Our list of the best things to do in Coron will please visitors who enjoy adventure holidays amid beautiful natural landscapes. The first-class municipality of Coron covers an area of about 690 km2 that includes half of Busuanga Island, Coron and 50 other islands that form part of the Calamian Archipelago. This area located at the northern end of the Palawan Province is barely developed and still in a pristine state.
Island hopping, snorkelling, scuba diving, and hiking are the main activities in Coron, thanks to the fantastic natural sights in the area, both above and under the water. Read on to discover Coron’s best attractions; the main reason why more and more people are deciding to spend their holiday in this superb region of the Philippines.
Kayangan Lake is the most famous and certainly most photographed spot in Coron. Located in the north of Coron Island, just a few minutes by boat from Coron Town, Kayangan Lake has been dubbed the cleanest lake in the Philippines, despite the ever-growing number of visitors it attracts daily. Upon arrival at the dock, you’ll have to hike between 15 and 30 minutes to reach the lake. Get to the viewpoint to take photos, visit the cave, swim in the crystal-clear waters of the lake, and discover hidden passages between the limestone cliffs - a tour to Kayangan Lake is the promise of an exhilarating and-adventurous day. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 16:00
- Location: In the north of Coron Island
- How to get there: The easiest way to get to Kayangan Lake is by joining a day trip from Coron Town proper, or by hiring a boat directly at the pier (more expensive).
On September 24th 1944, a Japanese convoy including supply and war ships was sunk in Coron Bay by the US Army. Seven of these ships now lie on the seabed of the bay, at depths ranging between 10 and 40 metres. Encrusted with coral, and housing abundant marine life, the Coron shipwrecks offer some of the most popular dive sites in the Philippines. Wreck diving is a thrilling activity that requires special certifications, diving experience and guidance from a professional diving school. The many dive centres located in Coron Town, and in the islands situated in the bay, offer a great range of day trips and courses for you to discover these fabulous underwater remains from the Second World War. Read More...
- Location: Most of the sunken Japanese ships are located between Manglet and Huson Islands in the north part of Coron Bay
Swim in Coron Twin Lagoon
It takes only 20 minutes by boat to get to the Twin Lagoon from Coron Town. Bangkas, the local boats used to hop from one island to the other in the Philippines, moor in the largest lagoon in front of the small fault in the limestone cliff that serves as the entrance into the smaller lagoon. The scenery is outstanding at the Twin Lagoon: waters range from a luminescent turquoise to emerald greens. The limestone karst formations blend gray and beige in their shapes that have been twisted by erosion, and many shades of green tropical plants grow in the cracks of the stone, making you wonder how they survive in such an environment. Swimming and snorkelling are popular activities in this area, but beware of the large sea urchins found on the ocean floor.
- Location: In the north of Coron Island
- How to get there: The easiest way to get to Twin Lagoon is by joining a day trip from Coron Town proper, or by hiring a boat directly at the pier (more expensive).
Dive to Explore the Underwater mountains at Barracuda Lake
Barracuda Lake is a spectacular site located on the north coast of Coron Island, right next to Kayangan Lake. Emerald green brackish waters surround the impressive limestone karst formation that has been naturally sculpted by years of erosion. Barracuda Lake offers not only a splendid place to visit, but also one of the most unique dive sites in the region. The underwater mountains of Barracuda Lake are famous in the scuba divers’ community and offer unexpected scenes beneath the surface. Like many exceptional places in the world, getting there requires some effort: a 30-minute steep hike is necessary to reach the lake from the dock.
- Location: On the northwest coast of Coron Island
- How to get there: The easiest way to get to Lake Kayangan is by joining a day trip from Coron Town proper, or by hiring a boat directly at the pier (more expensive).
Hike Mount Tapyas
The summit of Mount Tapyas offers an outstanding viewpoint of Coron Town, and even further, of the islands that compose the Calamian Archipelago. Located some eight kilometres northwest from downtown Coron, Mount Tapyas can’t be missed, thanks to the huge Catholic cross that decorates its summit. Getting to the view deck at the top of Mount Tapyas requires a hike of 721 steps. This 30 to 45 minute-long trek can be challenging, especially at the hottest time of the day, but the effort is well worth it for the spectacular photo opportunities from the top of the surrounding landscape. Please note that you should take a bottle of water with you, as there’s no facilities near the deck view at the time of writing.
- Location: 8 km northwest of Coron Town proper