8 Best Things to Do in Coron Island in Palawan (PH)

You will not run out of things to do in Coron. In fact, trimming this list to six has got to be one of the most painstaking tasks I ever had to write.

While it may seem redundant to some – island hopping, snorkelling, diving… island hopping – it is unfair to box Coron Palawan as just another tropical island destination. In fact, in media, you can read about local and foreign visitors relentlessly gushing over the paradise that is Coron. 

A lot of times, even, it has occupied the top spot of the most beautiful places they visited in their entire lives. 

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Truth be told: if you ask me which Palawan destination frequents me in my daydreams, it is only either El Nido or Coron, with the latter having a slight advantage. I can’t help thinking of its crystal clear waters, towering cliffs and unique marine finds. 

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Here are the best things to do in Coron Island, Philippines 

Experience Coron island hopping

There are several island-hopping options in Coron, and I think whichever you end up booking, you can never go wrong. You can join a fixed tour and share the trip with other tourists or you can also book a private to and explore Coron at your own pace.

Fixed tours depart from the pier at nine in the morning and come back at about five in the afternoon, just before the sun sets. What is the best tour in Coron? I would say one that gets you to all of the spots you must not miss. 

Boat Tours: Best Things to do in Coron, Palawan, Philippines
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Alzek Barco, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Here are what’s included in a sample Coron island escapade tour which you can take:

  • Bulog Dos Island – a short but nice beach with white sand and a striking sandbar. Bulog means bald, and the island got its name because of the shape of the mound that is similar to a bald head. 
  • Banana Island – named as such because of the island’s shape. It is a privately owned island but the owners allow visitors to enjoy the beachfront and the coastline for a fee.
  • Malcapuya Island – a perfect place to go snorkelling. Often regarded as the best of the three islands because of its long beach, stunning rock formations and soft white sand.

An average joining tour rate is Php 1,700 per person. A 200-peso eco-tourism development fee will also be collected as a standard procedure when taking part in any tourism activity in Coron, Palawan. The tour price includes entrance fees to all destinations, a licensed tour guide, safe drinking water and a nice lunch.

Go wreck diving

Something quite interesting will shock and amaze you underwater. Book a tour that lets you discover the shipwreck of the Lusong Gunboat, physical memorabilia of World War II now covered in vibrant corals and other marine life forms.

Lusong is the name of the island adjacent to the shipwreck, hence the name. The current is strong in that part of Coron, giving way for hard and soft corals to form thrivingly. 

See schools of fish swim amidst coral reefs and take lots of underwater shots to look back to later on. The Lusong coral gardens are filled with unforgettable images you can’t just let them pass by. Take a breather at Pass Island and enjoy some time at the beach.

An average joining tour rate for reef and wreck diving costs Php 1,400 per person. This includes a tour boat ride, entrance fees to all destinations, an experienced guide, picnic lunch, safe drinking water and hotel transport services.

Explore the ultimate Coron destinations

If you wish to see the highlights that are indispensable in any Coron vacation, opt to join a Coron Island Ultimate Tour. In this trip, you get to see the majority, if not all, of the best places to see and the best things to do in Coron Palawan.

Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan: Best things to do in Coron, Palawan
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H.abanil, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

These are what typically included in a Coron Island Ultimate Tour:

  • Kayangan Lake – a pristine body of crystal clear water accessible only by doing a short but steep climb. Kayangan Lake is regarded as the cleanest lake in all of Asia.
  • Barracuda Lake – home to sunken Japanese ships and – that’s right – barracudas! The lake is considered sacred by the tribesmen of Tagbanua.
  • Twin Lagoons – boats will dock on one lagoon while the other is hidden in plain sight, a true gem to discover. The cold freshwater and the warm salt water meet in many points around the lagoon, giving off a peculiar look and feel to swimmers.
  • Skeleton Wreck – one of the sunken Japanese ships during World War II. Some of the fish species which you can spot here include LionFish, Parrotfish, Stonefish and Damselfish. 
  • Coral Garden – an excellent spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. Sea turtles and Clownfish are common sightings in this dive site.

Many destinations can still be added in your itinerary. It all depends on the tour operator of your choice and the willingness of the other joining visitors to go through the extra spots. Anyway, you can always book a private tour should you feel the strong urge to follow your personal itinerary.

Take a historic Culion Island tour

Culion was once a leper island. During the time when leprosy was an incurable and highly infectious disease, many patients were forced to inhabit Culion. Back in the days, everyone thought it was essential to establish leper colonies in order to isolate patients, thus containing the disease.

These all happened during the United States colonization of the Philippines. Back in the 1930s, the number of lepers in the community reached about 16,000. 

Because of this, Culion Island was dubbed as The Island of the Living Dead and The Land of No Return. No one dared to explore the island. It was only in 2006 that the World Health Organization was able to finally declare Culion to be free from leprosy. From then on, it has become one of the ultimate Coron attractions to check out.

When touring Culion Island, you will get to know the rich and unique history that envelopes the whole place. The isolation had a positive effect on the island, actually, with most of its natural beauty preserved to be best appreciated by residents and tourists now.

Snorkel and enjoy the clear waters flowing through the Crowning Glory Reef. On land, be sure to visit the Culion Museum and Archives and dive deep into the history of this beautiful island. 

Indulge in a Coron hot springs bath

Head to Maquinit Hot Springs and enjoy a relaxing dip in natural mineral-rich waters. Pass through the mangrove forest and into the beach, welcoming you to two hot spring pools with temperatures ranging from 37 to 40 degrees Centigrade.

Saltwater hot springs are a rarity in this world, so make it a point that a trip to Maquinit hot springs is included in your list of what to do in Coron Palawan. Just be sure to know the best way to enjoy a hot spring bath, as recommended by people knowledgeable in the topic.

Stay hydrated, and in order to do so, you must keep a water flask near you when you dip into the pool. Do not stay for too long in the hot spring as this might do you more harm than good. Lastly, take a quick dip in the cool waters right after in order to normalize your body temperature.

Maquinit in Coron is open from 8 AM to 8 PM. Entrance fee starts at PHP 150 per adult. 

Book a Coron helicopter tour

This tour may not be in everyone’s list of things to do in Coron, but it is definitely a must-do for those who wish to see the place in the most luxurious way possible. Go all out and book a Coron helicopter tour and see the pristine paradise from the top. The view is the same as what you have been seeing during your island hopping tours, yet it also feels and looks different from a bird’s point of view.

Here are some of the prime spots that you will get to see from the heli:

  • Mount Tapyas – one of the most famous viewpoints in all of Coron. It is the second tallest mountain in Busuanga.
  • Siete Picados – a popular snorkeling site. It is a marine park that has thousands of tropical marine species. 
  • Calachuchi Beach – a small white sandy beach. A secret lagoon is nearby.
  • Kayangan Lake – a pristine body of crystal clear water accessible only by doing a short but steep climb. Kayangan Lake is regarded as the cleanest lake in all of Asia.
  • Barracuda Lake – home to sunken Japanese ships and – that’s right – barracudas! The lake is considered sacred by the tribesmen of Tagbanua.
  • Twin Lagoon – see boats dock on one lagoon as the other is hidden in plain sight, a true gem to discover. The cold fresh water and the warm saltwater meet in many points around the lagoon, giving off a peculiar look which can be seen from the top.
  • CYC Beach – stands for Coron Youth Club. It is the only public beach in town and can be accessed by riding a bangka. 
  • Uson Island – located north of CYC Beach. It is home to many beach resorts.

A Coron Helicopter Tour covering the above itinerary costs Php 10,000 for two. The duration of this tour is from nine to twelve minutes, starting at Mabintangen Road in Coron. This specific tour offering is managed by Coron Helicopters.

I hope that inspired you to visit Coron in the beautiful province of Palawan in the Philippines. Always remember to help the locals to protect the nature of the last frontier of the country.

Have fun in Coron!

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1 thought on “8 Best Things to Do in Coron Island in Palawan (PH)”

  1. I have a lot of memories of Coron island and it was a fantastic experience. I hope this amazing post reach more people and get them inspired to visit this wonderful place in the near future.

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