Imagine clear blue water, colorful coral reefs, white sand beaches, and tall cliffs – that’s what makes Coron one of The Philippines’ must-visit island destinations. This stunning archipelago, located at the northern part of Palawan Province, is filled with stunning spots under and over the water like the pristine Kayangan Lake, Maquinit Hot Spring, Malcapuya Island & more.

But Coron is not just pretty – it’s also got a cool history. You can dive into the past and check out old shipwrecks from World War II. It’s like going on a treasure hunt underwater! Coron is a fun mix of nature and history, making it a great place for a relaxing yet exciting getaway.

Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in Coron including top things to do & the best Coron tourist spots.

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Things to do in Coron

1. Tour around Coron and Busuanga

Island hopping is an absolute “must-do” in Coron. Boat tours typically run the whole day with picnic-style lunch included and pick-up/drop-off from your hotel in Coron town proper or resort (if you are staying overnight in the islands). Spend a least two full days for tours because there is a LOT of amazing lakes, coral reefs, beaches and dive sites to see in Coron and nearby towns like Busuanga/Culion.

There are different island hopping tour routes in Coron (scroll below for the list). Book Tour A & Tour B, which includes nearly all of Coron’s most popular tourist spots like Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon & Barracuda Lake.

If you want to compress the highlights in one day, book the “Super Ultimate” or the “Ultimate” day tour, which is a combination of Tours A & B. Then, choose another tour that’s more suited to activities you want to do. Book “Tour C” or the “Coron Island Escapade” for more time at the beach. Do you love snorkeling & freediving? the “Reefs and Wrecks” tour is the perfect option. If you want to see the Giraffes and Zebras, book the Calauit Safari tour.

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Two Seasons Coron Island Resort (Splurge | Bulalacao Island)

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2. Coron Island Hopping Tours

Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour

Includes: Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Twin Peaks Coral Garden, Balinsasayaw Reef Garden, CYC Beach, Beach 91.

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Coron Ultimate Day Tour

Similar to the Super Ultimate Tour, but with Skeleton Wreck included. Includes: Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Atwayan Beach, Skeleton wreck, CYC Beach, Twin Peaks Coral Garden.

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Tour A

Includes: CYC Beach, Coral Garden, Atwayan Beach, Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake.

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Tour B

Includes: Barracuda Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Banol Beach, Twin Lagoon, Reef Garden.

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Tour C

Includes: Coco Beach, Ditaytayan Island, Malcapuya Island.

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Calauit Safari

Includes: Calauit Island Safari, Black Island.

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Reefs & Wrecks Freediving

Includes: Lusong Gunboat, Lusong Coral Garden, Pass Island.

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Coron Island Escapade

Similar to Tour C. Includes: Malcapuya Island, Ditaytayan Island, and Bulog Dos Island.

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3. Coron Town Land Tour

There are many interesting places to visit that can be reached by land from Coron town proper. You can easily add a land tour of Coron to your itinerary since spots like Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit Hot Springs are just nearby. Go for a half-day tour if you have free time during your arrival or departure day. Busuanga Island, where Coron and the airport are located, is a huge island with lots of other off-the-beaten-path destinations to explore.

Coron Land Tour (Half Day)

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4. See the Shipwrecks & Dive Sites

Coron is home to some of the Philippines’ most beautiful coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Of course, its historic World War II shipwrecks are not to be missed. If you love exploring the underwater world of Coron, the “Reefs and Wrecks” tour is for you. Barracuda Lake, Skeleton Wreck, and Lusong Gun Boat are some of my favorite freediving spots.

Coron Reef and Wrecks Tour

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Coron SCUBA Diving Packages

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5. Enjoy the Water Activities

In addition to the island hopping and land tours, here are some of the fun water activities that you can try in Coron.

Banana Boat (Book here)

Flyfish Ride and Clear Kayak (Book here)

Jet Ski (Book here)

Banana Boat Ride and Clear Kayak (Book here)

Donut Ride (Book here)

Waffle Glider (Book here)

Coron Tourist Spots & Places to Visit

6. Kayangan Lake

Location: Coron Island, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

Kayangan Lake, celebrated for its incredibly clear waters, stands as Coron’s most photographed tourist spot. Nestled on Coron Island, just a boat ride away from Coron town, it is considered the cleanest lake in Asia. A short hike from the boat docking area leads to a viewing deck offering a stunning panorama of the jungle, limestone cliffs, and the sea. After capturing the breathtaking scenery, follow the trail down to the lake for a refreshing swim, surrounded by lush greenery and dramatic landscapes.

7. Barracuda Lake

Location: Coron Island, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

“Located next to Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake is famous among freedivers for its crystal-clear waters and warm thermocline, where the water temperature changes with depth. Encircled by stunning limestone cliffs, the lake promises a surreal underwater experience with unique rock formations beneath the surface.

8. Twin Lagoon

Location: Coron Island, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

Also located in Coron Island, the Twin Lagoon is another tourist spot often seen on cinematic reels and travel videos. imilar to Barracuda Lake, this natural wonder is celebrated for its dual-temperature waters. As adventurers approach, they witness the captivating spectacle – the meeting of warm and cool waters. The warmth greets visitors first, creating a magical embrace, followed by a refreshing transition into cooler depths.

9. Skeleton Wreck & Beach

Location: Coron, Palawan, Philippines

This sunken World War II ship is a favorite among divers exploring underwater wrecks. It is found just off Coron Island. As divers descend, the ship’s skeletal remains emerge from the depths, creating an eerie yet mesmerizing sight. There’s small beach cove near Skeleton Wreck that has crystal clear waters perfect for a relaxing swim.

10. Lusong Gunboat & Coral Garden

Location: near Lusong Island, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

The Lusong Gunboat was my favorite WWII wreck and freediving site in Coron. Not only was the boat still largely intact, covered in colorful corals. If you are a skilled diver, you can swim inside the hull for a closer look. Next to the Lusong Gunboat was a thriving reef, also one of the best snorkeling sites in Coron.

11. Mt. Tapyas

Location: Near Coron town, Palawan, Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

A towering landmark, this mountain is famous for its panoramic views and iconic cross that stands proudly at its summit. To conquer this natural marvel, travelers embark on a challenging yet rewarding climb, marked by a staircase with over 700 steps. At the top, the reward is unmatched – a spectacular 360-degree view of Coron town and the surrounding seascapes. The jump-off point of Mt. Tapyas is a 5 to 10 minute tricycle or shuttle ride from the center of Coron town.

12. Maquinit Hot Spring

Location: Sitio Maquinit, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

Maquinit Hot Spring is another famous attraction accessible by land from Coron Town and often included in the land tours. This place is like a little oasis, perfect for chilling out after exploring. Just imagine yourself unwinding in open-air pools, surrounded by mangroves, soaking in the warm and therapeutic goodness. It’s a total mood booster!

13. Calauit Island Safari

Location: Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan. Save on Google Maps.

Calauit Island Safari is a wildlife sanctuary located in the town of Busuanga (the neighboring town of Coron). Renowned for its distinctive mix of African and local wildlife, the sanctuary offers a captivating experience akin to an African safari. Previously accessible primarily by boat from Coron town, Calauit Island now provides a convenient land access to a nearby pier, facilitating easy crossing to the island. Once there, visitors can encounter free-roaming zebras, majestic giraffes, and various other species. The land journey from Coron to Busuanga takes around 2 hours, while the boat ride was around 20 minutes.

14. Black Island

Location: Black Island, Busuanga, Palawan. Save on Google Maps.

Located in Busuanga, Black Island is frequently paired with Calauit Island Safari in tour packages. Out of all the beaches I explored in Coron and Busuanga, this one stood out as the most dramatic. Not only does it boast impressive fine white sand, but it is also blessed with towering ebony cliffs contrasting with clear blue waters. Follow a trail from the beach to discover a massive cave with a grand entrance chamber and fascinating natural formations. There are also lovely coral gardens off the beach, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling.

What places have you added to your bucketlist? Have you been to beautiful places in Coron that should be on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts!

Places to visit in Coron

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