Coron is a province of Palawan in the Philippines. It has a population of over 51,000 people. Coron relies on fishing and tourism. Tourism does well because its beaches and diving sites sunken Japanese warships at depths between 10 and 40 meters. What are the best things to do in Coron Philippines?
In Coron, you can start by relaxing on the amazing beaches in Coron or go scuba diving where you will have the chance to see Japanese warships that were sunk in World War 2. You can also go island hopping to the other islands nearby or relax at the Maquinit Hot Springs.
In this post, we will go through things to do in Coron Philippines. Let’s get started!
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Is Coron Worth Visiting?
Coron is worth visiting especially if you enjoy relaxing by the beach and doing a little bit of exploring and island hopping. It may be quiet if you are looking to go there to party for a few days but there are places to enjoy drinks by the beach.
Things To Do In Coron Philippines
Coron is a province of Palawan that is a wedge-shaped mountainous island, with steep cliffs and karst rocks. This offers visitors to Coron the opportunity to enjoy great viewpoints.
Here is our list of things to do in Coron Philippines.
Explore Coron Bay
Seeing Coron Bay is definitely a must-do. The bay has stunning and hidden lagoons that are just as jaw-dropping with wonderful views of Coron Bay. Along with the stunning landscape, the coral reef in the bay is full of marine life as well as colorful.
You can hire a tour guide to accompany your trip around this bay. They will know the best spots for swimming, and snorkeling, and the best viewpoints for that Instagram photo.
Coron Bay is famous for diving in particular wreck diving. The wrecks are from World War II, where the Japanese fleet was attacked by US forces on September 24th in 1944, sinking ships around Coron.
The wrecks are around 11 meters deep and you can dive around the remains of the Japanese warships. You can also go cave diving in several caves.
Some of the wreck diving sites in Coron Bay include Akitsushima, Kogyo Maru, Irako, Kyokuzan Maru, Okinawa Maru, Nanshin Maru, Skeletons Wrecks, and many more.
But keep in mind, that you must be accompanied by a professional scuba diver when going there because not just any diver can dive in and around these places.
See A Dugong
The dugong is a medium-sized marine mammal averaging 600 to 800 pounds. They are found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia.
They are closely related to Manatees. And their body with no dorsal fin or hind limbs. The forelimbs or flippers are paddle-like.
We were able to see a dugong by arranging with local dive or tour operators. It takes around a 2-hour boat ride (one way) to the dugong site but it’s definitely worth it.
You are able to spend 20 minutes with the dugong in close proximity. You take some Instagram-worthy pictures and videos underwater as well.
Also, you with see other marine life like lionfish, rockfish, pufferfish, lobster, and beautiful corals.
Visit Culion Island
Near Coron Island, there is a historic and interesting place called Culion Island. Culion Island is said to be an isolated shelter for leprosy. Today, the island is open to the public.
Currently, visitors can see traces of the island’s past history. You will see photos and exhibits with a guide talking about the island’s history.
Besides being famous for its leprosy shelter, Culion Island is also known as a protected forest.
Climb Mount Tapyas
Climbing to the top of Mount Tapyas sounds like a big challenge when someone says it is over 700 feet above sea level. Your trip to Coron would not be complete if you did not try to climb Mount Tapyas.
It’s not rough terrain but there are 724 steps up to the top. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the top. If not fit, it is okay, you can stop along the way and rest.
When you get to the top, you will see the panoramic view of Coron Town, Busuanga Island, sunrise, sunset, and the surrounding oceans and islands.
People usually go there for sunset and can get very busy. The stairs are not lit after dark so descend while there is still some light.
Enjoy Maquinit Hot Springs
Maquinit is a hot spring located about 30 minutes outside of Coron Town. This is one of the very few saltwater hot springs in the world. There are two ponds built away in the middle of a mangrove forest where a small beach is located next to it.
Here you can soak in hot spring ponds with a temperature of 39 to 41 degrees Celsius. Natural hot springs coming from the bottom of the volcano will make you reluctant to leave this place.
All your tiredness will disappear when soaking in this natural hot spring.
Visit Malcapuya Island
In the vicinity of Coron Island, there is a beautiful beach with white sand. This is located on Malcapuya Island. As you walk the beach, all you can say is “WOW! This is a beautiful beach!!”. The water is crystal clear and warm with white sands and crystal water.
You can spend your day swimming and sunbathing here. This is a pretty ideal place to chill with family for a few hours. To reach this place, you have to take a private boat tour.
Explore Kingfisher Park
Kingfisher Park is an ecotourism attraction that strives to protect the wildlife, forest, and vegetation in the area. In Kingfisher Park, you can go bird watching, at night go Firefly watching, see the planktons, go kayaking, hiking, and waterfalls tours.
Sunscreen and insect repellent are HIGHLY recommended. The park is about 15 km from Coron Town, about a 20 to 25 min drive by motorbike.
Finally, Coron is a good place to visit especially if you are interested you can start by relaxing on the amazing beaches in Coron or go scuba diving where you will have the chance to see Japanese warships that were sunk during World War 2. You can also go island hopping to the other islands nearby.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Coron Philippines has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.