Itinerary Planning 101: Coron, Palawan

So, you have booked that plane ticket to Coron. It would be your first time to visit the amazing island
and you’re clueless on what to do, where to eat etc. Planning an itinerary would save you time and make your experience worthwhile.

Here are itineraries which you can follow:

Coron in 4 days/ 3Nights

Day 1: Beach bumming /camping at Malcapuya Island /Banana Island

*It’s best to go to these islands early in the morning to avoid the huge waves. We were there during the Amihan Season so waves were really huge.

Head to Gateway Port. The boat operators’ standard rate for these islands (Malcapuya/Banana): Php 3,500. You can haggle up to Php 3,000 (based on our experience). It’s also ideal to stay overnight at Malcapuya Island if you want to experience the quiet life in this virgin island.

Here’s a blog entry of our experience: Sail to Paradise

You may inquire for the rates of the overnight accommodation: malcapuyaisland@yahoo.com


Day 2: Coron Island Hopping


*Head to Gateway Port to start your island hopping tour. Boat operators have standard rates. For the Coron Island Hopping tour, they usually charge Php 1,500.00. If you’re 6 in a group, then you’ll have to pay Php 250/each.

Before leaving the port, buy seafoods at the market (just beside the port). Your boatman may cook for you. But you have to pay them a separate fee for that. They’re friendly so you just need your PR skills to negotiate with them.

  • 8:00 am-9:00- Departure from Gateway Port
  • 9:00-10:00 am- Snorkel at Siete Pecados (Entrance Fee: Php 100.00)
  • 10:00am-12:00pm- Kayangan Lake (Entrance Fee: Php 200.00)
  • Lunch at the Boat
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Barracuda Lake (Php 100.00)
  • 2:00pm-2:30 pm Twin Lagoon (Php 100.00)
  • 2:30pm-3:00 pm Snorkel at Skeleton Wreck (Php 100.00)
  • 3:00 pm-4:00 pm Banol Beach (Php 100.00)
  • 4:00pm-4:30 pm CYC Island (No entrance fee)
  • Return to Coron Town

My blog entries: Coron Island Hopping Part 1 and  Coron Island Hopping Part 2.

Expenses per person (based on DIY Coron): Php 1,270.00 (If 7 pax).


Day 3: Calauit Safari Adventure


*Calauit is about two hours away from Coron town. It’s best to hire a van to go there and would be affordable if you’re many in a group. In any case, you can check DIY Coron and join group tours. In this way, you can lessen the cost.

*We did avail of their service for easier arrangements/ travel.

Expenses: Php 1,930.00/pax (If 5 pax, DIY Coron price)

Travel time: Coron Town-Calauit Island: 4:00 am-7:00am

Day 4-Coron Town Tour/Pasalubong


*Roam the town.

What to Buy: Kasuy in Good Harvest (Php 100.00/small pack), souvenir shirts in Fern Valle (White Shirt Php 135.00),  sugpo in the market (large shrimps are way cheaper here than in Manila).

Enjoy Coron!


  • http://thepinaysolobackpacker.com thepinaysolobackpacker

    tamang tama, punta kame jan this march! :)

  • http://twitter.com/IzahMorales Izah Morales

    yey! wow gael, nanalo kayo sa Cebu Pac?

  • http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com lakwatsera de primera

    I missed doing the Calauit Safari during my visit, dun pa naman ako masyado excited, these are very helpful tips Izah

    • http://twitter.com/IzahMorales Izah Morales

      Thanks Claire! Balik ka ulit ng Coron! :) The last time we were there in Calauit, they’re putting up a visitors’ center. They’re also planning to add activities like kayaking sa river that separates calauit from busuanga. :)

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  • http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/ pinaytraveljunkie

    great informative post. i’ve been saving coron for… uhm, i dunno anymore. hahaha! maybe when luna gets older we could take her there :)

    • http://twitter.com/IzahMorales Izah Morales

      salamat gaye! hehe. gogogo coron! one of the best places in the Philippines. Siguro kapag mga 4 or 5 na si Luna. haha. :)

  • http://www.tripsiders.com Tripper10

    Ms.Izah, Ilang oras po ang biyahe papuntang Calauit?

    • http://twitter.com/IzahMorales Izah Morales

      three hours from coron town. we left the town at 4am and arrived at around 7

  • http://www.tripsiders.com Tripper10

    Salamat po Ms. Izah.
    Sa Calauit Safari Adventure nyo po.. matagal po ba kayo don? Pwedi pobang lapitan yung mga Ibang hayop?

    • http://twitter.com/IzahMorales Izah Morales

      Yes, we stayed for 2-3 hours.Ang pwede lang lapitan ay mga giraffes.

  • http://www.tripsiders.com/ Tripper10

    ahh.. matagal din po pala,… sayang giraffes lang po pala pwding lapitan… like ko sanang sumakay sa mga zebra.. hehehe…

    Thanks po Ms.Izah.. Ganda po ng Blog nyo.. :)

    • http://twitter.com/IzahMorales Izah Morales

      Thanks! Zebras are wild and are not supposed to be ridden.

  • http://www.tripsiders.com/ Tripper10

    Ay, ganon po pala.. ehehe… kala ko para lang silang kabayo…:)

  • Sebastian

    Had a great vacation in Coron last summer! This post made me want to go back there. Haha. If anyone of you plans to go to Coron (and on a tight budget), I suggest you book your hotel online at Golets.com. This site has relatively cheap hotel rates than other website. I believe they have Coron hotels there.

    • http://twitter.com/tripadora Trip@dora

      hi sebastian! I’m glad you enjoyed Coron! Kahit ako gusto ko bumalik dun.

  • marie

    I find your site very helpful and informative. We’ll be flying to Busuanga on the 3rd week of September. Okay lang ba to check in on Malcapuyo Island on the day we arrive on the island or should we really have a reservation? Would you happen to have their contact number? I emailed them but no reply yet. Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/tripadora Trip@dora

      Hello Marie! check out their fanpage on Facebook. We didn’t have any reservation when we visited it but for overnight stay, I think they’re requiring it.

  • Hunter_08

    Hi Trip@dora, I just want to ask if you have the breakdown of the cost for your coron trip? Because as early as now we are planning our coron trip for April 2012 and as I write this message the only thing we have is our plane ticket and would appreciate if you could give us the breakdown of your trip so we will have an idea how much will it cost us per person. BTW I like how you write your blog, its very informative. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/tripadora Trip@dora

      Thanks Hunter! It’s my pleasure to help fellow travelers explore the country. Actually, I’ve written the costs on this post but has not made the detailed costing in an excel file like what I did with my camsur trip. Since many were really searching about coron expenses, I’ll make a separate post for it. Enjoy Coron!

  • http://foxykix.multiply.com Foxykix

    Thank you for sharing this. I might as well follow your itinerary because I will be spending 4D3N in Coron this October. Hoping for a good weather! =)

    • http://twitter.com/tripadora Trip@dora

      Hello Foxykix! Enjoy your trip! :) Actually this itinerary is still not perfect. I should have not pursued malcapuya on the first day coz i only spent a few hours there. If you arrive early in coron, then you can still visit malcapuya + banana island. But as for me, we arrived during noon time. The best way to spend that afternoon should be visiting Mt. Tapyas then relaxing at Maquinit hotspring in the evening.

      • http://foxykix.multiply.com Foxykix

        thank you for the tip. yup, we will also be arriving Coron after lunch. I will follow you advice. God bless!

  • jerome

    hello po… very informative po ang blog nyo po… nakaka excite na ding pumunta ng coron… Ask ko lang po, napansin ko parang nakaka lesser ang gasto pag marami kayo.. Pano po kami.. dalawa lang po kasi kami pupunta… ano po ma essugest nyo po.. para maka lesser din po kami.. thank you po:) have a blessed day

    • http://twitter.com/tripadora Trip@dora

      Hi Jerome! Of course, the lesser the people, the more expensive it will be.
      I suggest you go to Owen Ferrer’s site http://www.diycoron.wordpress.com
      and join the island hopping tour. In that case, your problem will be solved :)

      That’s what we did. I create a joining form according to our dates of travel and other travelers joined our group. In your case, you can check out if there are already tours similar to your date of travel, you can join them or you can create your own joiner’s form. Happy Trip!

    • Marie

      Hi Jerome, we just arrive from Coron yesterday. Kami lang din ng husband ko for 4D/3N. Our total expenses for this tour is 16K. We stayed in Ralph for 1K per night, then we joined group tours – coron island hopping for 650 (group of 6) and Malcapuya & Banana Island tour for 1500 (group of 4. For a group of 6 it will only cost you 1200) coordinated by Kuya Jun (owner of Ralph’s)

      We inquired for DIY tour for 2 and it will cost us 3K for food, boat and entrance for coron island hopping while 5K for malcapuya/banana island tour.

      I highly recomment joining a group tour. Make sure nga lang na pinoy magiging kasama mo kasi yung nakasabay namin banana island na group from korea yung kasama nila kaya halos di sila nag-uusap unlike if kapwa pinoy mas masaya ang kwentuhan.

      • http://twitter.com/tripadora Trip@dora

        Hi Marie! Thanks for sharing your experience :) I’m glad you had fun. Hope Jerome reads your comment. Mahal talaga kapag 2 sa DIY. In our case kasi, we created a joiner’s form, and from 3, 4 joined our group. So the expenses lessened. But Php 650 for an island hopping is a good deal :) Is that rate from Coron Galeri?

        • Marie

          Yes =D

  • http://camowam.blogspot.com Cams

    You’re lucky to have seen Coron on a sunny day. We were there last August, and it was mostly cloudy. We were lucky the sun was up during our Day 4 tour to Malcapuya and Banana Island. :D

    Nonetheless, it was great. It was still breathtaking, as all of them say. :D

    • http://twitter.com/tripadora Trip@dora

      Hi Cams! Thanks for visiting my site.

      I’m glad you had a nice experience in Malcapuya. Our country’s really blessed. Babalik ulit ako ng Coron!

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  • http://www.journeysandtravels.com Journeys and Travels

    love the IT you made. I never been to Coron yet and this post is indeed useful.

    • http://www.tripadora.com Trip@dora

      thanks doc! book na kayo ng ticket. it’s worth the price :)

  • http://pala-lagaw.blogspot.com/ Simurgh | Ang Pala-lagaw

    Hi Izah!
    Thanks for sharing..
    parang maganda nga sa Banana Island..
    I’ll have to bookmark that one! :)

  • frances

    tnx for the pictures and notes – very informative. i would just like to ask if you can refer a (reliable) boatman or a tour organizer who can be our guide while we are in coron. thanks in advance! :)

  • http://www.yahoo.com Jemelee Ann P. Manalastas

    wow..very nice pictures…very helpful ang itinerary.. im excited to go to coron..sana lang hindi umulan..hehehe..

  • http://www.worldtrev.com/accommodations-coron/ Web Leslee

    im planning to go to coron… soon..soon.. i have to save up first :D thanks for the info’s..

  • http://profiles.google.com/elal.lasola Elal Jane Lasola

    Ang ganda naman. Sana mapuntahan ko to after the El Nido plan :D

  • Violy

    nice post! thanks for the tips! I will be traveling alone, I just hope there’s a group there that I can join for the tours coz I don’t want to leave the place without seeing a lot! hehe.. goodluck to me.. ;)

  • Eon Carreon

    I really love your Blog… =) My friends and I will go to Coron this Feb. 28 and will stay their for 4 days… Im soi glad we will finally have a clear itenerary because of u.. =)