Where to stay in Coron Palawan, a slice of heaven in the Philippines
Do pristine beaches, abundant marine life, and breathtaking nature seem like a good idea to you? In that case, it’s time to pack your bags and head straight to Coron Palawan! This group of islands in the Philippines is an outstanding place to visit. The islands are peaceful and idyllic, and you won’t have to deal with the tourist crowds. If you want to unwind completely and forget all your worries, Coron may be the best destination for you.
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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Coron
Coron has only one real town: Coron Town. Still, there are plenty of small villages and neighborhoods around the islands that may be ideal for you. Since the islands are not large, you can easily visit other areas regardless of the village you decide to stay in. To help you out, we have selected our favorite places:
- Banuang Daan
- Coron Town
- West coast of Busuanga
Our choices were based on these factors:
- Beaches and natural beauty
- Interesting things to see and do
- How connected the area is to the town
- Overall vibe
Where to stay in Coron
|Best for the first visit||Banuang Daan||A stunning area on Coron Island with gorgeous beaches and plenty of activities|
|Best for budget travelers||Salvacion||A village on the west coast of Busuanga island with affordable accommodation|
|Best for nightlife||Coron Town||The only town on the islands and the liveliest place to visit|
|Best for bohemians||West coast of Busuanga||An area known for its exceptional beauty and diving locations|
|Best for a long-term stay||Concepcion||A small village on the west coast ideal for expats and families|
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Where to stay in Coron, Palawan on your first visit: Banuang Daan
Banuang Daan, an area that includes the northern part of Coron Island and the neighborhood east of the Coron Town, is a genuine beach paradise. It is known for its stunning natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the serenity this island is so beloved for, which is why we believe it’s the best place for first-timers. Banuang Daan is close to Coron Town and well-connected, so you can visit it whenever you wish for a more crowded and lively atmosphere.
What to see and do in Banuang Daan
Although Banuang Daan doesn’t offer many tourist attractions, you’ll never get bored in this area. Besides hanging out on its picturesque beaches, you can explore its turquoise lagoons, gorgeous lakes, and try local snacks in various bars and restaurants. Banuang Dang offers breathtaking coral reefs and gardens, so it’s ideal for scuba divers. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss:
- The Malwawey Coral Garden
- Twin Lagoon
- Atwayan Beach
- Kayangan Lake
- Skeleton Reef
The Malwawey Coral Garden
This fascinating coral colony is a must-visit location for any Coron visitor. The water in this area is exceptionally clear so you can easily see all of its natural beauty. While swimming through this area surrounded by hundreds of types of fish, you will see coral groups in all shapes and colors you can imagine. You’ll feel like you’ve entered the Finding Nemo world!
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Where to stay in Banuang Daan
Since Banuang Daan is all about nature and tranquility, there are fewer accommodation options in this area than in other parts of the island. The prices are affordable and one night will cost you around $30. Here are some ideas where you could stay:
Budget option: Dayon Hostel – definitely affordable!
Another affordable option: a room in this picturesque inn right between Banuang Down and Coron Town.
Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for budget travelers: Salvacion
Salvacion is a village on the west coast of the Busuanga island. The accommodation is incredibly affordable in this area and it is close to all major western Busuanga spots. Coron Town is not too far away, so you can go on a day trip to experience a more crowded atmosphere.
What to see and do in Salvacion
Although you won’t find any major tourist attractions in Salvacion, the village has a lot to offer. You can sunbathe on its gorgeous beaches, take evening walks around the port, or try Filipino food in its restaurants and markets. You could also rent a boat or go kayaking. Here are some ideas of places you could visit:
- Busuanga Public Market
- Sakura Restaurant and Bar
- Salvacion Beach
- Busuanga Port
- Echague Restaurant and Bar
Busuanga Public Market
Although Busuanga Public Market is small, you will find everything you need. The stalls are full of exotic fruit, local spices, and fresh seafood. There are also affordable clothes stalls, as well as souvenir shops.
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Where to stay in Salvacion
Salvacion has many accommodation options, both affordable and more luxurious. On average, one night in costs around $30. Here are our top picks:
Budget option: a room in this guesthouse near the local church.
Another affordable option: a room in this cute lodge.
Mid-range option: a room in this fantastic inn.
Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for nightlife: Coron Town
Coron Town is the main urban area on the islands that has a lot to offer. Although it doesn’t have the picturesque look of other areas in Coron, the town is a fantastic place to visit. It is also connected to all major places on the islands so you can always visit some more peaceful areas. Besides beautiful beaches, hot springs, and tourist attractions, it offers a fantastic selection of bars, pubs, and restaurants, which is why it’s our top pick for party animals.
Where to go out in Coron Town
In terms of nightlife, Coron Town will provide you with countless options. You can sip cocktails in seaside lounges, experiment with Philippine dishes in various restaurants, or dance till you drop on one of its many dancefloors. Some places host local bands so fans of live music will have an opportunity to hear traditional gigs. Make sure to check out these places:
- Sigbin Bar
- Dali Dali
- Hangover Bar
- La Sirenetta Restaurant & Bar.
- No Name Bar
Hangover Bar is the best place in Coron for partying hard. The bar usually gets crowded after 10 pm and the dancefloor stays jam-packed until closing time. The DJs are fantastic, and you can hear an interesting mix of reggae, hip hop, Latin, dance, and pop music. The bar offers a good selection of cocktails and the prices are more than reasonable. The atmosphere is friendly, so you will have an opportunity to meet both locals and other foreigners. If dancing all evening makes you hungry, don’t worry. The bar has delicious nacho platters that go well with cocktails.
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Where to stay in Coron Town
Coron Town has the most accommodation options on the whole island. You can easily find a great place to stay based on your budget and preferences. Here are some ideas:
Budget option: Argamosa Bayside Inn
Mid-range option: a room in this hotel in the town center.
High-end option: this amazing hotel room.
Where to stay in Coron, Palawan for bohemians: West coast of Busuanga
The whole west coast of Busuanga is an ideal place for any bohemian soul out there. This area is known for its fascinating nature and relaxing atmosphere. In this part of the island, you will stay away from the town’s hustle and bustle and get the peace of mind you’ve never experienced before. Its idyllic beaches and scenery will take your breath away. This part of the island is well-connected to Coron Town, so you can visit the center of all action whenever you feel like it.
What to see and do on the west coast of Busuanga
Since the coast is long and well-connected, there are many wonderful places worth visiting. You can go bar hopping, experiment with local snacks in beautiful restaurants, or go on a diving mission and visit scary shipwrecks hidden below the waves. From the west coast, you also visit Calanit Island and go on a safari tour. Here are our favorite places to visit:
- Conception Falls
- Kaniki island
- Rio Playa Beach
- River Crab House
- Guchi Falls
This hidden gem is many tourists’ favorite place on the island. The falls are not the biggest falls you’ll ever see but they’re still magnificent. There is also a beautiful swimming area below them where you can refresh yourself on a warm summer day. You’ll feel like you’re in a Hollywood movie scene! On your way back, you can stop by Conception town and grab a beer and some seafood which is truly outstanding.
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Where to stay on the west coast of Busuanga
There are many villages along the coast but we suggest staying in Old Busuanga as it is close to all major places. One night in a room will cost you around $45 on average. Check out our top picks:
Budget option: a room in this incredibly affordable inn.
Mid-range option: a room in this wonderful riverside house.
More expensive option: La Estancia Busuanga