Activities and Attractions
Coron has been a go-to destination for vacationers hoping to get a glimpse of this piece of Palawan paradise. Its serene powdery white sand that encompasses the island, its cool azure waters and thriving coral reef, pictures the raw beauty and serenity of nature. Its awe-inspiring scenery alone makes it worth a visit. But there’s more to Coron than its sightseeing opportunities. Amp up your indulgence with a wealth of fun activities and exciting adventures you’re not likely to experience elsewhere.
Explore the islands. All 360-degrees of this beautiful sanctuary is made for discovering. If you’re visiting Coron for the first time, then island hopping is an absolute must. It’s your ticket to seeing as much of the area’s natural wonders as you can in a day or two. Second in size and beauty, situated in lower grounds about 75m above sea level facing Coron Bay just 15 minutes ride by motorized banca. One of the big attractions aside from the lake itself is the main entrance, which consists of a big cove capable of accommodating tourist boats and yachts. With its blue waters, white rocky bottoms, majestic rock formations and coral reefs, it is the favorite spot for swimming, scuba diving and excursions. Kayangan Lake Second in size and beauty, situated in lower grounds about 75m above sea level facing Coron Bay just 15 minutes ride by motorized banca. One of the big attractions aside from the lake itself is the main entrance, which consists of a big cove capable of accommodating tourist boats and yachts. With its blue waters, white rocky bottoms, majestic rock formations and coral reefs, it is the favorite spot for swimming, scuba diving and excursions. Barracuda Lake Named after a barracuda that supposedly resides within its waters long before time. The path is much shorter than Kayangan lake but a little more challenging for first timers specially its waters are deeper. The lake projects a scenery ideal for photography and scuba diving. Twin Lagoon Two lagoons separated by a wall of rock. The only access of which is a small crevice underneath the rock, or during high tide, a ladder over the rock. The temperature of the waters in the Twin Lagoons also alternates between warm and cold, similar to Lake Barracuda, where the cold freshwater meets the hot salt water called thermocline. As the water becomes deeper, the temperature increases and becomes warmer due to limestone deposit at the sea bed. Twin Peaks A Coral reef beside Coron Island managed by the Tagbanua Tribe of Coron Island is home to a wide variety of exotic fishes and corals. Banol Beach Perhaps the most well known amongst Coron Island beaches, and arguably the best, Banol actually has two beaches, “Banol nga mabael” (Big Banol) and “Banol nga maite” (Small Banol). Its rock formations are a photographer’s delight. The natives in it are also a source of Nido or Bird’s Nest (“balinsasayaw” in our native tongue), main ingredient for the bird’s nest soup found in Chinese restaurants. Atuayan Beach Originally called Katuayan, (a place full of Tuay, a kind of shell) by the natives, Atuayan beach is situated in a cove with a small island near its mouth which makes it child-friendly because there is virtually no current. Along with Banol, it has the longest beach among the Coron Island beaches. It also has a decent snorkeling area. Ideal also for kayaking. For the adventurous, Atuayan Lake is located just behind the beach, but one has to scale the near vertical rock cliff to get to the lake. Malwawey Island or Skeleton Wreck A small island located off the Western side of Coron Island across Atuayan Beach. It features a nice coral reef (on the side facing Atuayan), and a small shipwreck. It has a very small beach with probably the finest white sand among the Coron Island beaches. Also known as Skeleton Wreck. Smith’s Point A small beach with fine white sand and beautiful rock formations. Siete Pecados Marine Park It is a group of seven (7) islets located in the narrow passage between Coron adjacent to Maquinit Natural Hot Springs. These are small uninhabited islands with a legend full of tragedy. CYC Beach Named after the founder “Coron Youth Club” is managed by the Municipal Government of Coron. The island is twenty minutes away from town with white sandy beach and crystal clear cool water. Ideal for picnickers and sunbathers. Banana Island Lots of shade trees, hammocks and huts invite you to relax. On the eastern tip of the island lies a sand bar which can be reached on foot during low tide. Its wide beach area makes it a good place for team-building activities. Kayaking and snorkelling are also possible. Malcapuya Island Features a beautiful beach over a kilometer long with fine white sand. Many local boatmen swear it is the best beach in the Calamianes. Its swimming area is home to many giant clams. Its long beach makes it very ideal for team-building activities. Kayaking is also possible. Calumboyan Island Calumboyan, offers one of the best reefs for snorkeling. Its white and shady beach make it an ideal picnic place. Lusong Gunboat Wreck & East Tangat Gunboat These are two of the twelve Japanese supply ships that anchored in Coron Bay where US Navy launched a massive air strike. These ships sunk at depth 10 meters and can be view by snorkeling alone. Coral Garden A Coral reef beside Lusong Gunboat wreck is home to a wide variety of exotic fishes and colourful corals.
Take in the views atop Tapyas Hills. As long as you don’t mind climbing more than 700-plus steps to its summit, Mt. Tapyas will reward you with sweeping views of Coron Bay plus the outlying Calamian islands. Among one of the tallest peaks in Coron, it also provides a wonderful vantage point for watching sunsets. So schedule your hike later in the afternoon and wait for the sun to dip below the horizon. Dip in to Maquinit Hot Springs With a temperature ranging from 30 to 40 degrees Celsius, Maquinit’s waters are very relaxing and therapeutical. It is the perfect place to go after a day of trekking and snorkeling. It has a flow output of 85 liters/second or a whopping 5115 liter/minute! It is unique because unlike other hot springs, its waters are salty with a slight sulphuric content. In addition, the algae that grow on its pools walls contain spirulina. Lualhati Park A mostly-paved public waterfront space beside the local port and market, gives view of the Coron Island and peninsula. Municipal Plaza Located in the center of the town, is the seat of the Municipal Government of Coron, the Municipal Basketball, tennis Court and the Coron Coliseum are the venue of the town activities. It is also where you will find the statue of our National Hero Jose P. Rizal. St. Augustine Parish Church Founded in 1901, the Parish of St. Augustine of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan is one of the three parishes in the island of Busuanga. Mt. Tundalara Is known for its towering cliffs with broad plateau. The stiff cliff will thrill the mountain climbers and trekkers. The plateau is partly covered by forest and is suitable for overnight stay. The peak has an elevation of 1,040 feet. Reaching the summit, one will have a very good view of the Calamianes Group of Islands. Coron Harvest Cashew are known to be the the best “pasalubong” or a homecoming gift if you’re coming home from a vacation from Coron, Palawan and the best place to buy them is right straight from the factory of Coron Harvest located at Barangay Tagumpay, Coron, Palawan. These cashews are home-grown and rain-fed. Coron Harvest sell different cashew flavours such as Garlic, Sun Dried, Brittle (Sweet and cooked with honey), Bandi (Traditional way of cooking cashews, sweetened caramelized), and Toasted.