Tips on Choosing Tours in Coron

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Twin Lagoon, Coron, Palawan

Got only limited time in Coron? Are you having some difficulty in choosing which tour you should not miss? This post will help you decide which island hopping tours you should do despite having limited time or only a few days in Coron, Palawan.

World’s top 3 islands are in the Philippines and obviously, Palawan is on the list. Palawan with 1,708 islands and islets of the Philippines. Palawan has been ranked three times in a row to have the clearest waters in the world.

The most popular destinations in Palawan are El Nido and Coron, bombarded by millions of tourists every year. Both are known for their stunning lagoons, white sand beaches and perfect diving spots.

I know, Philippines is massive in terms of thousands of islands it has, and so is Palawan. If you are visiting Coron and you only have a few days to do island hopping tours, I would recommend booking a Coron private boat tour.

Why? It is better because if you only have a limited amount of time, having a private boat tour offers you flexibility. Meaning, you can arrange with your boatman what time you want to start. In order to avoid the flocks of tourists, I suggest leaving earlier, like around 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning. The usual public or joiner tours start at 9:00 or 9:30.

Moreover, one of the perks is no one will rush you. If you have experienced joining a tour, you already know what I mean. Joiner or pubic island hopping has a tour guide who blows a whistle telling you that time is up and it is now time to leave and move on to another location.

If you are the kind of person who prefers to enjoy the paradise and stay however long you wish, no rush, for sure you would not want that right? You would rather enjoy the paradise and just go with the flow.

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So what is the best island hopping tour in Coron, Palawan? I would say it depends on what you are looking for.

If you want to see lakes and lagoons, Coron Only Island tour is the best for you. It includes Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake, Barakuda Lake, Twin Lagoons, Skeleton Wreck and Coral Garden. These sites are usually packed of tourists all year round because it is just a few minutes by boat from town and is known for its picturesque views.

On the other hand, if you want to get away from crowds and chill on the beach, Bulog Dos, Banana Island and Malcapuya Island are perfect for you. It will take roughly an hour and half by boat to get to Bulog Dos. Because it takes some time to get there, only few tourists venture this far, so you will most likely see fewer of them. You can also avoid most of the travelers by leaving early in the morning around 7:30. Usually, if you leave early, the sea is calmer. Banana Island and Bulog Dos are known for their sand bars, while Malcapuya Island is known for its very soft and fine sand. These three islands have clear waters too.

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Free Diving In Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan
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The sand in Malcapuya Island is so soft like a cotton candy that you want to eat it.

Coron is well-known for its wrecks and reefs. If you do diving or free diving, Lusong Coral Garden, Lusong Gun Boat and Pass Island will not disappoint you. These are the sites most divers have in their bucket list to dive into. There are around eight ship wrecks in Coron.

You can also find another ship wreck in Black Island. If you do not dive, you can see the ship wreck during low tide. It is very accessible and, because of the clear water, you can see it right away. You can also find some caves there (above picture).

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Visible ship wreck in Black Island during low tide

To get here, you can join or book one of our private custom Palawan boat tours and choose “Coron only” for your tour.

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Boat Operator – Alvin

boat-tour-operator-alvin-20160916_101100A fisherman by trade, Alvin lives on Patoyo island and was our neighbour for our first project on that island. Since then he has painted and fixed up his boat and engine, as shown in the picture to the left. He often brings in crucial supplies to our camp.

He can do local tours in the Linapacan area for around 2,000p for five people max (depends on the waves), with lunch at his place (below).

He can also take two people with gear max to either Coron or Sibaltan, depending on the waves, for about 5-6000p total. This would be a one day trip and include a bit of island hopping, such as the lagoons around Coron.

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Standing in front of his house with his piggies (note the little ones in the background).

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Teaching a guest how to fish on a local island hopping tour.

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Entrance to his small community of jungle huts.

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Dinner waiting at the entrance to his village.

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Boat Operator – Benji

His primary source of income by profession, Benji also runs a regular schedule to Coron on Fridays, 2 days, with a one day trip back leaving on Sundays.

Every operator has their own contacts or relatives who have islands you can explore or people to meet and stay at on different islands, making tours by each operator special. But what makes Benji’s tours extra special is his particular love for Emperador, a local brandy, with the contagiously jovial mood it brings with it once you settle down for the evening.

Keep in mind though that he manages several boats and crews, so it might be just the luck of the draw which boat he actually captains. But if you like to party, send him a special request and try to work out a deal!

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The master captain himself.
Below: Takling, island owned by his father-in-law
and where he often likes to camp overnight on his tours.

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Below, entertainment hut on Calacala,
another island owned by one of his relatives and an exclusive to his tours. 

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Yours truly celebrating his son’s birthday with them.

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Below: more pics from his camera, this time of the local Eli caves.

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His new boat:

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He wrote: We serve towels also to my guest all in white color with the beddings.

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Mango swans.

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You can join or book one of our private custom Palawan boat tours between El Nido and Coron. Tons of paradise beach islands to see along the way, excellent snorkeling in crystal clear waters, caves to explore, Spanish fortress and much more. Completely off the beaten path!

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