In the recent years, Coron has become a must-visit destination not only for Filipinos but also foreign tourists who want to relax, unwind, and enjoy breathtaking land and seascapes.
An island that lies off the coast of Palawan, Coron has stunning rock formations, pristine white sand beaches, and is home to one of the cleanest lakes in the Philippines.
Plan ahead and make sure to make time for some of these destinations in Coron.
Kayangan LakeCoron, Palawan
The iconic image of an enormous limestone amidst emerald and bluish waters that always pops up whenever you search for Coron in search engines, is near Kayangan Lake.
Once the boat docks, visitors are greeted by teardrop-like limestone formations and waters as blue as the sky. Climb up the stairs to get a glimpse of the iconic image of Coron splashed on magazines, search engines, and postcards.
The view is not the only draw of Kayangan Lake, the lake itself is just as beautiful as its vistas. Kayangan Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in the country, and is a mix of fresh and sea water which makes it unique.
The emerald-bluish tinge of the lake is deceptively shallow – you can get a glimpse of the bottom – but once you dive in, the waters will swallow you whole.
Malcapuya IslandCoron, Palawan
Palawan does not run out of fine, white sand beaches and Malcapuya Island in Coron is one of them. The fine white sand on the island is perfect for a lazy day on the beach. Sink your feet into its powdery white sand and cool down in its turquoise waters.
Calauit Safari ParkCalauit Island, Palawan
A safari in the Philippines?!?!?
Why yes, there is one in the Philippines! It is located in Calauit, Coron which means you won’t have to deal with the long layovers and expensive travel budget required to get to Africa.
Walk in the wilderness and awaken your nature-loving self as you travel through Calauit Safari.
Twin LagoonCoron, Palawan
The Twin Lagoon is one of the many beautiful lagoons in Coron. This masterpiece of nature has two lagoons, one where boats dock and another where tourists swim in.
To get to the other lagoon, visitors need to either swim under an opening or climb up makeshift stairs and jump into the lagoon. The lagoons are embraced by towering limestone formations. The mix of warm and cold waters of the lagoon adds to its mystique.
Barracuda LakeCoron, Palawan
Barracuda Lake got its moniker from the lone barracuda swimming in its depths. Although it does not bother tourists wading in the waters, the presence of a barracuda gives the lake an extra oomph. The placid and emerald-tinged waters that are flanked by limestone will make any nature buff swoon.
Smith BeachCoron, Palawan
Although small in size, Smith Beach provides visitors with their own little piece of paradise in the middle of the ocean. The beach has soft, white sand that tickles your toes and azure waters as blue as the sky.
Letting time fly by on this small island is the perfect way to eat lunch and share laughs with people on the tour, a group of friends, or bonding time with your family.
Sunken Japanese WrecksCoron, Palawan
A trip to Coron would be incomplete without a dive or snorkel to see the many wrecks in its waters.
The Japanese shipwrecks in Coron are accessible to both experienced and novice divers, making them an ideal place to see corals and all sorts of marine life living on a dead ship.
Swim through decaying iron and look into broken rooms with corals sprouting from its body as you dive the Japanese shipwrecks in Coron.
Coron is only a part of the island of Palawan, but you can already experience many natural wonders in this island paradise.
How to Get to Coron
There are direct flights to Coron from Manila and Cebu. The flight from Manila to Coron takes approximately one hour. The flight from Cebu to Coron takes up to approximately one hour and forty minutes.
You can also ride the ferry from Manila to Coron. The journey takes approximately 14 hours depending on the weather. The ferry has four classes for travelers who want to travel to Coron by boat.
The fare ranges from approximately ₱1,000 to ₱5,500 depending on the class you choose. The boat to Coron only leaves on Friday every week.
Where to Stay in Coron
Barangay Poblacion 3, Coron Town, Coron, Philippines
You can get a dorm bed that comes with breakfast for approximately ₱600 and a private room for approximately ₱1,600.
Islands View Inn
Don Pedro Street, Barangay 2, Coron Town, Coron, Philippines
Islands View Inn provides you with comfortable beds and quality facilities throughout your stay. You can get a deluxe room for two for approximately ₱1,600 per night.
Corto del Mar Hotel
Comeseria Street Barangay 1, Coron Town, Coron, Philippines
Corto del Mar provides guests with top-notch facilities, service, and comfortable rooms. Guests can lounge around the pool area that has a poolside restaurant and bar. You can get a room for two for approximately ₱4,500 to ₱5,000.