Coron in Palawan: All You Need To Know

Coron is known for its picturesque lakes, hidden lagoons and towering limestone cliffs. It’s a must-see when traveling to the Philippines. Find out in this blog how to get to Coron, where to stay and what you need to know before your trip to Coron in Palawan.

All you need to know about Coron

This ultimate guide for your Coron adventure shows you what you need to know before traveling to Coron in Palawan. Don’t miss it!

Where is Coron in the Philippines?

Coron comprises several islands and islets in the Calamianes group. It’s located between the island of Busuanga in the north and the mainland of Palawan in the south. The city of Coron, the main hub for tourism and transportation, is located on Busuanga Island. From here, travelers have easy access to the breathtaking natural attractions such as limestone cliffs, crystal clear waters and famous dive sites that Coron is famous for.

If you are wondering whether you would rather travel to El Nido or Coron, we recommend that you simply combine both destinations. It’s great even if you don’t have much time! How far Coron is from El Nido depends on the route you take. The distance is around 160 to 200 kilometers.

Where is Coron in the Philippines

How to get to Coron in Palawan?

There are many ways to get to Coron in Palawan. Choose one of the following options that best suits your budget and schedule.

By Air: The easiest way to travel to Coron is by flying to Busuanga Airport, also known as Francisco B. Reyes Airport, with the airport code USU. The airport for Coron in Palawan is located on Busuanga Island, near Coron Town. Several airlines operate flights to Busuanga Airport from major cities in the Philippines, such as Manila and Cebu. The flight duration from Manila to Busuanga is about 1 to 1.5 hour. Sometimes there are also flights from Clark or Puerto Princessa.

Cebu Pacific Siargao Airport

By Ferry: Another option is to arrive in Coron by sea. There are ferries available from Manila, El Nido and Puerto Princesa. The ferry company 2go operates a number of passenger ferries in the Philippines and connects Coron with Manila. The journey from Manila to Coron takes around 13 hours. The ferry from Puerto Princesa to Coron operated by 2go also takes 13 hours. There are currently four ferry companies offering trips from El Nido to Coron. The journey by fast ferry takes around five hours.

By Island Hopping Tour: Another option that we highly recommend is to go on an island hopping tour through Linapacan lasting several days. This is definitely the most adventurous way to get from El Nido to Coron. There are several tour operators and you can choose between 3 or 4-day tours. You will embark on a paradisiacal journey through the natural beauty of Linapacan.

Where to stay in Coron?

In Coron you will find a variety of accommodation to suit different preferences and budgets. Here are some options:

Coron Town is the main hub for tourism in the region and offers a variety of accommodation. Hotels and guesthouses in Coron Town range from budget hostels to mid-range hotels and boutique resorts. Staying in Coron Town gives you easy access to restaurants, stores, travel agencies and transportation hubs.

For a more secluded and luxurious experience, consider staying at one of the resorts on nearby islands, such as Bulalacao Island. The resorts offer stunning beachfront locations and a peaceful atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle from Coron Town.

On Coron Island there a plenty of houseboats offering a unique way to experience the beauty of the surrounding islands and waters. Wake up to stunning views of the sunrise over the sea and to enjoy peaceful evenings under the stars. Houseboats offer a level of privacy and exclusivity that may not be available in traditional accommodations on land, making them ideal for romantic getaways, family vacations, or group retreats.

For eco-conscious travelers or those seeking unique experiences, there are eco-lodges and glamping sites available in Coron. These accommodations offer sustainable practices, immersive nature experiences, and often feature unique accommodation options such as tents or native-inspired cottages.

How many days should you stay in Coron?

The ideal number of days to spend in Coron depends on your interests, budget, and time. However, we recommend spending around 3 to 5 days in Coron. That allows enough time to explore the highlights of the area and experience its natural beauty and attractions.

Best Time To Visit Coron in Palawan

The best time to visit Coron in Palawan is during the dry season between November and May. During this period, you can expect sunny weather, calm seas, and ideal conditions for outdoor activities such as island hopping, snorkeling, and diving. The warm temperatures ranging from 25 to 32 degrees during peak season attract many tourist.

The period from June to October is wet season. During this time, the weather in Coron is characterized by heavy rainfall, high humidity and tropical storms. Traveling during the wet season offers the advantage of fewer tourists, lower accommodation rates, and the opportunity to witness lush green landscapes.

Cash & ATM

While some hotels, restaurants, and shops in Coron may accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to carry cash for convenience. ATMs are primarily located in Coron Town. You can find them near the town plaza, along the main road, and in commercial areas. ATMs in Coron typically have withdrawal limits per transaction. Although there are many ATM’s in Coron, they are often empty, especially in the peak season.

The majority of transactions here are made in cash. We have rarely seen the option of paying by card. Restaurants and cafes as well as tours are usually paid for in cash. So make sure you have enough money with you to save yourself unnecessary stress.

Internet & Electricity

Internet: The internet connection in Coron is good. Many cafes, restaurants, and accommodations in Coron Town or nearby offer free WIFI, so you always have a fast connection. Local SIM cards can be purchased at the airports as well as directly in the town. Additionally, it’s a good idea to download offline maps, entertainment, and essential travel apps before your trip to minimize reliance on internet connectivity while in Coron.

Electricity: Coron Town and most tourist accommodations have access to electricity, but power outages are not uncommon, especially in more remote areas or during inclement weather. However, if power outages occur, they usually do not last long.

How safe is Coron in Palawan?

Coron is generally considered a safe destination for tourists, with a low crime rate and friendly locals. The only thing that can happen in crowded places is pickpockets. So it’s better to leave expensive items in your accommodation or hide them well. However, violent attacks are very rare. If you take care of your belongings and act careful, you have nothing to fear in Coron.

Of course, there are also natural dangers in Coron. Typhoons and earthquakes in particular can occur. It is important to inform yourself about potential dangers and to check the weather forecasts regularly. In emergencies, stay calm and follow the official instructions.

There are a few pharmacies in Coron where you should be able to get the basics. If you need special medicines, bring them with you.

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