Eco-Conscious Travel Guide: Coron, Palawan

eco-conscious travel guide to coron. with tips on how to travel responsibly while exploring mother nature

We are down to the last part of my Coron Travel Series. The previous posts I made under this series were all about the tours I booked and did during my 5-day trip to Coron, Palawan. Being an aspiring Eco-traveler myself, I will be sharing with you all a travel guide to Coron, Palawan that I made while having an eco-conscious mindset. 

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My trip to Coron, Palawan happened last 12 – 16 April 2019. It was during the days before the Holy Week so you can expect that most prices are on the expensive side for that period. I really wanted to go to Coron so bad. When Skyjet had a sale I think around February that time, I quickly checked their flights and fare and voila I just saw myself booking a flight to this paradise. Finally! <3

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I. When is the best month to go to Coron, Palawan?

II. How do I get to Coron, Palawan?

  1. Via Air Travel
  2. Via Sea Travel
  3. Inter-Island Travel

III. Where should I stay in Coron, Palawan?

  1. Budget-friendly Accommodations
  2. Mid-range Accommodations
  3. High-end Accommodations

IV. What are the activities I can do in Coron, Palawan?

  1. Island hopping Tours
  2. Land based Tours
  3. Other Tours

V. Sample itinerary for a Coron, Palawan trip

VI. Tips when visiting Coron, Palawan

I. WHEN IS THE BEST MONTH TO GO TO CORON, PALAWAN?

The best month to go to Coron, Palawan is definitely the summer months in the Philippines which run from March to May. Since most of the tours offered will travel on water, it’s best to be there when there’s less to no rain and when the sun is shining brightly. Having a clear blue sky during your trip will make your photos and videos instantly stunning #nofilter. Downside of visiting Coron during those months? Everything is more expensive. 

If budget is what you are wary about, then going during the lean season – June to early October – might be the best time for you. However, since it’s rainy during those months, chances are your cheap flights and island hopping tours might get cancelled due to bad weather conditions. It’s a bit risky in terms of safety and expenses incurred. But if luck is on your side, you’ll get the best of both worlds during this season as most if not all travel related expenses during this time will be lower than the usual. Plus, there’s less people in the destinations.

II. HOW DO I GET TO CORON, PALAWAN?

VIA AIR TRAVEL

Most travel blogs already mention that the most convenient way and probably most popular way to get to Coron is via airplane. There are only 3 airline companies that fly to and from Busuanga. Busuanga town is your entry point to going to Coron town if you opt to fly. 

If flying is the mode of transportation that you choose in going to Coron, I highly encourage you to offset your carbon footprint for your booked flights. You can go to this link to calculate your carbon footprint and to donate a minimal amount for projects that can offset carbon emission. To learn more about carbon offsetting, please visit Carbon Footprint

Should you find trouble offsetting your carbon footprint through the link I provided, you can always leave a comment or message so I can assist you in doing something good for Mother Nature. 

Also, I automatically offset carbon in every flight booked via my travel agency with no additional cost to you. If you are interested booking your flights with me, kindly fill out this form so we can get back to you for the available flights. Let’s help save our only home even in little ways. πŸ™‚

CEBU PACIFIC AIRLINES
Cebu Pacific have flights to Coron both from Metro Manila and Cebu. 

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
Philippine Airline flights to Coron originate both from Clark and Cebu.

SKYJET AIRLINES
Skyjet flights to Coron originate only from Metro Manila via NAIA Terminal 4,. There’s a P2P bus from Cubao that passes there. There’s also airport buses offering free rides from terminal to terminal. Every flight that you will book with Skyjet already has a free 10kg check-in baggage on top of the 5kg hand-carry baggage. 

This is the airline I took going to Coron last summer and I must say, I had a pretty good experience. I was able to request for a window seat, on both flights, from the receptionists without paying for any additional seat charge. *winks*

VIA SEA TRAVEL

Sea travel is not really a popular means of transportation going here mainly because it takes a longer time to go from the Luzon peninsula to Coron town. However, if you don’t get sea sick often and wishes to try traveling via water, then by all means take this option. I also recommend traveling via sea since it emits less carbon compared to air travel. I wanted to try this next time I go to Coron. 

2GO Travel
offers once a week trip from Manila to Coron. The departure is every Friday night and the arrival to Coron is on a Saturday morning. Same with Coron to Manila route that is scheduled once a week as well, departure from Coron is on a Sunday night and the arrival to Manila is on a Monday morning. Both routes have an 11-hour travel time where you can just sleep all throughout to or explore their facilities and events. One-way trip will cost you more or less PHP 1,900 that already includes travel insurance, meals, and up to 60kg free personal baggage. You can already bring your snorkeling gear here without any additional fee for check-in baggage. πŸ™‚

INTER-ISLAND TRAVEL

If you are already on the island of Palawan (say in Puerto Princesa) and wishes to visit Coron because you just don’t feel like coming back to reality yet (HAHA), you can opt to ride a a van or bus going to El Nido. From El Nido, there is a ferry boat that will take you to the island of Coron. 

2Go Travel
also sail from Puertro Princesa to Coron on Sunday mornings and from Coron to Puerto Princesa on Saturday mornings. One-trip will cost you more or less Php 1,500 that already includes travel insurance, meals, and up to 60kg free personal baggage.

Also, if you opt for air travel, upon arrival at Busuanga airport, you will still take a 45-minute land travel to Coron town proper. The travel time actually depends on your driver. Our travel time during my departure from Coron town to Busuanga only took around 30-35 minutes. There was absolutely no traffic jam (alleluia!) that the driver was just wheezing through the roads. *kakaloka*

If you are traveling solo or two, I highly recommend that you join a shared van transfer, just so you can lessen your carbon footprint when traveling (and save some money too). For shared van transfers, feel free to message or comment below so I can assist you in finding one. πŸ™‚

III. WHERE SHOULD I STAY IN CORON, PALAWAN?

There’s a high chance that your accommodation will depend on your set budget, am I right? πŸ™‚ I stayed in a really affordable accommodation named NCB Homestay. They were able to give me a solo fan room for Php500/night only. That already includes daily breakfast, free wifi, private bathroom and a television). It was pretty spacious for a solo traveler like me. I loved it! And if you are interested in this place, drop me a comment or leave me a message so I can help you in booking for one. πŸ™‚

But if you are looking for other accommodations, you can check out the ones I handpicked below. I arranged them according to my personal view of what I think is budget-friendly, what mid-range budget is and what high-end price is. 

I also made sure that the accommodations I picked for this post promotes sustainable practices in their properties. Let’s support establishments that give back to the environment too. πŸ™‚

BUDGET-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations with price ranging below Php 3,000/night.

Coron Eco-Lodge

Coron Ecolodge has proven to be a popular draw for budget yet value-conscious and savvy travellers. Come to Coron Ecolodge Hotel and experience what it’s like to be truly made welcome.

Coron ecolodge


Mount Avangan Eco Adventure Park

A place for you to relax and enjoy! We have accommodations, Swimming pool, Mountains, River and waterfalls. We offer lots of exciting activities.

Mount avangan eco adventure park

MID-RANGE ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations with price ranging from Php 3,001 to Php, 7,000 per night.

Asia Grand View Hotel

Relax, retreat, indulge and make your perfect escape. Have an adventure, go diving, make friends, enjoy time with your family. Celebrate your honeymoon, set your meeting, revel your special event or rekindle romance. Enjoy the beauty and wonders of Coron, Palawan.

asia grand view hotel

Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel

Setting a new standard by being the only first-rate accommodation in Coron Town, our hotel offers spacious rooms and suites that spell sheer comfort and undeniable class.

two seasons coron bayside hotel

HIGH-END ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations with price ranging above 7,001 per night.

Club Paradise Palawan

Club Paradise is an exclusive island resort in Coron, Palawan dotted along UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is a tropical paradise strategically located amid Coron’s tourist attractions and exhilarating dive sites.

club paradise palawan


Two Seasons Coron Island Resort

Presenting a haven in the middle ground of fine luxury and raw nature, Two Seasons Coron is also a turtle and giant clam sanctuary, and known as the first eco-friendly luxury island resort in Coron.

two seasons coron island resort

Should none of the accommodations presented above suit your taste, feel free to message or comment below so I can assist in finding the perfect lodging for you or go visit Agoda for more options you can choose from. πŸ™‚

IV. WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES I CAN DO IN CORON, PALAWAN?

Palawan in general is a great destination to visit if you want to be closer to Mother Nature. Coron, in particular, have plenty of tour options from island hopping to safari. Rates indicated below are on a shared/joiner basis. Should you intend to rent a private boat or van, feel free to message or email me so I can assist you in booking for one. πŸ™‚

ISLAND HOPPING TOURS (Shared Boat)

All these island hopping tours start between 8:30am – 9:00am and already include the following:

  • semi-buffet lunch, cooked by your very own boatmen
  • light afternoon snacks
  • licensed tour guide
  • tourist boat with life vest
  • complimentary transfer from accommodation to wharf area and vice versa
  • all permits and entrance fees

CORON ISLAND ULTIMATE TOUR (Php 1500 ~) 
Tour Destinations Include: Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Sunset Beach, Coral Garden, Skeleton Wreck, Las Islas de Coral, CYC Beach

For more information of this tour, please read my blog post about it. 
Coron Series Part 1: The Ultimate Coron Island Tour

Click here to book this tour.

CORON ISLAND ESCAPADE TOUR 1 (Php 1300 ~)
Tour Destinations Include: Waling-waling Island, Coco Beach, Malcapuya Island

For more information on this tour, please read my blog post about it.
Coron Series Part 2: Coron Island Escapade Tour 1

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CORON ISLAND TOUR A (Php 1000 ~)
Tour Destinations Include: CYC Beach, Las Islas de Coral, Sunset Beach, Green Lagoon, Quin Reef, Kayangan Lake

Click here to book this tour.

CORON ISLAND TOUR B (Php 1200 ~)
Tour Destinations Include: Barracuda Lake, Smith Beach, Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon, Reef Garden

Click here to book this tour.

CORON ISLAND ESCAPADE TOUR 2 (Php 1500 ~)
Tour Destinations Include: Bulog Dos, Banana Island, Malcapuya Island

Click here to book this tour.

REEF AND WRECKS TOUR (Php 1300 ~)
Tour Destinations Include: Pass Island, Lusong Gunboat, Lusong Coral Garden, East Tangat Wreck

Click here to book this tour.

LAND BASED TOURS (Seat-in Coach/Shared Van)

CORON TOWN TOUR (Php 650 ~)
Coron Town Tour starts from 4:00pm and already includes the following:

  • licensed tour guide
  • van transfer
  • all permits and entrance fees

Tour Destinations Include: Lualhati Park, Souvenir Shop, St. Augustine Church, Maquinit Hot Spring, Cashew Harvest/Shop

For more information on this tour, please read my blog post about it.
Coron Series Part 3: Coron Town Tour

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CALAUIT SAFARI TOUR (Php 2500 ~ For Filipinos & Php 2700 ~ For Foreigners)
Calauit Safari Tour starts from 6:00am and already include the following:

  • van transfer
  • licensed tour guide
  • breakfast, lunch and light snacks
  • all permits and entrance fees

Tour Destinations Include: Calauit Safari, Ocam-ocam Beach, Busuanga Town Proper, Black Island

Click here to book this tour.

OTHER TOURS (Seat-in Coach/Shared Van)

GLITTERING FIREFLY NIGHT W/DINNER (Php 950 ~)
Glittering Firefly Night with Dinner starts from 6:00pm and already include the following:

  • van transfer
  • licensed tour guide
  • dinner at Balay Karaenan Resto (set meal)
  • all permits and entrance fees

Click here to book this tour.

V. SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR A CORON, PALAWAN TRIP

This was my itinerary when I went to Coron last summer 2019. You can use this as your guide in planning yours. I could’ve booked another island-hopping or land tour for the 4th day, but I chose to rest in the early part of the day and end my night with my last tour for my stay.

V. TIPS WHEN VISITING CORON, PALAWAN

  1. The locals generally speak Filipino and English well. You’ll survive. πŸ™‚
  2. Coron is a small town. Restaurant, shops, parks, churches, etc. can be easily accessed by walking, Not only does walking gives your body a little bit of exercise and doesn’t rob your pocket of some money, it also helps the environment from more carbon emission. It’s a win-win situation. (Yayy!)
  3. But should you really need a ride, the locals main mode of transportation around town is a tricycle. A ride will cost you from Php10 depending on the distance. It’s best to share this with a few other people. If you are traveling solo, you might want to consider walking. Really, it is good for our health. πŸ™‚
  4. Should you happen to be short in cash, a BPI atm can be found in the town proper, near the St. Augustine Church. I didn’t notice any other banks in the area though. Let me know in the comments below if I missed any. πŸ™‚
  5. Always bring your water container/bottle with you when you go on tours. During the island hopping tour, they provide water refills. You can just fill your container when drinking so that there’s no need for you to use their plastic cups anymore. Also, before going down the boat, make sure to fill your container again to save on buying some bottled mineral water, should your accommodation not offer a water refilling area. The boatmen are kind enough to let their us fill our containers anyway. You won’t only save on money, but also save Earth from more trash.
  6. Another place where you can refill your bottle is in restaurants or carinderias where you eat your meals. Let your shyness fly away. You are not committing any crime when you refill your water bottles. Just be sure that you will be able to drink them all and just have the decency to purchase, at least, your food from their establishment.
  7. There are no fast food chains in Coron town (which is a really good thing. haha), so your choices are the many restaurants and small carinderias that flock the town area. The food prices are not so-so (according to my frugal self) HAHA). One meal cost me between Php 100 – Php 150.
  8. As much as possible, refrain from renting snorkeling gears (if you intend to go snorkeling, of course) and aqua shoes. As much as I want to support the locals’ other income-generating projects, I just can’t promote this one fully because of hygienic purposes (you know what I mean), I believe that they clean those items well after one guest uses them, but still I can’t just risk my health. If I am capable of bringing my own stuff, then by all means I will.
  9. Snorkeling gears are not allowed in your hand carry luggage. If you don’t have check-in baggage and you still want to see the underwater beauty in Coron, you can just bring your own goggles. You will just have to catch your breath more often when snorkeling. That’s what I did and I still enjoyed. πŸ™‚
  10. I highly encourage you to rent a kayak during your tours. It’s a good exercise for your arms. πŸ™‚ Kayak rental is Php 1000 for 2 people (1 kayak). This is good for one whole day already. It’s quite a bit expensive, if you will think, but it’s worth it. You can use this in several destinations. Plus, it also adds revenue to the local community. If we can’t help them through renting their snorkeling gear and shoes, let’s at least give them a chance to pull up their income by renting their kayaks. πŸ™‚
  11. There are plenty of shops along the town proper but the prices are so-so. If you really need to buy something, then by all means go ahead, but make sure you have your own shopping bag with you. πŸ™‚
  12. Aside from your basic clothing (i.e. underwear, tops, bottoms) and toiletries (i.e soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste) make sure to bring these other items with you if you want to enjoy your trip to the fullest. You will thank me later. You’re welcome. πŸ™‚
  13. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. πŸ™‚

Were your answers about Coron been answered by my travel guide? I’ll be more than happy if it did! And if this was of any help to you, please feel free to share it to your family and friends. They might also get something from this post.

Thank you very much for dropping by. I’ll see you again! πŸ˜€

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