Okay, so a lot of people have been asking where to go when you visit Palawan and we know it can get confusing especially if you’re travelling to a certain place for the first time. Don’t worry, we hear ya!
We’ve been doing expeditions around the Calamian Islands and are the Top Rated Expedition company in the area, we thought we’d help you out with the basics so here’s a crash course on Coron.
Where is Coron?
It is at the Northern part of Palawan which is an island Province in the Philippines. It is clumped in together with Busuanga and Culion Island. You’ll hear the term “Calamian Islands” or “Calamianes” from time to time but to get rid of the confusion, Coron, Busuanga, Culion and several minor islands are a part of the Calamian Island group. So to be clear, our expedition doesn’t just take you to Coron, we also take you to the other islands too.
Fast Fact on Coron: Coron is the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands and is known for several Japanese shipwrecks of World War II vintage.
Is Coron near Puerto Princesa or El Nido?
If you googled Palawan, you’ll see that the main destinations are Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. Puerto Princesa is the capital city of the province that is Palawan. El Nido, on the other hand, is the north-island village of Puerto Princesa. The town of Coron is on Busuanga Island. It’s an 8-hour boat ride from El Nido.
How to get to Coron from Manila?
You have to fly from Manila to Busuanga airport, Palawan. You can take Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air or Philippine Airline Express. From Busuanga airport, you take a jeepney for about one hour to reach Coron Town.
Fun Fact: Coron has over 20 dive sites and more than 12 of those are Japanese shipwrecks. Some are visible on the shore and some can be appreciated by snorkeling and freediving.
What to do in Coron?
We’ve already mentioned diving for shipwrecks and snorkeling. Another obvious thing to do is to go island hopping or sunbathing. But what else does this place have to offer? You can climb to the top of Mt. Tapyas, soak in a hot spring in Maquinit Springs, or try the many unique cuisines of the town and the country. Want specifics? We’ll write you another blog for that.
You can also try something different like an Island Expedition where you can go from island to island for 3 nights, sleeping in those islands while basking in the sun and drinking rum. For expedition schedules, click here.
Sea you soon!