Coron Island, a natural paradise tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city life in the Philippines, is the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan. This beautiful spot is waiting for people to discover its magical wonders.

A man traveling on an outrigger boat around Coron Island, Palawan.

It is a destination for adventure, especially for those who love diving, mangrove kayaking, jungle treks, horseback tours and island camping. The white sandy beaches and limestone cliffs are a sight that is simply beyond words.

How To Get There

There are ferry services from Manila to Coron that take about 15 hours. Another shorter option is to take an internal flight from Manila to Busuanga where Coron town is just an hour away by car from the airport.

What To Do

Being a laid back town, best way is to hire a tricycle or motorcycle and take a tour around Coron town as there are no taxis or buses. Island hopping, snorkelling, free diving to view sunken shipwrecks, kayak and spear fishing are some of the interesting activities one must not miss. Also, travellers can hire a private boat around Coron Bay to visit nearby attractions, such as Kayangan Lake, Siete Pecados and Chindonan Island.

Where To Stay

Travellers would not face any difficulties in finding accommodations in Coron Island as there are many places to stay, ranging from cheap backpacker hostels such as Coron Backpackers Guesthouse and Coron Ecolodge to 4 star hotels such as Corto del Mar Hotel. Mid-priced hotels include Sophia’s Garden Resort and Asia Grand View Hotel.

What To Eat

Being a relatively undeveloped island, there aren’t any posh restaurants. One can find a range of local food and snacks in town and hotels. Also, bars are relatively classic here, with TV sets and pool tables giving off cool island vibes. Careful being late outdoors as the streets will be empty by 12.30am.

This article first appeared in GOASIAPLUS Asean Guide in 2017. ASEAN Guide is a collaboration with AirAsia to promote places for travellers in Southeast Asia countries from how to go, where to stay, what to do and eat.

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