Coron: A 5D/4N Travel Guide and Itinerary with Php10K Budget ALL-IN

October 02, 2019

Coron is one of the popular vacation sites for foreigners and fellow Filipinos whether for summer outing or Christmas vacation. As I was researching about Coron, I discovered a misconception between the island and the town. Often times, we thought that those islands are “THE CORON”. However, it is only a part of the Calamian Islands or Calamianes. In fact, Coron Town or the municipal of Coron is in Busuanga Island. Mind-blown. Anyway, let’s get to the exciting part, planning your own D-I-Y Coron adventure!

This travel guide is based on my Coron adVIENtures last December 22-26, 2018 for my Christmas vacation. This wasn’t supposed to be a solo adventure since I planned this with a friend but due to some issues, I got there by myself.

How to get there

  • Fly to Busuanga Airport (Travel Time: 1hr 20 mins)

The fastest way to reach Coron is flying to Busuanga Airport via Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines or SkyJet. If you wanna save time, this is the best option. Regular round-trip airfare is about Php5,000+.

  • Take a van going to Coron Town

Coron Town is 30-45 mins away from Busuanga Airport. No to worry about the transport since there are vans outside that you could take for Php150. Just tell them the name of your hotel and they’ll determine which van you could ride. You may opt to schedule a shared or private transfer via Klook for the same price.

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  • Fast Craft / Ferry from El Nido

Take either of the fast or slow ferries for P1,700 and P1,300 respectively. You may opt for this option if you are traveling for 6 days and up to enjoy both the beauty of El Nido and Coron.

Places to Visit

There are lots of island hopping tours to avail once you are in town for as low as P1,200. Here is the list that you could choose from depending on your travel dates, preferred sites to visit and budget.

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Lakes
  • Kayangan Lake
The most photographed spot in Coron.

  • Barracuda Lake
Ship Wrecks & Corals
  • Skeleton Wreck
The remains of one of the many sunken ships in Coron.
  • Coral Garden
Lagoons
  • Twin Lagoon
One of the twin lagoons. I don’t have any other photos at this site because my camera ran out of battery. Indeed a lesson learned for me.
  • Green Lagoon
You’ll be mesmerized with the color of the water here.
Beaches & Islands
  • Atwayan Beach
  • CYC Beach
This was the last stop on our Tour A, we walked to the shore since boats are not allowed to dock on the beach.
  • Malcapuya Island
It has fine and white sand.
  • Coco Beach

  • Ditaytayan Island
It’s not in the tours offered but our tour guide suggested this over the crowded Bulog Dos Island.

Hike on Mt. Tapyas

 

Tours

These are the tours offered by travel organizers in Coron and their estimated prices, you could also book online through Klook. As for my tours, I only booked mine upon reaching the hotel with the flyers I received at the airport. I’ve chosen Asriel Roan Travel and Tours (Lisa – 09751149824) since it was the cheapest, and fastest to respond with my text inquiry.   

Inclusions: Pick Up / Drop Off, Lunch, Cottage Rental, All Entrance Fees, Licensed Tourist Boat and Tourist Guide.

Tours  Price Destination
Town Tour
PhP 800 Lualhati Park, Souvenir Shop, Centennial Shrine, Mt. Tapyas, Cashew Factory, Maquinit Hotspring
Tour A
PhP 800 Kayangan Lake, Green Lagoon, Quin Reef, Atwayan Beach, CYC Beach, Las Isla De Coral
Tour B
PhP 1,100 Barracuda Lake, Smith/Banol Beach, Skeleton Wreck, Reef Garden, Twin Lagoon
Ultimate Tour
PhP 1,200 Kayangan Lake, Siete Pecados, Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck, Coral Garden, Atwayan/Banol Beach, CYC Beach
Super Ultimate Tour
PhP 1,500 Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck, Atwayan/Banol Beach, Siete Pecados, Coral Garden
Island Escapade Tour
PhP 1,200 Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, Bulog Dos Island
Reef and Wreck Tour
PhP 1,200 Pass Island, Lusong Gun Boat, Lusong Coral Garden, East Tangat Wreck
Calauit Safari Tour
PhP 2,000 Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary, Pass Island, Lusong Gun Boat, Lusong Coral Garden
Busuanga Island Tour
PhP 2,300 Salvacion, Black Island, Panlaitan Island, Debotunay Island

Read: Dumaguete – Siquijor: An Adventure of Chasing Turtles, Dolphins and Waterfalls | Travel Guide

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Where to Stay

Booking a place to stay wouldn’t be a problem since there are affordable hotels, transients and resort s around. The list below is my recommendations if you want to stick within your budget and also are walking distance from the port and restaurants.

Amphibi-ko Resort
National Highway, Poblacion, Coron, Palawan, Coron, Palawan

Micasa Lodge
National Highway, Brgy Poblacion 1, Coron, Palawan

Sunz En Coron Resort
Barangay Poblacion 6, Coron, Palawan

Read: Port Barton: A Hidden Paradise in San Vicente, Palawan | Travel Guide

Where to Eat

Restaurants and eateries are everywhere in Coron town whether you want Asian, American or European cuisine but they are pricey. One meal may cost you Php200-300 so choose wisely. Here are the places where I’ve eaten.

  • Island Boy Grill
  • Get Real Cafe and Bar
  • Sunburn Rooftop Lounge

  • Buzz Express

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  • Included Lunch on Island Hopping Tours

Sample Itinerary

For those who want to maximize a 4D/3N in Coron, here’s my sample itinerary if you love island hopping. Aside from the suggested tour below, you may choose to add Calauit Safari Tour the little safari in Busuanga. It all depends on your budget, time and sights you want to see.

Date Time Activity
Day 1 Flight to Palawan
9:00 Check-in
10:50 ETD to Busuanga
12:10 ETA in Busuanga
12:30 Take a van to Coron town proper
14:00 Check-in hotel
15:45 Hike Mt. Tapyas or avail the Coron Town Tour
17:45 Hire a tricycle to Maquinit Hotspring
18:10 Arrival at Maquinit Hotspring
19:00 Back to Coron Town
19:30 Dinner / Socials
22:30 Sleep
Day 2 Coron Super Ultimate Tour
7:00 Wake Up / Prep
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Wait for pick up (tricycle)
10:00 – 16:00 Super Ultimate Tour

Kayangan Lake
Barracuda Lake
Twin Lagoon
Skeleton Wreck
Atwayan/Banol Beach
Siete Pecados
Coral Garden

17:00 Back to Hotel / Freshen Up
19:00 Dinner / Socials
22:30 Sleep
Day 3 Malcapuya Island tour
7:00 Wake Up / Prep
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Wait for pick up (tricycle)
10:00 – 17:00 Island Escapade Tour

Malcapuya Island
Banana Island or Coco Beach
Bulog Dos Island or Ditaytayan Island

18:00 Back to Hotel / Freshen Up
20:00 Dinner / Socials
22:00 Sleep
Day 4 Back to Manila
8:00 Wake Up / Prep
9:00 Breakfast
12:00 Check Out
12:30 Take a Van to Busuanga Airport
14:00 Check-in
14:40 ETD to Manila
16:00 ETA in Manila

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Sample Budget

Here are my expenses for this trip. It was supposed to be a trip for 2 with a friend whom I was with on my Iloilo adVIENtures, that’s why the budget for the accommodation was a bit pricey but it was worth it. As for food expenses, I don’t hold back on that but you can adjust it to your preference and budget.

Expenses Amount Total
Airfare 1,083.32 1,083.32
Accommodation 1,581.11
Amphibi-Ko Resort 3,162.22
Transportation 300.00
Van to Coron Town 150.00
Van to Busuanga Airport 150.00
Food 2,743.00
Dinner at Island Boy Grill 300.00
Dinner at Get Real Cafe and Bar 500.00
Drinks at Sunburn Rooftop Lounge 480.00
Snack at Hop Hostel 400.00
Dinner at Amphibi-ko Resort 357.00
Dinner at Buzz Express 706.00
Island Hopping / Tours 3,400.00
Coron Island Tour A 800.00
Island Escapade Tour 1,200.00
Super Ultimate Tour 1,400.00
Other Expenses 862.00 862.00
Total Php 9,969.43

I hope this DIY Coron travel guide helps you plan your trip whether you are on a solo flight or a barkada trip.

Safe travels always!


 

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