An archipelagic spattering of limestone called Coron in northern Palawan has created a labyrinthine paradise of incredible seaside cliffs, coral reefs, white-sand coves, lagoons and brackish lakes.
There’s much to see and do for the adventurer: feed reef fishes at Siete Pecados, snorkel along the underwater cliffs of Kayangan and Barracuda Lakes, challenge yourself to dive down and touch Skeleton Wreck, or play Survivor at secluded Banul Beach.
Gazebo at Mt. Tapyas Viewpoint
Cattle along the Airport Road
Coron Island – a maze of coves, lagoons and lakes
Kayangan Lake, Coron Island
Cleaning kasuy (cashew nuts) at Coron Harvest
HOW TO GET THERE: Fly Manila-Busuanga on Cebu Pacific, AirPhilExpress or Zest Air. From the airport, vans shuttle visitors to Coron town (45 mins) for PHP 150 per head.
For budget accommodation, I highly recommend Patrik & Tezz Guesthouse, a homey five-room guesthouse on stilts overlooking Coron Bay, located away from the busy main road where many of the other guesthouses are. Double fan rooms (with common T&B) at PHP 550.
Arrange budget tours at DIY Coron – our 4-hour Coron town tour and full-day Coron Island tour (inc. snorkeling gear, lunch and snacks) cost only P1,620 per head.