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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Coron Escapade Tour

Unspoiled Malcapuya island

The Coron Island Escapade tour introduces the best of Coron islands. Visitors will be amazed and awestruck by the beauty of the white sandy long stretch beaches, clear blue waters, sand bars, rock formations, and unique marine life surrounding these islands. Definitely a must see for Coron visitors.

50 shades of crystal clear water complimenting the soft white sand of Banana island with no crowds

It will take around 1 hour to 1.5 hours to reach Bulog Dos from Coron, depending on how calm the waves are. When we went there, it only took us around an hour because we left early AROUND 7:30am, when the waves were calm. There will be three islands in this tour, which are Bulog Dos, Banana Island and Malcapuya.

Mini sand bar in Bulog Dos island

If you want to escape the crowd and just chill on the beach and enjoy clear waters, this escapade is perfect for you. It is not that crowded because it is far from the usual Coron island tours which most tourists follow. 

Beautiful wall of rocks made by the locals in Bulog Dos island

IMPORTANT TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID THE CROWD IN CORON:

  • LEAVE EARLY – almost all of the boats leave at the same time from the port in Coron, which is around 9:00am to 9:30am. If you want to avoid the flocks of tourists, waking up early in the morning and leaving around 6am or 7am is WORTH IT! I know it is way too early and probably you still feel sleepy or hungover from partying last night, but it takes an hour to 1.5 hours to reach your first destination, so in this case, you can take a nap during the journey. If you are lucky, you will be able to see lots of flying fish along the way.
  • BOOK A PRIVATE BOAT some of us are budget travelers and want to save as much money as possible by taking joiner tours, but you will be annoyed whenever your tour guide blows his whistle instructing you it is time to leave and move on to the next location. For this reason, booking a private boat tour is more convenient. It may cost a little more, but if there are 4 of you, you can divide the cost of the boat. As a result, you can spend how long you wish to stay on each island, you have the control of time, you can pick your own itinerary; where you want to go, and you do not have to wait for a massive amount of people to get on and off the boat. 
Enjoy your fresh caught fish and fruits on the beach with this beautiful view and crystal clear water

Usually, the boatman will take you to the wet market to choose your food and have it cooked with the boatman for FREE. Also, if you want to have an instagram-worthy photo, booking a PRIVATE CORON BOAT TOUR is PERFECT! To book click the below picture and choose “Coron only” as your route.

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