The skylines of the Coron islands in Palawan seems to be hand crafted by the greatest artist nature itself. It is a small fishermen island nested in a beautiful landscape and divine diving spots. The islands are soon becoming crowded with tourists from all around the world after it got rated highly in Nat Geo. So if you like explorations and are okay with limited options and unlimited beauty then you better hurry.
There are regular flights from Manila and Cebu to reach Busuanga and then take a taxi to reach Coron. Flights to Busuanga get delayed often. The delay can be overnight as the runway in Busuanga don’t have lights. It can be a set back if you are tightly scheduled.
A comfortable stay in Coron
The main town in the island is Busuanga. There were quite a lot of places to stay in and around the place when we visited. They extend from a few expensive and luxurious resorts to plenty of comfortable guest houses and lodges. Without a doubt Filipinos are the most friendliest people we have met in our travels. If you are able befriend one then they would surely invite you to stay a night. We spent hardly on our stay and heavily on the transports to hop islands.
The landscape of the islands are right from the movies King Kong or Jurassic Park. Renting private boat known as Bangka is pretty expensive. In a group Bangka the boat and its fare is shared with other local and foreign tourists. To escape the crowd at the beaches we rented a private Bangka and it was worth it.
You should not miss hopping islands
The ancestors of Coron are the Tagbanua who are primarily fishermen. As tourism grows in the region, giving a ride to tourists seems to be a more lucrative business for them. To get around the beautiful islands you will need a Bangka and a captain. Head down to the market pier and hire a captain with an authentic Bangka. There are a couple of places around Coron that you should not miss:
- Kayangan lake,
- Barracuda lake,
- Banol Beach,
- Twin Lagoon
If you love beaches then this place is a paradise. The island is made up of Blackstone and limestone. Therefore, there is a big spread of white sand beaches everywhere. There are beautiful places for diving and snorkelling. Don’t forget to carry a snorkel set while planning a visit.
Important questions that pop while planning a trip to Coron
Are there ATMs’ in coron?
Yes, there are couple of ATMs’ at the airport in Busuanga and Coron.
Are credit cards and debit cards from India accepted there?
Yes, most of the eating joints, guest houses and shops accept VISA and MASTER cards irrespective of the banks. Although most of the places in Coron accept cards but cash is widely used.
Is there internet access?
Yes, 3G on local sim cards that we purchased from Manila worked great in the town area. Also most of the guest houses and lodges offer free wifi to their guests.
Do they serve vegetarian?
Luckily yes, Filipinos know what a vegetarian mean and they serve a lot of leafy vegetables and carrots in their vegetable dishes. Heres a story by Priya, to help you further.