Coron is the epitome of breathtaking landscapes, dreamy lagoons and beaches which you otherwise only know from postcards. Coron is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in the Philippines, if not the most beautiful in the world. Unfortunately, "paradise" also has its downsides ... In the Coron Guide we tell you everything you need to know before your trip, which beaches and excursions you should not miss under any circumstances, and much more. In this Coron Guide we will tell you everything you need to know about.
Getting to Coron is relatively easy. Boats also run from the surrounding islands and places, such as El Nido etc. However, the journeys take a relatively long time. There is also an airport on Coron and we definitely recommend booking a flight, as this offers the fastest and most comfortable journey.
Flights to Coron
The easiest and fastest way is to book a flight to Coron (Francisco B. Reyes). Francisco B. Reyes Airport, formerly Busuanga Airport, is an airport serving the general area of Coron and is located on Busuanga Island in the Philippine Province of Palawan. It is also shared with the neighboring municipality of Busuanga, which is located on the western half of the island.
Flights from Manila to Coron are available from 30 euros. The flight takes just 1 hour and 20 minutes, making it the fastest and most comfortable way to get to your destination. It is then only a few kilometers from Coron Airport to the city center.
From Coron Airport to Coron Town
As soon as you land at the airport, dozens of minivans are waiting outside. The staff will ask you in which hotel you live and then assign you the right driver. The price for the trip is 150 pesos and takes around 30 minutes.
There is no other way to get from Busuanga Airport to Coron City as we have noticed.
There are enough hotels in every price range in Coron. It must be said, however, that a good hotel costs accordingly. The cheap rooms are very spartan and are really only suitable for sleeping. If you want a bit of comfort, you can easily get 40-60 euros per night. But you shouldn't have high demands on accommodation ...
Recommended Coron hotels
Here are some good hotels in Coron, which are recommended. We were looking for a hotel in every price range, so that there is something for every taste. If you have another good tip, just leave us a comment, we would be happy.
Sea Horse Guest House (Budget, Hostel)
Coron Sanho Pension House (Budget)
The Ridge Coron (middle class)
Coron Underwater Garden Resort (upper class)
Our hotel in Coron: Micasa Lodge
We stayed at Micasa Lodge for 6 nights. The hotel is very centrally located and the decor of the rooms was good. Many of the other hotels were too expensive for our budget, or you just couldn't get anything useful where to stay. So the hotel made a good first impression.
However, there were some downsides in the hotel that bothered us. There was no refrigerator in the rooms. Only outside there was a large community fridge where you could put your things in. Unfortunately the coffees we bought disappeared every day which was very annoying!
There are plenty of hotels in Coron. Hotels in every price range can be found, so that there is guaranteed to be something for every requirement. Attached you will find a top selection of hotels in Coron that are currently also on offer. Do not miss the hotel deals in Port Parton.
We have attached a brief introduction to the Coron beaches, which are located on Busuanga Island, the main island and which you can easily reach by scooter. These are also worth a visit. This is because almost all of them head for the bays and the beaches in Coron are almost deserted.
Bali Beach Coron Island
Bali Beach is one of the few beaches on Busuanga. Since we no longer rented a scooter, we had to use the tricycle. Including Cobo Beach and back, the fun cost us 500 Peso ...
The beach is okay, but nothing special. Lots of leaves and branches swim in the sea, which makes swimming not really pleasant. In addition, you have to pay 50 pesos per person entry. In our opinion, a visit to the Bali beach is not worthwhile, even if you can get a nice photo with the drone. From below, however, it looks a little different.
Cabo Beach is nothing special either. Strictly speaking, this is worse than Bali Beach. Of course you will be asked to pay again here, like everywhere on Coron (50 Peso per person). Driving is not worth it and we advise against it, unless you are the very high price for the drive is worth it to take a nice drone photo.
Marcilla Beach & SandbarWe didn't visit Marcilla Beach & Sandbar again because the road there is a disaster, and the trip with the tricycle is too uncomfortable and also too expensive. The beach can't be so beautiful that it would be worth it. But you are welcome to try and report to us.
Coron Bays & Beaches on Coron Island
The whole area is called Coron, but as already mentioned, the mainland is actually Busuanga Island. Coron Island is another small island not far away, where all the heavenly bays are located. You can only get there by boat. You can find more information about the prices under "Activities in Coron" below.
The Hidden Lagoon is one of the few destinations that can be visited for free. Surprisingly, we were there completely alone. The water is crystal clear and the spot was definitely one of the highlights in Coron. This should definitely be taken into account on a tour!
One of the popular destinations on Coron Island is Kayangan Lake. Mainly because of the numerous photos where you can see the bay, the spot became so famous. Without a doubt, it looks nice, but it's first time to queue before you even get to it. The lake was also very busy.
Underwater you can see gigantic rock formations where you can take a nice photo. Otherwise, the Kayangan Lake is not really that special. More hype than being. Sorry, but we imagined more.
In the immediate vicinity is the Baracuda Lake. Strictly speaking, this is the same as Kayangan Lake, only smaller and therefore full again faster. Swimming was not really fun here either, as it was crowded or otherwise dozens of divers were diving up and down. In our opinion, a visit is not worthwhile, even if there were no visitors.
Twin Lagoon Coron
The Twin Lagoon Coron is the most beautiful thing I've seen or captured with my drone so far. At the same time, it was also the biggest failure in all of Southeast Asia. Why this? Well, from above with the drone, the Twin Lagoon is a miracle, absolutely fantastic! But you can't see anything from below. You can swim from one lagoon (where all the boats are moored) to the second. The passage is overcrowded with people and when you finally arrived you couldn't see anything. The water was cloudy and there were no fish etc. either.
The spot is so overrated that we were very disappointed. Pay 250 or even 300 pesos for this? For what? Okay, if you come here with a drone, you get pictures like nowhere else. It's not worth a visit for anyone else. Unfortunately, this is the sad reality.
Smith Coral Garden
The Coral Garden is simply in the middle of the sea. From there you can jump into the water from the boat and see a very beautiful and still active underwater world. Corals and hundreds of fish as far as the eye can see. However, we find a cheek that you have to pay "entrance fee" (150 Baht per person) to jump into the open sea. A boat comes here which collects. In our opinion, this is nothing more than a rip off.
You can go on a number of excursions in Coron. Most lead to the surrounding islands and booked which we have already listed above. There are different tours which also take different lengths and differ in price.
The bays are all approached by means of group tours. The prices are around 1000-1700 Peso per person, depending on the tour. Entry and food are included here. However, the tours are pure mass tourism and start at 7 am-8am!
Have you seen enough of the beach and sun? Would you rather do something different? No problem either, as there are plenty of activities and tours in Coron, where there is definitely something for everyone. Please find attached the most beautiful and best tours in Coron.
We don't think we need to mention the day tours from Coron to the bays and islands, because these are mandatory once you are in Coron. The best thing to do is to charter a private boat, it will be much easier for you. But apart from the many beaches and bays, there are a few other attractions in Coron. We briefly introduce the best things to do in Coron.
Mt. Tapyas is one of the most popular destinations in Coron. You can already see the lettering and the large cross from below. You can easily reach the viewpoint on foot. However, around 700 steps have to be overcome until you are at the top. From there you will then get a very nice overview of the bay and surrounding islands. A visit at sunset is particularly recommended, or if you can make it out of bed early for sunrise.
If you are looking for a change, you can visit the Maquinit Hotsprings. Admittedly, it takes some effort to climb into the hot springs with an outside temperature of at least 35 degrees, but it is definitely relaxing.
The Malbato Chapel is located 15Km west of the center. The old, small chapel makes a very nice impression and should definitely be visited on an island tour. It is also quite fresh inside, which is why it is ideal for cooling off. A welcome gift when the outside temperature is around 37 degrees!
In the chapel we got a spontaneous visit from around 14 children, who had a lot of fun and learning Tagalog, the Filipino language. But it was really amazing how well the kids here speak English from a young age! In any case, we had a lot of fun and seldom experienced such open and happy children.