SAVE YOUR TIME & 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

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.

But you want to see the islands, right? Then do your own tour instead (or rent a kayak). It can be cheaper and you’ll avoid the crowds. Read more about these alternatives here. 

MARLEY’S GUESTHOUSE

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.

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Marley’s Place’s compelled us to quickly “Exodus”

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.

DISTANT ISLANDS

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.

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This is a bangka. You do not want to spend 3 hours and tons of money to be in one. (Photo by Jun Acullador)

WHAT SHOULD I DO INSTEAD?

I thought you’d never ask. Here are 11 of our favourite activities in Coron, and Kim and my top 5 favorites.

And if we missed any things to avoid in Coron, or you disagree with one of our recommendations, please let us know in the comments.

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  1. Interesting take. I find it contradictory that you’d be willing to paddle 2 hrs each direction on a kayak to Coron island, but find that the 1 1/2 hour trip both ways to Malcapuya,Banana and Bulog Dos a waste of valuable daylight/beach time. Different strokes for different folks.

    That stated, thanks for your info on Coron. While, we may do something mostly different than your ‘to-do’ suggestions, it is nice to have your personal experience(s)/insight to compare with.

    Did your privately booked tour take you to any of the stops that the package tours do(IE. did you do any snorkeling, stop at any beaches?), or did you simply motor around the shores of Coron island?

    1. Different strokes for different folks indeed. We don’t find it pleasant to speed along in a boat for hours, but really enjoy kayaking. Around Coron Island, in particular, it’s really nice because the water’s so clear you can see the fish swimming below you as you paddle. I’m glad you’re able to appreciate that everyone has different perspectives instead of trolling like most people do online these days.

      With our captains we could go wherever we wanted during our day with them. We went to some of the popular snorkeling locations, but at different times than the fleet of other organized tours, which is one of the major advantages of getting a private boat. And yes we went to a beach on Uson Island too. Can’t remember the name though, sorry.

      Enjoy!

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