Coron Town might seem like a small sleepy province village to you but you would be surprised how much there is to do…
When you first arrive in Coron and settle into your hotel or backpackers, it’s a good idea to explore the town before you start any island-hopping tours or excursions.
Even though we stayed in a hotel 10 minutes out of the town center we still ventured into Coron Town to explore what the area has to offer. From the Asia Grand View Hotel, we caught a tricycle into town to do some shopping and see what we can find.
One thing you learn in the Philippines… No matter where you go, there is always traffic! And Coron Town was no exception…
There is no SM, Robinson or mall as such to head for in the town proper but there are food shops around town and a market near Lualhati park and the harbor. This is where we picked up some aqua-shoes and a waterproof carry bag. There is also an assortment of bars and nightclubs to keep the party animals happy.
Other Attractions in Coron Town
Lualhati Park and Harbor
This is where you will need to go if you are island-hopping. The whole area is nice enough though not enough shade when waiting for your boat to be organized. It seems like the Barangay started with good ideas to renovate and improve the harbor area but rapidly ran out of funds. Still, it is a location most visitors will visit if they planned to or not. For me, it looks like a baywalk where you can watch the boats coming and going from the dock. The area is good for an afternoon stroll and to catch the sunset over Coron Bay while eating ice cream bought from local vendors.
San Agustine Parish Church
Located in the town center and the only Catholic church in Coron Town. This was one of the stops on our Coron Town Tour but after being there, it wouldn’t have been hard to find ourselves (in the preceding few days we actually passed it 4 times). If you are into Parish Churches then this is worth a visit. The Church looks small from the outside but when you get inside it has a very nice interior, golden altar, and paintings throughout the ceiling. The place was clean and well maintained and a peaceful spot to spend some time.
Coron Harvest – The Cashew Factory
We had a 15-minute stopover at the Cashew Factory during our Coron Town Tour which, we felt was quite enough. The Cashew Factory isn’t an actual factor despite what the name claims… It is actually a local shop that is famous for its cashew nuts. We wondered at first why it was included in the Coron, Palawan Town Tour but upon getting there, we understood. Aside from its hospitable host – Nanay Lita – the cashew nuts were made fresh! Trust me, they were indeed! They have several flavors or varieties including Garlic Cashew and the yummy Brittle. If you love Cashews then stop by and try some out.
Mt. Tapyas is a 210-meter mountain located just outside Coron Town Center. It’s the second highest spot in Coron and gives all who are prepared to walk it’s 700+ steps, an amazing panoramic view of Coron Bay, the Sleeping Giant and Coron Town below. Mt Tapyas can easily be reached via tricycle from any part of the town. There are benches at the view deck so bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water. There are kids selling various ice-candies and drinks at every rest station on the way up and they cost next to nothing so grab a few on your way up. This is a great viewpoint for seeing the sunset and the best part is that on an island where foreigners pay top dollar for everything, this place is totally free.
Hotels In Coron Town
First things first, be sure to book a hotel or hostel that is not too far out of Coron Town Proper unless, of course, you are staying in a resort that provides daily transportation. Just be careful, not far from town it can become very rural, making basic needs such as food, water, and activities difficult.
There are plenty of great hotels and hostels that are very affordable situated within Coron Town. We stayed at the Asia Grand View Hotel which is a few minutes tricycle ride from town. The hotel is in a peaceful area with an amazing view of the bay from it’s elevated position. Tricycles pass the hotel regularly so that was not an issue.
Take a look at these other highly rated hotels in Coron to fit any budget:
Hostel: SeaHorse Guest House $18 USD/night. A newly renovated guest house in the heart of the town. Amenities: Free Breakfast, Shared Outdoor Terrace.
Hotel: Asia Grand View Hotel $100 USD/night. Love this hotel. Loved having breakfast every morning with that amazing view.
Hotel: Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel $160 USD/night. This is one of the nicer hotels in the town of Coron. It’s small and about 5-10 minutes from the main area by tricycle but it serves its purpose. It has one restaurant, gym, a jacuzzi, pool, and roof deck to watch the sunset!
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Places To Eat
There wasn’t a lot of choices, especially for western food. If Filipino food isn’t your thing you will be limited. By far the best western options we found were at Corto Del Mar hotel, with pizzas, pasta, and burgers along with Filipino options. We didn’t have a bad meal here.
Trattoria Altrove Coron – We had heard about this restaurant from other people we had met and were told it had the best food in town. We were looking for western style food so we gave it a try. The food was delicious, but the service was lacking. At one point in the night, it took us nearly 20 minutes to get the waiters attention. With that said, it was still a nice experience and worth the trip.
Winnie’s Restaurant – Winnie’s was one of the first places in town we dined at and we were pleasantly surprised. We ordered the steamed lobster, crab rice and kinilaw. The food came out quickly, tasted delicious and was reasonably priced… What more can you ask for? Can be found on the main road just east of the town center.
Get the bubble tea from the little store on Don Pedro street. I had milk tea with black pearls daily for just 55 pesos ($1) for 22 ounces. Hannah had the all natural mango smoothie for 60 pesos.
Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station – If you like sisig then you should give Lolo’s a go. This restaurant is less then than 5 minutes walk from the St. Augustine church. We tried out various local dishes but the one that we loved most is the Sisig. Give it a try when you visit this restaurant.
Corto del mar hotel – Good thin crust pizza and some of the cheapest happy hour beer in town at 35P from 5-8pm. Sunday pizza and a beer for 200P is a good deal.
Is It Safe To Drink The Tap Water?
I’m sure you’ve heard this plenty of times, but it is not safe to drink the tap water in the Philippines as a tourist to the area. Bottled water is super cheap and there are even local filter companies that are filtering and bottling fresh water in each populated town in the Philippines. A 6 Liter jug of water will cost around 100 Pesos (about $1.85 USD) while single-serve bottles are anywhere from 20-40 Pesos. Some high-end restaurants in the Philippines will serve complimentary filtered water, but we didn’t experience this in Coron so it’s best to play it safe and order bottled water while dining out.
Internet In Coron
Internet in Coron Town is hit and miss. When we were there the hotel internet would come and go as it liked. When we checked in we were told about the unreliable Coron internet service so we would not start complaining to the hotel staff. Because internet speeds only reach 3G, Coron isn’t a good place for digital nomads to post up shop. Even when hotels offer WiFi services the internet can cut out or lose signal, so if you’re looking for the optimal time to post those amazing instagrams Coron’s internet is faster in the early mornings and late nights. Either way, it’s best to keep your web surfing to a minimum while you’re visiting Coron and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes.
Are Credit Cards Accepted?
At most hotels they are and at more and more shops in town they are but Coron is still, at lest a 70% cash only town. Again, this has to do with the limited infrastructure and unreliable internet which makes it near impossible to run credit card transactions. Instead, the town has a few ATM’s within walking distance to most hotels so stock up on cash before you head out for the day.