Coron Travel Guide
Coron is known as the wreck diving capital of The Philippines because of many diveable WWII shipwrecks located a short boat ride from town. The town is set among awesome limestone cliffs complemented by hidden coves, unspoiled beaches and deserted islands. Sea cows or dugongs also inhabit the shallow waters surrounding the islands, but encounters with these shy creatures have become increasingly rare in recent years.
Coron is both the name of a small town on Busuanga Island and for the island just to the southeast. Busuanga is the largest island of 47 island making up the Calamian group located off the northern part of Palawan. Coron island has few facilities for travellers, but has two popular sights: Lake Kayangan and Lake Barracuda. The island is considered the ancestral domain of the Tagbanua tribe, one of the most widely distributed groups in Palawan. They have limited access to some parts of the island and charge a small admission fee to the lakes and some of the beaches. Coron town is not really a picturesque place and so far McDonald's and Starbucks haven't popped up here. Nonetheless it is a good base to explore the region and has an good number of budget friendly hotels, restaurants and tour operators.
When to go
The best time to visit is from late March until June when there is little chance of rain and the skies are clear and temperatures pleasant. The rainy season starts in July and ends in October, with most of the rain falling in September. Although it does not rain every day during this season, you also might get hit a by a typhoon, so it is wise to keep a close eye on the weather forecast. From November it is getting dryer and in the months December - February night time temperatures can drop to 20°C / 68°F. During Christmas lots of tourist spend their holiday in Coron, in response prices go up and finding accommodation is more difficult. .
Communications & internet
Smart and Globe are the two mobile providers with coverage in Coron town and most of its surroundings. Internet access is provided by a few internet cafes with slow connections. Sea Dive resort has free WIFI in their restaurant.
The town finally has ATM's from three banks: Landbank, BPI and Allied Savings Bank, allowing debit or credit cardholders connected to the Plus or Cirrus payment network to withdraw money from their own account.
There is no possibility to extend your visa in Coron. The nearest office of the Bureau of Immigration is in Puerto Princesa - Palawan. The office has a dress code and you need to be presentable and wear normal shoes, long-sleeved shirt and trousers.