The islands commonly known as Coron is one of our favorite places in the world. There is something really special about Coron Palawan Philippines.
It is most known for the handful of WWII shipwrecks that lay off the shores of Coron Palawan Philippines. Most people come to Coron to experience the island hopping tours, but there is so much more to Coron than that.
Here is everything you need to know to plan the perfect day in Coron Palawan Philippines before arriving.
How Do You Get To Coron Philippines
Coron does have an airport or if you are coming from El Nido to Coron as we did you can take the fast ferry. The fast ferry from El Nido to Coron takes 4 hours and was rather comfy. a
The best thing to do in Coron is renting a scooter and escaping Coron Town. Most of the best things to do on the island are out of town, so get a bike and get outta there.
Don’t worry, scooters are easy to drive and there is no traffic once you get out of town and on the open road. We recommend this as its the best way to see more places, and its cheap $8-10/day.
Bella Louise Lodging House
Our first stop was at Bella Louise Lodging House which is a nice little restaurant that looks over the water, and is the perfect place to stop and have lunch. The venue also has basic bungalows available that are located over the water. If you are visiting try the pork sisig it was to die for.
Ocam Ocam Beach
Ocam Ocam is off-the-beaten-path literally, only go if you’re confident riding a motorbike as it is a little challenging. This Coron beach is an untouched paradise and you are likely to be the only tourist there.
Once you arrive you will need to take a five-minute walk through the jungle to reach the beachfront. There is a lady who sells fresh coconuts and refreshments on the beach so make sure you try one of those fresh coconuts.
Where To Stay In Coron
For A Waterfront oasis, we recommend The Bay Area.
The Bay Area Coron
This is the highest-rated waterfront hotel you will find in Coron, and the service is exceptional. The hotel has friendly staff and a perfect location for travelers wanting to relax but be close to all the amenities. With rooms as low as $39 USD, its exceptional value.
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Sunburn Rooftop Lounge
The perfect place to finish the day watching the sunset with views over Coron Town, make sure you get there early to reserve your spot as it does get busy. The rooftop bar doesn’t serve food just-drinks and is reasonably priced for a touristy area. The Sunburn rooftop bar is definitely the best in Coron Palawan and is the perfect way to chill and unwind after a day on the bike.
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Island Hopping from El Nido is an absolute must-do when visiting Palawan in the Philippines. There are four different El Nido island hopping tours available to take. Read everything you need to know before going.
How many islands are there in El Nido?
The main reason most people visit El Nido is to go island-hopping around Bacuit archipelago, it consists of 45 limestone islands that belong to the most beautiful destination in the world. There are four different tours you can do that will take you to different islands.
Tours generally start from 9am-4pm and the prices only differ slightly depending on which tour operator you choose.
Island Hopping From El Nido
All the El Nido tours include drinking water, snorkel gear, environmental tax, and a delicious lunch. The lunch will usually consist of fish, fried pork and chicken with rice, a few different salads, and a fresh fruit platter.
There are four different tours offered a,b,c,d with Tour A being one of the most popular island hopping tours in El Nido. Tours generally start from 9am-4pm and the prices only differ slightly depending on which tour operator you choose. Prices will vary between tours from 1200-1500 Php depending on which one you choose. During the 7 hour tour, you will discover beautiful lagoons, beaches, and snorkeling spots where you can admire corals and hundreds of fish species.
Tour A is one of the best and most popular island hopping tours in El Nido. During the day, you will discover beautiful lagoons, beaches and snorkeling spots where you can swim and admire the corals, the colorful fauna and its hundred of fishes species. Price is of only P1200 and you can
El Nido Tour A
Tour A is the most popular island hopping tour in El Nido as it visits some of the most popular destinations. The tour will bring you to the Small Lagoon, Big lagoon, and Secret lagoon.
El Nido tour A will then take you to Shimizu island, where you can relax on the white sand beach or snorkel. Most of the tours will use this island will use this as the place where they will have lunch. On the day we went we didn’t go to the island but had our lunch just off it because there where too many boats already docked.
The last stop to complete the El Nido tour is 7 Commando beach, which has a beautiful white sand beach and little bars selling refreshments. We had so much fun on this island as it had a volleyball and basketball court which was a fun way to finish the day.
El Nido Big Lagoon
The big lagoon is El Nido’s must-see attraction along with Nacpan beach. We rented a Kayak which was an additional cost and recommend this so you can see the entire lagoon. Swimming and snorkeling there is just amazing with the clear water and amount of fish you will see.
El Nido Tour Packages
Since new regulations in early 2019, there are a limited amount of people per day that can enter Bacuit Bay. We recommend booking in advance to be sure you have a spot.
One of our favourite days in El Nido was renting a scooter and cruising down the open roads to Nacpan beach. Nacpan is the most beautiful beach we visited while in Palawan. From its powdery white sand to its crystal clear blue water, here’s everything you need to know before you go.
The 17-kilometre ride north from El Nido town was one to remember, as we got closer to Nacpan beach the more beautiful the landscape become. Once we turned off the main road we crossed a small bridge and road down the sandy dirt roads lined with palm trees.
HOW TO GET TO NACPAN BEACH FROM EL NIDO?
Nacpan beach from El Nido is a 45-minute drive. There are shuttle services that run daily between El Nido and Nacpan beach that costs 600 pesos per person. The air-conditioned van picks and drops you off at your hotel.
The best way to get there if your more adventurous like us is to rent a scooter which costs around 500 pesos for the day. It’s a straight road to get there but as you get closer the road into the beach can’t be a little challenging. On the day we went, it had been raining and it was really muddy.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT NACPAN BEACH EL NIDO
Nacpan beach is one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see with four kilometres of clean shoreline, powdery white sand, and aqua blue water.
Nacpan beach feels like a secluded paradise surrounded by the most beautiful forest and coconut trees. Trip Advisor recently voted it the 10th most beautiful beach in the world.
There are plenty of great places to get the perfect photo at Nacpan Beach with the “NACPAN” sign being one of the favourites, along with the cute bamboo cafes.
There are restaurants along the coastline which vary in price, we ate at Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach. They serve international and local dishes and also have a beachfront bar. Thie perfect place to pull up a bean bag and sip on a coconut while taking in the view.
Twin Beach Elnido
Nacpan Beach is one side of the “Twin Beaches” the other side being Calitang Beach. When you walk to the southern end of the beach, just past the tiny fishing village and rustic palm huts with local restaurants you’ll see the point where Nacpan comes together with the smaller Calitang Beach.
You can take a walk up the lush green hill where you will get an amazing view of both beaches.
Along with island hopping in El Nido a visit to Nacpan will be the highlight of your trip. Be sure to put a day aside to see one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines.
Over the last few years, the popularity of Palawan Philippines has become more and more popular. Tourists are flocking to El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Princesa. One town that is often bypassed is the hidden gem Port Barton.
Imagine a place in the middle of nowhere, a small fishing village, with only sandy paths, small houses, and shacks around some shops and restaurants. Port Barton is totally isolated and accessible only by dirt roads that lead through mountains and surrounding jungle.
How do you get from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton?
The easiest way to go is via Puerto Princesa, the main town of Palawan. Puerto Princesa has an airport and most people fly into it via Manila or Cebu. From Puerto Princesa, you can catch a minivan from San Jose Terminal, which will take around 3-4 hours. If you’re coming from El Nido, you can take a bus that will take you 5 hours to arrive.
What is there to do in Port Barton?
Tourism is still in its infancy, and that is what attracts people to feel the untouched paradise vibe. There are no big high-end resorts or hotels, instead, you will find beautiful bungalow accommodation all over town.
It’s a simple lifestyle and you will feel it as soon as you arrive, everything is stress-free. There is nobody on the beaches or streets trying to sell you souvenirs, you can just relax and take in the natural surroundings.
Port Barton Palawan Resorts
We recommend booking accommodation before you arrive as this is a new tourist destination everything tourist-related is still catching up.
We stayed at Kiwi Lodge Port Barton, it’s very simple but comfortable and is one street back from the beach. It has beautiful natural surroundings, and everything is in walking distance around town. The major plus at staying at the kiwi lodge is it has power 24 hours per day, which is hard to find at other hotels.
Island Hopping Tours
There are some amazing islands off the coast, and the main attractions are definitely island hopping tours. We didn’t take the tour because we had planned to do the island tours in El Nido so just wanted to use our time in Port Barton to relax. But this Port Barton is one of the best places in Palawan to do the island hopping tours.
What to do in Port Barton Town?
The people in town are all very friendly and are willing to help. Walking through the quiet streets of town there are actually quite a few new restaurants and bars. We ate at Reef Café and this was one of the best burgers we have ever eaten.
Other restaurants in Port Barton we enjoyed eating at was kusinero del barrio.
Port Barton Beach
Amazing beach to take a dip in the water and enjoy a walk during sunset. The beach is lined with beachfront restaurants and hotels which makes it a perfect place to enjoy dinner at night.
How Many Days Do You Need In Port Barton?
We stayed only two days but wished we had longer. As soon as we arrived we felt totally stress-free and in tune with nature. Five to seven days would be the perfect time to stay so you could experience everything the town has to offer.
Is it Worth Visiting?
Port Barton is totally worth visiting if you want to enjoy the best of the Philippines away from mass tourism. The only drawback is the limited electricity and internet. Most places only have power for a few hours per day. At the kiwi lodge where we stayed, they had electricity 24 hours per day.
Even though with the limited electricity and internet the atmosphere and beauty of makes it a must-visit destination.
Before visiting the Subterranean River in Palawan (also known as the Underground River) you need to decide if you will go with a tour group or go solo.
We decided to book the tour to Subterranean Underground river and here’s why we chose to do this. If you decide to visit the underground without a tour group you will need to take the steps below. All this will be done for you by the tour guide if you take the tour.
Get your own permit to enter the Underground River in the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum office.
Once you arrive at Sabang you will need to register your permit in the office.
Organise a boat to get to the Underground River
After all of this, the costs will be similar to take the guided tour, and you will save a lot of time.
Underground River Tour Palawan
We booked our tour with IconquerPH. We booked the day before the tour, and it cost 2,100 Peso per person.
Our guide picked us up at 7:30 am at our hotel in Puerto Princesa, our tour guide’s name was April and she is so funny.
It took about 1:30 hour to get to Sabang, but the van will stop on the way for a little break. We had some coffee and we tried grill bananas sprinkled with sugar or in philippine it’s called “Ginanggang”. It’s delicious if you are a banana fan you need to try these.
Sabang X Zip-Line or Mangrove Tour
The day we went was on Philippines Independence Day, and a cruise ship had just arrived. This made for some delays so the guide recommended we do the Sabang X zip-line or mangrove tour. We chose to do the zip-line which costs 550 PHP. At 150 feet above sea level, you need to take a 10-15 minute trek from the Sabang Mangrove forest, up the tiny mountain, and then you will make an 800-meter zip line ride over the beach with stunning views.
Trying The Tamilok Worm
We had our lunch before entering the underground river to avoid the queues. Lunch was included in the tour and was very impressive. A wide variety and spread of all you can eat Filipino food.
When you enter the restaurant you can try Tamilok which is a delicacy in the Philippines. It is found in the provinces of Palawan and is also called woodworm because it’s a worm-like thing that is extracted from wood. It has a slimy texture and tastes like an oyster. This is a must-try for anyone going to Puerto Princesa Underground River.
Boat to the Underground River
While doing the Sabang x zip line our guide organised our permit so it saved us a 45-minute wait which is what usually will happen. You will then take a long tail boat that holds around 10 people comfortably. It only takes 10 minutes to arrive at the beach where the Underground River is located.
Inside Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
We arrived on the small beach and then took a 5-minute walk through the jungle that led us to the entrance of the underground river.
You are then provided with a complimentary audio guide for you to listen to throughout the tour. We were so excited to enter the Underground River as it’s our first time visiting one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
The Underground River Cave runs more than 24 kilometers (15 miles) long, but you can only go so far on the tours which usually lasts around 45 minutes.
The Underground River did not disappoint and even exceeded our expectations. The size of the cave is staggering, it’s so much more than an ordinary cave. It is no wonder it’s been declared a UNESCO heritage site.
Inside the cave you will see lots of bats hanging from the roof, so be sure to keep your mouth closed.
Puerto Princesa Philippines is the capital of the region of Palawan. Puerto is usually the starting point for most travelers coming to Palawan, before making their way to beach destinations such as El Nido, and Coron. Most people skip right through to reach other attractions like the Underground River. But there are many things to do in Puerto Princesa that makes spending a few days here worth it.
The Best Things To Do In Puerto Princesa Philippines At Night
Although most of the best things to do in Puerto Princesa are outside the main city, one of the best things to do at night is visiting the City Baywalk. This is by far the best thing to do in Puerto Princesa at night after visiting the other attractions during the day.
Explore The Puerto Princesa City Baywalk
There is nothing better than an evening stroll down the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. It stretches 2km (1.25 miles) along the waterfront between the Puerto Princesa Cultural Center and the U.S. Embassy. There is plenty to see and do at the Baywalk, with vendors and restaurants lining the paths, which makes this a really fun night out.
The area is well lit up and is safe for tourist, perfect for taking a stroll along the open seaside. It’s a great place just to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere, there are bikes to rent and you will see the local kids having the time of their lives riding up and down. There is plenty of sitting areas and benches that you can sit down and absorb it all in.
RENTING BIKES IN PUERTO PRINCESA BAYWALK
As you walk in the main entrance you will see al the bicycles lined up, they have a variety of different sizes and types to choose from. Bikes are for the children to play, and are rented by the hour for a minimal price depending on the type of bike chosen.
At the far end of the park are lined up bicycles of different types, and sizes. The bicycles for rent for children, and to be used in the park vicinity. It is rented by the hour for a minimal price range depending on the type of bike the rider prefers.
WHERE TO EAT IN PUERTO PRINCESA CITY BAYWALK
The Puerto Princesa City Baywalk opens at 1 pm to 11:00 pm daily. I would recommend visiting around 5 pm so you can get there as it turns from day into night. At night is when the Baywalk comes alive, there are vendors selling snacks and plenty of restaurants to choose from.
The best thing about visiting Baywalk is the prices at the restaurants. Fresh seafood costs 1/3 of the price compared to the restaurants in the City.
THE BEST RESTAURANT IN PUERTO PRINCESA
We ate at Isha’s Sutukil Palawan and the food was delicious. We paid 795 PHP which is just over $14 USD for a seafood and pork sharing platter. It said it was enough for 3-4 people and come with fish soup, crab, fish, pork skewers and sea grapes. Included in the cost was also a pitcher of ice tea which is an amazing value.
Finishing off the night we tried the fresh mango smoothies which only costs 15 PHP $0.29 USD each for the large size, these are delicious and the best price we found in all of our trip to the Philippines.
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park is one of the best tourist attraction or destination in Palawan. We ended up going here most nights. It’s also included in the city tours if that is something you are planning to do.