Malarial mosquitoes are not a problem in either The Calamian Islands, where Coron is situated, nor in the Northern Palawan province. When you read about malaria on Palawan Island please realize that the
province contains about 2,300 islands and Busuanga is part of the Calamian
Island Group at the furthest northern end of the province. In Coron town,
and on the rest of Busuanga Island, you should take normal precautions
as you would for any place with ordinary mosquitoes. Bring spray or lotion
type mosquito repellent to use on your ankles and legs when sitting around
The local brand, Off, works very well and is readily available
Mosquitoes that carry malaria are a problem in the southern part of Palawan
Island. If you travel an additional 12 hours south by ship, or fly an
additional hour south, to Puerto Princesa you should consider anti-malarial
precautions if you will be in rural areas.
Bring your own waterproof sunscreen with a very high SPF: supplies of good quality sun-screen are not readily available locally. A floppy hat is essential for sunburn protection. You can get sunburned while snorkelling, so protect
the back of your neck, arms and shoulders. You will certainly get burned if you sit out in the sun for more than 10 minutes at a time without sun-block! This will ruin your holiday - you have been warned!
Ladies bring your own preferred sanitary supplies, as only napkins are available locally.
The local water comes from the mountains but the distribution system
is always suspect. Bottled water from Manila is available in local stores.
"Aquapure" treats the local water with micro filtration, reverse
osmosis, sterilization and bottles it in Coron. You buy your first gallon
(four litres) for Php 85.00 in order to get the bottle and then keep having
the bottle refilled for 25 pesos a gallon.
While the Philippines has a reputation for very wild and active nightlife
such IS NOT the case in provincial towns like Coron. Few local girls wish
to get a bad reputation by being seen to be "overly friendly"
with tourists. Community social hygiene programs are not screening
those few in Coron who might play for sexually transmitted
Anyone desiring extracurricular nighttime activity should make prior
arrangements in Manila or Angeles City (contact Dive Right for candid
advice) and bring their own partner to Coron. There are no problems with
the local residents or authorities when you are travelling around with
Anyone desiring protection for night time activities in the Philippines
should bring their favourite product in the appropriate size from their
We are very happy to provide travel advice to anyone without personal
experience in Southeast Asian countries.