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Coron is in the province of Palawan, Philippines on Busuanga Island. It is the largest town on the island and has the largest share of accommodations.

Understand

Coron is both the name of a town on Busuanga, and the name of the island just offshore. The island is famous for its wreck diving, and the site has been named in many lists of top dive spots in the world. In September 1944, a fleet of Japanese ships hiding in the harbour were sunk in a daring raid by the US navy. The result is around ten well preserved shipwrecks surrounded with coral reef.

There are also attractions on Coron Island itself. There are many beautiful bleach white sand beaches, mostly tiny and surrounded by large limestone cliffs and wildlife. Barracuda and Kayangan lakes are both stunning locations, and the island also has a mysterious indegenous tribe who are notably shy of outsiders.

History

The first inhabitants of Coron were the Tagbanuas who belong to the second wave of Indonesians who migrated to this country some 5,000 years ago. They are nomadic and sea-faring people, living mainly by fishing and crude agriculture. To this day, although they have learned to live in an organized settlement, they remain primitive as they are greatly influenced by their old customs, traditions and superstitious beliefs. Today, the Tagbanuas are the natives of Coron. It was in 1902 that Coron was registered as a town and the name of the town was officially changed from Penon de Coron to CORON.

From 1939 to the outbreak of World War II, the municipality experienced the mining boom. Labor shifted from farming to mining. In July 1942, the Japanese occupied mining camps and resumed operation of the manganese mines. On September 24, 1944, several Japanese ships were sunk by American warplanes at Coron waters as they retreat from Manila Bay. To this day, 12 of these World War II Japanese shipwrecks make-up what is considered as one of the best dive sites in the world.

In 1947, large scale deep sea fishing was introduced and operated in Coron. The town experienced another boom, a fishing boom. The population increased. Many people from Luzon and Visayas came to work either as fishermen or miners.

On June 17, 1950, Busuanga was officially created as a separate municipality from Coron and in 1954, Coron was further reduced by the official creation of the Municipality of Linapacan. On September 12, 1992, Coron was finally reduced by the official creation of the Municipality of Culion.

In the past, Coron was virtually unknown as it was a small, quaint fishing town with laid back charm but with media exposure and millage, slowly but steadily, Coron has taken its spot in the tourism industry. In the last decade, there is a rapid influx of tourists coming in, thus, tourism has now become the major industry player in this town.

Get in

By plane

By boat

Get around

See

Do

Island hopping

Head down to the Market Pier and rent an authentic filipino bangka and captain (standardized rental costs vary by destination) Boats generally handle around 6 passengers. Grab a lunch before you head out. You can also buy meat, fish, veggies from the wet market and request the boat captain to barbecue or cook them for you or your group.

Diving

Lots of wreck diving and some decent coral as well. Discovery Divers (on the beautiful 'Discovery Island') and Sea Dive are the big ones, and Coron Divers the cheapest one in the island

Other activities

Buy

The Market Pier is home to shops, stalls, slaughter houses, diners, and karaoke. Great for hearing early morning karaoke and picking up supplies. The smell can get pretty bad close to the slaughter houses.

Eat

There is food available for purchase at Coron Market and numerous bake shops around town. It's also recommended to buy fruits from the town market and have them prepared at the lodge you stay at free of charge (feel generous to provide a tip). Recommended to try local fruits such as mango, watermelon, jackfruit, coconut, but they are all seasonal.

Drink

Sleep

You can camp on some of the (somewhat) deserted islands. There are a couple of islands to check out. You can find everything you need in town/at resorts. Ask around. Gunter at Discovery seems to know of a couple good spots. All info as of December 2006.

Contact

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