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Busuanga Island and Coron Town

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Busuanga is the largest island in the group, but is mostly wild and undeveloped, with little to see beyond the lively fishing community of CORON TOWN on the south coast, the main base for exploring the shipwrecks in adjacent Coron Bay.

Non-divers will find the pristine snorkelling, swimming and hiking trails nearby just as enticing, and the phenomenal views across the bay from the town to Coron Island never get old; these are best appreciated from the top of Mount Tapyas, a steep 30 to 45-minute hike along the trail at the end of San Agustin Street.

With narrow streets shaded by trees, a thriving waterside market and a ramshackle wharf, Coron Town itself retains an old-fashioned provincial charm – for now. The town is a major resort-in-the-making, with frequent flights from Manila helping to ramp up development, ambitious reclamation projects, ever growing numbers of tricycles in the streets and even posh condos in the works.

 

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