$100 Challenge: Coron, Palawan Philippines – Flashpacker Style

Looking to get out of the city even for just a quick 3-day getaway but your budget’s too tight? Well, here are some tips on how you can experience a slice of paradise for only $100 (Php4,233).*

*NOTE: Exchange rates fluctuate on the daily and depending on where you get your money changed, prices may vary. App used to convert is XE currency.

But first, imagine this… vast, wide, green landscape with lush mountains in the background. Scattered rice paddies, coconut trees, islands and hidden lakes and lagoons with clear blue waters where snorkeling, ship wrecks and colorful marine life are aplenty. Sound like paradise? It sure is.

This, my friends, is Coron, Palawan.


Excited? Perfect. Now on to the good stuff – how you can make the most out of your $100 while having the time of your life.

$100 breakdown

Airport Fees:

Manila airport – FREE (incorporated in your airline ticket)

Busuanga (Coron) airport – $1.67 (Php75)

Airport Shuttle:

Van to and from Busuanga airport – $6.69 (Php300)

TIP: You really have to arrange a van to take you to your hotel/resort before your arrival because there are no public transports there.


Villa Hermosa Bed & Breakfast – $24.55 (Php1,100)

(2 nights; daily breakfast included) TIP: Read my review on this place on TripAdvisor

Day 1:

* Tour B-1 (Coron Island Ultimate Tour) – $14.50 (Php650)

**lunch included in the tour (rice, grilled pork, grilled fish, veggies, water, banana)

Places visited: Kayangan Lake (GORGEOUS! BREATHTAKING!), Twin Peaks Reef, Twin Lagoons, Atwayan Beach, Coron Youth Club, Siete Pecados, Barracuda Lake

TIP: Don’t have too many days to spend in Coron? Ask to combine tour packages to maximize your 3-day vacation. (That’s what we did!) Book your tours with Coron Galeri Arts & Crafts.

* Barracuda Lake entrance fee – $2.23 (Php100)

* Siete Pecados entrance fee – $2.23 (Php100)

NOTE: Since we added 2 more stops to the tour, we had to shoulder the entrance fees. Not bad since we got to see more places anyway.

* Dinner (Bistro Coron) – $3.34 (Php150)

Day 2:

* Sun, Sea and Sand Eco-Tourism Experience – $21.19 (Php950)

**lunch included in the tour (rice, crab, grilled fish, grilled chicken, veggies, coke, water)

Place visited: Malcapuya Island

* Dinner (La Sirenita) – $4.46 (Php200)

* Dessert (banana nutella crepe with vanilla ice cream at La Sirenita) – $2.79 (Php125)

(I did share this with a friend so this is half the price of the dessert)

* Drinks (La Sirenita) – $2.90 (Php130)

Day 3:

Tricycle to Maniquit Hot Springs & entrance fee – $3.90 (Php175)

(off to the airport at lunch)

TOTAL money spent: $90.45 (Php4,030)

So you see, going on a trip and experiencing the beauty that the Philippines has to offer doesn’t mean you’ll have to burn a hole in your pocket. And, if you have a few more bucks to spare, you can even treat yourself to some snacks ($3.46 = Php155) and a pedicure ($2.23 = Php100).

What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and GO!


Peace Love and Lipgloss,


About morenabeachbum

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2 Responses to $100 Challenge: Coron, Palawan Philippines – Flashpacker Style

  1. My group and I are planning to go to Palawan next year. I’ll try my best to beat your $100! haha

    If you’re looking for other places to visit in the Philippines, you can have a look at our blog. Happy trip☺


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