Many foreigners travel to the Philippines for the sun, sand and sea, and Coron in Palawan is amongst their top destinations. Named the “Best Island in the World” by magazines Travel + Leisure, and Conde Nast Condé Nast Traveller, Palawan is undoubtedly paradise on earth not to be missed.
The best time to visit Coron would be in January and February which is just after the monsoon season and before the peak season starts to set in from March to June. In January and February, there will still be occasional rainfall from time to time, but skies are clear and tides are calm. March to June is when the tourists start to flock in so be prepared for a slightly congested scene at the beaches. Do try to avoid Coron from August to December as this is when the monsoon season starts and brings strong winds and rainfall.
Laguindingan Airport (CGY) – Located 46 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro, the Laguindingan Airport is the main airport that serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon in Northern Mindanao. The airport opened in June 2013 replacing both Lumbia Airport and Maria Cristina Airport. Laguindingan airport is the sixth busiest airport in the Philippines. There are various ways to get to and from Cagayan de Oro city from Laguindingan Airport. The cheapest and most common way to get to the airport is by van. The van offers travelers comfort, convenience, safety and a quick route of only around 45 minutes to the airport. The fare to and from the airport is only PHP199 per person, per trip. The second option to getting to and from the airport if via metered taxi. A journey from Cagayan de Oro to the airport will cost around PHP 400 to PHP 450. There are also jeepneys and busses to the airport but are not as recommended due to the unpredictable timing and also the hassle of having to catch a connecting shuttle to get to the airport.
Francisco B. Reyes Airport (USU) – The Francisco B. Reyes Airport or the Coron Airport was named after the former mayor of Coron. The airport was also formerly known as Busuanga Airport. The airport is located on Busuanga Island, approximately 40 minutes away from Coron town. As fields and jungle surround the airport, only propeller plans can land on the short runway. The terminal is small and has no air-conditioning or luggage conveyer belt. However, there are a few coffee shops, restaurants and souvenir shops within the airport terminal. From the airport, you can take a jeepney for about one hour to reach Coron. The jeepney ride will cost approximately PHP150 per person.
Even though located approximately 1,500 kilometers northwest from Cagayan de Oro, both Cagayan de Oro and Coron experience a tropical climate, meaning it is hot all year round. Coron experiences less rain from January to April compared to Cagayan de Oro with the average rainfall during these months in Coron being at only 16.25mm compared to 65.25mm in Cagayan de Oro. The average temperatures between the two cities. However, do not vary much with Coron's average temperature at 27.2 degrees Celsius and Cagayan de Oro at 26.7 degrees Celsius.