Like El Nido, Coron is fantastic for island hopping trips. I was a little bit put down by the fact that after my stay in El Nido, the overall impression was not as sympathetic as in El Nido. So to get used to Coron took a while.
Although El Nido is more touristic, it seems, on the other hand, more relaxed and quieter than Coron. But using Coron only as a starting point for my trips, and living in an off-island hotel, I didn’t have to "endure" the hectic, noisy traffic in the evenings. Every little shop offers tours to the surrounding islands with the places worth seeing. The prices are almost everywhere the same, although it is worth to look around since some agencies offer short-term special offers. Again, the tours include lunch, entrance fees, and drinking water. Trips are as follows:
Expedition A (Coron Island), , Expedition B (Coron Island), Expedition C (Iceland Escapade), Expedition D (Reefs & Wrecks), Expedition "Highlights of Coron", Calauit Expedition, MT. Tapyas and last but not least to the Maquinite Hot Springs
I didn’t take all of the tours but liked trip B quite well. The entire trip is close to Coron Island. You will see the following:
Twin Lagoon, Skeleton wreck, Smith Beach, Reef Garden and Baracuda Lake.
The entrance to the Twin lagoon is spectacular as there are rugged cliffs paired with clear water and due to this a visible coral garden. Just a dream. To reach the second lagoon you have to swim through a small breakthrough and the view is fantastic. The water is a mix of half salt and fresh water so you can not see much as it is murky. After that: Skeleton wreck with a shipwreck, which is not so easy to recognize as such, but a lot of fish are in the clear water here. An excellent place for snorkeling. Then a small beach with white sand called Smith Beach. Just as big enough for four boats next and you can not swim easily here. Next in line Reef Garden the best place to snorkel in Coron at least what I experienced. Here are a lot of corals and fish. And as luck will have it ... a turtle.
Baracuda Lake is a saltwater lake framed by rocks. Arriving at a jetty, you walk on a staircase until you reach the lake. All in all not so impressive.