Coron is a sleepy town located southwest of Manila. It is located in the eastern part of Busuanga Island, which is a part of the Calamian Archipelago in northern Palawan. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.
With beautiful coral reefs and sunken World War II Japanese shipwrecks, Coron hosts the world’s best diving spots in the world. It was also listed by Forbes Traveler as one of the Top 10 World’s Best Scuba Spots.
Coron is also famous for non-divers. Just off-coast the town is the enchanting Coron Island which is the third largest island in the Calamian Archipelago. It is home to the indigenous Tagbanwas, one of the oldest ethnic group in the Philippines. They serve as caretakers of Coron Island’s famous lagoons and lakes.
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1. Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake is one of the main attractions in Coron. It is also dubbed as one of the cleanest lakes in the Philippines. You’ll be surrounded by endless limestone cliffs while swimming in its crystal clear waters, an experience you should not miss.
2. Barracuda Lake
Barracuda Lake is famous for divers but perfect for non-divers as well. Its unique underwater rock formations is a must-see. By just snorkeling or free-diving along the limestone walls, you’ll be able to see some distinct underwater rock formations. Since it’s mostly famous for divers, there’s a chance that you’ll have the whole lake all to yourself (at sea level)!
Siete Pecados or “Seven Sins” is the nearest popular snorkeling area from Coron Town, just 15-minutes away by boat. Comprised of seven islands, which is the home to amazing corals and different species of fish, tourists flock Siete Pecados for one of the best snorkeling experiences in Coron. Note, however, that fish feeding is not allowed here.
4. Skeleton Wreck
Skeleton Wreck is a good snorkeling area located near Coron Island. Just 5 meters below the surface, you’ll be able to see the tip of the sunken WWII Japanese gunboat. The surrounding reef provides home to countless of fishes as well. Fish feeding is allowed here.
5. Twin Lagoon
Twin lagoon is another must-see destination in Coron. On your way to the lagoon, your boat will pass by and maneuver around amazing limestone rock formations. Your boat will dock at the first lagoon. The second lagoon is tucked hidden behind the limestone walls. You may either swim underneath the rocks or climb the makeshift stairs to see its beauty.
6. Malcapuya Island
The island of Malcapuya is located 2 hours away from Coron Town. It’s definitely worth the ride. We’ve been to a lot of beaches in the Philippines and we thought nothing will match Boracay’s powdery white sand, but Malcapuya surprised us!
7. Bulog Dos Island
Bulog Dos is also located 2 hours away from Coron Town but located near neighboring Malcapuya and Banana Island. It is connected to the private luxury hotel Two Seasons by a sandbar. The sand here is also fine and white perfect for an afternoon swim. On the other side, you’ll be able to see Coron Island’s massive size.
8. Banana Island
Banana Island’s beach compared to Malcapuya and Bulog Dos is shorter. The swimming area though is deeper hence tourists stay here longer to snorkel. If you’re lucky enough, you might spot a Giant Clam. According to our guide, it’s abundant around the island.
9. Mt. Tapyas
Mt. Tapyas, rising over 200 meters above sea level, is located in Coron Town proper. A great place to view the sunset overlooking the town of Coron, Coron Island and Coron Bay. It’s not a walk in the park though since you’ll have to climb more than 700 steps to the top.