If discovering hidden lagoons, island hopping, and witnessing astounding colorful corals sounds like something you’re fascinated to tick off your travel bucket list, then Palawan should be your next destination. And you know what caught our (and other travelers’) attention the most? The striking beauty of Coron, Palawan tourist spots!
Travelers can’t get enough of its sublime views, even international magazines recognize it as one of the world’s best islands.
Can’t wait already? Here are the best Coron attractions that will definitely sweep you off your feet!
1. Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake is one of the primary Coron tourist spots. It is dubbed as the “cleanest lake in the Philippines” and some consider it as the cleanest lake in Asia. The water here is clean so it’s perfect for swimming. Kayangan Lake is bordered by tall limestone formations and if you want a view of the entire place, you can just climb up a 300-step hill for a picture-perfect view. It might be a bit of a trek but the views are worth the effort. The lake is warm and inviting perfect for those who want to swim. That’s why tourists love Kayangan Lake.
2. Twin Lagoons
Also known as hidden lagoons, Twin Lagoons offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you shouldn’t miss. The lagoons are essentially two small lakes that have been created inside limestone cliffs that meet the picturesque turquoise water. When the tide is low, the surface of the water lays below a beautiful limestone archway, where you can swim through to the other lagoon. As you swim, you’ll pass through warm and cold spots that just add to the strangely wonderful experience. Don’t miss Twin Lagoons because this is one of the best places to visit in Coron.
3. Barracuda Lake
This is one of Palawan’s best scuba diving spots. The water of the Barracuda Lake is a combination of freshwater and saltwater, which is why divers can experience temperature shifts from cold to warm.
4. Malcapuya Island
One of the best places to visit in Coron is Malcapuya Island. You can enjoy the sun and just laze all day on the fine white powdery sand of the island. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to enjoy the beach all to yourself!
5. Coral Garden
If amazing corals and colorful fishes interest you, you can never go wrong with one of the most popular Coron, Palawan tourist spots—Coral Garden. This is the best place to experience snorkeling because it is home to rich biodiversity. You can snorkel here to see colorful anemones, clownfish, and brightly colored reef fish by the hundreds. If you are an experienced diver and want to go deeper, this site offers depths of 131 feet that are totally surrounded by protected reef life offering the most crystal clear dive experience you may have ever had. But before you dive, you need to present your Advanced Open Water certification to come here.
6. Siete Pecados
Another site where you can see the best of Coron’s marine life is Siete Pecados Marine Park. You’ll be amazed at how glorious this place is because beyond its cool and clear waters, lies a diverse of corals and tropical fishes you can only discover through snorkeling. You shouldn’t also miss the 7 limestone formations where the place was named. Siete Pecados is definitely one of the must-visit Coron tourist spots.
7. Mt. Tapyas
Coron, Palawan tourist spots are not just about lagoons and beaches. The town might be small and far from the modernity of the metro but it doesn’t mean Coron can’t keep up when it comes to hills and mountains. If you want to see a panoramic view of Coron and watch the sunset, go to Mt. Tapyas. But before you reach the view deck where the giant cross and huge signage that spells “Coron” are, you have to take 721 steps. Don’t worry, the trek is worth it when you finally reach the view deck.
8. Calauit Island Safari
Believe it or not, there’s a safari park in Coron! In fact, it is one of the most popular Coron attractions. Calauit Island Safari lets you get up close with the animals like giraffes and zebras and feed them. This is one of the fun things to do in Coron. Kids, especially, will love this trip.
9. Skeleton Wreck
Wreck diving in Coron is one of the most exciting activities! There are many spots on the island to see shipwrecks that were sunk during World War II. Skeleton Wreck is home to a sunken Chinese fishing vessel that has stimulated the growth and development of an amazing reef. You can also see brightly-colored corals, blue and red clams that are the size of a burrito, and big schools of black and white striped fish that will swim with you.
10. Bulog Dos Island
Bulog Dos Island is one of the must-visit Coron tourist spots because this is where you’ll get to walk on a sand bar and admire the stunning surrounding tropical views. The sand is perfectly fine and white, the water fades from clear crystal to bright turquoise, and the scenery is definitely an island haven and very Instagrammable!
11. Banana Island
What better way to end your island tour than having a great view of sunset by the beach? There are many spots that fit your liking to have the best sunset view. And one of them is Banana Island. Like the other beaches in Coron, Banana Island is perfect for any type of trip—from chill to adventure.
Maquinit Hot Spring
After a full (or half) day of touring the town, a good way to relax is to have a dip in a hot spring. Unlike usual hot springs of freshwater, Maquinit is a natural saltwater hot spring and is actually one of the few in the world. This is one of the must-visit Coron, Palawan tourist spots if you want a different kind of relaxation.
How to get to Coron by plane
Going to Coron by plane is easier and more accessible than in El Nido. There are daily direct flights going from Manila, Cebu, and Clark to Coron and vice versa. The flight takes about an hour to reach Francisco B. Reyes airport which is located in Busuanga.
How to get to Coron from El Nido
If you’re coming from El Nido, there are a few options for fast and slow boats with different schedules and prices. You can get the slow boat for around P1,300 and it takes 6 to 7 hours. While the fast boat is around 3 hours for P1,700.
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