Take me to...Pass Island

With pristine white sand on one side and a mangrove area and coral reef on the other, this island in Coron, Palawan offers the best of two worlds

Photos by Christian Sangoyo

Pass Island is one the finest beaches in Coron, part of the Calamianes Group of Islands in northern Palawan, about 440km south of Manila. With pristine white sand on one side and a mangrove area and coral reef on the other, it offers the best of two worlds. Snorkeling here is excellent and if you're lucky, you might just spot giant clams and manta rays. Guests can stay overnight in basic cottages on the island or camp in tents. There is no electricity and the only convenience store has scant offerings so best to bring your own packed lunch or dinner, and other supplies. Entrance fee is P200 (US$4) per person.

How to get there
Skyjet Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific all have regular, direct flights from Manila to Busuanga. Your booked hotel usually arranges transfers from the airport. If you're staying in one of the islands off Coron, you most likely have to go to Coron Town, from where there are outrigger boats for hire to take you to any of the surrounding islands. For more information, contact Blue Lagoon Adventure Travel & Tours.

Where to stay
Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa is a five-star eco-friendly resort in the Malaroyroy Peninsula. The luxury resort, 22 kilometers south of the main Coron town, is located in a turtle and giant clam sanctuary. Rates start from P25,000 for a room for two. 

Casa Fidelis is a family-owned resort just 15 minutes from Coron town center. Rates start at P3,500 per person per night including three full meals and airport transfers. The resort also arranges tours for guests.

Check out the equally beautiful island of Malcapuya, also in Coron.

By Monica De Leon

Published August 2016