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 north-east and Canipo Island in the south. Just 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 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 for resting after having a long swim.
If you are the kind of traveler who prefers traveling off the rails, then 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 its 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. If you do afford to get yourself a snorkel, however, then 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.
CYC stands for Coron Youth Club. This beach has very fine white sand, but swimmers and snorkelers should take note that the shallow parts of the water 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 of the fish that live 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 a beauty of its own 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, make sure to 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 get access to the beach. This is perfect if you want to have a staycation.
Located two hours from central Coron, getting to Malcapuya Island is a feat. The waves are usually strong at this part of Palawan 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 the location of being directly beside the sea. This means that 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.
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 on a regular schedule. 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 almost daily from Manila to Coron, and cost as low as Php 2,200.
Coron Travel Tips
- Unlike most tourist beaches in the Philippines, the ones in this list can get very rocky because of the coral reef and also because of the geography. It is advisable to wear aqua shoes or fins when going snorkeling.
- If you plan to visit Coron in the peak season in summertime (March to May), make sure to book hotels months ahead. Coron and most parts of Palawan get fully booked because it is an extremely popular 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 so you can get a grasp of the price range.