Are you ready for adventures in Coron, Philippines? Here is a sample 5 days Coron itinerary and budget guide to help you plan a perfect trip to this tropical paradise. This guide assumes that you have 5 full days. But if you don’t, no worries! You can easily mix and replace the suggestions.
All recommendations are based on my personal favorite experiences while traveling in Coron with my aunt. After our DIY town tour on day 1, we joined group tours organized by Klook, my go-to guide company for traveling in Asia. We loved our time exploring this beautiful island and I hope that you will too!
Make sure to also read What to do in Coron, Philippines – A First Timer’s guide, that answers all the questions like where to stay and how to get around. 😉
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Coron Itinerary Day 0 – Arrival in Coron
Get settled in your hotel. Whether you are flying in from Manila/Cebu or taking the boat from El Nido, you will definitely be tired from the arduous journey. You can do some light exploring of Coron town at night and eat a good dinner. After that, definitely rest up. You’ll need the energy for the next couple of days!
Coron Itinerary Day 1 – Coron town tour
Mount Tapyas | Coron public Market | Spa Nortia | Maquint Hot Spring
If you are like me, when you first arrive in Coron, you’d probably scratch your head at what’s this tiny town got to offer. There is just one main road that is packed with scooters, people, tourists, and dogs. It’s hot and dusty to walk around during the day. The truth is, Coron town itself is not the main point people come here. It’s merely the base for staying and resting when you are not island hopping. BUT! There are a couple gems here that are worth a day of exploration.
With a huge white cross at its peak, Mount Tapyas marks the highest point in Coron town. Get up early in the morning and hike the 700 steps to the top. You will be rewarded with a gorgeous sunrise over the mountains and waters of Coron. Mentally prepping you: Be ready to start climbing at around 5:10 a.m. to see the sunrise at 5:50 a.m. For those who hates waking up early with a passion, alright….catching sunset on the mountain is an option as well. The sun sets at about 6 pm and the view is equally stunning. The only caveat is there will be loads more people. We did both treks while in Coron so you could too if you are a real eager beaver.
Coron Public Market
Visit the Coron Public Market near the port of town. The colorful fruit stalls are begging to be photographed. Here, you can stock up on some delicious mangoes and bananas for breakfast and snacks. They are super cheap too (Seriously, stuff yourself with fruits as much as you can while in the Philippines). At the market, you can also buy fresh seafood like prawns. The morning catches are the best. Many restaurants let customers bring in their own seafood purchase and cook the dish with a minor cooking fee.
In the afternoon, spoil yourself with an awesome massage at Spa Nortia. We visited on the recommendation of a friend. An hour massage is only 700 PHP. 14 USD! How cheap is that?! For us, we went for two hours and it was super relaxing. The masseuses were great and the facility had a beautiful atmosphere.
Maquint Hot Spring
Top off the day with a visit to the Maquint Hot Spring. Located about a 30 minutes tricycle ride away from town centre, this salt water hot spring is best enjoyed at night (You wouldn’t want to go during day when the sun is cooking you). To hire a tricycle is around 350 pesos return and the driver will wait for an hour outside the hot spring. Note the road to the hot spring is pretty bad so be ready to cling on tight during the ride. It’s all worth it for this picturesque site. The wooden bridge on the water right behind the hot spring pool is totally Insta worthy so make sure to snap a pic before your get to the soaking.
The hot spring entry fee is 200 pesos for adults and the last time you can enter is 8 pm. The site is open until 10 pm.
Coron Itinerary Day 2 – Coron Ultimate Tour
Skeleton shipwreck | CYC Beach | Twin Lagoon | Bali Beach | Kanayan Lake | Siete Pecados
Time for island hopping! Whoop whoop! This is real reason you came to Coron am I right? There are predetermined routes that all tour companies follow in Coron. They are called tour A, tour B, tour C, etc. I recommend the Coron Ultimate Tour, which is a mix combining the best of tour A and tour B. We booked our trip via Klook and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The tour guides were funny and took good care of us. I mean, they gave me donuts for snacks. That deserves 5 stars in my books.
The Coron Ultimate Tour covers 6-7 destinations. After getting up at 7:30 am and hopping on a boat ride, our first destination was the skeleton shipwreck. We put on our snorkel gears and jumped in the water. Right away when we dipped our heads in, we saw the sunken Japanese ship below our feet. It was hauntingly beautiful to watch fishes swimming around this wreck that had been given a new life by barnacles and sea plants.
Note: If you don’t have snorkeling gears, you can rent from the tour company for 150 pesos.
Coron Youth Club Beach
Coron Youth Club (CYC) beach is a small beach that is great for sports, swimming and sunbathing. The beach was quite busy with locals and tourists when we visited, but nevertheless it was charming. You can borrow a kayak from your tour boat and go for a loop on the water.
Surrounded by rocky cliffs, Twin Lagoon is two exquisite swimming holes made up of 70% salt water and 20% fresh water. The water here is too dark for snorkeling but swimming is really fun. Our guide had us form a long floating chain by holding on to the feet of the person in front of us. He dragged us around like ducklings and everyone could not help but giggle like little kids.
Bali Beach itself is not the most spectacular beach in Coron but it’s a nice spot for resting and having lunch. Note food is usually included with all the day tours you join. For us, lunch contained grilled fish, prawns, vegetable dishes such as eggplant and cucumbers, rice and mangos. There is option for vegetarians so make sure to let them know when you book the tour.
Kanayan Lake is an iconic site that you see on many postcards of Coron and Palawan. You will walk across a wooden board and hike up some stairs before you come to the best viewing spot of Kanayan Lake. I had my jaw on the floor when I saw the rings of different shades of blue water surrounding the rock cliffs. The sight is indeed picture perfect. Once you are done taking 10 million photos, you can walk down to the other side of the viewing platform and take a dip in the cool lake.
Being one of the best snorkeling sites in Coron, Siete Pecados is home to a wide variety of marine life and species. This was perhaps my favorite destination during the Coron Ultimate Tour. I was lucky to spot a giant sea turtle while snorkeling. I swam a bit far out from the group I was with and saw this majestic creature just chilling amongst the corals. I squealed like a crazy person but everyone was too far away to notice what was going on. I regret so badly for not having an underwater camera with me to capture this moment. Lesson learned for next time!
***************Book Coron Ultimate Tour via Klook here******************
Coron Itinerary Day 3 – Island Escape Tour
Malcapuya Island | Banana Island | Bulog Dos Island
True to its name, the route on this tour covers three exquisite islands that will take your breath away. The traveling pace is a lot slower than the ultimate tour so you can take your time at each destination. Grab a hammock and a coconut, laid back and live your best island life.
The day for us started on Malcapuya Island (it may be different for you). The boat ride is about two hours away from Coron. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by powdery white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and the blue-est water that looks unreal. Activities here include swimming, snorkeling, photo taking, sunbathing and general beach bumming.
The cute name of this island apparently came from the fact that it’s shaped like a Banana when viewed from above. So if you have a drone, this would be a good place to give it a twirl. Banana Island is another delightful snorkeling spot. I definitely felt like little mermaid while swimming amongst the colorful fishes and corals, humming “Under the Sea”. I am not even the strongest swimmer, but the buoyancy in the sea water makes floating so easy!
Bulog Dos Island
The last island of the tour is Bulog Dos. Like the on other two islands, you will be blessed with pretty aquamarine water and soft white sand here. But what makes Bulog Dos special is the incredible rock formations. It’s an Instagrammer’s photographer’s dream! Standing on the rocks is a lot painful than it looks though so be careful.
***************Book Island Escape Tour via Klook here******************
Coron Itinerary Day 4 – Calauit Safari Tour
Calauit Safari Park | Pamalican Island | North Cay Island
Did you know there are African animals living in Palawan, Philippines?! How’s that for a surprise? Yes, in northern Busuanga, there is a wildlife sanctuary and game reserve that is home to a population of giraffes, zebras, deers and other animals. You can visit Calauit Safari Park on a day trip tour from Coron. Many tour companies offer the options to travel there by land or sea. I highly recommend the tour we did with Klook as it was a combination of both. You will be taken to Calauit in the morning by van, which allows you to see some gorgeous mountain views along the way. And in the afternoon, you will hop on a boat to visit some secluded beach paradise, as you make your way back to Coron.
Calauit Safari Park
Our tour started at 5:30 a.m. I didn’t expect much of the early morning drive but it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. We passed by some stunning sceneries and even saw the sunrise on the mountain. The Calauit Safari Park itself was as magical as I hoped for. You can have some close encounters with the animals like feeding the giraffes and meeting the deers. Are we still in the Philippines guys? Or are we in Kenya?
After the safari and lunch, you will head back to Coron, but not before you visit two secluded paradise! Pamalican is one of them. We were shocked that there were barely anyone else on this magnificent island when we pulled up. A tiny boat laid on the shore between the aquamarine water and blinding white sand. You could hear nothing but the sounds of waves crashing. Reminded me so much of the movie Cast Away, I was expecting Tom Hanks to walk out from behind a palm tree any second.
North Cay Island
North Cay Natural Island is just as serene and undiscovered as Pamalican. We spend what felt like hours playing in the sea. Otherwise we just sat on the sand staring out in to the stupidly magnificent horizon, wondering whether we have died and gone to heaven. You definitely don’t want to miss these islands!
************Book Calauit Safari and Beach Tour via Klook here****************
Coron Itinerary Day 5 -Reef and Wrecks Tour
Lusong Gunboat Ship wreck | Coral Garden | Pass Island
Witness some World War II artifacts and learn a bit about the history of Philippines by getting up close with one of the Japanese warships that was sunk in Coron. Combined with a colorful coral garden, Reef and Wrecks is a great snorkeling tour that you shouldn’t pass up.
Lusong Gunboat Ship Wreck
Lusong was one of the twelve Japanese war supply ships that was stationed in Coron Bay during WWII. Submerged just one and