Famous for both historical and environmental treasures, the Calamian Islands (or Calamianes) have started making a name for itself in the world of tourism as one of the Philippines’ best island destinations.
With its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches and abundant marine life, Calamian Islands are the perfect destination for scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts.
The Calamian Archipelago includes Busuanga Island, Coron Island, Culion Island, Calauit Island, Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, Pass Island, Calumbuyan Island and several minor islets.
Coron Island is one of the islands that make up the Calamian archipelago. Its dramatic rock formations paired with the deep blue lagoon and barrier reef make Coron Island a postcard-perfect destination.
If you want to spend your holiday in Coron and Calamian Islands, here are some of our favourite places, not to be missed during your stay:
- Malcapuya Island: a piece of heaven on earth with glistening white sand, palms, and clear water.
- Kayangan Lake: an hidden gem with lush vegetation and unbelievably crystal clear waters. The lake is surrounded by majestic limestone walls.
- Twin Lagoon: spectacular blue water lagoon encircled by limestone cliffs. You can swim through a hole in the rock wall to reach the second lagoon.
- Sunken Japanese Wrecks: the highlight of scuba diving in Coron. There are two shallow gunboats that are great for snorkeling too.
When to go:
Coron and Calamian Islands can be visited all year round.
The best time to travel is during the dry season between November and early May. This is also the tourist’s peak seasons when the hotel rates are generally higher.
If you travel from June to September, it’s possible that you might encounter some storms particularly in July and August. These storms may last for a few days.
Coron and Calamian are rarely hit by typhoons.
From Puerto Princesa
-2GO Ferry: 2GO Ferry operates twice a week sailing from Puerto Princesa to Coron and vice versa.
-Flight: Air Juan operates a direct flight from Puerto Princesa to Coron. The flight takes less than one hour, and the airplane directly lands to the Busuanga Airport which is 16.6 kilometers away from Coron downtown.
From El Nido
-Fast Ferry: There are a couple of Fast ferry companies that operate daily sailing from El Nido to Coron and vice versa. The crossing takes approximately 3 hour and 30 minutes / 4 hours.
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-Flight: Air Swift operates a direct flight from El Nido to Coron Busuanga airport with light aircraft. This flight is not daily.
From Manila, Cebu, and Boracay
-Flight: Air Juan, Skyjet, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines operate direct flights to Coron via Manila, Boracay, and Cebu.
-Ferry: 2GO Ferry: 2GO Ferry operates twice a week sailing from Manila to Coron and Manila and vice versa.