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Top 5 with things to do with kids in Coron Island, Philippines.

Coron is one of more than 7000 islands in the Philippines, and is the third largest island in the Palawan province’s Calamian archipelago. In our opinion it’s one of the best for a visit with kids, offering everything the Philippines is famous for in one fabulous family adventure smorgasbord.

Is island-hopping your thing? Then simply choose one of many family-friendly tours or create your own. Waterfalls more your style? Climb on a tricycle and head into the jungle, trekking into almost deserted falls. Like diving on shipwrecks or snorkelling untouched reefs with a kaleidoscope of fish? You can do that too. And so much more.

Here's our top 5 things to do on Coron Island with kids.

1. Island Tours

With so many island-hopping tours everyone’s wish list is covered. We loved the Coron Ultimate Tour, a full-day adventure visiting seven beautiful sites on a Philippine sailing boat and including lunch. We climbed up the limestone mountain and into the spectacular Kayangan Lake, at the Twin Lagoons we entered under a cave (or you can climb a ladder over the top) and the mixture of salt and fresh water swirled around us like a natural oil slick. We snorkelled over the Chinese fishing boat shipwreck, the stunning Coral Gardens and white sand beaches.

This tour is especially great for kids because:
• The longest time between stops is 20 minutes so kids won’t get restless.
• Kids can snooze on the seats like Emmie did.
• The food is good - Emmie ate a plate of fish and rice plus watermelon.
• There is lot of shade on the boat.
• There are two beach stops so they’ll have lots of time to run around.
• Lifejackets are provided.

“In our opinion, Coron Island is one of the best for a visit with kids, offering everything the Philippines is famous for in one fabulous family adventure smorgasbord.”

2. Concepcion Falls

We love our waterfalls and just an hour or so out of town is Concepcion Falls. Take a tricycle to the turnoff and after a short five-minute trek along a dirt track you’ll be there. There is no entrance fee and there are picnic tables so pack some snacks and spend the morning here - you may have the falls all to yourselves as we did.

The waterfall is just stunning - it pours into a beautiful green-blue waterhole surrounded by leafy tropical jungle with smaller spurts trickling down from the cliff walls. You can climb onto the falls and jump down or try the big jumps from the top of the rocks and from the branches of an overhanging tree. Under the small falls is a little rope swing and there are lots of rocky outcrops and edges to climb up and jump from.

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3. Climb Tapyas Hill

The highest point in Coron, Tapyas Hill, has a beautiful a view over the surrounding water and islands. It’s 724 steps or so - which the locals love telling you - and we were hot and sweaty by the time we got to the top for a gorgeous sunset view over the giant cross and Hollywood style Coron spelt out in giant white letters.

There is a small track that goes around the very top of the mountain, be sure to follow it for lovely views of rolling green hills. There are tracks to pagodas if you have time to rest and just watch the clouds roll by.

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4. Maquinit hot springs

About 15 minutes out of town along a dirt track is Maquinit Hot Springs, a huge pebble-lined pool full of beautiful steaming hot water. Emmie and I visited after climbing Tapyas Hill so the weather had cooled a little and the springs were quiet. We eased ourselves into the hot water and floated around for about 20 minutes before we were too hot and needed cooling off. In and out, in and out - it’s a relaxing way to end the day.



5. Go to church

There are many churches in Coron and for a taste of local life you can join a service at any hall for lots of happiness, singing, smiles and the biggest warmest welcome you will ever get. You will often hear singing and music from religious halls as you drive and wander around town, so do stop in if you feel like meeting locals and experiencing the passion they have for their religion. Emmie and I joined a Sunday service and had a great time, singing and clapping and joining in the joy and celebration with many Filipino families.

We really loved our time in Coron and we are sure you will too. Enjoy!

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Evie and seven-year-old Emmie left Sydney, Australia in February 2016 with one backpack and flights to the Philippines. They've been traveling together ever since and sharing their adventures through their blog Mumpack Travel. Spending this precious time together is the best fun they've ever had.

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