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Coron

Coron

This group of islands offers dive spots, historical sites, and an island safari.
By Bianca Ma. Guerrero

Overview

The Calamianes group of islandsconsisting of the islands of Coron, Busuanga, Culion, and Linapacan—is a part of Palawan that is known for its many natural attractions and historical landmarks. The island group, located at the northernmost part of Palawan, also has several smaller islands with white sand beaches, dive spots, and coral reefs teeming with diverse marine life.

History

  • The first inhabitants of Coron were the Tagbanuas, who were originally from Indonesia.
  • In 1902, Coron was registered as a municipality. Busuanga did not become a municipality until the 1950's.
  • During World War II, 24 Japanese ships were attacked by American warplanes as they retreated from Manila Bay. The ships sank in the area around Coron.

Travelers' Attractions

Natural attractions, historical landmarks, scenic spots, and other places of interest abound in and around the islands of Coron and Busuanga.

  • Island hopping is a popular activity for vacationers—many white sand beaches can be found on small, relatively uninhabited islands, and the surrounding waters are best explored through swimming or snorkeling.
  • Divers will revel in the numerous coral reefs teeming with marine life. There are also hidden lakes and wreck dive sites to explore.
  • Not only are there religious and cultural sites in the area, but Culion Island also has the Culion Sanitarium Museum, which is an important place in the history of medicine.
  • Animal lovers will enjoy going on safari in Calauit Island.
  • Mountains and limestone cliffs offer great views and exhilarating hikes.

Getting There and Away

  • There are daily flights to Busuanga Airport from Manila. Airlines that have regular flights to Busuanga are Zest Air, Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express, and Philippine Airlines.
  • Superferry, Atienza Shipping Lines, San Nicolas Lines, Inc., and Negros Navigation have weekly trips to Coron Port.
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Kayangan Cove

View of the cove leading to Kayangan Lake.

Siete Pecados Marine Park

One of the islets at the Siete Pecados marine park. The man in the boat is the caretaker of the marine sanctuary.

Northwest Rock, Kalotoko Rocks and Sail Rock

The waters around the islets are inhabited by all sorts of colorful fish.

Mount Tapyas

It's quite a climb up to the top of Mt. Tapyas, but the view is breathtaking.

Barracuda Lake

Entrance to the Barracuda lake.

Banana Island

To get to Banana Island, one will have to hire a boat, as there are no public vehicles that travel to the island on a regular basis.
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