Palawan, the largest island-province in the Philippines, owns a total of 1, 780 islets! That is one-fourth of the country’s bragged 7,000 plus islands. (And if I haven’t mentioned yet – the “Pearl of the Orient Seas” is the second largest archipelago in the world!) Wow, that is a whole lot of islands to explore then! It just makes sense why is island-hopping be in your Palawan top things-to-do! I repeat; if there is one thing you need to tick off your travel bucket list, island-hopping tour it is!

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On our Island hopping tour, snorkeling was definitely the most outstanding part of the trip!

Because of these cluster of islands dispersed in the cleanest waters of Philippine seas, one can come back again and again and still cannot explore it all. But good news for those who are on a short visit! They’ll get to see at least three enchanting islands. And how? By joining an excursion (The Island Escaped Tour) from the town Coron. The itinerary includes Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, and Bulog Dos Island. You can book this tour through any of the hotel, or through a travel agency in town.

A view of Coron town from the boat!

The itinerary:

First Stop: Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island is the first stop on this island-hopping tour. From the pier to the first stop is a one-and-a-half-hour rough but funfilled sailing. You’ll agree that the long boat ride was all worth it the moment that long stretch of blindingly white sandy beach appears. Everybody is excited to leave the boat, but we dropped anchor at the bay behind this island. So, we had to walk a couple of minutes to get to the front shore. We spent two hours here and had enough time to laze on the beach, take pictures, and of course, snorkel. Given the variety and colors of fishes, snorkeling is a must-activity.

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The first sight of the long stretch of the stunning powdery white sand beach, you’ll agree the long and bumpy boat ride is all worth it.

Want to experience a solitary life on an island? Then spend a night or two here. Stay on either of those rustic cottages or put up a tent by the shore. Bring those camping gears, drinking water, and food supplies.

You might want to know if there is a power supply on the island. Yes, there is run by a generator, but who needs electricity when you are in paradise?

Now write this on a sticky note, need to arrange for a pick up for the trip back to the harbor of Coron town. Never want to get stranded there.

Given the variety and colors of corals and fishes, snorkeling is a must-activity.

Who love coconuts? You can pick your own here and eat it fresh! Perfect for quenching thirsts from the heat of the sun. Oh boy, the refreshing drink costs very cheaply too!

Pick fresh young coconuts from the tree
Best thing on earth to satisfy your thirst

Second Stop: Banana Island

After that top-notch snorkeling adventure and laid-back stroll on the snow-white shores of Malcapuya, it was time to head for the next islet – the Banana Island.

The name of the island comes from its shape that is much like the contour of a banana. Those who wish to indulge in slow sway while watching or listening to the waves, they have hammocks tied up on towering coconut trees. This spot is glorious for such. Every vacation should have a piece of heaven, right? We had that on Banana Island.

Bulog Dos, not an island but a sandbar that joins two islands.

There is a family-friendly resort on this island. Their cabins are complete with bathroom and toilets. Plus fire pits for those who want to barbecue. It was on here where we stopped for lunch. We had rice, fried fish, chicken adobo, barbecue pork chops, cucumber salad, seaweed salad, and many more.

Delicious and good looking food!

Fresh fish on the plate – so delicious!

Final Stop: Bulog Dos

Only ten minutes away by boat from Banana Island is Bulog Dos (BD). BD is not an island, but a sandbar that joins Cauayan Island to the north and Bulalacao Island to the south. This island may not be as exotic as the two previous stops, but BD has a character of its own. Here are its assets:

First, the beach has the softest sands ever! It felt like I was walking on baby talcum powder! And it makes barefoot walking extraordinarily pleasurable and relaxing. Second, the hill in between the two islets is perfect for a piece of cake hiking stint. Upon reaching the top of the rock, take a seat under the trees and enjoy those beautiful views of limestone cliffs rising from the emerald waters. Third, during sunset and it is low tide, the scenery from here proved to be even more photogenic. Take tons of pictures to capture this beautiful place.

And last but not the least, if I am to recommend the best snorkeling ground in the entire Calamian or Coron, I will pick this area of BD! For the last time, we snorkeled to our heart’s content. But suffice it to say, it was hard to forgo when you are having the best moments in such a breathtaking place.

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Two Seasons Coron Island Resort and Spa an unrivaled accommodation for couples or family getaways. The picture was taken from the boat.

Planning a Trip?

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Recommended Hotels / Restaurants

Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel, National Road, Barangay Tagumpay, Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel, Coron

My Opinion and Tips

Our guide made our island-hopping tour not only comfortable but also entertaining. He was funny, and his command of the English language was excellent. He seemed to intuitively know we did not want to be rushed, like some tour guides, and instead encouraged us to enjoy the island to our heart’s content. So, my “tip for the day?” Hire a tour guide like this dude!

Have you been to Coron, Philippines? Any additional tips to share?

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Oscar

    Thanks Dizzy Traveler for the detailed info with matching pictures of Coron, Palawan. It’s like having been in the place. Hope to visit the island in my lifetime. Thanks again.

    1. pasyandoraCMay

      Thank you, Oscar, for your comment! I am sure you will because the God you serve is generous! He will give the desires of your heart! 🙂

  2. Luzviminda sia

    A place where i wanted to visit, but through your blog, it’s like having been there…thank you for this trip May…Hope to visit Coron someday..

    1. pasyandoraCMay

      Thank you for your comment! Dreams do come true, Minda! I had Coron on my travel bucket list for a long, long time also before I finally saw this beautiful island right before my eyes.

  3. Lino

    What a beautiful place! I pray that I and my family can have a vacation there!!!

    1. pasyandoraCMay

      Thank you, Mr. Lino, for your comment! It is indeed a beautiful place, Mr. Lino! I am sure one day you and your family could visit Coron also.

  4. Dori Antonio

    This is article was just awesome!! That is why it is included in one of my travel bucket list. Thank you May for a very-well write up, you nailed it by describing relevant characterstics of each island. It was so vivid that I can almost touch it in my mind. Kudos to you! Proud of you.

    1. pasyandoraCMay

      Thank you, Miss Dori, for your comment! Coron was on my bucket list also for a long, long time! I am sure one day, you will get to visit the island too!

  5. Teresita Vigan

    Such a vivid and detailed description of your travels and experiences transports your reader to where you were. Thank you for this article.

    1. pasyandoraCMay

      You’re welcome! Thank you also for the comment, Tess!

  6. Amudha Colaco

    Beautifully written travelogue and beautiful pictures. You made the islands come alive!
    You sweet soul shines through your words!

    1. pasyandoraCMay

      Hi, Amudha!
      Thank you! I’m glad you like the article and the photos! You’re very sweet! I hope you’ll consider this place to be your next family destination! 😉

  7. Divine Grace

    Your article plus the beautiful photos made me desire to visit and experience God’s wonderful creations in Coron, someday. Thank you. 💗

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