Before we get to the 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Coron, lets learn a little about Coron. Coron is a tropical island in the province of Palawan in the Philippines and is best known for it’s World War II-era wreck diving. Coron also offers limestone landscapes, beautiful beaches, crystal-clear freshwater lakes, and shallow-water coral reefs. Coron has a unique charm of it’s own, and is more laid back and great for family vacations and diving adventures. Fully vaccinated travelers can now explore Coron with its idyllic beaches and enchanting lagoons. You can visit the most beautiful islands in the Philippines here or on Pinterest.
Coron Weather – When to Visit
There are two main seasons in Coron. First is the dry season (summer) which happens from November to May. Second is the rainy season which occurs from July to September. If you are visiting Coron for its gorgeous beaches, go during the dry season. You’ll be able to enjoy water activities like snorkeling and diving. Visiting during the summer season is also best if you plan to do some sightseeing in Coron Town. Year round temperatures in Coron average between lows in the middle 70s, to highs in the lower 90s. No matter what season you travel to Coron, the weather will always be warm.
Essentials to Pack for Coron
- Slip On Shoes Flip flops will see you through most of your Philippines trip. If you want to bring other shoes, slip-on shoes that you can slide off when you enter your hotel or guesthouse are your best bet. I recommend some lightweight espadrilles like these or some comfy go-with-anything Birkenstock sandals like these.
- Dry Bag You can buy a dry bag in the Philippines, but they only cost a couple of dollars and I wouldn’t trust them for long. I used mine to get on and off the boats (you usually have to walk about waist-deep into the water) but I wouldn’t have swum with it or taken it underwater. If you want a bag you can pack camera gear in to take into hidden beaches and lagoons, buy a decent dry bag before you go.
- Walking shoes. You’re going to be spending lots of time on boats and in the water, but there are also some fantastic hikes. So pack a pair of running shoes that will dry quickly if they get back but will also support your feet.
- Water shoes. Some of the islands are only accessible by boat. You’ll have to swim (or walk) a little way, so a pair of water shoes like these will protect your feet from stones and anything lying on the beach.
- Underwater camera. The AKASO EK7000 4K30FPS Action Camera will get you some amazing photos and videos.
- Toiletries The toiletry essentials you will want to pack are skin care or hair care (for out in the sun), mosquito repellent, hand sanitizer wipes, and sun screen.
- Reusable Water Bottle The Philippines is cutting back on plastic. Help them out and do your bit for the planet by taking a refillable bottle with you. Try this great stainless steel refillable water bottle.
Best Coron Area Beaches
Banol Beach is a small, quiet, white sand strip perfect for lazing around in the sun, getting tanned and splashing about in the cool blue water! If you’re lucky, you may make a few four-legged friends while visiting. It’s best to come to Banol Beach in the mornings as it is a popular lunch spot for many of the boat tours. This quiet beach has the perfect setting for beautiful photo-shoots!
The stunning Malcapuya Beach is a short boat ride from Coron Town. One of the best ways to get to this beach is through the Beach Tour bookable from Coron Town. This picture-perfect stretch of sand is mostly quiet except for a few small hotels on the ocean. With bright blue-green waters and white sands, this place has seriously some of the most beautiful scenery.
Atwayan Beach is the perfect place to unwind and is much less crowded than Banol. This is the perfect place for some great, quiet and peaceful snorkeling and for appreciating the beauty of the beautiful palm trees if you enjoy being close to mother nature.
Bulog Dos Island
Bulog Dos Island can be reached via boat tour and is about an hour and a half to two hours away from Coron Town Proper. There’s plenty of bio diversities here, as you can see starfish, parrot fish, and corals. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a barracuda or a stingray. The water here is so shallow that you can travel to its sister island and visit the Two Seasons Coron Island Resort.
Marcilla beach is like the lost paradise, undeveloped and wasted beach. It is hard to get to but is located on the main Busuanga Island and is reachable by scooter within an hour. Marcilla beach is beautiful and has a sandbar with a peaceful ambiance. WWII shipwrecks of the hauntingly beautiful Japanese warships make wreck diving a huge attraction here.
Best Coron Tours & Activities
All-Inclusive Coron Island Hopping: Private Speedboat
See the beauty of Coron Island at your own pace and allow us to share with you. Its breathtaking destinations. Our private speedboat rental will flexibly allow you to go to the highlight destinations of Coron Palawan. Book your All-Inclusive Coron Island Hopping Tour here.
Coron Busuanga Calauit Safari Tour With Black Island (Private)
Take a day tour to see the savannah of Coron teeming with African giraffes, gazelles, zebras, brown deer and more Enjoy a nice morning safari tour around Calauit Game Refuge and Wildlife Sanctuary Visit some of the enclosures to see the variety of amazing local wildlife! Assist the park rangers in the morning feeding of some animals like the giraffe at one of the stables. Book your Private Coron Busuanga Calauit Safari Tour w/Black Island here.
Half-Day Water Activities Experience in Coron
Coron is known for its relaxing vibe that would want to make you laze under the sun for days! But if you want to add a little excitement to your vacation, why not join these awesome water sports at Royal Island Watersports? You can avail of these packages that will allow you to try all water rides of exciting activities in one whole day! You can scream your lungs out when you ride the banana boat, flyfish, bandwagon and hurricane. You can also opt to ride the clear glass kayak after watersports or opt to chill at the floating sea pool. If you’re looking to more adrenaline encounters with your friends, this is activity certainly suits you! Book your Half-Day Water Activity Experience in Coron here.
Coron Reef and Wreck Tour D
Snorkel and swim above the Lusong gunboat, sunk in World War II off Coron Island, on this full-day tour from Busuanga. Planing a two-stop snorkeling excursion in unfamiliar waters may be a daunting prospect, but this guided tour takes care of all of the details for you. With snorkeling equipment provided, lunch on the beach, and round-trip transportation via boat, passengers can focus on the underwater life at the reef and around the gunboat. Book your Coron Reef and Wreck Tour D here.
Coron Island Tour B (Shared Tour)
Get to know the picturesque islands of the Calamian Archipelago on this full-day boat tour from Coron. Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun as you visit places like Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck, Reef Garden, and much more. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch buffet on a pristine sandy beach and admire the idyllic scenery throughout the day. Book your Coron Island Tour B (Shared Tour) here.
Best Coron Restaurants
Kawayanan Grill $11 – 30
This restaurant with a native motif is perfect for anyone craving for seafood and grilled food. For a sampler plate for sharing, try the Kawayanan Platter (which comes with grilled crab, fish, squid, shrimps, lato (seaweed) and grilled kibiao (clams), which is a local specialty. Telephone: 63 917 574 4586 Web: Kawayanan Grill
Pang’et Firefly Floating Restaurant $11 – 30
They offer a unique experience, a romantic boat ride along the mangrove forest to catch the colonies of fireflies producing magnificent twinkling lights before the local dinner. Spend time on the water experiencing nature’s magic – the supernatural glow of bio luminescence. Telephone: 63 927 280 0029 Web: Pang’et Firefly Floating Restaurant
Trattoria Altrov’é $11 – 30
This Slovenian-owned restaurant is famous for its pizza and pasta dishes. They also offer vegetarian options and international options. Their pizza is cooked in a wood fire brick oven, served in an authentic Italian style. The ambiance is excellent, plus the restaurant’s interiors are reminiscent of a rustic villa. Telephone: 63 917 888 0793 Web: Trattoria Altrove
Corto del Mar $11 – 30
You don’t have to be staying at the upscale Corto Del Mar Resort in order to enjoy the delicacies at their on-site restaurant. This Mediterranean themed restaurant offers an extensive menu with a variety of international dishes. Telephone: 63 917 526 8381 Web: Corto del Mar
Sinugba Sa Balay $11 – 30
This unpretentious grill and native restaurant, as it describes itself, is just the right place to sample genuine Filipino food in a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere. You’ll find most of the classic dishes of the country’s cuisine here, prepared in style and served in big portions at very reasonable rates. Telephone: 63 920 969 8143 Web: Sinugba Sa Balay
Best Coron Bars
Address: Governor’s Dr, Dinagpan, Barrangay 5 Telephone: 63 917 555 5781 Web: Pirates Tavern
Get Real Bar & Restaurant
Address: Real St, Coron Town Proper Telephone: 63 917 555 3703 Web: Get Real Bar & Restaurant
Address: Coron Town Proper Telephone: 63 995 224 4661 Web: Tapais Lounge