The remote Philippine island of Coron may not be as popular as its cousin El Nido, but the scenery here is just as amazing.
There are a bunch of different boat tours to do in the Coron area, and all of them are great, but the best one is the ‘Coron Ultimate Island Tour’ that hits most of the top highlights near Coron.
This page covers that tour and what you can expect to see on it. We’ll have more general info and a map of all the Calamian islands soon!
Coron Ultimate Tour – What To Expect
The Coron ultimate tour includes 6-7 scenic island stops, and you can expect to spend about 45-60 minutes at each major stop (with the exception of the Skeleton Wreck).
It’s worth noting that your tour guide will probably tell you 30-45 minutes at each stop, but it usually ends up being closer to an hour at each stop because of stragglers (and that’s okay!).
The full tour runs from 8 AM to 5 PM (or later) since you also have to spend an hour or two on the boat riding between islands. No worries though, because even the transit bits are scenic and filled with good photo ops!
Free lunch on the boat is included in every tour, with a typical lineup of grilled fish, pork, chicken, veggies, rice, and plenty of fresh fruit like pineapple and watermelon. Most tours give out snacks near the evening too.
All of the food is great. Some people worry about the hygiene / food prep safety on these boat tours, but in more than two dozen tours our stomachs never had any issues at all (and we ate like pigs)!
Things To See
• Kayangan Lake & Viewpoint
This is the most famous viewpoint at Coron island, and there’s usually a long line to take pictures of it. You can see why! Even when the lagoon is clogged with tour boats, it still looks amazingly scenic.
After you hit up the viewpoint, you can walk down to Kayangan Lake for a quick swim. The lake is nice too, but it gets a little crowded and you’re forced to wear a life jacket. I prefer the viewpoint.
• Twin Lagoon
This is an incredible pair of turquoise lagoons, and for me it was probably the highlight of Coron because of the jaw dropping drone photo ops. You can take amazing aerial pictures here.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a great spot for swimming and kayaking, and even pics with your phone will look nice, but just check out some of these barely edited photos from above!
• Malwawey Island
This is a small island sticking out of Malwawey reef. We took our lunch here, chilled in the hammock, and then did some swimming with the fish.
Depending on where you book your tour, some companies may skip this island and go to one of the other beaches instead, like Smith Point Beach, Banul Beach, or Atwayan Beach, but all of these are in the same area and look pretty similar.
• Skeleton Wreck
This is a cool World War II shipwreck that went down near the Malwawey reef.
You can reach it by freediving (no special gear needed), but since it lies about 10-15 yards deep it’s not the easiest feat and may not be for everyone.
In any case, you can see better things if you do a bit of scuba diving around Coron.
• Malwawey Coral Garden
The Malwawey reef was one of the places we stopped for snorkeling. We didn’t see a ton of fish here, but we did see beautiful coral in good condition, and the depth was shallow enough to see all of it up close.
Depending on where you book your tour, some companies may skip this spot and go to one of the other snorkeling spots instead, like Siete Pecados, Twin Peaks, or Smith Coral Garden. All of these are pretty amazing!
• CYC Beach
This is a tiny circular island just off the coast of Uson island. It has a nice white sand beach, and coconut/drink sellers paddling around in canoes selling their wares.
The water is shallow and we saw some great fish and coral here, but watch out for incoming boats because the island does get a bit crowded throughout the day.
Best Coron Tour Packages
Klook.com has high rated Palawan boat tours for very competitive prices.
Their package for the Coron ultimate tour costs 1,500 pesos ($30 USD) and includes all of the usual stops: Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Atwayan Beach, CYC Beach, and a bunch of good snorkeling locations. You also get free lunch and hotel pickup. This is a better price than many of the tour companies you’ll find on the street in Coron town!
The other advantage of booking an online tour like this is that you can pay by credit card or Paypal, so you won’t have to run to the ATM constantly (and the ATMs in Coron are not known for being very reliable in the first place).
Palawan Island Hopping — El Nido Tour A | B | C | D | Coron
You can click the links above for more info on the other Palawan island hopping tours!
Where We Stayed
We stayed at Coron Visitors Hotel in town for 1,400 pesos ($27 USD) per night. This price got us a clean double bed with cold A/C and a private bathroom.
Keep in mind this is a relatively remote island in the Philippines, and the hotel scene is still struggling to develop and catch up with rapid demand, so don’t expect luxury.
Even so, this is one of the best budget friendly hotel options we could find in Coron. The location was perfect -— just a 5 minute walk from great restaurants -- and the staff were very helpful in arranging airport transfers, tours, and other things for us!