way via outrigger boat; and around 8 hours for a fare of P1,200 one-way via passenger ferry.
Puerto Princesa to Coron: 2Go Travel going to Manila stops at Coron.
San Jose (Mindoro) to Coron: Outrigger boats regularly depart from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro to Coron. Travel time is approximately five (5) hours and fare is around P600 one-way.
Where to Stay in Coron
When in Coron, you can choose to stay in the main island where most hotels and lodges can be found or in other neighboring islands and beaches where you can pitch your tent or stay in the cottages. If you prefer the latter there are a lot of islands and beaches to choose from – Banana, Malcapuya, Malaroyroy, Banol and Atwayan among others.
For those who prefer to stay in the town prefer, here are my recommended hotels and lodges:
Coron Eco Lodge located along Real Street, near the public market, is a new boutique hotel in downtown Coron. They have 22 air-conditioned twin rooms for as low as P1,898 per night inclusive of breakfast. Each room can accommodate up to three guests. The hotel exterior and interior are beautifully designed, the rooms are cozy and well maintained, and the staff are very accommodating. You can never go wrong in this place at a very reasonable price.
Sea Dive Resort located near the port and public market has fan rooms with shared bath for as low as P450.00 per night good for 2 person. Superior air-con room rate is at P,1300 per night good for two person. They also have dive shop, restaurant, bar and offers tour packages.
Darayonan Lodge, along the National Highway, near San Agustin Church, is another popular accommodation in town. They have has a twin room for as low as P1400.00 per night
KokosNuss Garden Resort, is also along the National Highway. They have economy fan cottages with common bathroom for as low as P600.00 good for 2 persons. Aircon room (with marble flooring, private tiled bathroom, hot & cold shower, toilet, ceiling fan, TV and air-conditioning) starts at P1500 per night. They also have restaurant and offers island tour and diving services.
Top-Rated Hotels in Coron
Coron Soleil Garden Resort
Two Seasons Island Resort & Spa
Top-Rated Mid-Range Accommodation in Coron
Coron Soleil Express Hotel
Top-Rated Budet Accommodation in Coron
Sea Horse Guest House
Happy Campers Hostel
What to Do in Coron
- Trek to Tapyas Hill where a huge cross is erected, a view from the top is breathtaking, overlooking the entire town and the neighboring islands
- Island hopping, swimming and snorkeling to the following sites: Siete Pecados (P100.00), Kayangan Lake and Cave (P200.00), Barracuda Lake (P200.00), Banana Island (P200.00), Malcapuya Beach (P200.00), Bulog Dos Island (P200.00), Banol Beach (P100.00), CYC (free), Malaroyroy, Beach 69, Skeleton Wreck, Sangat Wreck, Lusong Coral Garden and Shipwreck, Twin Lagoon (P100.00), Twin Peak (free), Smith Beach, Hidden Lagoon, Calachuchi Beach, Bulungan, Dibutunay, North Cay Island, Calumbuyan, Dibatoc and other hidden islands and beaches
- Snorkeling/Diving is a must in Coron with its magnificent underwater scenery where rich marine life and fantastic underwater shipwrecks are common scenery. The Japanese shipwrecks of Irako, Okikawa Maru, Akitsushima, Kogyo Maru, Olympia Maru, Kyokuzan Maru, Terukaze Maru or East Tangat Gunboat, Nanshin Maru, Lusong Gunboat and Skeleton Wreck are scattered in the waters of Calamianes and are good sites for wreck diving. For diving needs you may visit Sea Dive Resort, Coron Divers, Discovery, Dive Link and Dive Calamianes among others.
- Spend a day in Kingfisher Park
- Visit Calauit Island Sanctuary, Black Island and Cave and Concepcion Falls
- Dip in Maquinit Hot Spring (P100.00)
- Explore the islands in the north of Busuanga Island – Dimakya, Isla Walang Langaw, Isla Walang Tao, Diatoy and other nearby islands and islets
- Hike Hunter’s Peak
- Mountain bike tours
- Jungle Treks
- Visit Tagbanua Communities
Sample Itinerary in Coron
0800H – 1000H: Meetup NAIA T3 / Check-in – P200.00 (Airport Terminal Fee)
1000H – 1105H: Manila to Busuanga Flight
1105H – 1230H: Baggage Claim/ Travel time to Coron – P150.00 (Van Fare)
1230H – 1300H: Check-in at Darayonan
1300H – 1430H: Late Lunch / Rest – Approx P100.00
1400H – 1700H: Tapyas Trek *Bring Water – P8.00 (Fare to Mt. Tapyas Base / walking distance)
1700H – 1900H: Maquinit Hot Spring – P250.00 Round trip trike
1900H – 1930H: Washup/Fixup
1930H – 2100H: Dinner – Approx P100.00
0800H – 1600H: Three Fun Dives inclusive of meals – P3400.00 (Sea Dive)
Non divers may do a Culion, Malcapuya, Banana or Calauit Tour
0800H – 1800H: Whole Day Island Hopping Tour and Snorkeling with meals ~P400.00 (Boat Share/Person)
Tour Areas: Kayangan Cave and Lake – Entrance: P200/person; Barracuda Lake – Entrance: P100/person; Twin Lagoon – Entrance: P100/person; CYC – Free; Siete Pecados – Entrance: P100/person; Banol Beach – Entrance: P100/person or Atwayan Beach – Entrance: P100/person; Skeleton Wreck – Entrance: P100/person; Twin Lagoon – Entrance: P50/person; Twin Peaks – Free
Note: Bring Snorkel, Mask, Fins
1800H – 1930H: To Hotel / Washup / Rest
1930H – 2100H: Dinner – Approx P100.00
0700H – 0930H: Wakeup Call / Breakfast / Pack-up / Checkout
0930H – 1030H: Coron to Busuanga – P150.00 (Van Fare)
1030H – 1135H: Waiting Time / Flight Checkin – P20.00 (Terminal Fee)
1135H – 1240H: Busuanga to Manila
- There are two banks with ATM in Coron town – Allied Bank and BPI
- If you want to experience Coron on a budget, join a public tour. There are numerous tour agencies in town that offer various day packages, just walk around around the town to canvas or arrange it with your hotel.
How to Tour Coron
Touring Coron is relatively easy. For convenience, you can avail of the package tours offered by hotels and resorts or avail of the package tours by operators based in Coron Island such as Coron Galeri, Cheap Travel Coron by Jun and Emily Yong (Contact: +639205531710/+639205532361), Kuya Marvin (Contact: +639995333144); and DIY Coron by Owen Ferrer
But if you prefer privacy and some freedom on your tour, you may charter your own boat. Coron has standard rates for boat rental set by the local government. Here is the standard tariff (boat only) as of March 2017:
Destination : 1-4 pax / 5-8 pax / 9-15 pax
Coron Island Loop : P2200 / P2750 / P3300
Sangat/Lusong Gunboat : P3850 / P4400 / P6600
Banana/Malcapuya/Malaroyroy or Bulog Dos : P3850 / P4950 / P6600
Culion : P3850 / P4400 / P6600
Dibatok Island : P3300 / P3850 / P4950
Calumbuyan/Pass Island : P4400 / P5500 / P7150
Diwaran Island : P3850 / P4400 / P6600
Tara Island : P8800 / P10400 / P16500
Linapacan : P8800 / P11000 / P16500
El Nido/Taytay : P16000 / P20000 / P27000
Coral Bay/Evergreen Resort : P5500 / P6600 / P7700
Calauit National Park : P8800 / P9900 / P16500
North-South Cay : P5500 / P6600 / P8800
Panlaitan/Dibutunay/Black Island : P6600 / P7700 / P11000