How to get to Coron – all the Information you need
Pandemic Travel Update………. Currently Coron is open to tourists but only limited connections are in operation at time. Philippine Airlines is operating a service from Manila and from March 2022, Cebu Pacific will also restart some flights. Atienza are operating a ferry from Manila and there is a ferry operating between Coron and Elnido every other day. Some entry restrictions are still in place and you must download the SPass app. and upload a few documents to gain entry to the Island. Visit https://s-pass.ph/ for all Philippine travel information and requirements.
Introduction on connections to Coron
Tourists arriving at Coron Town for the first time may be a bit surprised seeing the appearance of the town; no beach, a pier full of tourist boats, and ramshackle native houses constitute the waterfront. However, this touristic port town is considered a perfect hub for adventure above all a base camp to explore further adventures around the most amazing coastal scenery the Philippines has to offer.
There are more than 50 amazing Islands including Coron Island itself that make up Coron region . Major attractions start a mere twenty minute boat ride from Coron Town. The serene and mysterious Coron Island that boasts attractions like Barracuda Lake, Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoons, and Banol Beach.. Coron is also famous for Scuba diving, snorkeling, Jungle tracking and kayaking around the abundant natural mangrove forests.
The Tagbanua, a Filipino tribe that has inhabited the islands for generations, constitute most of the population of Coron Island. Fishermen by profession, they also collect edible balinsasayaw or bird’s nests; the main ingredient for Nido soup. Scuba Divers from all over the world dream of the Japanese Imperial Navy Shipwrecks from world war 2.. or going for a dive at Barracuda Lake, famous for its many layers of fresh and salt water, and super hot temperatures. L At the top of Mt Tapyas, the large Coron Sign is a Hollywood style, whimsical sign visible from a distance that welcomes tourists to this heavenly destination.
Coron is connected to the outside world via Francisco B. Reyes Airport (USU), formerly known as Busuanga Airport. This small airport serves the general area of Coron, which includes Coron Town, Busuanga, and subsequently, Coron Island. It has been named after the former Mayor of Coron, Francisco B. Reyes. During his mayoral term from 1936 to 1939, he donated the land strip that now houses the current airport complex of Coron.
A few airlines operate flights that go in and out of Coron through this airport daily. Swift air operates between Coron and Elnido. The others, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Skyjet fly to the international airports at Manila, Cebu and Clark (Angeles). like wise Air Juan who also operates a flight to Puerto Princesa and another from Caticlan Boracay.
Guide to travelling to Coron
Please note at this time, some of these passenger routes are unavailable or are operating at different times than stated, due to the current covid restrictions.
This is the ultimate guide on how to get to Coron from different locations in the Philippines. You can choose to visit Coron Island from Manila, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Boracay, Mindoro, Iloilo (via Cuyo Islands), Angeles(Clark) or El Nido according to the convenience of your travel plans.
Getting to Coron from Manila
The capital Manila, is a primary stop for many international tourists arriving in the Philippines. Several other air or sea routes to Coron are available from many other locations.
How to get to Coron – By Air
Cebu Pacific (Cebgo), Philippine Airlines (Airphil Express), Skyjet, Air Juan and AirSwift all operate flights to Francisco B. Reyes Airport (USU), which is the local gateway to Coron Town and Busuanga.
Philippine Airlines operating daily;
Departures 07.00. 14.55
Arrivals 06.40, 14.35
12.00 noon > Tuesdays Wednesdays Fridays Saturdays and Sundays.
(*09.45 Mondays, Fridays and Sundays by *Seaplane leaving from Busuanga Bay Lodge Resort)
15.00 > Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays
11.45 > Wednesdays and Saturdays (* 11.45 Mondays Fridays and Sundays via “Seaplane landing at Busuanga Bay Lodge Resort)
Swift Air operating Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays;
SkyJet, Cebgo and AirJuan operating daily;
SkyJet – 11.40, 16.10.
Cebgo 08.10, 11.15, 14.45.
Air Juan 12.30 (by seaplane departing from busuanga bay lodge)
Arrivals; Sky Jet – 11.10, 15.25.
Cebgo – 07.15, 10.55, 12.25 .
Air Juan – 08.40 (seaplane landing at busuanga bay lodge)
Philippine Airlines operating daily:
Departures; 08.00, 11.05, 12.05, 15.45, 16.55
Arrivals; 07.40, 10.45, 11.45, 15.25, 16.35
Departures; 15.30 Tuesday Friday Sunday. 12.00 Wednesdays and Saturdays
Arrivals; 11.40 Tuesday Friday Sunday. 11.45 Wednesdays and Saturdays
Air Juan, operates Tuesdays, Fridays and Sunday’s
How to get to Coron – by Sea
There are many ferries and cargo ships that accommodated passengers, operating in and out of Coron. 2Go Travel operates a large ferry from Puerto Princesa and Manila to Coron. Bunso operates a large roll on – roll off ferry between Coron and Mindoro and there are several ferries operating between Coron and Elnido. A growing number of tour companies offer three or four day tours which include island hopping . They pick up in Coron and drop off in Elnido and visa versa. (please contact us for details).
2Go Travel (Super Ferry) operate once per week (11 hours)
Departs Coron 16.30 Sundays
Departs Manila 17.00 Fridays from pier 4
St Niclolas Lines (cargo) 3 times per week
Atienza Shipping lines (MV April Rose cargo) operate once per week (17 hours)
Departs Coron Saturdays 16.00
Departs Manila Wednesdays 16.00 pier 5
Mindoro (San Jose);
Bunso (Ro-ro) three times per week, 7 hours.
Departs San Jose, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturays at 08.00
Departs Coron, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 08.00
2Go Travel (Super Ferry) once per week, 11 hours
Departs Puerto Princessa to Coron, 07.00 Sundays
Departs Coron to Puerto Princessa, Saturdays 08.00
Montenegro Lines Daily, 3hrs 30mins departs daily from Coron at 12.00 noon, Elnido at 06.00
Phimal Fast Ferry Co Daily, 3hours 30 mins departs Coron 08.20 Departs El Nido 08.20
Bunso; Daily, 5 hours, departs El Nido 07.30. Departs Coron 07.30
Jessabel; Daily, 8 hours, departs El Nido 08.30. Departs Coron 08.30
MV May (Atienza Shipping) (8 hours) Departs Elnido Wednesdays 07.30 Departs Coron Mondays 07.30
In Palawan tourists can catch a bus that travels from Puerto Princessa up to El Nido and visa versa,. This is excellent for those planning to visit both destinations.
For The More Adventurous Travellers.
If you wish to, you can travel from Luzon by bus and ferry via Batangas and through Mindoro. From Batangas take a ferry across to Sabang or Calipan in Mindoro.
If You are travalling from Northern Panay or Boracay, there is a Fastcat ferry from Caticlan to Bulalacao. An alternative is to take the ro-ro ferry to Roxas in Mindoro.
A more adventurous way to travel to Coron. From Iloilo City in Southern Panny, take the Montenegro ferry to Puerto Princessa. the Ferry stops several hours in the Cuyo islands.
Start your vacation in Coron worry free when you take a transfer from the airport to Pirates diving resort and vice versa! This transfer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you’re sure to have a ride waiting for you at Francisco B. Reyes Airport no matter what time of day your flight arrives. You can also choose between a shared transfer or a private transfer, depending on your needs and preferences. Aside from traveling in a comfortable vehicle, you’ll also be assisted by an experienced driver who will bring you safely to Pirates. In case you need a ride back to the airport, just book another vehicle so you can go ahead back stress-free!