One of the most beautiful and unforgettable places in the Philippines and even in the whole world is the island paradise of Coron in the northern part of Palawan. Labeled as a top ten world diving site by Forbes Traveler Magazine and widely desired as a top choice for vacations in the country, Coron is a place you will not soon forget after your trip.
When one imagines what they would expect from a top tourist destination, white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters are often on that list. Add the Islands limestone cliffs and beautiful lakes and coves on top of the buried Japanese warships which divers drool over and Coron truly delivers an unforgettable holiday trip.
The Coron municipality itself covers both the entire Coron Island as well as the neighboring Busuang Island along with fifty other additional minor islets in the area that stretch as far out as Tara Island to the northeast and Canipo Island to the south. All of these islands make up the Calamian Archipelago which is what separates the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea.
Tourist Attractions And Things To Do In Coron
Exploring Coron – Considering the islands breathtaking waterfalls, its many trails leading to rivers and mangrove forests and the seven different lakes just to name some of the things worth exploring; renting a motorbike for the day is a great way to explore Coron and get a real feel for the place all at your own pace. You can take picturesque photos and really enjoy this magical place. The motorbike rental companies will usually provide you with a map of the popular routes and stops. You will likely need an international driver’s license to rent a motorbike.
Diving – With its shipwrecks, beautiful coral reefs and exotic fish, it is with good reason that Forbes travel Magazine selected Coron as one of the top 10 diving locations in the world. Dozens of old Japanese warships that were sunk during WWII rest at depths of between 10 and 30 meters and are perfect for both newer and experienced divers.
Snorkeling – You can snorkel in the same areas above, but one of the best places to snorkel is Siete Picados Marine Park. There is a cluster of seven islets which make up the park and it is home to abundant marine life and breathtaking corals.
Island Hopping – No Philippines vacation is complete without Island Hopping and Coron is certainly no exception. In fact, it is probably one of the best places in the whole country to island hop. You will be able to bask on a white sandy beach one moment, snorkel in a coral rich area the next and perhaps be swimming in a surreal lagoon at another point along the trip. At least one day of your Coron vacation should be set aside for “Island Hopping”.
Mount Tapyas – If you are a nature lover and explore short hikes or walks, you should love Mt. Tapyas. While the seven hundred steps to the top may sound like a hassle, it’s really not too difficult with the many rest stops along the way up. At the top are two gazebos and you can have the absolute best view of Coron, the surrounding islands and the bay.
Travel To Coron
The best way to get to Coron is to fly from Manila to Busuanga. It’s a short one hour trip and with many airlines going there, it’s not very expensive. Once you arrive at the airport in Busuanga, you would take a short van ride from the airport that will run you about 150 pesos (approximately $4) to Coron. It’s possible that your hotel will have transportation or send someone to pick you up so you can always check with them before hand.
Where Else to Visit in the Palawan
Try El Nido. Also located on the beautiful Island of Palawan, El Nido has stunning beaches, is a National Geographic top 20 pick and is a place you really can not go wrong visiting.