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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Magransing Island: An Underrated Tropical Island in Palawan

Drone shot of the Magransing Island

Linapacan is slowly attracting more tourists, especially after Daily News Dig listed it as having one of the clearest waters in the world to swim.

Colorful fishes under the clearest waters in Palawan

Although most tourists will only visit the touristy and known places like El Nido and Coron, there are plenty of underrated and undiscovered islands in between, one of which is Linapacan.

Small waves dancing over the sand bar of Magransing Island

The municipality of Linapacan has 52 islands included in its official region but we counted manually that there are 82 paradise beach islands to explore along our regular boat tours between Sibaltan and Coron.

White sand bar dividing the sea into two in different shades of blue

Also known as Little Maosonon Island, you can actually see a little resemblance between Magransing and Maosonon.

Untouched beautiful island

Sure, the waters were still clear. But the island is famous for its long sand bar, which looks really amazing. The sand bar is quite narrow that you can see the waves meeting from both sides. It is better to go there when it is low tide so the sand overlaps the water.

The sand is so soft that it entices you to lie down on it

It will take roughly 30 minutes from Maosonon Island to get to Magransing Island. There are no houses on the island but you can find a bamboo nipa hut where the man who collects money for the environmental fee waits. It is better to bring some food, drinks and beers before going there because it will take a few hours to reach the town of San Miguel, where there are regular stores.

The color of the sky reflects in the sea water

Most people do not know about this island if they take a fast craft ferry from El Nido to Coron or vice versa. This is just one of the many islands they missed along the way. For sure on your next trip, you do not want to miss this untarnished island, which you can have for yourselves because it is away from the crowds!

If you are visiting Philippines and want to experience pristine tropical islands, Palawan is the PERFECT place for you. To get here, you can join or book one of our private custom Palawan boat tours between El Nido and Coron, or a local Coron tour. 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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Maosonon Island: Unspoiled Tropical Island

Located in the famed sanctuary paradise island of Palawan, Mystery Island (or known locally as Maosonon Island), can be found in Sibaltan, municipality of El Nido.

Mystery Island sits in close proximity to the other islands of the El Nido municipality and is easily accessible from Manila.

An excellent getaway for sun-seekers who crave spectacular light and warm weather all-year long.

Mystery or Maosonon Island offers a diversity of land and water adventures for the finicky vacationer and plentiful business opportunities for discerning investors. 

Maosonon Island is raw and bare, with no electricity or other structures aside from the caretaker’s humble hut and a few makeshift cottages where visitors can take refuge. There is no five-star hotel or resort on the island, although those who wish to spend a night there will surely be sleeping underneath billions of stars.

        Fresh coconuts that our boatman took from a coconut tree for FREE

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If you are visiting Philippines and want to experience pristine tropical islands, Palawan is the PERFECT place for you. To get here, you can join or book one of our private custom Palawan boat tours between El Nido and Coron, or a local Coron tour. 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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