Things To Do in Coron, Philippines – 2-day Guide

Things To Do in Coron, Philippines – 2-day Guide

Things To Do in Coron, Philippines – 2-day Guide

Coron in the Philippines offers jaw-dropping limestone formations surrounded by pristine white beaches and multiple clear jade-green sweet water lakes in its center. Like El Nido, Coron is part of Palawan Island. The town itself is small and used as a port to do island hopping tours. Use our 2-day Guide and find out about the things to do in Coron, Philippines.

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Day 1 – Coron Island Hopping

Spend your first full day in Coron, Palawan on a boat exploring the stunning islands nearby. The island hopping tours are one of the main things to do in Coron. Private and shared boat tours are being offered all around town and can be booked online as well. Visit Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Banol Beach and Kayangan Lake all in one beautiful day trip.

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The price for Coron island hopping is quite high. Expect to pay 1600 PHP (30 USD) for a shared boat and 3000 PHP (60 USD) for a private boat. On top of that, every location that you visit charges an entrance fee which varies from 200 – 400 PHP.

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Good to know: The Coron Island Hopping tours are incredibly popular. We recommend you to leave at the harbor as early as possible to avoid the crowds where possible. ➳ Book your tour online 

Coron Market

Start the day with your guide at the local market, get some fresh fish, veggies, fruits for your lunch prepared by the boat staff and drinking water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Have a firm breakfast before heading to the market because the smells of raw meat can be quite intense in the morning.

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Kayangan Lake Coron

Crystal clear emerald water only accessible via a short 300-step hike: Kayangan Lake holds the title “Cleanest lake in the Philippines”, all because a group of Filipinos takes care of the lake. Fantastic work guys! The hike to the top also leads to a viewpoint that has a beautiful view over the boat docks.

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Twin Lagoon Coron

Twin Lagoon in Coron Philippines is a large lagoon accessible via a small swim-through gap between cliffs. Snorkel along the cliff and see the incredible underwater life. Ask your captain, to avoid the tourists as much as possible since you don’t want to be in the water with hundreds of tourists.

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Banol Beach Coron

Soft white sand, crystal clear water and a fantastic place to have a delicious lunch with the products you bought at the market and sunbathe afterward. Banol Beach one of the most stunning beaches of Coron.

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A delicious Filipino lunch will be freshly prepared on the boat by the boat staff. The usually includes an eggplant salad, fish or chicken, fresh fruits and rice. A yummy thing to do in Coron. ?

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Barracuda Lake Coron

Snorkel or dive in unreal clear emerald water in Barracuda Lake. The water is so clear that you can see the limestone cliff go all the way down when you’re still standing on the wooden dock. We highly recommend snorkeling here.

Tip: Bring flippers. The water is sweet and unlike salt water, it won’t takes you back to the surface as quickly.

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Have dinner at Altrove

Altrove makes delicious pizzas and is one of the few good restaurants in Coron. That’s why there is a line at the door every single evening. We recommend you to be there before 7 PM so you won’t be waiting in the line for too long.

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Day 2 – Things to do in Coron Town

Rent a motorbike in Coron for 500 PHP (9.5 USD) and explore the town’s surroundings. We rented a motorcycle at a shop on the corner of the street across the fountain. Tip: Love tropics? See Siquijor Island.

Cabo Beach

First stop, Cabo Beach, a small stretch of sand with huts where you can relax. The entrance to the beach is 50 PHP per person. Search for Cabo Beach on Google Maps and make sure to follow the path along the waterside. This dusty road takes you through local villages with kids who are very interested in interacting with you.

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Lunch at Summer Cafe

Grab a delicious lunch and some WiFi at Summer Cafe. Tucked away in a small side street is one of the town’s most trendy cafes. Their yogurt with fruit is a must try and a nice escape from the Filipino food.

Mt. Tapyas – Viewpoint of Coron

One of our favorite things to do in Coron was hiking Mt. Tapyas. A stair of 750 steps that leads up the hill with Hollywood-like letters saying ‘CORON’. Start the walk at 4 PM, after the heat of the day. It is not as bad as it looks and once on top, you will get rewarded with a view over the entire bay. Don’t forget to explore the hills on the other side on the opposite side of the bay; it felt like pure magic seeing the sun go down from here.

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Maquinit Hot Springs, Coron

Relax your muscles from the hike at Mt. Tapyas in the 40 degrees water of Maquinit Hot Springs. The natural salt-water hot spring is surrounded by a mangrove forest, has a beautiful view over the ocean and is a good location to see the sunset as well. The entrance fee is 200 PHP (4 USD) per person.

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How to get to Coron

The island is accessible via boat or direct flight from Manila or El Nido.

Manila to Coron by airplane
A flight takes about 1.5-hour to Busuanga Airport and another 30-minute drive to town. A flight in high season would cost you about 90 USD per person. ➳ Find your flight here

Manila to Coron by boat
The overnight ferry from Manila takes 11 hours but only sails on Thursdays and Sundays. Find a boat

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El Nido to Coron by boat
The fast ferry from El Nido takes about 4.5-hours, although the advertise with 3 hours and costs about 30 USD per person. ➳ Find a boat

El Nido to Coron by airplane
A short 40-minute flight from El Nido takes you to Busuanga Airport on Coron. In high season, these flights cost 100 USD per person. ➳ Find your flight here

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Where to stay?

Hotels in Coron are available for every kind of budget, however, traveling on a tight budget limits your choices drastically. The best place to stay is in town; this has the most options with the only downside that you won’t have any beach near your hotel.

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Please note that WiFi is very limited in Coron, Philippines. It’s best to buy a SMART sim card to have a bit of connectivity throughout the day.

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  • GabrielΔ—

    Hey, at first your insights are very helpful for planning a trip to the Philippines!! Maybe you could say which company you used for the island hopping, that we did not choose for our trip? :)

  • Hello! We are thinking of going to Coron for 4-8 days. What part of the island would you recommend staying in? Is there a place that is central to the activities and peaceful? Do you think 8 days is too much?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Christina :) 8 days is probably a bit too much yes. We would recommend 2-3 days staying anywhere on the left side of the island (the side with the road from the airport into Coron Town). Enjoy your trip!

  • Andreia Ribeiro

    Hi Guys!
    Travelling mid of October is a good time or we should avoid some islands around Phillipines? For 2 weeks visiting what we should not miss. Thanks.
    Love XXX from Portugal.

  • Hello what cam did you use? Awesome pictures!!!

  • Georgia Masters


    Do you have any recommendations for the island hopping tour companies? We used Art Cafe in El Nido from
    Your recommendation and loved the tour so wondered if you have any suggestions for Coron? We are hoping to fit all the main spots in one day.



    P.S we have used your blog for our whole 3 months of travelling SE asia and it has been soooo helpful, thanks so much for your content. ?

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Georgia! That’s so good to hear! <3 Unfortunately, we don't have any recommendations for Coron as we did not had a great tour, so we can't recommend ours haha.

  • hey do you think we can visit coron and el nido in jun/ july or early august anytime? Thank you! Love love your blog and hannah you are too cute!

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! That’s during the rainy season. You can expect some storms and rains so flight/tours might be canceled but it can be beautiful as well.

  • Ellice Bateman

    Would love to see a 2 week itinerary for all this island hopping!
    About to book our flights now do you recommend flying return to cebu or is it easier to fly out of somewhere else?
    Looks amazing!

    • saltinourhair

      We’re working on the itineraries haha :) We flew in from Manila and took the boat to El Nido. But you can fly in from Manila and out to Cebu. Enjoy!

  • Hello!!! Did you book the tour as private? Could you please share the contact?

    Amazing pictures as usual :)

    Thank you so much.

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! Yes, we did. Unfortunately, we weren’t happy at all with this company so we can’t recommend it to you. Sorry! We wish we could

      We hope you’ll have a wonderful trip!

  • Hi! IΒ΄m travelling with my boyfriend to Coron & El Nido next february, how many days do you think it will make the perfect stay? I was thinking giving 4 days to El Nido and 3 to Coron. What do you recommend?… After that we will go to CebΓΊ, Bohol and Siargao….

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Tamara,
      4 days El Nido and 3 days Coron are perfect!
      That going to be such a beautiful trip, enjoy!

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