Coron is a tropical island in the province of Palawan, Philippines that is best known for world-class WWII-era wreck diving, though the area also offers limestone karst landscapes, crystal-clear freshwater lakes and shallow-water coral reefs.
Palawan was recently hailed “Best Island in the World” by a renowned travel magazine for the fourth time. It was also included in CNN’s list of 10 ‘World’s Most Beautiful Islands’ for 2019.
Coron Town (Busuanga Island) vs Coron Island
What most people call Coron is actually the Coron Town which is located in Busuanga Island. But there is also a Coron Island which most Coron day trips visit.
Busuanga Island is the largest and is divided into two municipalities: Busuanga and Coron. The town of Busuanga harbors the airport but Coron is the biggest and the main tourism hub of the region.
Coron Island is a 30-minute boat ride from the town on Busuanga Island and is home to many of the top sights in Coron. Here you can find Twin Lagoons, Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, and many stunning beaches and smaller lagoons.
Francisco B. Reyes Airport, also known as Busuanga Airport, is an airport serving the general area of Coron, located in Busuanga Island in the province of Palawan. Airline companies flying to USU airport are:
- Cebu Pacific
- Philippine Airlines
Puerto Princesa to Coron
From Puerto Princesa to Coron, the journey takes around 12 hours by ferry using 2Go.
El Nido to Coron
From El Nido to Coron, you have two options either the fast or slow ferry. The fast ferry takes between 3 to 4 hours. The slow ferry can take up to 9 hours.
The best time to visit Coron is the dry season from November to May, however, it is possible to do the tour all year round.
When you tour the island, here are the recommended things to bring
- Flip flops or water shoes (to protect your feet from sharp rocks and shells)
- Small backpack or waterproof bag
- Swimwear and beach towel
- Sunblock lotion and sunglasses
- Drinking water
- Insect repellent
- Raincoat (just in case of rain)
- Extra cash
It is recommended to stay here not less than 4 days in order to explore the whole of El Nido.
The local government recently imposed a limit to the number of tourists per destination. It is recommended that you avail one early on so your local tour guide can add you to the list. You can find tour packages online or though your hotel.
According to budgetyourtrip.com, you should plan to spend around ₱1,612 ($33) per day on your vacation in Palawan, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ₱520 ($11) on meals for one day and ₱708 ($14) on local transportation.
Local residents speak Tagalog and the local dialect of Cuyunon. Most locals understand English and can speak it, at the very least, in bits and pieces.