If you’re on the hunt for breathtaking sunsets, pristine beaches, and an unforgettable island experience, then look no further than Coron! One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, the “crown” of Palawan still has a few hidden gems in store!
Since most of Coron’s experiences are day trips that involve swimming, island hopping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, you’ll be able to book most of your itinerary with one tour operator. We recommend this, this, and this agency, as well as the SHOOR travel package!
What to Do in Coron
Swim in beautiful lakes and lagoons!
Known to many as the “cleanest lake in the Philippines,” Kayangan Lake’s water is so clear that looking into it (or better yet, swimming in it!) will seem like a dream! Perfect for an easy swim, Kagayan Lake is also surrounded by amazing limestone formations that give you beautiful views above the surface — and underwater, too!
Across Kayangan Lake is the popular Barracuda Lake, known for its gorgeous blue green thermocline waters! Thermocline means the water temperature changes as you swim up and down! Scuba diving is the best way to experience the warm and cold waters here!
Another must-visit attraction for swimmers and visitors is Twin Lagoon. The first lagoon is on the outer rim. That’s where the island hopping boats park, so expect a bit of a crowd if you’re not there early. But the second lagoon is where you really want to go: imagine clear, turquoise, thermocline waters with breathtaking underwater views. Twin Lagoon is truly magical.
If you can only visit one other island while you’re in Coron, you have to pick Banul Beach! It’s a small beach known for its powdery white sand and crystalline waters guarded by limestone walls. A glimpse of this picture-perfect haven is worth the 15-20 minute boat ride from the town proper!
Bulog Dos Island
What sets Bulog Dos apart from other island-hopping stops is its long sandbar that you can see from miles away. It may be one of the smallest islands in Coron, but being able to walk its sandbar’s length or swim around it is a big experience you won’t want to miss.
Plus: It’s mere minutes away from the must-see Malcapuya and Banana islands!
One of two secluded beaches that aren’t included in the bigger island-hopping tours, Cabo Beach is perfect for a quiet walk along the shore or a peaceful swim! People and boats don’t frequent this place much, so if you want privacy, then this is where you should go! There’s a small fee to enter this private beach if you aren’t on a tour.
The other secluded spot is Bali Beach, best known for its amazing jungle facing a quiet beach that’s perfect for sunbathing. While it doesn’t have white sands, you do get a killer view of the Coron Island and Siete Pecados cliffs.
Learn how to snorkel and dive!
A trip to Coron isn’t complete without a view of life under the sea. A popular diving and snorkeling spot is Coral Garden, appropriately named after the breathtaking corals and colorful sea life just below the surface. It’s a sight straight out of Finding Nemo and definitely one spot you can’t miss.
One of the most thrilling activities in Coron has to be wreck diving! The sea life is beautiful, for sure, but there’s nothing quite like seeing a piece of history underwater. A World War II relic, Skeleton Wreck is a 25-meter long Japanese supply ship sunk by the US Air Force. It’s now covered in and surrounded by marine life!
Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck
If Skeleton Wreck isn’t enough for you, then go for another World War II Japanese shipwreck: Lusong Gunboat!. This is actually shallowest shipwreck site in Coron, so even if you prefer snorkeling over scuba diving, you’ll still get to see this barnacle-covered wreck in chilling detail..
P.S. There are about twelve sunken ships around Coron for those of you who want to dive into nature and history!
Enjoy an inland tour!
Beaches with white sands and blue waters are the first things to come to mind when we think of Coron, butthe hiking spots that the island has to offer are also worth a visit! For a change in scenery for your sunsets and sunrises, there’s Mt. Tapas. The 721-step uphill climb rewards you with a magnificent panoramic view of Coron.
Like its marine life, Coron’s wildlife is also incredibly diverse! Trade in your coral reefs for a day, and instead visit the kingfisher mangroves for lush foliage that serves as a home to animals endemic to Palawan. If you’re there at the right time you’ll see kingfishers everywhere!. Other activities in the area include kayaking around the mangroves, night tours for stargazing, and several treks.
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