WHERE TO STAY IN CORON, PALAWAN: THE BEST AREAS
Coron is one of the most visited areas in Palawan and known for its dramatic limestone cliffs and world-class WWII-era wreck diving. It has some of the most incredible freshwater lakes and spectacular shallow-water coral reefs, which lure both travelers and divers alike. This blog post will help you consider which part of the town is the best to stay in while visiting, Coron. This accommodation guide is divided into four distinct areas of Coron and it is categorized from the budget, luxury and value for money in each district.
There are so many accommodation options in Coron whether you are looking for hostels, homestays, resorts, or hotels. This blog post breaks down its best regions to stay depending on your purpose of visit. In particular, you may want to stay near a transit hub in Coron or you may be looking for the serenity and luxury of the islands outside Coron. I’ll do my best to show you what each region offers and then highlight the top accommodation picks in each spot so you can pick the best area to stay in Coron for you.
Here is a little checklist to start!
- CORON TOWN CENTER: If you want a place that is relatively cheap and accessible to everything, Coron Town Center is an excellent area for you. This is where most people stay.
- WEST BUSUANGA: If you want hidden and private accommodation, the western part of Busuanga is an ideal place for you.
- SOUTH BUSUANGA: If you are in a Coron for a honeymoon or a posh getaway, the islands in the south of Busuanga is awesome for you. These are tropical, secluded, deluxe getaway resorts.
WHERE TO STAY IN CORON: BEST AREAS
AREA: CORON TOWN PROPER
Coron town center, approximately 40 minutes away from Busuanga airport, is the most convenient jump-off point for diving and island hopping tours. From the airport, there is a shuttle for $3 to all hotels. Most travelers and divers stay in Coron Town proper as there many accommodation options. Below are my top picks in Coron Town Proper for each different type of budget and purpose of visit.
The Funny Lion (Good Atmosphere): The Funny Lion is a boutique resort in Coron that I visited several years ago. Let’s just say that beer from the hot tub with one of the best sunset views in Coron is about as good as it gets. It’s ultra-modern, has a spa, pool and immaculate rooms. The rooftop bar and dining is an awesome place to be after a long day of island-hopping in Coron. This resort is perfect for couples and small families who want to spend their holiday in a quiet and serene place. The restaurants provide guests unique fine dining experience with fresh seafood and Asian fusion cuisine. You can enjoy their Cocktail Safari with The Funny Lion’s signature drinks at 5:00 P.M. The Funny Lion is one of the best places to stay in Coron if you are looking for good vibes and good atmosphere. I can put a personal guarantee on this place for an epic stay in Coron.
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Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel (Value): Located by the bay in Coron town, this upscale hotel features an infinity pool which makes for a picture-perfect sunset view (Possibly the best sunset hotel view in Coron). If you want comfort and luxury at the same time this place is for you. It has it’s own private dock so you just leave straight to the island-hopping tours from your hotel room! Hospitality at its best. The staff treats all their guests like a royal. The hotel rooms are spacious and well-appointed with comfortable beds and lovely balconies. In my opinion, this is one of the best hotels in Coron with a pool.
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Bakawan Hostel (Budget): Bakawan Hostel is a brand new property located at a short distance from diving shops, bars, and restaurants in Coron Town Proper. It is relatively cheap and rated 10 for its location, comfort, cleanliness, and friendly staff. It has a nice sociable atmosphere which makes it a perfect place for both solo and group travelers alike.
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Bangles Homestay (Family Pick): Set in Coron Town Proper, close to the public market, Bangles Homestay provides rooms with air conditioning, a private bathroom, and a free WiFi. The guest house offers a terrace. In the surroundings, there is a lagoon and lake. The staff and the host can help you with tour bookings. It is highly recommended as it’s near to everything. Bangles Homestay is a top pick when like for cheap accommodation in Coron that is still very high quality.
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AREA: West Coast of Busuanga Island
Busuanga Island is known for its shipwreck diving, nice beaches, amazing landscapes, and good hiking experience. There are numerous resorts on the west coast such as below. You’ll be away from the crowds in Coron Town and out in seclusion to enjoy a more luxury-style escape.
Al Faro Cosmio Hotel Palawan (Luxury): Perfect for your romantic getaway! Al Faro lies southwest coast of Busuanga Island, right on the entrance of D’Pearl Bay, a picturesque bay and marina with an exquisite yacht club. It offers a Disney-like amenities with a beautiful sunset view over the bay and well situated for diving into the famous WWII wrecks of Japanese warships. The amazing resort follows an eco-theme and the atmosphere is very relaxed.
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Busuanga Bay Lodge (Value): Busuanga Bay Lodge is a Bermuda-inspired architecture hotel situated on the west coast of Busuanga Island on the island province of Palawan. This is a perfect place for escapes. It provides the easiest access to luxury adventures in the area’s on-land and underwater attractions. BBL offers marine activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, yacht sailing, and fishing. Guests will be pampered with luxurious spa services and offered an extensive wine selection from the in-house Wine Cellar.
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West Atlantic Hotel (Budget): Nestled in Concepcion, a lovely town with one of the longest wharves on the island of Busuanga, West Atlantic Hotel features a terrace and shared lounge. This inn is conveniently located by the main road and provides top-notch service to all their guests. It is situated 38 kilometers away from Coron, however, you can charter a motorbike at the resort. They have a store downstairs and bistro with lots of delicious meals, which makes your stay very pleasant and convenient.
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AREA: Islands South of Coron
Coron is also a gateway to some of the other islands in Palawan, such Culion Island which can be accessed via daily ferry trip, Bulalacao Island, Banana Island, or Bulog Dos Island. Here are my top luxury accommodations picks.
Two Seasons Coron Island Resort (Luxury):
Set in the midst of the beautiful Bulalacao Island, Two Seasons Coron Island Resort is a 5-star eco-friendly resort boasting its sheer beauty and top-notch experience. This secluded resort is powered by three Caterpillar generators. It is an ideal place for honeymoon goers. Aside from island tours and dive courses, one of the ecotourism activities that this property offers is the Hydrobob Submersible Scooter. Remember riding on bumper cars when you were a kid? The HydroBOB (Hydrodome Breathing Observation Bubble) is somewhat like that, except you’re taking the reins on a scooter-like vehicle that you ride at the bottom of the sea.
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Sunlight Eco Tourism Island Resort (Luxury):
This luxury resort is located on Culion Island, a 30-minute boat ride from Coron town proper, a quiet and secluded spot for vacationers looking for a tropical ambiance. The resort features an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the sea and a private beach area. It seriously looks straight out of the Maldives! Sunlight provides services to suit the needs of their guests from spa and sauna services for those who wish to have relaxation; lovely restaurants and bars for those who wish to chill and dine; a dive shop; fitness gym; a playground for kids; and even a library for those who want some privacy.
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Paolyn Floating House Restaurant (Unique): Nestled close to the three popular attractions such as Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, and Twin Lagoons, this bamboo houseboat is perfect for travelers who are looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway. On the houseboat, you can enjoy stargazing at the rooftop whilst lying in a hammock or beanbags, or even jump into the crystal clear water. The bamboo houseboat is spacious and can comfortably fit 7 people with its 2 queen beds and 3 single beds. The best part is they have free kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gears for all guests.
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Sangat IslandDive Resort (Tranquility): If you are looking for an intrepid diving exploration, some privacy, and seclusion, Sangat Island Dive Resort has it all. It is perfectly located on Sangat Island, near the eleven historic world WWII shipwrecks. This secluded property showcases native-style accommodations, a 300m stretch of white powdery sand beachfront surrounded by soaring limestone cliffs and sublime palm trees. It offers a wide variety of off-shore activities such as snorkeling or exploring some of the most amazing neighboring islands by jetskis, etc. Sangat Island Dive resort has the best scuba diving in the Philippines due to many natural underwater wonders in the area.
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I hope this guide about Where to stay in Coron helped you figure out which is the best area for you to stay in Coron.
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If you want to experience best island-hopping tour in Coron (4 Days & 3 Nights), which includes camping on private islands, all meals, drinks and parties then you can check out my Big Dream Boat Man Coron Tour Review.
I’ve been to Coron three times and have written a huge guide about all the amazing things you can do in Coron. The list is now up to 22 different spots which you can catch in my Coron Travel Guide: 22 Awesome Things To Do
Only have a few days in Coron and want to know how best to spend your valuable time? I’ve written a detailed Coron Itinerary for 3-4 days that will help you plan out your days and activities.
If you are wondering about where I suggest for accommodation and where I have stayed, I wrote a blog post about the Best Places to Stay in Coron. It’s a pretty detailed list with budget, luxury and value picks.
Aside from the island hopping there are two must-do activities. The first is the Maquinit Hot springs and the second is climbing up Mt. Tapyas for the best view in Coron.
Or you might want to jump to a few of my favorite spots in Coron:
Blog post about Kayangan Lake
Blog post about Black Island
Blog post about Barracuda Lake
Blog post about Lusong Gunboat