List of White Sand Beaches in Coron
Palawan, Philippines — Coron is an island municipality in Palawan. The entire municipality covers the eastern half of Busuanga Island, all of Coron Island, and about 50 other minor islets stretching as far as Tara Island in the northeast and Canipo Island in the south. Like other parts of Palawan, Beaches in Coron is a paradise for sea lovers.
Aside from its vast blue skies reflected by the azure waters of its cream sands, Coron’s underwater sceneries and dive sites have been recognized as some of the best in the country, next to Anilao of Batangas and Subic. So if you are a beach bum, a diving enthusiast, or a simple lover of nature, make sure to visit these beautiful beaches in Coron, Palawan:
Atwayan Beach is smaller compared to the other beaches on this list, but it is famous for being a lunch and/or picnic destination for tourists, especially those who are following an island-hopping itinerary. Atwayan Beach has pretty white sands and rentable nipa hut tables for eating or resting after a long swim.
If you are the kind of traveler who prefers traveling off the rails, you might want to add Banana Island to your bucket list. The island got its name from its crescent-shaped lagoon. The cream to white sand here is almost like powder due to its fineness. If chilling out on this island is not your idea of a perfect beach paradise, try diving to see the teeming marine life that is crystal clear but deep waters cannot hide. Note that coming here requires an entrance fee.
Another Coron beach that is blessed with marine life is Banol Beach. Usually, one would need snorkeling gear to come up close and personal with the hundreds of colorful fish swimming about, but the waters here are so clear that there is almost no need for a snorkel. However, if you can afford to get yourself a snorkel, make sure to swim towards Skeleton Wreck, a sunken Japanese ship that dates back to WWII. They say that the fish have turned the shipwreck into their home.
Bulog Dos Island
Bulog Dos is a small island connected to an islet with a beautiful sandbar. With creamy sand and beautiful trees, Bulog Dos island is surrounded by aquamarine waters that is best for snorkeling and swimming. The good thing about this island is that it does not have sea urchins making it safer for everyone who loves to soak and swim in the area. The island is also close to the famous Two Seasons Resort Coron.
CYC stands for Coron Youth Club. This beach has very fine white sand, but swimmers and snorkelers should note that the water’s shallow parts are rocky, so it is important to be equipped with gear like aqua shoes. CYC island’s shores are dotted with mangrove trees, which are the habitat of most fish living there. This has become a famous tourist spot locally because it has no entrance fee.
Dibatoc Island is located at the entrance of Coron Bay. This small piece of land is frequently used as a jump-off point to nearby destinations like Coron Bay, Kayangan Lake, and Twin Lagoon, but it possesses its own beauty if you stay long enough.
Alternatively called Dinaran Island, this luxurious beach was once called “the next Boracay” because of its fine white sand, beautiful location, and dreamy appearance. The rocky hill makes up most of the area of the island, and the sandy part is actually just very small. But it is exactly this secluded island feel that makes this island very scenic.
If the crescent-shaped Banana Island is part of your itinerary, add Malaroyroy Island because these two are just a short boat ride from each other. Unlike most islands on this list, this beach is owned by the management of Two Seasons Islands Resorts & Spa (hotel info), so you will have to rent a room here to access the beach. This is perfect if you want to have a staycation.
Located two hours by boat from the town of Coron, getting to Malcapuya Island is a feat. The waves are usually strong in this part of Coron, but the ear-numbing sound of the motorboat and the potentiality for getting seasick are all worth it. This beach looks like a private island, complete with rocky and Instagrammable hills, tents by the sea, and hammocks to sleep on. This is the closest you can get to nature.
San Jose Beach
San Jose is a large barangay that is blessed with being directly beside the sea. Its white sand beach is perfect for sightseeing, swimming, and chilling out. Book a room in the dreamy El Rio Y Mar Resort for complete access to the sea.
You cannot afford to miss Sangat Island if you are a diving enthusiast. It is located just two kilometers from Busuanga, and it is a very hot diving spot because of the many Japanese shipwrecks near it and the nearby islets. Just make sure to bring proper gear.
Island Hopping Tours in Coron
Coron Tour A
The tour includes Kayangan Lake, Smith Coral Garden, Banol Beach, Twin Lagoon, and Balinsasayaw Floating house.
Coron Tour B
This tour includes Barracuda Lake, Banol Beach, Skeleton Reck, and Twin Lagoon.
Coron Tour C
This Tour includes Malcapuya Island, Ditaytayan Island sandbar, Banana Island, and Bulog Dos island.
How to Get to Coron from Manila
Riding a plane is the most time-efficient way of reaching any part of Palawan, especially if you are coming from Manila. Local airlines like Skyjet, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific offer direct flights from Manila to Coron regularly. The same applies if you are coming from Cebu or Clark, Pampanga.
A few ferry lines depart from Manila to Coron pier four times a week. The travel time usually takes just 12 hours. 2GO offers trips from Manila to Coron almost daily and costs as low as Php 2,200.
Coron Travel Tips
- Unlike most tourist beaches in the Philippines, the ones on this list can get very rocky because of the coral reef and geography. It is advisable to wear aqua shoes or fins when going snorkeling.
- If you plan to visit Coron in the peak summer season (March to May), make sure to book hotels months ahead. Coron and most parts of Palawan get fully booked because it is a top-rated destination.
- The main mode of transportation in Coron are tricycles and habal-habal. Fare starts at Php 10 only.
- Some islands and beaches in Coron require a small entrance fee, so make sure to ask the management or the boatmen ahead of time to get a grasp of the price range.
Searching for the best hotels and affordable flights? Check out our complete list of inexpensive hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.