Busuanga Island, Palawan’s Last Frontier

 

The Php150 (approximately $3) hot spring is open everyday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The Philippines’ Palawan province is home to the Calamian Group of Islands, the largest of which is the island of Busuanga. Having both a rich World War II history and thriving coral reefs, the island attracts many people looking for aquatic experiences.

Interesting fact: the American navy sank twelve Japanese ships along the Busuanga coast during World War II.

Coron Town in the south is the main tourist hub, as it serves as access to other popular areas such as Twin Lagoons and Baraccuda Lake. Despite the island’s reputation as a great place to go diving and island hopping, the town is often overlooked by visitors. The northern part of Busuanga is less well-known to tourists, making it a pristine paradise ideal for canoeing, swimming, and other outdoor pursuits.

The first question is, though: Busuanga or Coron? I’m confused.

Don’t worry; I thought the same thing at first. In a Google picture search for Busuanga Island, 90% of the results are actually of Coron Island. The authors don’t exactly make things simple, so allow me to explain.

LOOK | Coron Town and Busuanga Island Map
LOOK | Coron Town and Busuanga Island Map

Coron is a town, a municipality, and an island off the southeastern coast of Busuanga. It’s also where all those stunning Instagram photos are taken. If you book a hotel in Coron Town, you will actually be staying on Busuanga Island and not Coron Island. To get from Coron Town to Coron Island, you’ll need a Bangka (Filipino boat).

History of Busuanga Island

Busuanga Island, Palawan
Busuanga Island, Palawan

As the main entry point to one of the Philippines’ most rapidly developing and well-liked tourist hotspots—Coron—the recent history of Busuanga has revolved around the hospitality industry.

This stunning region of the country has been a destination for visitors for centuries, but it has a rich history that dates back millennia to that.

The indigenous Tagbanua people of the Calamianes Islands trace their ancestry back to the legendary Tabon Man.

Courtship dance practice among the Tagbanua.
Courtship dance practice among the Tagbanua.

The Tabon Man was unearthed on the island of Palawan, and his bones are thought to be the Philippines’ oldest modern human remains.

Tagbanua civilization flourished there for millennia, and even after the Spanish colonial empire began to control the Philippines, this territory remained on the empire’s periphery.

When the Japanese took control of the region during World War II, they transformed the numerous bays into safe havens for their navy.

Many Japanese vessels were sunk by American bombing, however, and these vessels are today popular diving locations.

Mass immigration from islands like Cebu and Luzon after the war pushed the indigenous Tagbanua to the periphery of Busuanga. Since then, the island’s economy and infrastructure have flourished thanks to the influx of tourists.

The Best Way to Get to Busuanga Island

The quickest and most convenient method to get to Coron is via plane. Francisco B. Reyes Airport, located near Busuanga, is less than an hour away from the town of Coron.

Busuanga (Coron) Airport PAL Express flight
Busuanga (Coron) Airport PAL Express flight

The following airlines fly from Manila to Busuanga and return.

  • Cebu Pacific Airlines
  • The PAL Express (Philippine Airlines)
  • SkyJet AirAsia Zest (Zest Air)

PAL Express also flies to Puerto Princesa from Busuanga and vice versa.

You can take a van from the airport to Coron for P150 per person or P1500 if you book the full van.

Where Can I Stay in Busuanga?

There are a number of options, and you can’t go wrong with any of them while planning your visit.

Sanctuaria Treehouses

Unique among treehouse resorts in Palawan, Sanctuaria Treehouses offers travelers a taste of the island’s rich history and culture. Set in a remote part of the jungle, you’ll feel like you’ve left the bustle of Coron Town far behind.

When you reach the top of the treehouses, you can look out over the surrounding mangroves, rivers, and Busuanga Bay. The sky is filled with stars at night, and the lights of Coron Town can be seen off in the distance. Refresh in the pool (one of the only pools in the area), kayak or paddleboard through the mangrove forests, or let Buhay, Sanctuaria’s four-legged tour guide, take you to Concepcion Waterfall.

Garden of Eden

This simple farmstay is ideal for minimalist travelers.
This simple farm stay is ideal for minimalist travelers.

Located on Busuanga’s eastern coast, close to the quaint village of Santo Nio, lies the eco-friendly Garden of Eden farm stay. It’s just a simple bamboo hut in the shape of a triangle, with a loft that goes up two stories.

Guests are welcome to tour the farm at will, taking in the beautiful scenery and interacting with the free-range pigs, goats, dogs, cats, turkeys, and ducks. A pet of any species will approach you with its own unique characteristics and seek affection. Horseback riding (about 1,000 PHP), bay kayaking, scuba diving, and island hopping are just a few of the adventures that may be arranged with the help of the innkeepers, Eden and Gunther.

Best Activities on Busuanga Island

1. Climb Mt. Tapyas’ 721 steps.

Mount Tapyas viewpoint in Coron
Mount Tapyas viewpoint in Coron

Most visitors to Coron Town visit Mount Tapyas, one of its two primary attractions. Another is Maquinit Hot Springs. As you explore Coron Town, you may see a large white cross with the letters “C.O.R.O.N.” on a hill. Mount Tapyas. This view of Coron Island and the landscape is popular. If you add this to your itinerary, be prepared to walk 721 steps in broad sunlight. The 30-minute walk to the top has little cover. The sunset view from the summit is amazing. The trail begins at K-Heights Inn.

2. Take a Hike Up Mount Darala

Mount Tundalara (sometimes spelled Mt. Dalara) is an excellent option if you want to walk somewhere a little more difficult than the stairways of Mt. Tapayas. Mount Darala, at an elevation of 600 meters, is the island’s highest peak.

The trail begins near a little cemetery and, after a brief stint in the trees, emerges onto an exposed section of the trail proper. The heat can be scorching, and there is no shade to escape it. You should bring a hat, sunscreen, and lots of water.

The day-long journey from Coron Town is strenuous, but once you arrive, you’ll have the place to yourself.

3. Take a dip in the Maquinit Hot Springs

Maquinit Hot Springs at Dusk
Maquinit Hot Springs at Dusk

On the island of Busuanga, the Maquinit Hot Springs are among the most appealing attractions. After a long day of island hopping, relax in the natural hot springs just a short tricycle ride from Coron Town and take in the intense and flaming sunset.

It’s possible to purchase refreshing beverages before kicking back in the warm waves and taking in the natural beauty of the mangroves and surrounding countryside. Whatever you do, just let yourself completely unwind in the soothing warmth of the water. The hot spring is available daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the cost to enter is Php150 (about $3).

4. Take pictures on top of Mount Talapay

At Mt. Talapay in Decabobo, Coron, Palawan, experience life and environment.
At Mt. Talapay in Decabobo, Coron, Palawan, experience life and the environment.

Mt. Talapay is an artificially constructed lookout point in eastern Busuanga. The grounds may still be under development, but there are many picturesque backdrops for your Instagram posts. You may relax in a human-sized bird’s nest or swing from a tree, and there’s even a fanciful seating area shaped like a windswept heart.

There is a little restaurant there where you may try some of the local dishes and drink some of the fresh coconut wine. To get away from the throng and take in breathtaking views of the sea and other islands, spend the afternoon atop Mt. Talapay.

5. Swing at Concepcion Falls

Concepcion Falls, Coron

The trail leads to a gorgeous natural pool surrounded by enormous trees, damp moss, and greenery. The bluish-green river shimmers as sunlight shines through the trees. Erosion exposes trees’ winding roots in the water. A little cave with an orange rope swing sits left of the waterfall. I swayed here listening to water dripping for a few minutes. The surrounds make Concepcion Falls worth visiting, not the falls themselves.

6. Swim with the sea mermaids, Dugong

Dugong of Busuanga Island
Photo Credit: World Wildlife.org

Dugongs, long assumed to be mermaids, are herbivorous mammals found in warm coastal waters from the western Pacific Ocean to the eastern coast of Africa. Sea cows, often known as manatees, are gentle and fat. Fishing-related mortality, habitat degradation, and killing have gravely endangered the species. Some conservation organizations are trying to save this species. Dugongs, the first Philippine marine mammal to be protected, are still found in Northern Busuanga.

The eco-friendly North Busuanga Dugong Dive Center is the greatest place to see these gentle critters. This team of conservationists and Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel lets you see Dugongs in their natural habitat.

7. Discover the Busuanga River

Located to the north of Coron Bay, Busuanga River is a popular local destination that receives fewer tourists. The river meanders through the island’s interior, passing via settlements and mangrove groves at the northwest corner. In addition to exploring the river on your own, many hotels along the northwest coast also provide tours of the Busuanga River. The River House will transport you upstream on a tiny bangka, stopping at the village of Panggawaran, and the Busuanga Bay Lodge will take you on a relaxing twilight cruise along the river.

Busuanga River
Busuanga River

Would you like to visit Busuanga Island? What exciting experiences have we failed to have? Share with us in the comments your experiences on Busuanga island.

Read more about Calamian Islands of Palawan here.

If you decide to check out Palawan, our small family operation organizes private custom boat tours through the Palawan area, voted the best island in the world, with its 52 pristine white sand beaches and some of the clearest waters in the world 

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Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition, relaxing walks

There are thousands of beautiful islands in the Philippines that every tourist should not miss. Coron has been one of the top most travel destinations when it comes to clear blue water beaches. It is also famous for its beautiful lakes and clear water lagoons. Moerover, it is also popular for divers especially those who love to dive into shipwrecks. There are many spots and islands to explore not just around Coron but also few hours away by boat like Black island, Malcapuya island, Banana islandBulog Dos island, Waling-waling island, Bamboo Island, Pass island, Lusong gun boat and many more.

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition, swim in crystal clear waters

That being said, two or three days will not be enough to visit all these beautiful islands and lakes. The famous spots around coron island like Siete Pecados, kayangan lake, twin lagoon,  and barracuda (baracuda) lake are always packed of people thus it is hard to avoid the crowds to be able to take beautiful photos without people on the background and to be able to just relax and enjoy the place.

Furthermore, last December 2019, coast guards in Coron came up with new rules and regulations and one of which is that all boats are required to checkout with them before leaving on a tour. This makes the earliest time you can leave is at 8 AM. However, if you book with us your Coron private island hopping boat tour (day tour), we will help you avoid the crowd. Your boatman or tour guide will take you to less crowded places first so you can enjoy each spots without rush and in your own flexible time. You may also customize the islands/spots you want to visit.

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition stress releaseAnother option is by booking a Coron Island Boat Tour expedition, you may visit other islands on your second day as early as six in the morning to avoid the crowds. There are so many beautiful spots, beaches and islands in Coron which you should not miss during your visit. Here are some suggested itineraries for you which you can customize:

Coron Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition 4 days/ 3 nights Itinerary:

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition secluded beaches

Day 1 (Coron Escapade):

 

Day 2 (Reefs and Wrecks):

  • Lusong gunboat
  • Lusong coral garden
  • East tangat
  • Pass island (sleep)

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition aquatic life

Day 3 (Coron Islands):

  • Reef Garden
  • Skeleton Wreck
  • Siete Pecados
  • Banol Beach
  • Atwayan Beach (sleep)

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition beautiful lagoons and people

Day 4 (Coron Islands):

This Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour expedition itinerary is perfect for those who likes to free dive, snorkel, relax on the beach and experience real Filipino island life. You will be staying in tents and nipa huts. There are only basic toilets. No hot shower either. If you are looking for something fancy as accommodation, I suggest booking a day trip to these islands where you can stay and get back to your fancy hotels at the end of the day tour. Price depends on the number of people on board, the more, the cheaper.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Private boat
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Boat captain and crew
  • Meals (bf, lunch and dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Overnight fees
  • Nipa hut (banana island and pass island)
  • Tent (atwayan beach)
  • Beers/rhum (complimentary drink on board, limited only)
  • Pick up and drop off (within coron town only)

Coron Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition 3 days/ 2 nights Itinerary:

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition delicious and healthy eating

Day 1 (Coron Escapade):

  • Lusong coral garden
  • Lusong gunboat
  • Maltatayoc island
  • Pass island (sleep)

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition secluded and quiet beaches

Day 2 (Coron Escapade with sand bars):

Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition fantastic snorkeling

Day 3 (Coron Islands):

In this Coron island hopping boat tour expedition itinerary, you will be staying in basic nipa huts with common basic toilets. This is perfect for those who want to relax and enjoy the sun and beaches. On your third day, you will be able to visit the famous sites in coron island at an earlier time where you can avoid the crowds. Also, if you are looking for some nice drone shots of sand bars, Ditaytayan island has a long stretch sand bar while bulog dos has a shorter one. We usually offer private customized boat tours between Sibaltan and Coron or vice versa. But due to popular demand, we now offer private customized boat tours in the Coron area only.

Or more info on Coron boat tours.

Or, for inquiries regarding prices and boat tour packages, please click the photo below: Palawan custom private boat tours

Other links regarding Coron tours

Kayangan Lake
Twin Lagoons
Malcapuya Island
Banana Island
Bulog Dos
Barracuda Lake
Tips on choosing tours around Coron
Rural Coron
Obra Bar
Black Island

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Marriage Proposal Package in Palawan

Marriage proposal in Philippines paradise

Are you planning to “seal the deal”? Do not know how and where to do it? Do not worry! We got you covered. Island Hopping in the Philippines is happy to announce that we can help you arrange your start to the road of forever, marriage proposal!

Romantic strolls on the beach in Marriage Proposal Package in Palawan while Island Hopping.

Pristine paradise for the perfect proposal

Philippines has thousands of stunning, clear water islands and lagoons, especially between El Nido and Coron, Palawan. It does not just have exquisite pristine beaches but also way more affordable than Maldives and Bali. Proposing in a fancy resort or restaurant is already too mainstream and to think about it, it is also very expensive. There is not much better and romantic way other than by proposing to your loved one in a paradise.

Make the perfect proposal in Marriage Proposal Package in Palawan while Island Hopping.

Imagine, you island hop in some beautiful islands and finish with a surprise marriage proposal in one of the beautiful islands in either Coron or El Nido. If you want to get fancier, we also have multiday tours between El Nido and Coron where you can do island hopping in more secluded islands away from crowds.

Bliss in Marriage Proposal Package in Palawan while Island Hopping.

Privacy is the key for the ideal marriage proposal

We offer private boat tours in El Nido, Coron and multi-day tours in between which you can customize the way you want. Meaning, you may choose which islands you would like to visit and where you would like to propose. With private boat tours, you are in charge of your own time, you do not need to rush and you can leave earlier than joiner tours. You can even camp out on your own deserted island!

Tie the know in Marriage Proposal Package in Palawan while Island Hopping.

Sadly, before, in Coron, you may leave as early as 7am but due to the new management, all boats need to be checked out by the coast guards at 8am, but it is still good because joiner tours usually leave at 9am or 9:30am. Moreover, our boatman will take you first to less crowded places in case you start later than 8am. Surely it is a WIN WIN! Or if you choose the multiday tours between El Nido and Coron, you have 52 isolated and often desolate islands to play with.

Express your love through Marriage Proposal Package in Palawan while Island Hopping.

However, if you have not researched which island is perfect for your proposal, I personally would recommend Banol Beach if in Coron. At around 3pm there are fewer people left on the island. Even way better if you do it in Banol beach just in time for the sunset. Isn’t it more romantic with the sunset in the background and a heart-shape of rose petals in the sand? Simple yet so romantic that your partner could only say “YES!”.

Romantic escapades on Marriage Proposal Package in Palawan while Island Hopping.

If you are only visiting El Nido, between the three tours, Tour A, B and C, Tour B would be the most suitable for marriage proposals. If you have suggestions or questions, we will always find ways to make it happen. So, book your private boat tour with us + romantic package. May it be wedding anniversary, honeymoon, birthday or marriage proposal, we find ways!

Palawan boat tours at Marriage Proposal Package in Palawan while Island Hopping.

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Tips on Choosing Tours in Coron

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Got only limited time in Coron? Are you having some difficulty in choosing which tour you should not miss? This post will help you decide which island hopping tours you should do despite having limited time or only a few days in Coron, Palawan.

World’s top 3 islands are in the Philippines and obviously, Palawan is on the list. Palawan has 1,708 islands and islets of the Philippines and has been ranked three times in a row to have the clearest waters in the world.

The most popular destinations in Palawan are El Nido and Coron, bombarded by millions of tourists every year. Both are known for their stunning lagoons, white sand beaches and perfect diving spots.

I know, Philippines is massive in terms of the thousands of islands it has, and so is Palawan. If you are visiting Coron and you only have a few days to jump on island hopping tours, I would recommend booking a Coron private boat tour.

Why? It is better because if you only have a limited amount of time, having a private boat tour offers you flexibility. Meaning, you can arrange with your boatman what time you want to start. In order to avoid the flocks of tourists, I suggest leaving earlier, like around 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning. The usual public or joiner tours start at 9:00 or 9:30.

Moreover, one of the perks is no one will rush you. If you have experienced joining a tour, you already know what I mean. Joiner or pubic island hopping has a tour guide who blows a whistle informing everyone it is time to leave and move on to the next location.

If you prefer to enjoy paradise and stay however long you wish, with no rush, I’m sure you would rather enjoy your time and just go with the flow.

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So what is the best island hopping tour in Coron, Palawan? I would say it depends on what you are looking for.

If you want to see lakes and lagoons, Coron Only Island tour is the best for you. It includes Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake, Barakuda Lake, Twin Lagoons, Skeleton Wreck and Coral Garden. These sites are usually packed with tourists all year round because it is just a few minutes by boat from town and is known for its picturesque views.

On the other hand, if you prefer to get away from the crowds and chill on the beach, Bulog Dos, Banana Island and Malcapuya Island are perfect for you. It will take roughly an hour and a half by boat to get to Bulog Dos. Because it takes some time to get there, only few tourists venture this far, so you will most likely see fewer of them. You can also avoid most of the travelers by leaving early in the morning around 7:30. Usually, if you leave early, the sea is calmer. Banana Island and Bulog Dos are known for their sand bars, while Malcapuya Island is known for its very soft and fine sand. These three islands have clear waters too.

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Free Diving In Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan
Bulog Dos, Palawan
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The sand in Malcapuya Island is so soft like a cotton candy that you want to eat it.

Coron is well-known for its wrecks and reefs. If you do diving or free diving, Lusong Coral Garden, Lusong Gun Boat and Pass Island will not disappoint you. These are the sites most divers have on their bucket list to dive into. There are around eight ship wrecks in Coron.

You can also find another ship wreck in Black Island. If you do not dive, you can see the ship wreck during low tides. It is very accessible and, because of the clear water, it is easy to see. You can also find some caves there (above picture).

Ship wreck in Coron
Visible ship wreck in Black Island during low tide

To get here, you can join or book one of our private custom Palawan boat tours and choose “Coron only” for your tour.

Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island, tropical white sand beach paradise

Malcapuya Island secluded beach
#1 of top things to do around Coron according to Tripadvisor.

This island, along with Bulog Dos and Banana Island are part of a package offered by local tours in Coron because they are located so close to one another. Each of these stops, Bulog Dos and Malcapuya, charges an entrance fee of  200p/person, and is located close also to our recommended stop for this area, No Name island. Malcapuya Island is apparently the best of these three, and any of these four is a good stop to break up the trip into smaller parts. If you want to visit more than one stop in this area, you might not have time during the same day to also visit Araw Beach.

Malcapuya island is so far the best island I have been to near Coron. It has a long stretch beach, very unique rock formations and the island has soft white sandy beaches comparable to Boracay. Its sand is really so soft! Didn’t I just say that twice?

Malcapuya Island, enjoy the white sands

The sand is so soft that you might want to have a taste to see if it’s real sand

It is quite far to get there from Coron town. It will take maximum 2 hours by boat depending on the size of waves. I would suggest leaving early to expedite the journey because usually during early morning, the waves are calm. Another IMPORTANT TIP: I highly recommend booking a private boat tour. In this way, you can manage your time. The usual “joiner tours” with 16-22 people leave around 9:00am, in which case many boats are on board hopping from one island to another with the same itinerary and duration of stay, making the islands fully-packed of tourists.

Amazing rock formations on Malcapuya Island

Amazing rock formation I camouflaged against with my suntanned skin

Based on our experience, we left around 7:30am and we got to our first destination, Bulog Dos, after 1.5 hours. At that time we were the only ones, so we were able to take awesome photos of the sand bar and the beach without hoards of crowds in the background.

More rock formations on Malcapuya Island.

One of the huge unique rocks found in Malcapuya Island

If you are visiting Coron with a limited schedule, you should not miss visiting this island. It is quiet, clean and something unique from the touristy lakes in Coron.

Go for a casual stroll on Malcapuya Island.

Enjoy the white long stretch beach of Malcapuya Island

Wonderful views on Malcapuya Island.

Look at these amazing nature-made rock formations – it’s Instagram-worthy!

Bask in the sun on Malcapuya Island.

Unspoiled beach with fifty shades of clear blue water

Forget about it all on Malcapuya Island.

Enjoy the whole beach away from the crowds by booking a private boat tour with us!

This one has an entrance fee of 200p, but they have begun work on a new resort, so it is uncertain how long it will remain open to the public (check out the Tripadvisor link above to make sure).

Nature cottages on Malcapuya Island.

At the moment it offers accommodation as explained on https://www.traveling-up.com/a-night-in-malcapuya-island-coron/ (TravelUp pics):

  • Our room for the night was a simple cottage by the beach, an enclosed thatched hut with an electric fan and a mattress on the floor. Cost for cottage rental was P750/person.
  • There are two restrooms with open air showers a few meters away from the huts.
  • The island does not have electricity, but they have a generator which provides light and electricity at night.
  • There are outlets in the huts where you can charge phones and camera batteries.
  • You can also opt to stay in a simple house-for-rent on an elevated portion a few meters from the shoreline, which has a single room, basic yet comfortable beds, and a decent restroom.

Rather undeveloped at the moment, which only adds to its charm, with many deserted and protected beaches.

Quiet getaway on Malcapuya Island.

Peaceful times on Malcapuya Island.

To get here you can join or book one of our private custom Palawan boat tours between El Nido and Coron, or Coron only tours. Tons of paradise beach islands to see along the way, excellent snorkeling in crystal clear waters, caves to explore, Spanish fortress and much more. Completely off the beaten path. You can even rent one of our wakesurf or wakeboards for a total blast drag through paradise!

Palawan boat tours to Malcapuya Island

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Other links regarding Coron tours

Kayangan Lake
Twin Lagoons
Malcapuya Island
Banana Island
Bulog Dos
Tips on choosing tours around Coron
Rural Coron
Obra Bar

Coron Escapade Tour

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Secluded beaches on Malcapuya Coron Islands tour.Unspoiled Malcapuya island

The Coron Island Escapade tour introduces the best of Coron islands. Visitors will be amazed and awestruck by the beauty of the white sandy long stretch beaches, clear blue waters, sand bars, rock formations, and unique marine life surrounding these islands. Definitely a must see for Coron visitors.

Get away on a Malcapuya Coron Islands tour.
50 shades of crystal clear water complimenting the soft white sand of Banana island with no crowds

It will take around 1 hour to 1.5 hours to reach Bulog Dos from Coron, depending on how calm the waves are. When we went there, it only took us around an hour because we left early AROUND 7:30am, when the waves were calm. There will be three islands in this tour, which are Bulog Dos, Banana Island and Malcapuya.

Cool sandbars on Malcapuya Coron Islands tour.
Mini sand bar in Bulog Dos island

If you want to escape the crowd and just chill on the beach and enjoy clear waters, this escapade is perfect for you. It is not that crowded because it is far from the usual Coron island tours which most tourists follow. 

Interesting paths to explore on Malcapuya Coron Islands tour.
Beautiful wall of rocks made by the locals in Bulog Dos island

IMPORTANT TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID THE CROWD IN CORON:

  • LEAVE EARLY – almost all of the boats leave at the same time from the port in Coron, which is around 9:00am to 9:30am. If you want to avoid the flocks of tourists, waking up early in the morning and leaving around 6am or 7am is WORTH IT! I know it is way too early and probably you still feel sleepy or hungover from partying last night, but it takes an hour to 1.5 hours to reach your first destination, so in this case, you can take a nap during the journey. If you are lucky, you will be able to see lots of flying fish along the way.
  • BOOK A PRIVATE BOAT some of us are budget travelers and want to save as much money as possible by taking joiner tours, but you will be annoyed whenever your tour guide blows his whistle instructing you it is time to leave and move on to the next location. For this reason, booking a private boat tour is more convenient. It may cost a little more, but if there are 4 of you, you can divide the cost of the boat. As a result, you can spend how long you wish to stay on each island, you have the control of time, you can pick your own itinerary; where you want to go, and you do not have to wait for a massive amount of people to get on and off the boat. 
Fine dining on Malcapuya Coron islands tour.
Enjoy your fresh caught fish and fruits on the beach with this beautiful view and crystal clear water

Usually, the boatman will take you to the wet market to choose your food and have it cooked with the boatman for FREE. Also, if you want to have an instagram-worthy photo, booking a PRIVATE CORON BOAT TOUR is PERFECT! To book click the below picture and choose “Coron only” as your route.

Palawan boat tours to Malcapuya Coron islands tour.

Other links regarding Coron tours

Kayangan Lake
Twin Lagoons
Malcapuya Island
Banana Island
Bulog Dos
Tips on choosing tours around Coron
Rural Coron
Obra Bar
 
Coron Multi-day Island Hopping Boat Tour Expedition

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