How to Spend 3 Days in Coron Itinerary
Coron is the most beautiful tropical paradise in the province of Palawan, in the Philippines. If you can, spend a minimum of 3 days in Coron and take two island hopping tours visiting some of the most beautiful sites such as Kayangan Lake, Banol Beach, and Twin Lagoon. Coron was where we had our best island hopping tour experiences in the Philippines. Our 3-day Coron itinerary makes it easy to plan your visit to Coron and enjoy this breathtaking place.
- How to Spend 3 Days in Coron Itinerary
- How to Get to Coron?
- Best time to Visit Coron
- How to Get Around in Coron
- Coron Itinerary
- Everything you Need to Know about Coron Island Hopping Tours
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How to Get to Coron?
Coron can be reached by ferry or direct flight from Manila or El Nido. Flying is the fastest and easiest way to get to Coron, Palawan.
There are direct flights several times a day from Manila to Coron airport. Coron Town is a 30-40 minute drive from Francisco B. Reyes Airport.
The fast ferry from El Nido takes just 4-4,5 hours and is one of the best ways to travel to Coron. Ferry tickets from El Nido to Coron one-way cost 1850 PHP/35 USD per person.
You can combine the Coron itinerary with a visit to El Nido and Port Barton.
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Best time to Visit Coron
Palawan has two seasons: a dry season from November to May and a rainy season from June to October. The best time to visit Coron is from November to May during the dry season, as the scenery is beautiful and the weather is warm.
We recommend booking accommodation, ferry tickets, and Coron island hopping tours in advance. Because in the peak season, prices are higher, Coron is very crowded, and ferry tickets can sell out quickly.
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How to Get Around in Coron
The easiest and cheapest way to get around Coron Town is by tricycle.
The tricycle costs 100-200 PHP (2-4 USD) one-way.
Rent a scooter in Coron Town and explore the nearby attractions.
The motorbike rental costs between 500-800 PHP (9.50-15 USD) for a day. Take island hopping tours and visit the most famous attractions of Coron Island like Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, and Barracuda Lake.
Add more days to your Coron itinerary and take a day trip to Coron’s most beautiful islands, such as Malcapuya Island, Bulog Dos Island, Banana Island, Pass Island, or Black Island.
Day 1 – Arrival & Explore Coron Town
When you arrive in Coron, book an island hopping tour for the next day and then rent a scooter to explore the town’s surroundings. The motorbike rental costs between 500-800 PHP (9.50-15 USD) for a day.
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Buy fresh fruit at the local market and try some delicious Filipino food. After that, visit the beautiful Cabo beach. The Cabo beach entrance fee is 50 PHP (1 USD) for adults and 25 PHP for children.
Finish your first day in Coron with a fantastic sunset view from the top of Mount Tapyas, or take a dip in the hot springs of the Maquinit.
Maquinit Hot Springs admission fee is 200 PHP (4 USD) for adults and 100 PHP (2 USD) for children.
There is no entrance fee to Mt. Tapyas. You can reach Mount Tapyas viewpoint from the parking lot in 25-30 minutes.
Day 2 – Coron Island Hopping Tour A
The best part of the Coron itinerary is taking on the island hopping tours.
The Island Hopping Tour A includes CYC Beach, Coral Garden, Atyawan Beach, Siete Pecados, Hidden Lagoon, and Kayangan Lake and their entrance fees.
The group A boat tour starts from an average of 1850 PHP (35 USD).
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The most photographed spot on the A tour is in the crystal clear emerald waters of Kayangan Lake. It is the clearest lake in the Philippines and a must-see on a Coron Island hopping tour.
Once you arrive, a short walk will take you to the Kayangan Lake viewpoint for a beautiful, panoramic view. Then, you can swim, snorkel and dive in Kayangan Lake.
Most group A tours have lunch at Atwayan Beach, where you can enjoy fresh seafood, grilled fish, chicken, rice, and delicious fruit.
The CYC beach is a fantastic place to relax, but boats will not go close to the beach due to the protection of the coral reef. You’ll most likely have to wade waist-deep in the water or swim to reach the land. Bring a waterproof bag to protect your camera and drone.
Coron’s underwater world is breathtaking, and the tour includes fantastic snorkeling spots such as Coral Garden, Siete Pecados, and Hidden Lagoon. You can see beautiful corals, colorful fish, blue starfishes, and turtles. Bring an underwater camera or use your phone with a waterproof case to capture marine life.
You can visit some of the most beautiful spots on a private tour, which is a fantastic alternative if you can only do one island hopping tour in Coron. Check out all the options at the harbor and try to bargain.
Day 3 – Coron Island Hopping Tour B
The Island Hopping Tour B includes Barracuda Lake, Banol Beach, Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon, Reef Garden, and their entrance fees.
The group B boat tour starts from an average of 2188 PHP (42 USD).
Barracuda Lake is one of the most beautiful snorkeling and diving spots in Coron, Philippines. The water is so crystal clear that you can see the magnificent limestone cliffs from standing on the wooden dock.
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Another fantastic snorkeling spot not far from Barracuda Lake is Twin Lagoon, a beautiful large lagoon. Your boat will stop, and then a short swim between rocks will take you to the second lagoon.
Most group B tours stop at Banol Beach, where staff serves a delicious lunch picnic. Banol Beach is a stunning stretch of white sandy beach with crystal clear water. It’s the most beautiful beach on Coron Island.
The B tour includes a beautiful snorkeling site at Reef Garden, where you can discover amazing marine life. Wreck diving is a popular activity in Coron, Palawan, and at the Skeleton Wreck, you can see a Japanese shipwreck that sank during World War II.
If you have more time on Coron, take a scuba diving course.
Day 4 – Leave Coron & Travel to El Nido
Take a quick ferry journey from Coron to El Nido, then explore the best places in El Nido. The fast ferry takes just 3.5-4.5 hours (depending on the sea or weather conditions) and is one of the best ways to travel to El Nido.
As the ferries only run twice a day, tickets may sell out days in advance, so it is highly recommended to buy in advance online or at the harbor of Coron. We took Montenegro fast ferry from Coron to El Nido, which cost one-way 1850 PHP/35 USD per person.
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You can easily add more days to your Coron itinerary when you want to visit nearby islands. Or, if you have less time, take one tour and spend two days on Coron.
Everything you Need to Know about Coron Island Hopping Tours
As the boat tours are popular, you should book a Coron island hopping tour in advance for the next day. You can book private and group boat tours anywhere in the town or online.
Coron island hopping tours are priced higher than El Nido tours. In El Nido, most tour providers offer the same itinerary for island hopping tours, but in Coron, there are no fixed routes.
A group tour starts from 35 USD and a private boat from 65 USD. Bring your snorkeling gear or rent a mask and snorkel for 150 PHP (3 USD). All tourists must pay the Environmental Fee of 200 PHP (4 USD), valid for 10-days.
What to pack for the boat tour
Bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, quick-drying towel, and water shoes for sharp rocks or shells.
You’ll most likely have to wade waist-deep in the water or swim to reach the land. So bring a waterproof bag to protect your camera and drone.
Take your seasickness medicine one to two hours before traveling.
Private or Group Island Hopping Tours
- A private tour is expensive on Coron, but it’s worth the price. You can leave much earlier and personalize the itinerary as you wish. Visit popular places in a different time order allows you to avoid the crowds and enjoy the beautiful sights on your own. The entrance fees aren’t included in the private tour. There is an entrance fee to each location, which costs between 200 and 300 PHP (4-6 USD). However, group tours are cheaper, especially if you are traveling alone.
- Group tours include hotel pick-up and drop-off, all entrance fees to the islands, drinking water, a buffet lunch, and afternoon snacks. Private tours usually don’t offer these.
If you’re going on a group tour, there will usually be 8-15 people on a boat with you, and you’ll get to the same places at the same time as everyone else. Group tours usually start around 8 AM and finish around 4-5 PM.