Discovering exotic islands, exploring breathtaking lagoons, and relaxing in stunning beaches are undoubtedly on your list of things to do in Coron.

I mean, it’s hard to imagine a trip to Coron without island hopping and discovering some of its raw natural beauty.

There’s a lot to explore in Palawan’s tiny island – from snorkeling to diving, from island hopping to hiking. 

When I visited Coron for the first time in 2013, I made the unfortunate mistake of not booking enough days in Coron. I thought I booked enough days to explore all the islands, not realizing that you need a bunch of days to explore all of its magical islands.

In this article, we will list all the possible Coron island hopping tour activities for your next visit!

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How to Get to Coron

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It wasn’t that long ago that the only way to get to Coron was to fly from Manila. 

Today, you can travel to Coron directly from some of the major tourist destinations in the Philippines. 

From Manila to Coron

You can fly directly from Manila to Coron (Busuanga Airport), with daily flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Air Zest, AirSWIFT, or PAL Express.

Alternatively, you can take an overnight ferry from Manila, serviced by 2GO. It is the only ferry with the direct route between Coron and Manila, and the fare usually cost around 2500 PHP.

From El Nido to Coron

The most popular transportation to get from El Nido to Coron is by taking a speed boat. The total travel time from El Nido to Coron by ferry usually takes around six hours, depending on the wind. 

Alternatively, if you don’t want to take the ferry, you can take a 40-minute flight from El Nido to Coron. AirSWIFT operates this flight.

From Cebu to Coron

The flight from Cebu Mactan Airport to Busuanga Airport is usually just over an hour. I recommend checking SkyScanner to find the best fares.

Coron Island Hopping – Famous Sites in Coron 

Before we break down the different Coron Island Tours available, let’s look at the highlights of the different sights you’ll be exploring!

1 – Kayangan Lake

Coron island hopping tour

If you haven’t seen pictures of Kayangan Lake in commercials or print ads, you have undoubtedly seen this famous lake on social media. 

Kayangan Lake is Coron’s crown jewel and is one of the most visited destinations in Palawan. This famous lake is a destination featured in many tourism campaigns and commercials promoting the Philippines.  

Although visiting Kayangan Lake would require you to climb up 300 steps, it is still a must-visit destination in Coron. The top of the hill offers one of the most picturesque views you’ll see in Coron. Once you reach the lake, take a swim in the lukewarm water, which feels wonderful after the challenging climb uphill. 

There’s not much scenery or marine life underwater, but floating in the middle of the lake, surrounded by the dramatic rock formations, is a memory that will remember for quite some time.

2 – Barracuda Lake

Exploring the jagged cliffs below the surface of Barracuda Lake is an experience in and of itself. The landscape that lies underneath Barracuda Lake is like being on another planet.

Swimming in Barracuda Lake is interestingly warm and amazingly clear and still, a haven for divers and snorkelers. This lake is locally known as Luluyuan Lake and is a 20 to 25-minute boat ride from Coron in Palawan.

3 – Twin Lagoons

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The Twin Lagoons is a must-visit destination for travelers island hopping in Coron. Lucky for you, many of the Coron Island Tour operators include the Twin Lagoons on the itinerary of places to visit in Coron. 

The highlight of this Coron Island tour is getting over to the second lagoon (the boats dock on the first lagoon), where you have to duck under a narrow crevice underneath the rock to get inside the lagoon during low-tide. Getting to the other side of the lagoon can look rather scary, but the effort is worth the scenery inside the second lagoon. 

You may notice that the water is not so clear once you start swimming inside the lagoon. The reason for that is the water temperature in the Twin Lagoons alternates between warm and cold (similar to Lake Barracuda), where the cold fresh water meets the hot salt water.

4 – Skeleton Wreck

coron island tour japanese shipwreck

There is very little information about the history of Skeleton wreck, where questions arise whether it’s a Japanese ship from WW2 or not.

Skeleton Wreck is one of a few Japanese ships that sank in Coron Bay, Philippines, during a Second World War attack by the Americans.

Today, Coron is recognized as one of the best places for wreck diving in the world. You won’t see any other sites with shipwreck diving in the Philippines!

The Japanese Shipwreck is about 25 meters long, where the top of the wreck is five meters deep and goes 22 meters at the stern – which is perfect for those who choose to scuba dive here. 

The reef is also something not to miss, with a full reef life-giving excellent underwater photo opportunities. 

It’s not necessary to spend the whole day island hopping just to get to Skeleton Wreck. There’s an option to rent a fisherman boat in Coron to go on a snorkeling day tour and explore Busuanga Island’s best spots.

5 – Beach 91

Beach 91 is widely famous for its white sandy beach in Coron, Palawan. This beautiful beach is the typical stopover for lunch when touring around the Coron Islands. When you get to Beach 91, you will see coastal wooden huts connected by seasoned bridges.

This beach is perfect for relaxation or some other leisurely activities.

6 – CYC Beach

Nobody talks much about this small island called “CYC,” or Coron Youth Club Beach. But I guarantee it will be one of the highlights during the Coron island hopping tour. The soft and creamy sand with the aquamarine waters makes for an Instagram friendly photoshoots. When you get to CYC, head over to the right side of the island and explore the mangrove trees. On the left side, there is a wide-open beach where people usually swim. You will also see a few food vendors on this island trying to outdo each other racing in their small boats to reach the tourists.

7 – Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island is the ultimate island-hopping destination in Coron for those looking for soft sandy beaches, crystal clear waters in a secluded island.

Malcapuya Island may possess the best long sandy beach in Coron, with plenty of coves and tiny private beaches tucked away.

Malcapuya Island is still undeveloped compared to other islands in Coron. Much of its appeal is in its raw and natural surroundings. You will discover stunning rocky cliffs and unique formations, offering incredible views over the island and the vibe of unspoiled nature and total peace.

8 – Banol Beach

Banol Beach was our lunch stopover where our tour guides prepared crabs, fresh fish, grilled pork belly, and local vegetable salad. It was quite a feast!

This stunning beach in Coron has fine, powdery white sand lining the beachfront. After our lunch, we had time to beach bum and swim before heading out to our next destination.

Coron Island Tours – Choices

Coron Island Hopping Tour A (from Klook.com)

Swim in Kayangan Lake, the cleanest lake in the Philippines

More popularly known as the Blue Lagoon, this lake is set amongst majestic limestone cliffs

Snap a photo with the iconic view of Coron as your backdrop during your short trek to Kayangan Lake

Snorkel in the coral garden and explore the thriving corals and marine species of Palawan

Relax by the powdery white sands of CYC Beach, where you can also swim or snorkel by the crystal clear water

A convenient pick up from downtown Coron will take you safely to the start of your adventure!

Coron Island Hopping Tour B

Swim in Barracuda Lake, a scenic lake surrounded by limestone cliffs located at the north end of Coron Island

Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch at the beautiful Banol Beach, a short stretch of white sand beach with pristine waters

Snorkel atop the Skeleton Wreck, a sunken fishing boat, and enjoy swimming with the colorful fishes

Visit the iconic Twin Lagoon, two saltwater lakes separated by a narrow opening, which invites travelers to cross through for an unforgettable tunnel experience

A convenient pickup from downtown Coron will take you safely to the start of your adventure!

Coron Island Hopping Tour C

Cruise to Malcapuya Island and enjoy the panoramic views of coastal cliffs along the way

Bask in the beauty of the pristine beaches of Palawan and its beautiful, white sand

Swim through the coral reefs and thriving marine biodiversity of Palawan and even see many giant clams!

Take a walk in Ditaytayan Island’s sand bar and be mesmerized with the surrounding tropical views

A convenient pickup from downtown Coron will take you safely to the start of your adventure!

Ultimate Island Hopping Tour

Spend a day with views of the towering limestone cliffs and incomparable aquamarine lagoons of Coron

Visit the picturesque Kayangan Lake or swim in a hole below a rocky outcrop leading to the Big Lagoon

Go snorkeling in Coral garden and swim with the colorful fishes and corals

Enjoy a nice picnic lunch with the backdrop of the crystal clear turquoise waters

You’ll get a convenient hotel pick up and drop off if your hotel is in downtown Coron!

Half-Day Island Hopping

Explore the beautiful town of Coron and visit the best of its sightseeing stops in half a day

Climb over 700 steps to reach the top of Mt. Tapyas and get rewarding views overlooking Coron

Take a quick dip at the Maquinit Hotspring, one of the few saltwater hot springs in the world

Have a look around the public market and souvenir shops, and see numerous local arts and crafts

Visit the iconic landmarks of the town, such as the Town Plaza, Lualhati Park, and St. Augustine Church

Enjoy convenient hotel transfers within Coron Town!

Coron Island Hopping Packing List 

When you go on an island hopping tour in Coron, you will see some spectacular landscapes (above and under the water’s surface) that you may never see anywhere else.

As such, you want to make sure you capture the memories as much as you can. 

Here are the gadgets that I use when island hopping in Coron. 

1. Go Pro Hero 7

It’s almost impossible to capture memories without a GoPro if you are island hopping in GoPro.

After all, if you are spending most of your time underwater (which we sure you will be!), you will need a GoPro to capture some memories. 

The GoPro Hero 7 is a great deal because it’s under $200 and captures fantastic videos and photos and is lightweight and easy to use. A feature I like about this GoPro is the voice command. You simply say, “GoPro, take a video” or “GoPro take a photo.” It worked every time and is a great way to start the video if you have your hands full! 

I do recommend investing in an extra battery because the battery only lasts about 3 hours. 

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2. Drone – DJI Mavic 2 Pro

The stunning rock formations and aquamarine waters in Coron call for a drone! While island hopping in Coron, you will have plenty of time to set your drone to the side and take some magical aerial shots on the island.

The drone that we use is DJI Mavic 2 Pro. The photo video and photo quality are amazing, even during low light video shooting (evening and night). It also has a tremendous new following mode with obstacle obstruction!

Check Amazon for the best price for DJI Mavic 2 Pro

3. Anker Portable Charger

When island hopping in Coron, you will be spending roughly seven to eight hours on a boat. With that in mind, remember to pack a portable charger with you, considering the amount of time you won’t be charging your phone. 

I’m a big fan of Anker portable chargers because they are lightweight, quick to charge, and fantastic quality. 

Check Amazon for the best price for Anker Portable Chargers

Where to Stay in Coron 

Although Coron doesn’t have the same number of selection of luxury hotels and other accommodations as El Nido, there are still a few standouts to keep in mind when planning your trip to Barracuda Lake. 

Let’s take a look at a few Coron accommodations below:

WHERE TO STAY IN CORON #1: CLUB PARADISE (LUXURY RESORT)

What guests are saying on booking.com

The location is stunning, with an island rimmed with white beaches. You will feel isolated yet wholly taken care of, with the amenities of home. We were welcomed with a Club Paradise theme song played by the band, an introduction to the manager, and a foot bath. The island has a lovely pool and serves delicious food. 

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WHERE TO STAY IN CORON #2: CORON SOLEIL GARDEN RESORT (MID RANGE)

What guests are saying on booking.com

A beautiful property and far better than anything else I’ve stayed at or seen in Coron. The room was very spacious, comfortable, and clean. The property was very well maintained. I ate in the restaurant once, and it was delicious! The pool is beautiful, especially at night. The service is exceptional, and the staff was very accommodating in assisting my late arrival and transfer to my next hotel. For people who complain that it is slightly out of Coron town: trust me, that’s a good thing! It’s much more peaceful here than at any of the other hotels right in town. I wish I could have stayed longer!

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WHERE TO STAY IN CORON #3: HOP HOSTEL (BUDGET)

What guests are saying on booking.com

Everything was terrific at this hostel! It’s gorgeous, they serve delicious food, and the staff is kind and FUN so special thanks to them as they were the big bonus to my stay! They took us on a super lovely boat trip all day and organized a lot of other activities every great day! The hostel has a fantastic rooftop terrace where you have magic views. The rooms are spacious, clean, and the beds super comfortable. If I have the chance to go to Coron again, I will stay here!!!

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