CORON ISLAND HOPPING – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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Coron Island Hopping is one of the best things to do in Palawan! There are many different Coron Island tour packages to choose from though, in my experience and opinion, the Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour is the best one to go for!

I have put together this complete guide of Coron Island Hopping including where to book, how much it costs and what to expect on the Coron Ultimate Island Tour!

 

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WHERE TO BOOK CORON ISLAND HOPPING

I personally booked the Coron Super Ultimate Tour online in advance with Klook and it couldn’t have been easier!

Coron Super Ultimate Tour is the most top-rated Coron Island Hopping Tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.

This particular Coron Island tour includes a full day of island hopping on an outrigger boat to Siete Pecados Marine Park, Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, BBQ lunch on Beach 91, Skeleton Wreck, CYC Beach and Twin Lagoon. All this for less than $35 USD.

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CORON ISLAND HOPPING – WHAT TO EXPECT

Coron Island Hopping begins with a hotel pick-up between 7:30 and 8:00am and a transfer to meet the boat in Coron Bay. The Coron Island tour starts at around 9am and returns again between 4pm – 5pm.

Do note that there is an additional fee of 150 pesos to rent snorkeling gear for the Coron Island Hopping.

Before jumping on the boat, there are many vendors selling waterproof phone cases, dry bags, reef booties and all other sorts of products that you may be interested in purchasing. Prices vary so put your bartering skills to the test.

Once you’re all geared up, jump on the boat to begin the Coron Palawan Tour!

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SIETE PECADOS MARINE PARK

The first stop of the Coron Ultimate Tour is Siete Pecados Marine Park and the perfect opportunity to jump in the ocean, get wet and discover the underwater world at this incredible marine sanctuary.

I couldn’t believe the size of some of the fish and the abundance of other marine life I saw while snorkeling here at Siete Pecados Marine Park! It really goes to show that they have been doing a great job preserving the sea life and standing by their no fishing laws at this location.

Some of the features of the reef are large staghorn coral, table corals and gorgonian fans. Schools of fish inhabit the colorful corals, large barracuda’s skim along the surface and green sea turtles frequent the area.

Safe to say that Siete Pecados Marine Park was the perfect start to a full day of island hopping in Coron!

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KAYANGAN LAKE

Kayangan Lake is hands-down one of the most popular Coron tourist spots so you can expect to encounter many other tour boats and visitors at this location. Despite the crowds, Kayangan Lake is a phenomenal attraction and I guarantee you’ll have an awesome experience!

There is a picture-perfect lagoon where the boat arrives prior to walking over the hill to Kayangan Lake which is a natural beauty in itself. I decided to fly my DJI Mavic Drone here to capture it all from a birds-eye perspective and I was in complete awe, to say the least!

For all of you drone pilots out there, be careful when flying around the cliffs on your Coron Island Hopping adventure as the signal is very weak and many drones have been known to drop out of the sky and sink. I just wanted to give you a heads up and to be aware of this. I took the risk and flew cautiously with no issues.

To reach Kayangan Lake, you’ll have to walk across an over-the-water boardwalk and over the hill via a set of stairs which takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes.

The trail emerges at an open clearing and to where you’ll get your first glimpse of the crystal clear Kayangan Lake and the surrounding limestone cliffs.

I jumped headfirst into the freshwater lake and began to explore the underwater cliffs that Kayanagan is most famous for. I have never seen anything like it! There’s also a few fish swimming around in Kayangan Lake but the main attraction is definitely the epic rock formations under the surface!

We spent around 1 hour at Kayangan Lake before heading back to the boat to continue the Coron Island Hopping.

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BARRACUDA LAKE

Barracuda Lake is the third stop on the Coron Island Hopping adventure and another epic underwater phenomenon worth throwing your mask and snorkel on for!

The entrance to Barracuda Lake is another picture-perfect lagoon with a wooden boardwalk that leads over the jagged cliffs and down into the lake.

Similar to Kayangan Lake, it features a large freshwater lake and underwater limestone cliffs which gives Barracuda Lake its vibrant blue color. It’s the perfect spot for freedivers as the water beneath the surface is incredibly clear and the view of the underwater cliffs is unreal!

Barracuda Lake gets its name from a large amount of barracuda fish skeletons that were found in the depths of the lake. I did not see any skeletons myself, but I did come face to face with a few barracudas swimming around at the surface.

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BBQ LUNCH ON BEACH 91

By midday on the Coron Island Hopping tour, we all had rumbling tummies and it was the perfect time to arrive at Beach 91 for a BBQ lunch on the beachfront. Beach 91 is a slice of paradise boasting white sands and towering cliffs which is tucked away in a little cove.

A buffet lunch is served under a sheltered beach hut on the shoreline and it’s a mix of rice, noodles, salads, fish, crab, chicken, pork and fruits. There is more than enough to go around, so be sure to go up for seconds if you wish!

There are some kayaks sitting around on the shoreline at Beach 91 for anyone to use free of charge. After my food digested, I grabbed a kayak and went for a paddle around the cliffs with two other lads from Israel that were on my Coron day tour as well.

We found an epic lagoon that was so expansive that we could have spent hours exploring if we had the time! My favorite spot that I discovered on my little kayaking adventure was a secluded beach with a lone beach hut on its shoreline and a towering limestone cliff behind it. One of those classic beach scenes that I low-key expected to see on the Coron Island tour.

The boat captain whistled for us to head back to the boat to continue to our next destination.

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SKELETON WRECK

Skeleton Wreck is a stone’s throw away from Beach 91, featuring a 25-meter Japanese shipwreck that was struck and sunk sometime during WWII.  Skeleton Wreck is one of the more popular stops for most Coron boat tours, so just a heads up you’ll see many legs in the water at this location.

Skeleton Wreck is a great spot for freedivers and for those who are not comfortable diving down, snorkeling above the wreck is just as amazing!

The bow of the shipwreck is only about 5 meters below the surface whereas the stern is around 20 meters deep. Although the name Skeleton Wreck suggests something, you won’t find any skeletons inside the shipwreck. They say the name comes from the rib features that are present on the inside of the shipwreck.

The schools of fish that circulate Skeleton Wreck Coron are not afraid to get up close and personal so don’t be alarmed when they do because it’s a pretty awesome experience in itself.

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CYC BEACH 

The second last stop on the Coron Island Hopping adventure is CYC Beach which is a tiny little island surrounded by an expansive coral reef and home to an idyllic stretch of sand, fringed with mangrove trees.

Besides the snorkeling the reef here at CYC Beach there isn’t much more to do other than beach bum on the sands, wander around the mangroves or grab a cold beverage from one of the local boat vendors.

I decided not to swim from the boat to CYC Beach and send my DJI Mavic Drone up instead. Once again, I was blown away by the birds-eye perspective I was getting of these beautiful landscapes on the Coron Island Tour. 

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TWIN LAGOON

Last but not least on the itinerary was Twin Lagoon which is a spot I was looking forward to the most on the Coron Island Hopping adventure!

Twin Lagoon is exactly as it sounds – a pair of turquoise blue lagoons enveloped between towering jagged limestone cliffs that looked like something out of a movie!

Our boat pulled into the cove and tied off beneath the vertical cliff walls. Everyone on my boat was quick to jump in and swim towards the entrance to the Twin Lagoons. I, on the other hand, decided to fly my drone for the last time on the Coron Island Hopping tour and boy am glad I did. The whole area that surrounds Twin Lagoon is other-worldly and I will let the pictures below do the talking for this one!

I landed the drone safely and the captain said I still had around 20 minutes before we needed to make tracks back to the mainland, so I quickly swam inside Twin Lagoon for a quick look.

Floating around inside Twin Lagoon, marveling at the incredible surroundings was the icing on the cake. I can contentedly say that the Coron Ultimate Island Tour was one of the best experiences I had in the Philippines!

The cruise back to Coron Port was around 30-minutes on the boat and a hotel-drop off concluded the Coron Ultimate Tour!

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WHERE TO STAY IN CORON 

Luxury: Bacau Bay Resort Coron

Bacau Bay Resort is a 4-star accommodation close to the town and beaches of Coron. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, kids club, relaxation spa and free wifi throughout the property. Choose from a deluxe room or premier suite which are fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, seating area, wardrobe, kitchenette, private bathroom, spacious living and large comfortable beds. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay in Coron for couples, families and friends.

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Mid Range: Vienna Hotel

One of the best mid-range accommodations in Coron is Vienna Hotel. Centrally located in Coron town featuring a swimming pool, massage services, in-house restaurant, bar, free wifi and a rooftop terrace overlooking Coron Bay. The rooms are fitted with a desk, flat-screen tv, fridge, seating area, private bathroom, outside balcony and large comfortable beds. American, Asian, Continental, English or buffet breakfast is included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families and friends.

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Budget: Hop Hostel 

Hop Hostel is one of the best and most popular hostels in Coron. Perfect for couples, friends and solo travelers on a budget. Centrally located in Coron town and walking distance to Mt Tapayas, cafes, restaurants, bars and public markets. Choose from either a Dorm room, Queen room or Quadruple room with air conditioning and comfortable beds. The private rooms are fitted with a fridge, microwave, coffee machine and wardrobe. There’s also free wifi, a shared kitchen, lounge area and rooftop bar/terrace with incredible views of Coron Bay. Breakfast is also available for all guests.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii 

• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2

• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black

• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm

• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L

• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m 

• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod

• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome

• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank

• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR PHILIPPINES?

• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case

• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket

• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes

• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag

• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter

• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes

• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel

• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance

• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Coron Island Hopping, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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