CORON PALAWAN ON A BUDGET 2018: Travel Guide & Itinerary

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The islands commonly known as Coron are some of our favorite places in the whole world. The more we travel the more we look back at the time we spent here and realize how special this place is. Coron, Palawan is home to a number of unique and breathtaking sights. What this cluster of islands has become most well known for is the handful of WWII shipwrecks that are permanently entombed off the shores of Coron.

Above the surface, Coron is just as majestic and is home to one of the most photographed spots in all of the Philippines. Here is everything you need to know before planning a trip to Coron Palawan in the remote corner of the Philippines.

HOW TO GET TO CORON

BY AIR

MANILA TO CORON

Airlines such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific  fly between Manila and Coron, Palawan.  From Coron airport, take a van bound for Coron Town.  Fare is Php 150.

BY FERRY

MANILA TO CORON

 

2Go Travel  ferry  has trips from Manila to Coron every Tuesday and Friday at 1:30 PM.  And from Coron to Manila every Sunday and Friday at 4:30 PM. See ferry trips schedule between Manila and Coron below.

Departure TIME PORT  ARRIVAL TIME PORT
Tuesday 01:30 PM Pier 4 Manila Wednesday 04:30 AM Coron Pier
Friday 01:30 PM Pier 4  Manila Saturday 04:30 AM Coron Pier
Sunday 04:30 PM Coron Pier Monday 07:30 AM Pier 4 Manila
Thursday 04:30 PM Coron Pier Friday 07:30 AM Pier 4
Manila

 

PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON 

2Go Travel  ferry  has trips from Puerto Princesa to Coron every Saturday and Wednesday at 11:59 PM. And from Coron to Puerto Princesa every Saturday and Wednesday at 09:00 PM.  See ferry trips schedule between Coron and Puerto Princesa below.1

 

Departure TIME PORT  ARRIVAL TIME PORT
Saturday 11:59 PM Puerto Princesa Pier Sunday 03:00 PM Coron Pier
Wednesday 11:59 PM Puerto Princesa Pier Thursday 03:00 PM Coron Pier
Saturday 06:00 AM Coron Pier Saturday 09:00 PM Puerto Princesa Pier
Wednesday 06:00 AM Coron Pier Wednesday 09:00 PM Puerto Princesa Pier

 

EL NIDO TO CORON

As of last year, Montenegro Lines started running ferries between El Nido and Coron, travel time is 3.5 hours and regulas fare is PHP 1,760 (USD 35/€31/SGD 48).   See the boat/ferry/fastcraft schedule between Coron and El Nido, Palawan.

FARE DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Adult (Regular fare) – PHP 1,760 (USD 35/€31/SGD 48)

 

Student (with valid ID) – PHP 1,496 (USD 30/€26/SGD 41)

 

Senior Citizen (with SC ID) – PHP 1,257 (USD 22/€25/SGD 35)

El Nido –  6:00 AM Coron – 9:30 AM
Adult (Regular fare) – PHP 1,760 (USD 35/€31/SGD 48)

Student (with valid ID) – PHP 1,496 (USD 30/€26/SGD 41)

 

Senior Citizen (with SC ID) – PHP 1,257 (USD 22/€25/SGD 35)

Coron – 12:00 PM El Nido – 3:30 PM

 

Montenegero Lines
Phone #: (043) 740 2881 / 0917 496 2009 / 0917 650 6468/ 0998 85 1428 / 0908 571 3984
Email: operations.msli@gmail.com

 


GETTING AROUND CORON

Tricycles are the main mode of transportation in downtown Coron. Fare is Php 10 per head if within the town proper, going to the port will cost you Php 20. To charter a tricycle to Maquinit Hotspring prepare about Php 350 for roundtrip fare.

Motorcycles are also available for rent in some guesthouses if you want to tour the countryside.

Maps are for sale ( Php 100) at Coron Galeri in Brgy. Poblacion 3 to help you navigate around Coron.

 


 

CORON TOURIST SPOTS

CORON TOWN TOUR1

MT. TAPYAS

MAQUINIT HOT SPRING

CORON ISLAND HOPPING

KAYANGAN LAKE

BARRACUDA LAKE
CYC BEACH
SIETE PECADOS
TWIN LAGOON
BANOL BEACH

 

 

REEF AND WRECKS

SKELETON WRECK

LUSONG GUNBOAT AND SHIPWRECK

CORAL GARDEN

PASS ISLAND

EAST TANGAT WRECK

 

CORON ISLAND ESCAPADE

MALCAPUYA ISLAND
BANANA ISLAND
Bulog Island

 

CALAUIT SAFARI

CALAUIT SAFARI PARK

BLACK ISLAND BEACH AND CAVES

PANIAITAN VILLAGE

BINTUAN MANGROVE BOARDWALK

MALBATO CHAPEL ON THE HILL

 

CULION TOUR

 

CULION PALAWAN 2
CULION 7TH CENTURY CHURCH
CULION PALAWAN 3
CULION MUSEUM
CULION PALAWAN
HISTORICAL LANDMARK
CULION PALAWAN 7
BOGOR MARINE PARK

ALSO READ:  CULION TRAVEL GUIDE

 

IMPORTANT:  Wear rash guard, aqua shoes or full sole fins when swimming to avoid getting stung by sea urchins, jellyfish or stonefish.  I recommend hiring a tourist guide if you’re renting a boat so someone can watch over you and guide you where to swim safely.

 


CHEAP CORON TOUR PACKAGES

Here’s a list of cheap tour packages in Coron.  Rates mentioned are for joiner tours (you’ll be joining other tourists) . Private tours are more expensive.

 Coron Island and Lakes Tour (TOUR A)

    • CYC Beach
    • Coral Garden
    • Atwayan Beach (picnic lunch)
    • Hidden Lagoon
    • Quin Reef
    • Kayangan Lake

TOUR RATE: PHP 1,025/ USD 20 (EURO 17/SGD 27/MYR 85)

BOOK TOUR HERE 1

 


Coron Ultimate Tour

 

*If it’s your first time in Coron, and you want to see the best of Coron in 1 day, I’d recommend this tour.

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Lagoons
  • Siete Pecados Marine Park
  • Banol Beach (Lunch)
  • Snorkeling at Skeleton Wreck
  • Malwawey Reef & Coral Garden
  • CYC Beach

 

TOUR RATE: PHP 1,950/ USD 39 (EURO 32/SGD 52/MYR 162)

 

BOOK TOUR HERE 1

 


Coron Island Escapade Tour (Tour C)

  • Malcapuya
  • Bulog Dos
  • Banana Island

TOUR RATE: PHP 1,650/ USD 33(EURO 27/SGD 44/MYR 137)

 

Coron Island Escapade Tour (Tour C)

 


 

Coron Calauit Safari and Beach Tour

  • Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary
  • North Cay or Pamilacan Island

 

TOUR RATE: PHP 3,000/ USD 60 (EURO 50/SGD 79/MYR 249)

BOOK TOUR HERE 1


 

Coron Reefs and Wrecks Island Hopping (Tour D)

  • Bulog Dos Island
  • picnic lunch at Pass Island
  • Lusong Coral Garden
  • Lusong Gun Boat Shipwreck

 

TOUR RATE: PHP 1,600/USD 32(EURO 27/SGD 42/MYR 133)

BOOK TOUR HERE 1

 


 

Coron Town Half Day Tour

  • Mt Tapyas View Deck
  • Maquinit Hotspring
  • Public Market
  • Town Plaza
  • Lualhati Park
  • Souvenir Shops
  • St. Augustine Church
  • Cashew Harvest

TOUR RATE: PHP 1,000/USD 20 (EURO 17/SGD 26/MYR 83)

 

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CORON BOAT RENTAL RATES

Lunch, tour guide, snorkeling gears, cottages and entrance fees not included.  You have to settle them on your own.  Here is a list of the standard rates of boat rental in Coron.

 

Destination 2-5 Pax 6-9 Pax 10-15 Pax
Coron Island Php 2,000 Php 2, 500 Php 4,000
Sangat/Lusong Php 3,000 Php 3,500 Php 6,000
Banana/Malcapuya Php 3,500 Php 4,000 Php 6,000
Culion Php 3,500 Php 4, 000 Php 6,000
Dibatoc Island Php 3,000 Php 3,500 Php 4,500
Calumbayan/ Pass Is Php 3,500 Php 4,500 Php 6,500
Diwaran Php 3,500 Php 4,500 Php 6,500
Tara Php 7,000 Php 9,000 Php 15,000
Coral Bay/ Maglalambay Php 3,500 Php 4,500 Php 6,500
North and South Cay Islands Php 4,000 Php 5,500 Php 8,000
Calauit Safari Park Php 7,500 Php 9,000 Php 15,000
Panlaitan/Black Island Php 5,000 Php 7,500 Php 10,000
Linapacan Php 7,500 Php 9,500 Php 15,000
El Nido/Taytay Php 14,000 Php 18,000 Php 25,000

*Source: Calamian Tourist Boat Association, Inc.

 

If you rent a boat, entrance fees are not included. Here’s a list of entrance fees in Coron:

 

       Destination Fee
Kayangan Lake Php 200 per person
Barracuda Lake Php 100 per person
Banol Beach Php 100 per person
Skeleton Wreck Php 100 per person
Siete Pecados Php 100 per person
Maquinit Hotspring Php 150 per person
 Grand Total  Php 750

 

CORON TRAVEL BUDGET

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I stayed 10 days in Coron and did a side trip to Culion before heading to El Nido.  My tour was sponsored so I only paid for the accommodation in Coron, but to give you an idea of how much to spend, here’s my sample Coron trip budget which is good for 3 days.

 

Activities Budget
Van to and from airport  (roundtrip) Php 150 x 2 = Php 300
Accomodation Php 500 x 3 = Php 1,500
Food Php 150 x 3 (meals per day) = Php 450 x 3 (days) = Php 1,350
Coron Town Tour Php 600
Coron Ultimate Island Hopping Php 1, 500
Malcapuya,  Banana  and Bulog Island Php 1, 200
GRAND TOTAL Php 6,450

 *You can lower this down if you skip the Malcapuya, Banana and Bulog Dos island hopping tour. But I suggest you don’t, since these beaches are really breath-snatching.

 


 

WHERE TO STAY IN CORON

 

Budget

 

agoda micasa

Micasa Lodge

National Highway, Brgy Poblacion 1, Coron Town

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

agoda underwater garden

Coron  Underwater Garden Resort

Baquit Island, Coron Palawan

CHECK  ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

Mid-range

 

agoda la natura

La Natura Resort

Brgy. 6 Kapyas, Coron

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

agoda coral bay

Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort

Brgy. Maglambay, Pototan Island

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

High-end

agoda el rio

El Rio Y Mar Resort

San Jose Busuanga

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

agoda huma

Huma Island Resort and Spa

Dicilingan Island, Brgy. Sagrada Busuanga

CHECK AGODA ROOM RATES HERE

 


 

WHERE TO EAT IN CORON

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Big Mama’s Pinoy Hot Pot and Grill
Brgy. Poblacion 4, Coron

Kawayanan Grill
Calle San Pedro, Brgy. 2 Coron

Tita Eash Eatery
Malvar Street
Coron

Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station
Palawan National Highway Coron

Bistro Coron
Coron-Busuanga Road
Brgy.1 Poblacion Coron


CORON ITINERARY

 

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Day 1 ACTIVITIES
10:00 AM Arrival at Busuanga Airport
11:00 AM Arrival at Coron Town by van
11:10 AM Check in at Hotel
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Rest
01:00 PM Start City TourCoron Church, Coron Souvenirs, Zipline at Lualhati Park
04:00 PM Climb Mt. Tapyas for Sunset
06:00 PM  Head to Maquinit Hot Spring
08:00 PM Dinner

 

DAY 2 ACTIVITIES
07:00 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM Start of Coron Island Hopping TourKayangan Lake, Siete Pecados,
11:30 PM Lunch at Banol Beach
12:30 PM Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon, CYC Beach
05:00 PM Return to Hotel
07:00 PM Dinner

 

 

DAY 3 ACTIVITIES
07:00 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM Start of Coron island Escapade TourBulog Dos
11:30 AM Lunch at Banana Island
12:30 AM Snorkeling and Swimming at Banana Island
02:00 PM MalcapuyaIsland
04:00 PM Return to Coron Town/Hotel
07:00 PM Dinner

 

DAY 4 ACTIVITIES
06:30 AM Breakfast
07:00 AM Head to Calauit Safari for the TourBlack Island Beach and Caves, Paniaitan Village
7:00 PM Dinner

 

DAY 5 ACTIVITIES
Culion Tour

 

 


 

 

CORON TRAVEL TIPS

Wear rash guard, aqua shoes or full sole fins when swimming and snorkeling to avoid being stung by sea urchins, jellyfish or stone fish.

Do not step or touch corals when snorkeling.

There are entrance fees imposed by Marine Park Managements and Tagbanua Tribes of Coron Island. See table above.

Some areas are sacred sites of the Tagbanua tribe, so please be respectful. Avoid being loud. And do not leave your trash nor collect plants or sand.

Coron uses 220 volt outlet.

Bring mosquito repellant and personal medicines.

There are 4 ATMs in Coron but I still recommend you to stack up cash (Philippines Peso).  Almost everything is on cash basis but some resorts and establishments accept major credit cards and they have money changing services.

 


 

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