The Ultimate Travel Guide to Coron, Palawan

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Coron, Palawan

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Coron, Palawan

Coron is one of the most famous destinations in Palawan, with its picturesque beaches, beautiful rock formations, crystal clear waters, and World War II shipwreck scuba diving spots. The tropical paradise of Coron is located on Busuanga Island in the province of Palawan in the Philippines.

Most people reach Coron, Palawan by plane from Manila, or by fast ferry from El Nido. Coron is a small port town that most travelers use as a base for island hopping tours. Coron Island is about a 30-minute boat ride from Coron Town and is home to the most famous attractions such as Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, and Barracuda Lake.

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Why you Should visit Coron, Palawan

Coron is the most beautiful tropical paradise in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. Go island hopping tours, kayaking, visit the magnificent beaches and enjoy Coron’s relaxed atmosphere.

If you like scuba diving or snorkeling, Coron is one of the best places in the Philippines for these activities. One of Coron’s main attractions is the World War II shipwrecks on the bottom of the sea.

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Coron Island is home to some of the most photographed Palawan places, such as Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, and Barracuda Lake. With its crystal-clear waters, delicious seafood, unique rock formations, and breathtaking scenery, Coron will quickly impress the hearts of visitors. We wished we could have stayed here forever.

Visiting Coron, Palawan

How many Days do you Need in Coron?

As Coron is one of the most beautiful places in Palawan, Philippines, we suggest a 3-day itinerary for first-time visitors to Coron.

When you arrive, explore Coron town. Shop at the local market, swim at Cabo beach, visit the Maquinit hot springs or hike to Mt. Tapyas at sunset. It is recommended to do a least 2 Coron island hopping tours, which usually start around 8 AM and last until 4-5 PM.

Best time to Visit Coron, Palawan

The Philippines has a tropical climate with warm weather and very high humidity.
Palawan has two seasons: a dry season from November to May and a rainy season from June to October. Typhoons can happen during the rainy season.

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Twin Lagoon

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. The busiest and warmest months are from March to April, as this is the summer season in Palawan, Philippines. During high season, prices are higher, Coron is very crowded, and ferry tickets can sell out quickly.

The rainy season is ideal for those looking for budget prices or who want to avoid crowds. However, Coron island hopping tours may be canceled due to weather conditions, and there’s nothing worse than not enjoying these beautiful sights because of the rain.

How to Get to Coron, Palawan?

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 and Cebu, flights take around 1,5 hours, and in high season one-way tickets start from an average of 60 USD per person.

Once you arrive at Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Busuanga, you can take a taxi, minivan, private, or group transfer to Coron Town. Coron is a 30-40 minute drive from Francisco B. Reyes Airport.

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How to Get to Coron

From El Nido to Coron by ferry

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 Coron. 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 port of El Nido.

We took Montenegro fast ferry from El Nido to Coron. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the ferry departs!

Ferry tickets from El Nido to Coron one-way cost 1850 PHP/35 USD per person. Ferries operated by Montenegro depart from the port of El Nido to Coron at 6 AM and noon.

From El Nido to Coron, the slow ferry is around 1300 PHP/25 USD and takes 6-8 hours.

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Nacpan beach on Palawan Island

From El Nido to Coron by plane

The flight departs from El Nido Lio Airport and lands at Coron Francisco B. Reyes Airport. Flight time is about 40 minutes. In the high season, one-way flight tickets will cost between 50-100 USD per person. These services run only once a week or a few times in peak season.

From Manila to Coron by ferry

The overnight ferry from Manila takes 11 hours and runs only once a week on Fridays at 7 PM. The ferry ticket price varies from 2300 to 2900 PHP/45-55 USD.

From Manila to Coron by plane

Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines operate several daily flights from Manila to Coron airport. Flight time is 1,5 hours, and in high season one-way tickets start from an average of 60 USD per person.

Where to Stay in Coron, Palawan

There are plenty of accommodation options on Coron, all with different budgets. You’ll find your ideal accommodation on Booking. We recommend staying in Coron Town, where most island hopping tours leave, and here you can easily rent a scooter to explore the town.

How to Get Around Coron

The easiest and cheapest way to get around Coron Town is by tricycle. Always ask how much the fare will cost first and if you feel the price is too high, try to bargain.

The tricycle costs around 100-200 PHP (2-4 USD). Another option when renting a scooter in Coron, the average price for renting a motorbike is between 500-800 PHP (9.50-15 USD).

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.

Most island hopping tours offer free pick-up and drop-off of Coron Town and include drink water, buffet lunch, afternoon snacks, and entrance fees. The entrance fees aren’t included in the private tour. There is an entrance fee to each location, which costs between 200 and 400 PHP (4-8 USD). All tourists must pay the Environmental Fee of 200 PHP (4 USD), valid for 10-days.

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Because not all Coron island hopping tours have the same locations and prices are different, it’s worth taking your time to find the best one.

Coron Island Hopping Tours

Group tours are cheap. But the disadvantage is that the boats usually arrive at the attractions at the same time, so there will be crowds everywhere. Private tours are more expensive, but you can avoid the crowds and tell the captain what you want to see.

A group tour starts from 35 USD and a private boat from 65 USD.

We were on two island hopping tours, which were fantastic, and we had a wonderful time. But if you are short on time, you can choose a private tour and visit the sites that are ideal for you.

Coron or El Nido: Which is the better?

Coron and El Nido are both parts of the province of Palawan, which is one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. El Nido and Coron are very popular, with similar things to do, prices, and tourist crowds. But if your time is limited, you may have to choose between Coron and El Nido.

El Nido is more developed and has much more to do than Coron. Coron is quieter, has famous attractions nearby, and has better snorkeling and shipwreck scuba diving spots. 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.

Coron was our favorite place in the Philippines, and we would love to go back anytime. But in our opinion, you shouldn’t miss El Nido.

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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Coron, Palawan

How to Get from Coron to El Nido

– By plane: The flight departs from Coron Francisco B. Reyes Airport and lands at El Nido Lio Airport. Flight time is about 40 minutes. In the high season, one-way flight tickets will cost between 50-100 USD per person. These services run only once a week or a few times in peak season.

– By boat: 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 port of Coron.
We took Montenegro fast ferry from Coron to El Nido. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the ferry departs! Ferry tickets from Coron to El Nido one-way cost 1850 PHP/35 USD per person. Ferries operated by Montenegro depart from the port of Coron to El Nido at 6 AM and noon.

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