Kayanga Lake Coron Palawan

Your Ultimate Guide to Coron Palawan

 

That tiny place blessed with beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs, serene lagoons and lakes, verdant mountains and thick mangrove forest, amazing coral gardens, soothing hot spring tucked in the island of Busuanga, in the province of Palawan. Yep, thats Coron. And perhaps it’s Kayangan Lake is the most photographed lake in the world. And if you’re rounding up the 7000 islands of the Philippines, then you should not miss the best island in the world.

Be amazed with its clear jade colored waters and the beautiful coral gardens underneath. Plus with the friendliest locals in the world, there no way you can justify not visiting Coron.

Best time to come

The best time to come and enjoy the white beaches is during the summer season (March to May). Be warned that these months are also school holidays in the Philippines. The Holy Week escapade from city life by tired businessmen and professionals is also observed during these months. Expect high influx of visitors during these months and that means food prices and accommodation will be pricier. Low season is from (June to September) because of the rainy season. But I would still advise you to come because the rainy season is usually like an off and on light switch here. With a bit of luck you can still go for island hopping tour and diving.

Strong typhoons come in to visit the island too, during September to November. The coolest months is during December to February.

Getting to Coron:

From Manila, it’s an hour-and-15-minute flight to Busuanga, the domestic airport nearest to Coron town center. Alternately, ferries travel between Manila and the Palawan island several days a week (about 24 hours each way).

Flights to Coron (Busuanga):

From the airport, there is only one van that offers transfers to town center daily. To avoid hassles, make sure to book your airport transfer online via GoPalawan website. If you have a booked hotel accommodation, the airport to hotel transport is usually covered. Better check this if you’re booking prior to your arrival.

Things to do

There a million things of activities that will fit any kind of traveller in Coron, Palawan. Most of these activities though are related to island hopping, diving, snorkelling and beach bumming. But for any other kind of traveller that longs for discovering island life and culture in the island, a trip to the city center and walk around the wet market will do you good and three days surely is not enough!

Most of the island hopping tours offered by hundreds of tour operators in tiny kiosks lining the streets of Coron. You can check with your lodge if they offer these boat tours so you can get a packaged price which is usually cheaper. Usually the whole day Island Escapade eco-tour follows the itinerary below

  • Van transfer from your accommodation to Coron Wharf
  • Swim, Snorkel or Birdwatching at Malcapuya Island – perfect for kids too!
  • Picnic lunch at the beach – again only cash terms and its the only one place you can eat at at the island.
  • Banana Island
  • Bulog Island Sandbar
  • Back to Coron Wharf
  • Van transfer back to your accommodation

If the famous Kayangan Lake is what you’re after, select the tour that follows this itinerary

  • Van transfer from your accommodation to Coron Wharf
  • Boat trip to Siete Pecados Marine Park
  • Kayangan Lake – I had the most fun here!
  • Calachuchi White Beach – our group had lunch here
  • Twin Peaks Reef
  • CYC Island for swimming and waiting for the sunset
  • Back to Coron Wharf
  • Van transfer back to your accommodation

Kayanga Lake Coron Palawan

But if you’re staying for more than 3 days, then there’s El Nido, another amazing destination in the province and the rest of Palawan to experience.

One of the most amazing sunset I’ve ever seen was from CYC island.

Coron Palawan Sunset

 

Accommodations

As a budget traveller, I highly recommend Coron Village Lodge that me and my friends stayed with during our stay. The place is locally themed with native products and there is a mini museum at the dining area. Keeps you entertained while waiting for your dinner :). The place is highly recommended too if you’re travelling with a large group or family because they have lodges where you practically own the entire 2 floor apartment with 2 or 3 bedrooms. The lodge is also located just about 7-10 minutes walk from the town center.

 

Coron Village Lodge

 

If you prefer a midrange to luxury kind of place to stay, I recommend Coron Gateway Hotel & Suites. They boast of spacious rooms and luxurious amenities. Located at the edge of Coron Harbour Town, you have a breath-taking view of Coron Bay every morning with your hot coffee.

For the true blue backpackers, Coron Backpacker Guesthouse is for you. Rooms with fans, shared bathrooms, common area, free Wifi, free coffee and kitchen are available for PHP500. The guesthouse is a short walk from the town center and they also offer packaged island hopping tours and diving tours too.

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Where to eat

You will never go hungry in Coron, there’s a lot of place to eat to around here. From fine dining places to small eateries that serve local food, it is simply a place for travellers who want to enjoy local food and also missing their hamburgers from home.

La Sirenetta Restaurant & Bar – A bit of warning though, the place is a bit touristy but a great place for having after dinner drinks. You can enjoy the seabreeze and soak in the view of the sea while enjoying your cocktails.

Lolo Nonoy’s Food station – Great place for the local pork sisig! Pork sisig is a local way of cooking a pig’s face and snout and served on a sizzling platter.

Winnie’s Restaurant – Great place for fruit shakes and asian cuisine with an open kitchen so you can watch all the food preparation.

Lastly, a few reminders

There are no taxis that go around in this laid back quiet city, you will be mostly taking tricycles or pedicabs that may cost you PHP20.00 or it all depends on how good your bargaining skills are. There are small kiosks that rents out scooters and bikes that starts from PHP200.

When flying back to Manila, there is a terminal fee of PHP 100.00 at Busuanga Airport and they only accept cash payments, so keep a little cash handy.

Credit cards are accepted mostly in established accommodations and restaurant. Most small shops and eateries accept only cash. The ATMs are mostly in the town center and not that many. It is better to have some cash on you prior to your arrival.

Enjoy Coron and the rest of Palawan, Conde Nast Traveler Best Island in the World!

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    • Andi
    • July 15, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks for the great information – very helpful in planning my upcoming Philippine adventure!

      • carlaabanes@justtravellingsolo.com
      • July 17, 2016
      Reply

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy your trip! Are you coming for TBEX Manila in October?

    • Skye
    • July 16, 2016
    Reply

    Great guide. The photos are amazing and you’ve packed a lot of information into the post. Fab!

      • carlaabanes@justtravellingsolo.com
      • July 17, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks! I really do hope it can help those coming from other countries in SEA to include Philippines in their itinerary too!

  1. Reply

    On my last trip to the Philippines we concentrated on the islands more around the south, so we never made it to corn/palawan. But it’s a must go visit place for me. I’m half filipino so I love to go back and reconnect with my mums side.

      • carlaabanes@justtravellingsolo.com
      • July 17, 2016
      Reply

      Well that’s a great reason to come back! Happy travels!

  2. Reply

    Oh man – a dream to visit Coron. We spent our 30 days visa period split between Boracay and Palawan and had to skip Coron because we ran out of time. EVERY Filipino told us off for this! ha ha ha. Brilliant write up and can’t wait to return to the country to visit this beautiful island.

  3. Reply

    Super useful post, especially regarding the timing of when to go. WOW those photos look gorgeous. I want to dive into that blue, blue water!

    • Drew
    • July 17, 2016
    Reply

    Coron, Palawan looks beautiful! I was just at TBEX Stockholm and Philippines Tourism produced a video for an overview of the country for the next TBEX, hosted by Manila, in the autumn. Such a stunning looking city, especially these more remote island/beach destinations. I need to head to the Philippines soon!

  4. Reply

    I would love to visit Coron sometime–it sounds amazing! Kayangan Lake would be at the top of my list of spots to see there, but the whole island would be wonderful to explore. Thanks for the helpful information! Hope I can visit sometime soon!

  5. Reply

    What a beautiful sunset photo! Photos of Palawan never fail to amaze me, El Nido is spectacular. Thank you for the useful tips, Coron Village Lodge sounds like a fun place to stay with friends 🙂

  6. Reply

    Thanks for the comprehensive guide. I love the photos , especially the one of sunset .
    Palawan has been on our list for a long time now. 🙁

    • Erica
    • July 19, 2016
    Reply

    Coron is my absolute favorite destination in the Philippines. I went in 2009 and had most of the places to ourselves. Timing is essential when it comes to rising destinations like this beauty!

    • anto
    • July 21, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks for such an extensive guide. I will definitely bookmark this for the future. Have yet to visit the Philippines but have read so many good stories about it!

  7. Reply

    Have been to Philippines a few times but Palawan has eluded me somehow.
    This guide will come handy. Thanks.

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