The province of Palawan in the Philippines has been globally recognized by International travel magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as among the best islands in the world. Even those who visited the place from all over the world could attest to that. The town is undeniably promising and captivating even from a top of the mountain to the deepest of the sea which is actually the very reason why you should set your foot into it! To specifically name some, here are the top reasons why you should visit Coron, Palawan in the Philippines.
Since most of the islands do not accommodate tourists for an overnight stay, the beaches of Coron remain pristine. It has grainy, creamy to fine, bone-white sand that would surely give you that ideal and much needed tropical vacation. The ones that you shouldn’t miss are the beaches of Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, Bulog Dos, Pass Island, Black Island and more!
The Coral Gardens
Coron’s underwater world is brimming with life which lures the divers all over the world into exploring it. It is such a spectacular experience even when just snorkeling since some stunning coral beds are just shallow. Soft or hard, vast and tall, of all colors — expect it. Swimming around them also means getting a chance to swim with various sea creatures. That’s how amazing these coral gardens and the life it holds are.
The World War II Shipwrecks
Coron is among the divers’ most favorite places and must visit because of the historical shipwrecks it has. It is actually considered as the best wreck diving site in Southeast Asia. In total, there are 11 to 12 intact World War II Japanese shipwrecks located mostly at 10 to 30 meters. Some of which are just shallow, at about 3 to 5 meters which can be explored through snorkeling (i.e. Lusong Gunboat and East Tangat). While most are located at Coron Bay, some of which can also be found at Busuanga. The following are the identified historical shipwrecks that you can dive into and their respective estimated depths:
- Lusong Gunboat – 5 to 15 meters
- East Tangat (Tirukaze Maru) – 3 to 22 meters
- Skeleton shipwreck – 5 to 22 meters
- Irako Maru – 34 (deck) to 45 (seabed) meters
- Akitsushima Maru – 22 to 35 meters
- Olympia Maru – 30 meters
- Okikawa Maru – 10 to 26 meters
- Morazan Maru – 25 meters
- Kogyo Maru (Ekkai Maru) – 22 to 36 meters
- Kyokuzan Maru (Busuanga) – 20 to 39 meters meters
- Nanshin Maru (Black Island Wreck) – 21 to 32 meters
Aside from islands, beaches, lagoons, lakes and shipwrecks, Coron also offers a different experience that you probably should not miss when you visit the town – the Calauit Safari experience. The park is located at Calauit Island in Busuanga. This eco-park offers something closer to an African safari experience. These animals were said to be brought to the island from the savannahs of Kenya. Among the ones that you can still see today in the park are giraffes, zebra, pythons, Calamian deers, freshwater crocodiles amd a civet cat. While some of these animals are roaming around freely, the others are held in captive especially the pythons and crocodiles.
When we talk about Coron, the image of the famous Kayangan Lake would usually be the first one to pop in our minds. Hiking up to its view deck to get a view of the turquoise waters and limestone karsts under a pretty blue sky is among a lot of people’s top reasons why they visit Coron. Other than that, a dip into the clear, refreshing and brackish water of the lake itself shouldn’t be missed! Another lake that you may visit next is Barracuda Lake. These two usually go together in the same tour package. Barracuda lake also has a distinct charm. Since its waters is also clear, you may enjoy diving into the beautiful and natural limestone karsts.
There is and there will always be something awe-striking beyond the towering limestone karsts and formations. That is what the lakes and lagoons of Coron would tell you. Twin Lagoon is among the most picture-perfect lagoons of Coron. The others that you should see are Green and Hidden Lagoon. Each of these lagoons offer a unique experience and adventure.
The Local Life
Though a lot of tourists from all over the world would flock into the town, you could still feel the Local life in it especially at night, at the town proper. Unlike other islands with parties everywhere when the night falls, Coron would often be peaceful and silent after everyone has safely returned into their hotels and resorts from a tour. There were few fancy restaurants but you may also opt to enjoy hanging out with the locals at the small barbecue stands around where the food is affordable and good at the same time!
It’s safe to roam around
This town is among the safest place to travel to in the Philippines which adds into the reasons why you should visit Coron. Roam around the town day and night, with your flashy stuff or not, at the end of the day, you would still be safe and whole. A lot of tourists could attest to that. In fact, statistics say that the crime rate in here is almost close to zero.
Experience a Saltwater Hot Spring in the Island
After a day full of fun island activities, one of the best way to end it is through a relaxing dip in a natural hot spring. An underground volcano is claimed to be the source of water that is 40-degree celcius hot. Maquinit Hot Spring is claimed to be the only saltwater hot spring in the country. Further, if you intend to visit the place early, you may also walk around and explore the mangrove nearby.
Few Hours Away from Another Paradise – El Nido, Palawan
Coron has a unique charm and so does El Nido. If you think you’ve seen the most out of it, you can hop onto ferry from a paradise to another! El Nido, Palawan, another paradise in the Northern mainland of Palawan province, is just three to four hours travel by sea from the island of Coron. Fare starts at Php 1,800.00+. Take note that there are only two trips everyday: one at 8:00 in the morning and at 1:00 in the afternoon.
Coron, Palawan 2021 Travel Requirements
On November 15, 2021, Coron, Palawan will open to tourists once again. The following are the requirements when traveling to the town:
- S-PASS that your chosen hotel would administer and process. They will also coordinate and submit it to EOC Coron
- COVID-19 Vaccination Card (you must be fully vaccinated)
- Copy of negative RT-PCR/ swab test result (QR Code and Official receipt) taken within 48 hours before boarding
- Confirmed hotel booking and return airline ticket
Where to Stay
As the town opens to tourists, there are newly opened hotels and resorts to explore and stay at that would surely make your stay even worthwhile. One of which is TAG Resort. This luxurious, rustic-themed resort offers low-density resort complex features rooms, the Tahanan and Taglay; and private casitas they call as Tadhana. These accommodations are currently on a Reopening promo. With this promo that runs from November 15 to December 31, 2021, you can enjoy up to 50-60% discount on its regular rates!
How to Book
Option A: Hassle-free booking through AirBnB
- Choose the room that you would want to book: low-density resort complex features rooms, the Tahanan and Taglay; and private casitas they call as Tadhana. Click your chosen room and you will be redirected to AirBnB’s booking page. Make sure that you have already signed up and logged into your account.
- Identify your desired check in, check out dates and number of guests. Then, click ‘Reserve’.
- Choose from the payment options. AirBnB offers full payment or installment with pre-defined dates through credit or debit card.
- Finally, click confirm and pay. After clicking the button, you will receive a booking confirmation from AirBnB through your registered email address
Option B: Phone call booking
- You may contact the resort directly through the following:
- email them at email@example.com
- visit their website www.tagresorts.com.ph
- Call their mobile at +63 927 207 9056 (Globe Telecom/ TM) or +63 999 891 8969 (Smart, Talk N’ Text and Sun Cellular)
- Book through phone call through dialing 8852-2778 local (102) 8852-2772
Guests can enjoy the resort’s lagoon pools, commercial strip, poolside lounge, ‘Tanglaw’ or the iconic tree of light and a main ballroom that can hold 500 pax. It is known to have the biggest indoor event venue in the town of Coron!
Another thing to look forward to in visiting TAG Resort is the seascooter experience. Step up your snorkeling and diving experience as you zoom through the waters with these fascinating seascooters that you may rent soon at TAG Resort.
Reasons Why You Should Visit Coron, In a Nutshell
These are just few of the many reasons why you should visit Coron, Palawan in the Philippines. If these do not convince and excite you, I don’t know what will.
How about you? Do you have reasons why you would want to visit Coron soon? Tell us about it!