Busuanga

Landscape of Coron, Busuanga

Where to stay

  • Al Faro Cosmio Hotel, D’Pearl Bay, Coron; +63 920 294 9138; www.alfaropalawan.com. Luxuriate in the comfort of a bungalow suite, which boasts gorgeous views of the sea.
  • Asia Grand View Hotel, Governor’s Ave, Jolo, Brgy. Poblacion 5, Coron; asiagrandview.com. An elegant resort with décor inspired by contemporary Asian art.
  • Busuanga Seadive Resort, Don Pedro St, Coron; +63 917 808 6697; www.seadiveresort.com. Each room boasts ensuite bath and shower facilities. The resort also organizes diving excursions and other tours.
  • Casa Montemar Bed and Breakfast, Nueva St, Brgy. Poblacion 5, Coron; +63 908 3497378; casamontemarpalawan.com. A comfy, value-for-money B&B perched at the top of a hill.
  • Coron Village Lodge, Busuanga Rd, Coron; +63 928 202 0819; www.coronvillagelodge.com. A homely, affordable hotel that also tailors tour packages for guests.
  • Micasa Lodge, National Highway, Brgy. Poblacion 1, Coron; +63 2 404.4784; www.micasalodgecoron.com. Strategically located just 20 minutes from the Francisco B. Reyes Airport.
  • Sunz en Coron, Brgy. Poblacion 6, Coron; +63 915 901 2642; www.sunzencoron.ph. A pleasant Korean-owned resort located on the outskirts of Coron town.
  • The Funny Lion, Sitio Jolo, Brgy. Poblacion 5, Coron; +63 2 553 9549; thefunnylion.com. A clean and contemporary boutique hotel with awesome sunset views of Coron Bay.

Where to eat

  • Al Faro Restaurant and Bar, D’Pearl Bay, Coron; +63 920 294 9138; www.alfaropalawan.com. Try local fare like chicken adobo (chicken stewed in vinegar and soy sauce) and rock lobster. There are also international dishes available, such as paella and risotto.
  • Bayview Bar & Restaurant, Asia Grand View Hotel, Governor’s Ave, Jolo, Brgy. 5, Coron; +63 48 788 3385; asiagrandview.com. A family-friendly restaurant offering lovely views of Coron Bay.
  • Big Mama’s Pinoy Hot Pot & Grill, National Highway, Brgy. Poblacion 4, Coron. Besides sampling a la carte dishes from the menu, you can also order raw seafood, marinated pork and chicken and have them cooked any way you like.
  • Bistro Coron, National Highway, Brgy. Poblacion 4, Coron; +63 918 305 0750. Serves pizza, pasta, sandwiches and continental cuisine.
  • Coffee Kong, National Highway, Brgy. 5, Coron. A pleasant coffee joint serving up freshly brewed coffee at friendly prices.
  • Food Trip, Coron. This 24-hour eatery near the Coron Public Market is perfect for a late-night supper run!
  • Kaison Restaurant, National Highway, Coron. Buy fresh seafood at the talipapa (wet market) and bring it to this restaurant. The chefs can cook it any way you like for a fee of just PHP150 per kilo.
  • Kawayanan Grill, Busuanga Rd, Coron; +63 917 805 0954; www.kawayanangrill.com. Must-tries here include the seafood platter with pack (wild fern) salad (good for up to three people) and crocodile sisig (meat marinated in vinegar).
  • La Sirenetta Seafood Restaurant & Bar, Real St, Coron. A quiet and romantic restaurant with great sunset views. Try the adobo (chicken stewed in vinegar and soy sauce) fried rice.
  • Lobster King, National Highway, Brgy. Poblacion 5, Coron. Get your lobster fix here. The lobsters are fresh and delicious, and cost roughly PHP1,000 for four pieces.
  • Lolo Nonoy’s, National Nighway, Brgy. Poblacion 3, Coron. Your go-to place for a night out with friends, with large serving sizes ideal for sharing.
  • Santino’s Grill, Coron-Busuanga Rd; +63 915 700 3881. Try the baby back ribs — the tender meat slides right off the bone. There are seafood options available, too.
  • Seafront Restaurant and Bar, Busuanga Seadive Resort, Don Pedro St, Coron; +63 917 808 6697; www.seadiveresort.com. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood spread while enjoying stunning views of the sea and nearby islands.
  • Sinugba sa Balay, San Agustin St, Coron. The restaurant’s catch-of-the-day sometimes features an entire whole grilled saltwater salmon, for a mere PHP200.

What to do

  • Calauit Safari Park, Calauit Island. A game reserve and wildlife park located in a 3,700-hectare island off the coast of Palawan. In the 1970s, giraffes, zebras, and other wildlife were brought by barge from Kenya to the island.
  • Calumbuyan Island. Go snorkeling at this privately-owned island, and get up close and personal with a fascinating array of marine life.
  • Kayangan Lake, Coron. Undoubtedly one of the top attractions in Coron, it is said to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines. Take a short hike to the top of the hill, where you can get a picture-perfect view of the lake.
  • Malcapuya Island. Take a 1.5-hour boat ride from Coron town to this quiet island, which boasts a beautiful white-sand beach with clear, shallow waters.
  • Maquinit Hot Springs, Coron. Take a therapeutic dip in the warm waters of the springs. Contact Coron Galeri (www.corongaleri.com.ph) for affordable tours and island hopping rates.
  • Mount Tapyas, Coron. It’ll take you 740 steps to hike up the mountain, but the beautiful views from the summit will be well worth the effort!
  • Siete Pecados, Coron. Another beautiful spot for snorkelling, with an abundance of untouched coral.
  • Twin Lagoons, Coron. Marvel at the majestic limestone formations and crystal-clear waters of the lagoons. You can also swim under the caves to get from one lagoon to the other.

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