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Coron travel guide

I’m ticking another item on my travel destination bucket list! Last week, I got to visit Coron, Palawan and true to it’s label, Palawan is the best island in the world! I’ve been to Peurto Princesa and El Nido, Palawan last April and I promised myself to never miss Coron. It was like saving the last piece to complete my Palawan experience.

There are several options on how we can get to Coron:
A. Book a flight. There are several flights available from Manila, Clark, and Cebu to Fransisco Reyes Airport in Busuanga Island, Coron, Palawan.  It’s a 30-45 minute travel time from the airport to Coron town proper. Fare is 150.00 php. Vans are available outside the airport. Some hotels do have their own van service as well.

B. By boat. This option is available from Manila, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido via 2go and Montenegro Shipping Lines.


Tours. Coron offers a LOT of activities that every traveller can choose from; sight seeing, snorkeling, swimming, trekking, sun bathing, diving,etc. Enjoy these activities while checking out their beaches, lagoons, diving sites, name it and Coron has it! Unlike El Nido though, their packages varies from every tour operator/agency. We booked with K-tours (Kawayanan tours) and decided to get the Coron Ultimate tour and Calauit Safari Tour. We got the Ultimate tour for 1300 and Safari tour for 2300, they were giving a “rainy-day” sale when we booked our packages, hence the discount. We DIYed our town tour and skip the package. 🙂

Every tour is inclusive with a free pick up and drop off at your hotel as long as it’s with in town or everyone can meet at Kawayanan Grill for safety briefing with complimentary coffee. Every tour is equipped with a licensed tour guide, entrance fees and taxes for every destination, picnic and buffet lunch, bottled water, snacks, free use of Kayak (except for tour A and B),life vest and first aid kit.

Personally, my experience with K-tours was awesome. Guides were informative and friendly, lunch provided was more than enough of 12 people. They have unlimited bottled water as well. They even have free coffee for everyone when rain poured on us on our way home. Since it’s a public tour, you’ll get to meet new people with you in one boat — if you like meeting new friends then there should be no problem with this tour. Everything will be covered by the package. Just show up and enjoy!

Here’s the list of packages K-tour offers with the list of corresponding prices:
📍Coron ultimate tour:Php 1600.00/pax
Kayangan lake
Twin Lagoon
Skeleton Wreck
CYC Beach
Coral Garden
Banol/Taraw Beach
Pick up time: ‪8:30am – 9:00am‬
Tour ‪ends: 5:00pm‬

📍Coron Island Tour A – Php 900.00/pax
Kayangan Lake
Siete Pecados
Quin Lagoon
CYC Beach
Taraw Beach
Coral Garden
Pick up time: ‪8:30am – 9:00am‬
Tour ‪ends: 5:00pm‬

📍Coron Island Tour B -Php 1200.00
Baracuda Lake
Twin Lagoon
Atwayan or Banol Beach
Skeleton Wreck
Reef Garden
Pick up time: ‪8:30am – 9:00am‬
Tour ‪ends: 5:00pm‬

📍Coron Super Ultimate Tour – Php 1800.00
Kayangan Lake
Barracuda Lake
Twin Lagoon
Siete Pecados
Skeleton Wreck
Coral Garden
Banol or Smith Beach
Pick up time: ‪8:30am – 9:00am‬
Tour ‪ends: 5:00pm‬

📍Island Escapade:
Php 1600.00/pax
a. Malcapuya Island
Waling waling Island
Bamboo Beach

b. Malcapuya Island
Pearl farm demo tour
Tanglaw Beach

Php 1700.00/pax
c.Malcapuya Island
Banana Island
Bulog Island
Pick up time: ‪7:30am – 8:00am‬
Tour ‪ends: 5:00pm‬

📍Reef Wrecks – Php 1500.00/pax
Pass Island
Lusong Shipwreck
Lusong Coral Garden
East Tangat Wreck
Pick up time: ‪8:30am – 9:00am‬
Tour ‪ends: 5:00pm‬

📍Calauit Safari Tour – Php 2500.00/pax
Calauit Wildlife Safari
Busuanga Town Proper
Pass Island
Pamalican Island
Pick up time: ‪5:30am – 5:30am‬
Tour ‪ends: 5:00pm‬

📍Town Tour
a. Bali Beach/b.Maquinit hotspring
Mt Tapyas Viewdeck
Souvenir Shops
Luwalhati park and town center
St. Augustine Church

If you missed your swimming gear with you, you have the option to add:
150 insurance 4d3n
150 mask and snorkel
150 fins and flippers
150 aqua shoes
50 towel

Private tour. You also have the option to book a private tour. This can be booked through Calamian Tourist Boast Association. If you want to have control with the itinerary, and have the boat only for your group, then this is for you. It can be a bit pricey though for a small group since aside from the boat and licensed tour guide, the guests will shoulder the entrance fees on every destination/stops. Lunch is not yet included on the package as well.

Accommodation:
We stayed at K-heights inn for 4 nights. We booked the place right after we got our tickets. Booking in advance gave you an avenue to search for the best rates. Coron has a lot of options when it comes to accommodation. You may check deals from bookings.com, Agoda, or Traveloka. Compare prices on every site since it always varies. We booked ours through Agoda and so far I haven’t got any problem with booking online.

Places to eat.
Food is expensive in Coron. Every serving is around 200 – 250/serving. The serving though is always good for 2 persons. We’ve tried dining at Carl’s BBQ, Island boy Grill, Verkada’s cate and Kawayanan grill. I’m hearing a lot of complaints about tourists getting sick in Coron because of the food that they eat but I haven’t experienced this while dining on the places I’ve mentioned.

It’s always crucial to plan your travel in advance. Research and look for the best deal when it comes to accommodations without risking comfort. Make sure to have a budget in mind and stick to it. Coron is such a beautiful island waiting for every traveller to discover. Enjoy every second while you’re there. 🙂

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    Milton Coyne
    September 15, 2017 at 4:56 am

    oh my thank you for this very detailed itinerary and budget expenses.. been aiming to visit Palawan but your post made me realized why people cannot visit El Nido and Coron on the same day .. it’s because there’s just too many to explore and in fact it seems like a day is not enough to explore all the gems that Coron has to offer.
    I really love your photos… and my god I wanna spot a giraffe too haha

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    Louisa
    September 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    This looks like a great travel option for my kids and I. Though it will be expensive for a family of 4 I’m happy to see that their are tour options and my youngest is only at Php880! Well, they do say that you have to make time and money to travel.

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    Amila
    September 14, 2017 at 5:37 am

    It seems Coron is a beautiful travel destination.These pictures are beautiful with natural views.Glad that you have mentioned all the tips to visit Coron.Travel by boat will be an interesting way to reach the islands and explore all the attractions.

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      kris
      September 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks, Amila! Traveling by boat seems to be the longer route with cheaper rates. 🙂

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    Swayam Tiwari
    September 11, 2017 at 4:51 am

    We don’t have this kind of islands in India despite there being one of the longest shores here 96,000 kilometers). Are these waters safe? As in , no crocodiles, sharks etc.? No eddies either?

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      kris
      September 11, 2017 at 5:04 am

      Definitely no crocodiles and sharks! 🙂 Tourists though needs to have their aqua shoes on to avoid sea urchins and some stone fish on some areas where snorkeling is best. 🙂 It may look gloomy on my photos after post processing but definitely no crocs. 🙂

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    Aica Batoon
    September 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Awwww, I really missed Coron just by looking at your beautifully taken photos! The place is paradise~ I’d surely bookmark your post for future use. Thank you for posting such guide. 🙂

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    Me-An Clemente
    September 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Coron is one of my favorite places ever. I think I have been here for, at least, 5 times. I’ve witnessed its development and experienced it when people still haven’t discovered it that much. I hope the locals will do their best to preserve its beauty. I’m afraid that mass tourism will destroy its pristine beauty. I’m happy that you enjoyed your experience there and you’re helping those who plan to visit there as well.

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    theresa
    September 9, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I know that it’s totally worth the money if you get to spend it in such a beautiful place like Coron. But ever since I became a mom, trips all equate to if it is baby friendly to bring my baby to the place. I want to travel badly but I can’t just leave my husband and baby. We’re always a tag team. Island hopping and adventure would be difficult even if I baby wear.

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      kris
      September 10, 2017 at 12:24 am

      I understand. I may not be able to travel quite often if we have a baby in the picture too. 🙂

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    Maria
    September 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I’m never been to Coron but an admirer from afar. I see almost everyone in my feed admiring it or even going to it. Those detailed tours will be very helpful since Palawan is in my travel bucket list. It may come in handy sometime so I’m bookmarking this.

    Great captures btw! 💙

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      kris
      September 10, 2017 at 12:25 am

      Thank you, Maria! 🙂

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    Grace
    September 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Coron is mesmerizing. It’s also in my bucket list. The pictures are lovely, and I can’t wait to see them in person! 🙂 Thank you for this very informative post! This will be really helpful for the first-timers

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      kris
      September 10, 2017 at 12:25 am

      Thanks!

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    Clarice
    September 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Wow! Coron is one of dream destinations. I got excited reading that it isn’t so expensive. We would love to take the safari tour too. I know my husband would love it as he is so fond of animals.Thank you for sharing.

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      kris
      September 10, 2017 at 12:27 am

      With proper research and budget, anyone can visit Coron. It’s a misconception that these world class island is out of reach. 🙂

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    Pia villamor
    September 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve been to Coron twice, but both times we just ended up lazing around in the resort, so I didn’t get to see much of it. Hehee. Thanks for providing us with a very detailed description of the tours. Super interested in doing the island escapade!!! Pictures look great by the way:)

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      kris
      September 10, 2017 at 12:29 am

      The tour is a must try! 🙂

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    Berlin | Momi Berlin
    September 8, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Coron is such a beauty. Love the sight of almost everything.

    Yes, food there can be real expensive so might as well really allot budget for that. I guess, when travelling, we really need to put budget on food so we may truly experience the place.

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    ROBERT LEE
    September 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Hey, nice one. I used to go to Coron as a dive instructor on a cruise ship, and we always have European divers and students on board the ship. Some of the lakes I remember pretty well especially Kayangan. But what I will always remember about Coron are the wrecks. I believe I have dived all of them. At the same time, I also experienced the horrors of destructive fishing in the area. Dynamite – check. Cyanide – check.

    Still, Coron and the rest of Palawan is consistently the best island in the world for countless reasons. Glad to see you having a grand time there. Also, it is good that you posted the rates of travel by ship. As many will see, it is affordable.

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      kris
      September 10, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Wow, never tried the diving part in Coron because I don’t have the training, and I don’t know how to swim.haha! But yes, there were several beautiful diving sites to discover. 🙂

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