Here are the best thing to do in Coron, Palawan!
Coron is a beautiful paradise. Imagine clear turquoise water lapping at white sand beaches across islands that extend far to the horizon.
Limestone karsts tower above fresh water lakes while sunken shipwrecks form reefs for marine life in the clear ocean.
There’s diving, snorkelling, island hopping, beach BBQs and spectacular sunsets. There’s a lot to do in Coron, and there’s always another island to explore in this tropical archipelago.
The Travel Continuously Team absolutely love Coron, and we are running our first ever Digital Nomad Trip- The Travel Continuously Summit 2018– here in May.
We will be announcing the selected participants to the world at the end of this month, and in anticipation of this big unveiling, we’ve put together a list of the best things to in Coron.
This fresh water lake has perfectly clear waters for swimming in and like the name suggests, you may encounter a few Barracuda here.
Green trees and plants line the steep limestone walls that form a protective barrier against the sea, and while you have to scramble over a few rocks to get in here from the open ocean outside, the struggle is worth it for the refreshing water you’ll encounter.
It’s best to just dive straight in.
The Skeleton Wreck
This old shipwreck is our favourite place to snorkel in Coron!
It’s within diving distance of the surface, even without fins, and you can swim down and through its crumbling remains. The ship forms a reef, a haven for marine life clinging to it and using its wreck to hide or hunt.
There’s turtles, groupers and all kinds of life down there and surrounding it. It’s a stunningly diverse spot to catch a glimpse of Coron’s beautiful marine life.
Kayangan Lake is a freshwater blue lagoon. It’s a huge area of clear and refreshing water that you can spend hours swimming around.
To get here you first arrive in Coron Bay (pictured below) one of the MOST photographed spots in Palawan, if not the whole Philippines. And for good reason. It is simply marvellous.
Hike up to the viewpoint, then descend over the cliffs to Kayangan Lake itself.
The Twin Lagoons
Yet another paradisaical place to snorkel and swim!
The Twin Lagoon holds turquoise water and great marine life.
You can lie back in the water and look up at the surrounding cliffs in awe and wonder as you slowly make your way between the two lagoons.
BBQ On The Beach
Island hop around Coron, jumping from lagoon to lake, and snorkelling from wreck to reef until you find the perfect spot for a chilled out lunchtime BBQ of grilled fish and fresh vegetables, maybe even a few cold beers if you are lucky.
Seafood is abundant here, and the locals know how to cook it up. All you have to do is relax on the beach and admire the view while gorging on a gourmet worthy lunch by the ocean.
Once you’re back on dry land after snorkelling, swimming and gorging then if you have the energy you can climb Mount Tapyas. I say climb, but Mount Tapyas is more of a slog. It’s only around 200 metres high, but in the drenching humidity of Coron this ‘mountain’ becomes a challenge.
There are over 700 steps leading to the summit, and more than a few travellers have turned around on the way up.
The views from the top are breathtaking, and worth every drop of sweat.
Maquinit Hot Springs
If you’re not too hot in Coron already then a trip to the hot springs is in order.
In the mangroves outside of Coron Town are the Maquinit Hot Springs. These are salt water hot springs, a rare thing in the world, and the source of the geothermal energy is an underground volcano that vents into the sea.
Relax At The Funny Lion Hotel
Once you’ve explored Coron or are burnt out trying then the best place to kick back and wind down is at The Funny Lion Hotel.
This is our top pick for accommodation on Coron. This excellent hotel has an amazing swimming pool overlooking the forest while an awesome rooftop bar offers spectacular views over the islands and is in prime position for the sunset.
The breakfasts are lavish, the drinks are inventive and the WiFi works- which is asking a lot in the Philippines.
We like The Funny Lion so much we are staying here for a week during the Travel Continuously Summit in May!
Grab a cocktail, jump in the spa and watch the sunset over Coron.
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