These things we recommend not doing (or at least to think twice about doing) in Coron are Part 3 of our 4-part Coron Getaway Guide in which we share our top tips for fellow independent travelers.
Save Your Time and Money
Are you traveling to the Philippines? If so, these are the things to avoid in Coron, Palawan. Save your time and money.
Kayanagan Lake is overdeveloped, overpopulated, and overpriced.
Sure it’s beautiful. If it were cheaper, less built up, and/or less busy it’d be a must. But it’s not.
Watch Youtube videos to see what you’re missing, then decide yourself.
Packaged Island Hopping Tour
Island hopping is THE thing to do in Coron, Palawan (one of our favorites!). But packaged island hopping is one of THE things to avoid in Coron.
All the island hopping tours follow the same itinerary, so your views and pictures of beautiful Coron island and its surroundings are guaranteed to be stained by hordes in their ubiquitous bright orange lifejackets.
More like Marley’s dreadlocks. That’s how dirty the place was.
Marley’s Guesthouse’s kitchen had two pots. Inside both was food from back when Bob Marley was alive that had gone so disgustingly mouldy and fuzzy it looked like a dead rabbit. The rest of the place wasn’t any cleaner.
And it was staffed by a couple of kids so shy they seemed standoffish. This guesthouse definitely didn’t make us feel like we were valued guests.
For the same price, stay at the very well-run Coron Guapos Guesthouse right next door.
Manquinit Hot Springs
If Manquinit Hot Springs were free we wouldn’t go. Even worse, they cost more than an entree at a good restaurant to visit. Forget that.
The Philippines is hot enough. Even worse, Manquinit Hot Springs are salt water, so you’re not even rinsing off from your day of island hopping.
But if you absolutely must go, at the very least don’t take a tricycle. Rent a scooter/motorcycle instead for almost the same price (read here where to get your bike from). That way you can minimize your loses by taking advantage of the bike to explore better parts of the island as well.
If you could somehow rent a speedboat, then it’d be worth it to head to distant islands like Malcapuya or Banana. But it’s not worth it to spend over and hour and a half puttering there in a bankga, then another hour and a half back. Three hours is one third of your daylight.
Stick to beaches that are only 20-30 minutes from Coron town, or head up north and check out the equally beautiful, less crowed, and more affordably accessed beaches there.
What Should I Do Instead?
Discover what else we most (and least) enjoyed around town and around Busuanga by completing our 4-part Coron Getaway Guide: