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Even before El Nido's popularity shot up, Coron-which comprises half of Busuanga Island, the whole Coron Island, and 50 other islets-was already a crowd favorite for its island-hopping activities and white-sand beaches. If you're thinking of visiting this side of Palawan sometime soon, here are a few options for you:
For the bold and daring solo lady
Price: Rates start at P680/bed*
Location: Calle Nueva, Barangay 5, Coron, Palawan
Contact number: 0917-856-0303
Perched on the rolling hills of Coron, Hop Hostel's main attraction is its roof deck, which offers a breathtaking view of the town and the harbor. It has a total of nine dormitories, ranging from an all-female six-bed dorm to a co-ed 12-bed one. All bookings come with free dinner (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), but you're welcome to cook your own meal in the guest kitchen. The front desk can also help you, for free, in planning the rest of your Coron getaway.
Price: Rates start at P600/bed*
Location: 121 National Highway, Barangay 1, Coron, Palawan
Contact number: 0998-998-9330
Tucked behind the lush forests of Coron, Dayon Hostel prides itself in its serene location that lets backpackers disconnect from urban noise and reconnect with nature. The property has seven dorm rooms, ranging from a fan-room for four to an air-conditioned dormitory for six. There's also a private bunk for two that has its own amenities, in case you're not too keen on sharing a room with strangers.
For a weekend escape with your BFFs
Coron Guapos Guesthouse
Price: Rates start at P900 for four*
Location: National Highway, Barangay Poblacion 5, Coron, Palawan
Contact number: 0999-993-6639
Coron Guapos Guesthouse offers only the bare essentials-a roof over your head, a bed, an electric fan, a shared bathroom, and WiFi. But it shouldn't be a problem since you'll definitely be spending most of your time going on tours. You also get free coffee to jumpstart your busy day.
For the couple on a romantic getaway
Two Seasons Bayside Hotel
Price: Rates start at P7,500 for two*
Location: Coron - Busuanga Road, Coron Town Proper, Coron, Palawan
Contact number: (02) 410-2075 to 80
Two Seasons Hotel and Resorts, a popular brand for luxurious accommodation and its famous Four Cheese Pizza, has a couple of properties in Coron: Coron Bayside Hotel in the town proper and Coron Island Resort on Bulalacao Island. The former is the better choice if you want to stay close to the jump-off points for island-hopping tours. It also boasts an infinity pool with a deck that juts out into Coron Bay, guaranteeing an unobstructed view of the breathtaking sunset. You can enjoy the same vista from the hotel's Panorama Suite furnished with floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
El Rio Y Mar
Price: Rates start at P7,500 for two*
Contact number: 0920-951-5009
Location: Barangay San Jose, Coron, Palawan
El Rio Y Mar's beachfront property is hard to ignore, especially if you just can't get enough of the sea. It's best to book the cabanas for a full-on island experience-just take your pick from the accommodations available, from the cedar wood-made cabin with rustic home interiors or the native nipa hut with its own hammock on the veranda. El Rio y Mar Resort's centerpiece is its infinity pool, which reflects the warm colors of the sky come sundown.
Club Paradise Palawan
Price: Rates start at P12,600 for two*
Location: Dimakya Island, Coron, Palawan
Contact number: 0917-827-9852
If you're looking for some quiet during your romantic getaway, then Club Paradise Palawan is your best bet. The exclusive 19-hectare island resort has a 700-meter white-sand beach that you can have all to yourself-or at least with other guests spread out in the resort's 54 beachfront thatched-roof casitas. After a whole day of enjoying what the island has to offer, you can check out Glow Spa and sign up for the resort's signature "Four Hands" treatment—a technique where two masseuses knead your tired muscles simultaneously.
For the big family:
Coron Westown Resort
Location: Coron-Busuanga Road, Coron, Palawan
Contact number: 0917-704-6176
Coron Westown Resort features three swimming pools fit for all ages-from the children's pool with a water fountain to a lap pool for when you don't want to miss your workout session even when away. After a full day of activities, you and your family can get comfortable in its biggest suite, which features a master bedroom with a king-sized bed and a smaller room with two queen-sized beds.
Coron Underwater Garden Resort
Price: Rates start at P8,250 for six*
Location: Baguit Island, Coron, Palawan
Contact number: 0935-837-1882
Wake up with the water (literally) right on your doorstep when you book a villa at Coron Underwater Garden Resort. Their Family Villa, built on stilts, features two bedrooms with three queen-sized beds and two bathrooms, making it an ideal accommodation for a group of up to eight people. The resort also offers tour packages (at P1,600 per person) and free motorboat transfer from Coron town proper.