For those of us who want to visit somewhere new, maybe you should try Coron Philippines. Coron Island offers a great variety of interesting things to do, which makes it worth a visit.
This can be seen from its high number of tourist visits to Coron Island. It is the third-largest island in the Calaman Islands, north of Palawan, Philippines.
It lies 170 miles or about 310 km from the Philippine capital, Manila.
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Things To Do in Coron Philippines
Geographically, Coron is a wedge-shaped mountainous island, where steep cliffs and karst rocks. Actually, there are loads of things to do on Coron Island Philippines.
Here is our list on fun 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 also well as been colorful.
You can hire a tour guide to accompany your trip around this bay. They will know the best spots for swimming, snorkeling, and the best viewpoints for that Instagram photo.
Still, at and around Coron bay, it 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, 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 to several caves.
Some of the wreck diving sites in Coron Bay include Akitsushima, Kogyo Maru, Irako, Kyokuzan Maru, Okikawa Maru, Nanshin Maru, Skeletons Wrecks and many more.
But keep in mind, you must be accompanied by a professional guide when going there because not just any diver can dive in these places.
Find A Dugong
The dugong is a medium-sized marine mammal averaging 600-800 pounds. They are found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia.
They’re 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 mins 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 the 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 opened 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 been famous for a 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 do 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 ok, 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-in such 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 – 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 “WOW! This is beautiful!!”. The water is so crystal clear and warm with white sands and crystal water.
You can spend your day swimming and sunbathe here. This is a pretty ideal place to chill with family for a few hours. To reach this place, you have to hire 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 is HIGHLY recommended.
The park is about 15 km from Coron Town, about 20-25 min drive by motorbike.
Where To Stay On Coron Philippines
Coron has a good selection of guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Coron Philippines.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits your interests while traveling.
Princess of Coron Austrian Resort
Rating 8.0, Prices start from $39 for Double room
This resort in Coron provides accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and a bar. Free WiFi is available and Kayangan Lake is 6 km away.
Apartelle de Gabrielle
Rating 7.5, Prices start from $29 for Double room
Apartelle de Gabrielle provides accommodation in Coron and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Its basic rooms come fitted with a flat-screen TV. With air-conditioned rooms offer attached bathrooms with hot shower facilities.
Sangat Island Dive Resort
Rating 8.9, Prices start from $129 for Double room
Offering free WiFi and in close proximity to some of Coron’s most fabulous diving spots, Sangat Island Dive Resort offers fan-cooled accommodation.
Featuring a private entrance, rooms come with a balcony with sea views. The private bathrooms are fitted with shower facilities.
Finally, those are only some of the things to do in Coron Islands Philippines. If you visit Coron, you will find loads of things to do. You will understand that Coron is endowed with stunning natural beauty.
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.