CORON PALAWAN TRAVEL GUIDE | Itinerary + Budget + Map [UPDATED 2020]

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Coron Travel Blog Guide Itinerary Budget Map

Coron, a town in the province of Palawan, is one of the most sought after destinations in the Philippines. And you can easily understand why. It has pristine white sand beaches, unbelievably turquoise waters, rich marine life, World War II shipwrecks, and karsts-dotted landscapes that can rival the best that the world has to offer. Often referred to as the country’s Last Frontier, it is located on the upper region of Palawan, 595 kilometers from Metro Manila.

Coron is the perfect destination for casual vacationers, hardcore backpackers, beach lovers, and adventurous divers. Once you’ve visited, coming back for a second time is really something you won’t need to decide on—Coron would automatically make that decision for you.


CORON TRAVEL BLOG GUIDE
WHAT’S INSIDE?

Understand Coron
How To Get To Coron
Speak Coron
How To Get Around Coron
Coron Tours & Guides
Book Discounted Tours Online
Where To Stay In Coron
Where To Eat In Coron
What To See & Do In Coron
Where To Shop In Coron
Coron Tourist Spots Map
Coron Sample Itineraries & Budget
Extend Your Coron Trip


UNDERSTAND CORON


Coron is located on the northernmost region of Palawan. It’s not part of mainland Palawan, and is actually on Busuanga Island—which is divided into two towns, Busuanga on the north and Coron down south. Included in the municipality of Coron is Coron Island—where most of the island hopping destinations are—and a few more islands and islets.

Coron is where it’s happening. It’s where most hotels, restaurants, and tourist spots are. Granted, Busuanga has also its share of island hopping destinations. Note that there is actually no beach in Coron Town, to get to the beaches, you’d have to avail of island hopping tours.

Culion, which is also toured by most people going to Coron, is not actually part of Coron or Busuanga. It’s a separate island municipality all its own.

The best time to visit Coron is during the dry months of the year, which is December to May—which is also the Amihan season in the Philippines.

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HOW TO GET TO CORON


The easiest way to get to Coron is by taking a plane from Metro Manila. There is also an option of taking a ferry, but it would take an overnight ride before you arrive. Once you reach Busuanga Airport, there are vans that carry passengers to town for ₱150.00 per head—or ₱1,500.00, should you want to rent the whole vehicle. The ride to town takes about 45 minutes.

Contrary to popular notions, there are no easy ways for tourists to hop from El Nido and Puerto Princesa, two of Palawan’s tourist hubs, to Coron.  I just found that there are now numerous ferries than sail back and forth from Puerto Princesa and El Nido to Coron.

BOOK TRANSPORTATION TO & FROM CORON


Manila To Coron By Plane
PLANE FROM MANILA TO CORON ○ 1 HOUR FLIGHT TRAVEL TIME ○ FARE: FROM PHP3,000.00+/- ONE WAY
CEBU PACIFIC - Flies four times daily | (02) 7020-888
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES - Flies twice daily | (02) 777-5932
SKYJET - Flies twice daily | (0917) 863-1333


Cebu To Coron By Plane
PLANE FROM CEBU TO CORON ○ 1.5 HOURS FLIGHT TRAVEL TIME ○ FARE: FROM PHP3,300.00+/- ONE WAY
CEBU PACIFIC - Flies once daily | +63 (32) 230-8888
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES - Flies once daily | +63 (2) 777-5932


Manila To Coron By Ferry
FERRY FROM MANILA PIER 4 TO CORON ○ 16 HOURS TRAVEL TIME FARE: FROM PHP1,000.00+/- TO PHP2,200+/- ONE WAY
2GO - Sails twice weekly (Tue, Fri) | (02) 233-7000
ATIENZA SHIPPING LINES - Sails twice weekly (Wed, Sat) | (02) 986-3118


El Nido To Coron By Ferry
FERRY FROM EL NIDO TO CORON ○ FROM 5 TO 9 HOURS TRAVEL TIME FARE: FROM PHP1,000.00+/- ONE WAY
ATIENZA SHIPPING LINES - Sails once weekly (Wed) | (02) 986-3118
BUNSO BIG OUTRIGGER BOAT - Sails once daily | (0910) 720-8443
JESSABEL BIG OUTRIGGER BOAT - Sails thrice weekly | (0915) 850-1391
MONTENEGRO LINES - Sails once daily | (043) 740-2881
OVERCOMER BIG OUTRIGGER BOAT - Sails four times weekly | (0939) 554-3540


Puerto Princesa To Coron By Ferry
FERRY FROM PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON ○ 16 HOURS TRAVEL TIME FARE: FROM PHP1,000.00+/- ONE WAY
2GO - Sails twice weekly (Wed, Sat) | (02) 233-7000



SPEAK CORON


Although most people in Coron are very fluent in speaking Filipino and English, Cuyonon used to be the prevalent language in the province. That is until the eighties, upon which time, people flocked the area due to a boom in mining and fishing industries.

The Cuyonon language belongs to the Central Philippines, Western Visayan, Kuyan subgroup and has similarities to the Visayan Language. During my travels to Coron, I hardly ever heard people speak Cuyonon except for a few old locals.
Coron Local Language
Thank You – Salamat
Good Morning – Mayad nga timprano
Good Afternoon - Mayad nga ugtong adlaw
Good Evening – Mayad nga gabi
How Much? – Tagpira dia?
Where is… – Adin ang…




HOW TO GET AROUND CORON


Coron Transportation

Tricycles are the main mode of transportation in Coron. The ones in town are larger than usual and can easily seat up to eight persons for a minimum fare of ₱10.00 per head. During my visits, I noticed how honest the tricycle drivers are in Coron, always giving my change up to the last centavo. Habal-habal or single motorbikes are also available for rent for those wanting to explore Coron on their own.




CORON TOURS AND GUIDES


Exploring the town of Coron won’t really require a guide since it is quite small and limited when it comes to places to visit. But once you go out and explore the numerous islands and beaches that dot the area, a tour guide/boatman is a must.

During my visits to Coron, I have always relied on the first boatman/guide I hired when I was new to the place. He was recommended by a staff at a local restaurant and has proven to be quite reliable, accommodating, and easy to deal with. Alternatively, you can also book your tours thru the hotel you’re staying in, but at probably a higher price. Or you may also visit the Calamian Tourist Boat Association near Lualhati Park to get a boatman to tour you around the islands.

Note that the island hopping fees include only the boat rental, guide fee, and tour pass. Entrance fees to the islands and beaches are not included.


STANDARD TOUR BOAT FEES IN CORON

DESTINATIONS

2-4 PAX

5-8 PAX

9-15 PAX

16-20 PAX

CORON ISLAND

₱3,000

₱3,500

₱4,000

₱5,200

SANGAT / LUSONG GUNBOAT

₱4,350

₱4,900

₱6,000

₱7,100

MALCAPUYA / WALING-WALING / DITAYTAYAN ISLANDS

₱5,200

₱6,500

₱8,000

₱9,500

CULION MUNICIPALITY

₱4,350

₱4,900

₱6,000

₱7,100

DIBATOK ISLAND

₱3,800

₱4,350

₱5,450

₱6,550

CALUMBAYAN / PASS ISLANDS

₱5,200

₱6,500

₱8,000

₱8,500

TARA ISLAND

₱9,300

₱10,950

₱17,000

₱17,550

NORTH / SOUTH CAY

₱6,000

₱7,100

₱9,300

₱9,850

CALAUIT NATIONAL PARK

₱9,800

₱10,900

₱17,500

₱18,600

PANLAITAN / BLACK ISLAND

₱7,600

₱8,700

₱12,000

₱13,200

LINAPACAN ISLAND

₱9,800

₱12,000

₱17,500

₱18,500


Coron Tour Guide Boatman

AVEL AREVALO
Local Boatman / Tour Guide
Contact Number: (0975) 267-9109   
Calamian Tourist Boat AssociationCALAMIAN TOURIST BOAT ASSOCIATION
Contact Number: (0920) 403-7965
GPS Coordinates: 11.996800, 120.202112




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Coron ToursCALAUIT SAFARI & BEACH TOUR
DURATION: 8-9 HOURS | HOTEL PICK-UP | GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS

CORON ISLAND ESCAPADE TOUR
DURATION: 10 HOURS | HOTEL PICK-UP | GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS

CORON ISLAND & LAKES TOUR
DURATION: 10 HOURS | HOTEL PICK-UP | GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS

CORON TOWN HALF-DAY TOUR
DURATION: 4.5 HOURS | HOTEL PICK-UP | GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS

CORON SUPER ULTIMATE DAY TOUR
DURATION: 10 HOURS | HOTEL PICK-UP | GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS

ULTIMATE CORON ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
DURATION: 10 HOURS | HOTEL PICK-UP | GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS

MALCAPUYA ISLAND TOUR
DURATION: 8-9 HOURS | HOTEL PICK-UP | GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS




WHERE TO STAY IN CORON


Accommodation is really not a problem in Coron except during summer time. The town is host to numerous inns, lodges, hotels, and island resorts. These range from backpacker-friendly to flashpacker kingdom-come rates. The main town has no beach area, so lodgings are limited to sea-view rooms. One, however, can opt to stay on island resort types, but be warned, it does come with a hefty price tag.

Alternatively, one can also stay at the town of Busuanga where a handful of mid-range to luxury resorts are located. The area has its own set of island hopping tours.


Budget Accommodation Coron
Sea Dive Resort CoronBUSUANGA SEADIVE RESORT
  
Address: Don Pedro St., Brgy. Poblacion 1, Coron
Contact Number: (0918) 400-0448
GPS Coordinates: 11.997833, 120.201889
Jim's Castle Inn CoronJIM’S CASTLE INN     
  
Address: Dinagpan St., Brgy. 5, Coron
Contact Number: (0977) 608-7079
GPS Coordinates: 12.003929, 120.198432


Midrange Accommodation Coron
Coron Westown ResortCORON WESTOWN RESORT
  
Address: Sitio Dipulao, Brgy Poblacion 6, Coron
Contact Number: (0917) 704-6176 | (0919) 993-5474
GPS Coordinates: 12.022917, 120.184389
Mount Tapyas Hotel CoronMOUNT TAPYAS HOTEL
  
Address: Calle Nueva St., Brgy. Poblacion 5, Coron
Contact Number: (0917) 500-5566
GPS Coordinates: 12.000028, 120.204500
Luxury Accommodation Coron
El Rio Y Mar Resort CoronEL RIO Y MAR RESORT
  
Address: Brgy. San Jose, Coron
Contact Number: (02) 838-4956 | (02) 838-4957
GPS Coordinates: 12.191611, 120.102667
Club Paradise CoronCLUB PARADISE CORON
  
Address: Dimakya Island, Coron
Contact Number: (02) 546-4214 | (0917) 568-4863
GPS Coordinates: 12.234556, 120.088194
Sangat Island Dive Resort CoronSANGAT ISLAND DIVE RESORT
  
Address: Sangat Island, Brgy. Bintuan, Coron
Contact Number: (0916) 400-8801 | (929) 359-7518
GPS Coordinates: 11.963667, 120.070417
Two Seasons Island Resort CoronTWO SEASONS CORON ISLAND RESORT & SPA

Address: Malaroyroy, Bulalacao Island, Coron
Contact Number: (02) 410-2075 to 80 | (0917) 566-5820
GPS Coordinates: 11.777333, 120.133667
Midrange Accommodation Busuanga
Marina Del Sol Resort & Dive Center BusuangaBELLA LOUISE LODGING HOUSE

Address: Brgy. Sagrada, Busuanga
Contact Number: (0906) 492-2659
GPS Coordinates: 12.059031, 119.971001
Midrange Accommodation Busuanga
Marina Del Sol Resort & Dive Center BusuangaMARINA DEL SOL RESORT

Address: Brgy. Concepcion, Busuanga
Contact Number: (0908) 889-0866
GPS Coordinates: 12.025944, 119.983472
Sanctuaria Treehouses BusuangaSANCTUARIA TREEHOUSES

Address: Km. 43, Brgy. Sagrada, Busuanga
Contact Number: (0916) 388-7938
GPS Coordinates: 12.066333, 119.970389
Luxury Accommodation Busuanga
Busuanga Bay LodgeBUSUANGA BAY LODGE
  
Address: Sitio Lawi, Brgy. Concepcion Busuanga
Contact Number: (02) 625-8627
GPS Coordinates: 12.023861, 119.977028
Huma Island Resort & SpaHUMA ISLAND RESORT & SPA
  
Address: Dicilingan Island, Busuanga
Contact Number: (02) 553-0119
GPS Coordinates: 12.054139, 119.900444



• COMPLETE LIST OF LODGINGS IN CORON & BUSUANGA •


WHERE TO EAT IN CORON


Coron is paradise for food lovers. There are numerous restaurants along the town streets that deciding where to eat sometimes becomes a problem. The place has burger joints, pizza and pasta restaurants, grill houses, seafood places, bars, and the usual cheap carinderia eateries.

There are, however, no fast food restaurants in Coron, which is a good thing really, as it gives the town a very local vibe that’s somehow missing from most of the popular tourist spots in the Philippines.


Coron Town Restaurants
Epic Island Cafe CoronEPIC ISLAND CAFE CORON
Type: Cafe, All-Day Breakfast
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 10:00PM
Address: Real St., Brgy. Poblacion 2, Coron
Contact Number: (0906) 276-5943
GPS Coordinates: 11.998423, 120.204678
PHOTO FROM THEIR FB PAGE
KT's Sinugba Sa Balay CoronKT’S SINUGBA SA BALAY
Type: Grill & Native Restaurant
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 10:00PM
Address: San Agustin St., Brgy. 4, Coron
Contact Number: (0920) 969-8143
GPS Coordinates: 11.999334, 120.203493
PHOTO FROM THEIR FB PAGE
Kawayanan Grill CoronKAWAYANAN GRILL STATION
Type: Grill, Filipino Food
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 12:00MN
Address: 19 Real St., Coron
Contact Number: (0917) 574-4586
GPS Coordinates: 11.998254, 120.203503
La Sirenetta CoronLA SIRENETTA
Type: Filipino, Seafood, International Food
Address: Real St., Poblacion, Coron
Contact Number: (0918) 903-7063
GPS Coordinates: 11.997722, 120.201056
Raphaella's CoronRAPHAELLA’S
Type: Filipino Food
Address: 132 Natl. Highway, Brgy. Poblacion 1, Coron
Contact Number: (0977) 807-9353
GPS Coordinates: 11.999333, 120.207250
Santino's Grill CoronSANTINO’S GRILL
Type: Grill, Barbecue Meals
Address: Coron-Busuanga Road, Brgy. Tagumpay, Coron
Contact Number: (0921) 967-7571 | (0915) 700-3881
GPS Coordinates: 11.992389, 120.211694
Tita Esh Eatery CoronTITA ESH EATERY
Type: Filipino Restaurant, Seafood
Opening Hours: 8:30AM to 7:30PM
Address: Don Pedro St., Coron
Contact Number: (0917) 656-0032
GPS Coordinates: 11.997107, 120.204671
Trattoria Altrov'e CoronTRATTORIA ALTROV'E CORON
Type: Pizza Parlor, Italian
Opening Hours: 11:00AM to 11:00PM
Address: Rosario St., Coron
Contact Number: (0917) 888-0793
GPS Coordinates: 11.998536, 120.202978
PHOTO FROM THEIR FB PAGE
Busuanga Restaurants
Laura's Garden BusuangaLAURA’S GARDEN TROPICAL RESTAURANT 
Type: Restaurant
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 10:00PM
Address: Km.35, National Highway, Brgy. Sto Nino, Busuanga
Contact Number: (0916) 402-2762
GPS Coordinates: 12.035917, 120.013917




WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CORON | CORON TOURIST SPOTS


Tourist spots in Coron can be divided into five main categories; the town tour, the island hopping adventure, the Culion tour, the safari, and the wreck diving activities.

The town tour can be done in half a day. For the island hopping adventure, it would take at least one full day for the Coron Island Loop and another one for the Malcapuya Loop. A trip to the municipality island of Culion would take almost the whole day, similar to the safari tour of Calauit Island (unless you plan on visiting a few more islands right after). For wreck diving, I imagine it would take several days to complete all eleven World War Two Japanese wrecks around Coron (I haven’t tried this out yet).

A note on the Coron Island Loop, there are some variations of this tour depending on where you really want to go as a group, but usually the tour consists of five to six locations for the whole day.

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Coron Town Tourist Spots
Lualhati Park Bayside Plaza CoronLUALHATI PARK BAYSIDE PLAZA
Address: Barangay Poblacion, Coron
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates: 11.995877, 120.201856
Maquinit Hot Springs CoronMAQUINIT HOT SPRINGS
Address: Sitio Maquinit, Brgy. Tagumpay, Coron
Contact Number: (0918) 344-4633
Entrance Fee: ₱150.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.991639, 120.228556
Mount Tapyas CoronMOUNT TAPYAS
Address: Poblacion, Coron
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates: 12.000917, 120.203667
Zipline CoronZIPLINE CORON CLOSED INDEFINITELY
Address: Poblacion, Coron
Entrance Fee: Php500.00++
GPS Coordinates: 11.995611, 120.201889
PHOTO BY TRAVELWITHCHICHI
Coron Island Hopping Tourist Spots
Banol Beach CoronBANOL BEACH
Address: Isla Higantes, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱100.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.949806, 120.193306
Barracuda Lake CoronBARRACUDA LAKE
Address: Isla Higantes, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱200.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.956361, 120.216778
PHOTO BY OMAN SERAPIO
Coral Garden Malwawey CoronCORAL GARDEN - MALWAWEY
Address: Isla Higantes, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱100.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.940007, 120.190869
CYC Beach CoronCYC BEACH
Address: CYC Island, Coron
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates: 11.963611, 120.180611
Kayangan Lake CoronKAYANGAN LAKE
Address: Isla Higantes, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱300.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.959194, 120.226167
Siete Pecados CoronSIETE PECADOS
Address: Isla Higantes, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱100.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.984083, 120.230278
Skeleton Wreck CoronSKELETON WRECK
Address: Isla Higantes, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱100.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.941306, 120.191944
Twin Lagoon CoronTWIN LAGOON
Address: Isla Higantes, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱200.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.947806, 120.209778
Culion Island Tourist Spots
Culion ChurchCULION CHURCH
Address: Culion Island, Culion  
GPS Coordinates: 11.892472, 120.024222
Culion MuseumCULION MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Address: Culion Island, Culion
Contact Number: (048) 550-9709 ‎
Entrance Fee: ₱150.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.891778, 120.023556
Malcapuya Loop Island Hopping Tourist Spots
Banana Island CoronBANANA ISLAND
Address: Banana Island, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱200.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.771917, 120.125611
Bulog Dos Island CoronBULOG DOS ISLAND
Address: Bulog Dos Island, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱200.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.782306, 120.134528
Malcapuya Island CoronMALCAPUYA ISLAND
Address: Malcapuya Island, Coron
Entrance Fee: ₱250.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 11.790222, 120.115556
Busuanga Tourist Spots
Calauit Safari Park BusuangaCALAUIT SAFARI PARK
Address: Calauit Island, Busuanga
Contact Number: None
Entrance Fee: ₱300.00 Filipinos, ₱500.00 Foreigners
GPS Coordinates: 12.273917, 119.884417
Concepcion Falls BusuangaCONCEPCION FALLS
Address: Brgy. Concepcion, Busuanga
Entrance Fee: Free 
GPS Coordinates: 12.055639, 119.976333
Busuanga Island Hopping Tourist Spots
Black Island Malajon Island BusuangaBLACK ISLAND / MALAJON ISLAND
Address: Malajon Island, Busuanga
Entrance Fee: ₱200.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 12.154306, 119.818444
Calumbuyan Island CoronCALUMBUYAN ISLAND
Address: Calumbuyan Island, Busuanga
Entrance Fee: ₱150.00 per person
GPS Coordinates: 12.010556, 119.941472
Lusong Gunboat Wreck CoronLUSONG GUNBOAT WRECK
Address: Lusong Island, Busuanga
GPS Coordinates: 11.970944, 120.022722
PHOTO BY ROSLYN ROSALIA
North Cay Nagtenga IslandNORTH CAY ISLAND / NAGTENGA ISLAND
Address: North Cay Island, Busuanga
Entrance Fee: ₱200.00
GPS Coordinates: 12.065583, 119.877972
Pamalican Island BusuangaPAMALICAN ISLAND
Address: Pamalican Island, Busuanga
GPS Coordinates: 12.082667, 119.875000
PHOTO FROM GOOGLE MAPS
Pass Dicalatan Island BusuangaPASS ISLAND / DICALATAN ISLAND
Address: Pass Island, Busuanga
Entrance Fee: ₱150.00 per person
GPS Coordinates:11.991306, 119.922389
South Cay Nagbinet Island BusuangaSOUTH CAY ISLAND / NAGBINET ISLAND
Address: South Cay Island, Busuanga
Entrance Fee: ₱200.00
GPS Coordinates: 12.057250, 119.877694




WHAT TO BUY & WHERE TO SHOP IN CORON


There are numerous souvenir shops in Coron, most of them offering the usual triad of tourist t-shirts, ref magnets, and key chains. The designs are usually similar in every store but there are a few notable boutique shops selling more unique and creative designs. Besides cashew nuts and cheap seafood, be sure to bring home a few Tagbanua-inspired wood carvings native to the island.


Aramintas Arts & Crafts CoronARAMINTAS ARTS & CRAFTS
Address: Real St., Brgy. Poblacion, Coron
Contact Number: (0917) 563-1554
GPS Coordinates: 11.998275, 120.203736
Coron Public MarketCORON PUBLIC MARKET
Address: Brgy. Poblacion, Coron
GPS Coordinates: 11.997407, 120.202410
Coron Souvenir & Gift ShopCORON SOUVENIR AND GIFT SHOP
Address: Brgy. Polacion 5, Coron
Contact Number: (0920) 203-0302 | (0918) 562-6314
GPS Coordinates: 12.001389, 120.200333
Gina's Cashew Nuts CoronGINA’S CASHEW NUTS
Address: Coron-Busuanga Road, Brgy. Tagumpay, Coron
Contact Number: (0993) 313-4819
GPS Coordinates: 11.992611, 120.211528
Makulit T-Shirts & Accessories CoronMAKULIT T–SHIRTS & ACCESSORIES
Address: Coron-Busuanga Road, Coron
Contact Number:  (0947) 707-0435
GPS Coordinates: 11.998694, 120.202694




CORON TOURIST SPOTS MAP


Coron Tourist Spots Map



CORON SAMPLE ITINERARY & TRAVEL BUDGET GUIDE


I stayed for five days the first time I visited Coron and found it to be the perfect duration for a first time visitor. Four days can cut it, but you’ll have to leave out visiting the Calauit Safari Park or the Culion Island tour. For those with a very tight schedule, the usual three-day weekend tour of Coron can also be possible, but you definitely have to come back again as you really can’t explore most of what Coron has to offer with such a limited time.

The last day can usually be adjusted to fit in a half-day tour, depending on the time of your flight (the latest one is at 5:05pm via Philippine Airlines, as of this writing), you just have to leave really early and make sure your guide understands what time you need to be back at the airport. The risk is, of course, all yours.

As for the expenses, touring around the town of Coron is fairly inexpensive as most of the tourist spots within town are walking distance of each other. Food is also fairly cheap, with lots of choices from carinderia eateries to restaurants. The cost for your Coron tour, however, starts to pile up once you avail of island tours (especially the Calauit Safari). It gets really expensive if you rent a boat all by yourself, but if you’re willing to share a boat with other travelers, the fees become relatively affordable (check the table for tour fees above).

Feel free to customize this itinerary by choosing only the island hopping tours you want to suit your own travel budget.



► DAY ONE | ₱750.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A SHARED TOUR


Late Morning Arrival
₱150.00 - AIRPORT TO CORON TOWN VAN FARE
Check in at Hotel
Lunch
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES
Walk Around Town
Buy Souvenirs
Climb Mount Tapyas until Sunset
₱0.00 - WALK TO MT. TAPYAS STARTING POINT
₱0.00 - NO ENTRANCE FEE
Early Dinner
₱0.00 - WALK TO DINNER PLACE
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES
Visit Maquinit Hot Springs
₱100.00 - ROUNDTRIP TRICYCLE FARE TO MAQUINIT HOT SPRINGS, SHARING FOR 3PAX
₱200.00 - MAQUINIT HOT SPRINGS ENTRANCE FEE



► DAY TWO | ₱2,350.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A SHARED TOUR


Breakfast
₱400.00 - LOWEST PRICED HOTEL BASED ON AGODA, GOOD FOR TWO PERSONS 
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES
Buy lunch at Market (to be cooked by boatman)
₱250.00 - FOOD & SUPPLIES FOR 1PAX
Coron Island Loop Tour
₱750.00 - ISLAND TOUR BOAT FEE PER PAX FOR A GROUP OF FOUR
Siete Pecados ₱100.00 - ENTRANCE FEE
Skeleton Wreck ₱100.00 - ENTRANCE FEE
Banul Beach (Lunch) ₱150.00 - ENTRANCE FEE
Kayangan Lake / Barracuda Lake ₱300.00 - ENTRANCE FEE
Twin Lagoon ₱200.00 - ENTRANCE FEE
Back to Coron Town
Dinner
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES



► DAY THREE | ₱1,987.50 PER PERSON BASED ON A SHARED TOUR


Breakfast
₱400.00 - LOWEST PRICED HOTEL BASED ON AGODA, GOOD FOR TWO PERSONS 
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES

Visit Culion Island
₱1,087.50 - ISLAND TOUR BOAT FEE PER PAX FOR A GROUP OF FOUR 
Culion Church 
Culion Museum and Archives ₱150.00 – ENTRANCE FEE  
Get Back to Coron Town and Depart to Airport END OF CORON 3-DAY ITINERARY  
Lunch at Culion
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES
Visit Coral Garden
₱100.00 - ENTRANCE FEE
Visit CYC Beach
₱0.00 - ENTRANCE FEE
Back to Coron Town
Dinner
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES



► DAY FOUR | ₱2,700.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A SHARED TOUR


Breakfast
₱400.00 - LOWEST PRICED HOTEL BASED ON AGODA, GOOD FOR TWO PERSONS 
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES
Buy Lunch at Market (to be cooked by boatman) 
₱250.00 - FOOD & SUPPLIES FOR 1PAX
Malcapuya Island Loop Tour
₱1,300.00 - ISLAND TOUR BOAT FEE PER PAX FOR A GROUP OF FOUR 
Malcapuya Island (Lunch) ₱250.00 - ENTRANCE FEE 
Banana Island ₱200.00 - ENTRANCE FEE 
Bulog Dos Island ₱200.00 - ENTRANCE FEE
Back to Coron Town
Dinner
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES



► DAY FIVE | ₱3,450.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A SHARED TOUR


Early Check Out
₱400.00 - LOWEST PRICED HOTEL BASED ON AGODA, GOOD FOR TWO PERSONS 
Early Breakfast
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES
Calauit Safari Park Tour
₱2,450.00 - TOUR BOAT FEE PER PAX FOR A GROUP OF FOUR
₱300.00 - ENTRANCE FEE  
Lunch
₱150.00 - AVERAGE MEAL COST ON EATERIES
Depart to Airport ALTERNATE LAST DAY FOR 3-DAY OR 4-DAY CORON ITINERARY



TOTAL BUDGET | ₱11,237.50 per person     
BASED ON TWO PERSONS TRAVELING TOGETHER FOR FIVE DAYS & FOUR NIGHTS IN CORON WITH SHARED TOURS



EXTEND YOUR CORON TRIP


CEBU  
Cebu Travel Blog
Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes away by plane
Departure Point: Busuanga Airport
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 5 days
EL NIDO  
El Nido Travel Blog
Travel Time: 5 to 9 hours travel time
Departure Point: Coron Port
Suggested Number of Days:




CORON TRAVEL BLOG, GUIDE, EXPENSES, MAP, & ITINERARY
UPDATED AS OF JUNE 21, 2022

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100 comments

  1. Ang galing ng PP ng first photo, jaw dropping Ü

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    1. Thanks Kath, medyo konting PP lang yan, sakto ang ilaw pagdating namin sa Twin Lagoon eh :)

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    2. Note that another good way to get to Coron is by multiday boat tour from El Nido, such as with http://www.islandhoppinginthephilippines.com/. This way you'll get to see the many jewels between: tons of paradise beach islands, mostly deserted, excellent snorkeling in the clearest waters in the world, caves to explore and so much more.

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  2. grabe very comprehensive! ang galing mo talaga sir. idol!

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  3. Ang gandaaaa ng post na to! Thank you sir!

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    1. Thanks Patrick, I hope my Coron guide proves helpful :)

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  4. Grabe ang galing ng travel guide na to Christian! Will definitely use this when I go to Coron in December. Super thanks! ^__^

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    1. No problem Milet, you definitely won't get disappointed with Coron :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing this itinerary. Very helpful for my a future trip!

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  6. Hello! Meron po ba na budget hotels/accommodation na may beach na po? Tnx

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    1. Hi RRAR, yes there are accommodations on beach areas, although they are on the islands and not in town. And they're a bit on the expensive side. :)

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  7. Hi Christian! I know its been almost a year since this post but i just wanted to ask how long it took you to travel from Coron Town to the Malcapuya island loop tour?

    This has been the most detailed itinerary i've found online so far!

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    1. Hi, from the town of Coron, it takes about an hour and a half to travel to the Malcapuya tour. Hope this helps :)

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  8. Hi Christian ..i just wanted to know ..how much will be the budget for your 5 days itinerary? thank you!!

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    1. Hi, there are actually so many variables to consider, like how many are you in the group, where you're staying, where you plan to eat, etc. But you can actually guess the total cost of your trip by reading the linked articles I posted along with the rates for the hotels you plan to stay in. :)

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  9. Hello Christian, is your boatman still in business?

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  11. Galing ng pagkakagawa ng blog. Kudos to the author :)

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    1. Salamat Itsicy! Have you visited Coron's tourist spots yet? :)

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  12. This is very informative. Really useful. Next time you visit Coron, you might want to check our place as well: One Averee Bay Hotel. It's just right in the middle of town :)

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    1. Hi, will try and contact you if ever I go back to Coron :)

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  13. You have beautiful photos! I love Coron! The beaches, the lakes, the very hospitable locals especially the very helpful boatmen. I make sure to go back to Coron at least once a year. I always book with Ultimate Coron Experience 0918-465-9010 for the boat rental because of their excellent service and kind staff. Highly recommended!

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  14. very reliable blog. Kudos!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you found it useful in planning your Coron trip :)

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  15. How much did everything cost?

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    1. Hi Kristine, I don't usually put in a budget as every traveler has his or her own way of spending their money. Everything would depend on where you're gonna stay, where you're gonna eat, how many times, what kind of meals and where you would plan to go. You can actually compute your Coron budget yourself using the guide as the hotels, the tours and the restaurants (if you click the link) have prices on them. :)

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  16. Wow, this blog is very helpful. I'm happy I found this blog.

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  17. Travelling in Palawan is a very nice experience. So if you want to visit and have a vacation, you can go to our website: http://his.com.ph/en/en-index.html to see our affordable package tour price! Also, fill-up our inquiry form for us to easily assist you! Thank You!

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  18. How can we contact Avel? :)

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  19. Hi Christian, would you know kung ilan and capacity ng bangka ni Avel? We are a group of 7. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Anna, they have a boat for a Coron island hopping tour that can accommodate 10 persons :)

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  20. Hi Christian, about Linapacan, meron bang public boat ferrying the place. Tsaka ano ang best month to go there na less waves.

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    1. Hi Edwin, I'm not sure about a public ferry to Linapacan, but there are tours going there from Coron (check the table I posted above) :)

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  21. Thanks Christian, would you know how much he charges to rent his boat? Does he goes with the standard rates?

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  22. Hi Christian,
    Thanks for this post.
    It's my first time to be the one making an itinerary. So I need all the help I can get.
    With the Coron Island tour, do I just contact the cell phone numbers of the boatmen? So I'll pay them through them right or do I have to go to an office first or something? How do I meet with them too? Do the tricycles reach their meeting area?

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    1. Hi, yes you pay them directly. I have not dealt with the Coron boat tours association yet, but Avel is reliable enough for me.

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  23. Hi Mr. Christian, thank you for this very informative blog. I would like to ask a few questions and contact you personally..although posting it here will also help others, especially for a first-timer like me. I am DIY-ing our tour next week. Yes, i know, i'm sorry it landed in a holiday (it was supposedly a multi-day hike at the mountains in Palawan but I became pregnant so here I am). You think it's feasible to have PPS-EL NIDO-CORON or vice versa for 9days? I have read some other blogs but (not to pat yourself on the back) yours is the most informative so please please please help me, sir Christian. They dint mention Atienza Lines but this one ferry that charges different rates for Fil.citizen and foreigners 1500 & 1800'repectively to and fro EL NIDO-CORON/ CORON-EL NIDO? Thank you!

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    1. I think it is feasible, but would be totally hectic. My advice, do the PPS-El Nido tour for nine days and plan the Coron trip separately. That way, you get to enjoy the place more. As for the foreigner rates for Atienza Lines, I believe they do charge the same rate for both locals and foreigners. :)

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  24. One of the best itinerary posts Ive ever seen. Comprehensive and organized. Thank. You.

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    1. Thank you, hope you have a grand time in Coron :)

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  25. hi po I would like to ask kung magkano yung naging expenses nyo for this tour?

    Thank u so much

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    1. Hi, will post a budget update for Coron soon :)

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  26. Kumpleto at informative! Salamat and pls update if possible

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  27. Wow very informative blog. Just want to ask ur suggestion if san pde pmnta while waiting for my friend? He will arrive at 1:00am in airport but im already at the airport by 7:30am. upon his arrival dun plng kc kmi mgcheck in s Busuanga Seadive Resort. Thank you.

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    1. i mean 1:00pm

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    2. I advise that you go straight to Coron town after arriving at the airport. Wala kasi makikita near the airport. Once at the town, you can climb Mt. Tapyas. Leave your things at the hotel muna. :)

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    3. slamat s reply... gusto nia kc umakyat kmi sabay dun s hapon pra s sunset.. heheeh.. hndi pko pde mgcheck in ng maaga s hotel pra mgpahinga nlng sana mna ko.. heheh

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  28. Hello = Do you know if there are lepers on Culion?

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  29. Hi. Where can we book our coron tour at the cheapest price?

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    1. Hi, you may check the boat operator / tour guide I posted above

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  30. May I know po kung anong name ng President ng Calamian Tourist Boat Association (complete address)? And his/her exact position in the association.Thanks.

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    1. Hi, sorry I don't have the name of the Calamian Tourist Boat Association president

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  31. Sir christian, saan makakapag book ng tour? calauit at coron island tour? mag diy lang kasi ako ng tour christmas gift ko sa kanya, pero january pa ang travel date.

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    1. Sir christian, saan makakapag book ng tour? calauit at coron island tour? mag diy lang kasi ako ng tour christmas gift ko sa gf, pero january pa ang travel date.

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    2. Hi, you may book the tours either via your hotel or the tour guide and boatman I recommended above. :)

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  32. Very helpful for budget travelers! THANKS Christian!

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  33. Hello, sir. How long is the travel time from town to the safari park and vice versa? Is it by land or sea?

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    1. Hi, you can do it by land or by sea. About two to three hours one way, if I remember correctly.

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  34. I love your blog sir.. Very informative specially for budget planning. I am looking into celebrating our anniv. There.. thanks a lot and god bless.

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  35. Hello Sir Christian! ask ko lng po same rate entrance fee sa mga island sa kids? 10 and 4y.o? Thank you!

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    1. Hi, as far as I know kids are paid in full for the Coron Island entrance fees. However, I think you can haggle with the ticket collectors to lower the fees for them.

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  36. Hello Christian,

    Thanks po sa blog nyo, nakapa detailed at super helpful for us first timers to go in Coron. Two thumbs up!

    Yung boat po ba ni Avel can accomodate at most 10 people and same rate po ba?

    Thank you. :)

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    1. Yes, Avel does have boats that can accommodate ten persons. Check the table above for the boat rates :)

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  37. We will celebrate my son's birthday at Coron, Palawan. My husband and I are still deciding whether we will avail the package offered by UltimateCoronExperience.com/ 09184659010. For 12, 843, we'll get hotel accommodation, round trip airport transfers, private boat service, boatman and tour guide fees, Coron town tour, island hopping tour, island entrance fees and permits, breakfast, picnic lunch and snacks, as well as life vests, mask and snorkel. We will in Sunz En Coron since they have their own pool. Do you think the price is good?

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    1. It is a bit expensive, but I guess it is much hassle free than doing and organizing everything on your own :)

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  38. Thanks for your useful guide. I'm gonna visit Coron in the next few days, but I still wonder staying at hotel located in Conception, is it convenient to take a island tour in Coron due to long distance away. Can you give me advice about transportation?

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    1. Concepcion is indeed quite far from Coron Town. It's actually in Busuanga and not Coron. Anyways, they also have island hopping tours coming from that area. What you can do is coordinate your tour with your lodging owner.

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  39. You've got one of the greatest travel blogs. Thanks for your very useful guides. Any, which would you suggest for big group customized tours, contacting directly a local boatmen or arranging it with the calamian tourist boat association?

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    1. Hi, thanks so much. For big group tours in Coron, contacting the boat operator I recommended above or the Calamian TBA, are both okay. I guess what you xan do is contact both, then compare their fees. :)

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  40. Hi. Are the boat tariff rates is as of June 2017? Heard there was an increase po. Thank you so much.

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  41. Thanks for updating your Coron travel guide! :D Big help sir! :)

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    1. Salamat Mujee! More updates about Coron soon :)

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  42. Iba talaga 'to si master! Bookmarked!

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    1. Salamat, ma'am Celine! Have you been to Coron yet? You should go!!! :)

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  43. Thank you for the update. Just a question, if you will which side to get a window seat to get a good view of Coron up there, is it left side or right side? Thank you

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  44. I mean if you will choose... Thanks

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    1. Hi, you mean the best view of Coron from a plane window, right? As far as I can recall, both sides of the plane has good view of Coron from above. My tip, get the seat that's won't be against the light of the sun, easier for taking photos :)

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  45. Great article!

    If you're going to Coron Sep 15 - Dec 15, 2017, you should take advantage of Sunlight Guest Hotel's promo! Check it out at https://www.unitop.com.ph/site/article_detail/id/21! :D

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  46. This is such an awesome and comprehensive article regarding Coron's best spots! I've been planning to visit Coron since last year but I never really had the chance to complete the saving and planning process. At first, I want to do a DIY trip but when I see Ultimate Coron Experience's tour package (http://www.ultimatecoronexperience.com/ultimate-coron-tour-packages-2/) it made me want to go for a tour package instead. Do you think it's better to go on a DIY trip or just book a tour package?

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    1. Tour packages are much more convenient, but if you're looking to save some money, do it DIY :)

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  47. Thanks for the detailed guide! I intend to use my 5-day off to travel in the Philippines, but now I don't know to choose between Palawan and Coron. Which one is more beautiful and convenient to reach?

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    1. It depends what you want, you may check this link for a comparison of Coron and El Nido:

      Coron Vs El Nido

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  48. wow, this is such a detailed article on what looks like an absolute dream of a destination! I keep coming across this region of the Philippines as a go-to destination, especially for diving wrecks such as the Tangat Wreck (https://dive.site/explore/site/tangat-wreck-46Kg). your tips on the budget are really helpful, thank you for putting this together!

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  49. Hello! I'm planning to go to Coron next month and I stumbled upon Ultimate Coron Experience's tour packages (http://www.ultimatecoronexperience.com/ultimate-coron-tour-packages-2/). I just want to know your input if the 3D2N Ultimate Coron Sulit Tour is good enough considering the inclusions of the package? Any inputs will do :)

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  50. An extremely useful and in-depth article! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! Hope you find my Coron itinerary useful!

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