2024 Update: Private Boat Tours in Coron Through CTBA (Calamian Tour Boat Association)

E xploring the islands of Coron through a private tour is the best way to see the beauty Coron has to offer. If you’re paying for a private tour we recommend avoiding the major tourist destinations and spending a relaxing day exploring the less visited, more distant islands and beaches of Coron. Usually 3 island are enough for one day of beaching, snorkeling and relaxing.

The best and recommended way to arrange a private tour island hopping through Coron is through the CTBA (Calamian Tour Boat Association). This may also be your cheapest option.

Here is a sample cost breakdown.

Cost of Private Tour (Assuming 8pax)

Item Cost PHP Cost USD Cost EUR
Boat Fare P7100 $121 $113
Tour Guide P500 $17 $16
Food for 8 people
(Prepared by chef on boat)
P3000 $51 €48
Beverages P2000 $34 €32
TOTAL PRICE FOR GROUP P12600 $215 €200
TOTAL PRICE PER PERSON
(assuming split 8pax)
P1575 $27 €25

As you can see from the table above the price of a private tour is pretty reasonable.

You *might* be able to find a cheaper price by asking around but we recommend the CTBA for their reliability.

Note: The farther out you go the less tourists will be around.

Try to leave as early as you can in the morning. We recommend leaving around 8:00am but all boats must wait for coast guard approval which is usually 8:00am-9:00am.

Most tours start at 8:00am and return back to Coron Harbor at 5:00pm. Expect to spend your entire day out on the sea so take everything you will need for the day.

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2024  CALAMIAN TOURIST BOAT ASSOCIATION PRIVATE TOUR RATES
(All Prices Are Total For The Group Not Per Pax)

Destination 2-4 People 5-8 People 9-15 People
Coron Island P2700 P3250 P3800
Sangat/Lusong Gunboat P4350 P4900 P7100
Banana / Malcapuya Island P4350 P5450 P7100
Culion Municipality Island P4350 P4900 P7100
Dibatok Island P3800 P4350 P5450
Calumbuyan / Pass Island P4900 P5900 P7650
Diwaran Island P4350 P4900 P7100
Tara Island P9300 P10900 P1700
Coral Bay / Evergreen Resort P6000 P7100 P8200
North Cay or South Cay P6000 P7100 P9300
Calauit National park P9300 P10400 P17000
Panlaitan / Black Island P7100 P8200 P11500
Linapacan Island P9300 P11500 P1700
El Nido / Taytay Municipality P14400 P19800 P28000

Note: Additional P500 for Tour Guide, P0-200 Island Entrance Fee per island per person.
Note: Bring your own Food and Drinks and the chef on the boat will prepare your meal for you !

2024  CORON ISLANDS RATINGS

Destination Travel Time (One Way) Seclusion Beaching Snorkeling
Coron Island 30min None Poor
Sangat/Lusong Gunboat 45min None Crowded ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Banana / Malcapuya Island 1.5 hours ★ ★ ★ ★
Culion Municipality Island 1.5 hours N/A N/A N/A
Dibatok Island 1.5h ★ ★ ★ ★
Calumbuyan / Pass Island 1.25 hours ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Diwaran/Dinaran Island 1 hour ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Tara Island 2 hours ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Coral Bay / Evergreen Resort 1.75 hours ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
North Cay (Nagtenga/Pagtenga Island)
South Cay (Nagbinet/Pagbinet Island)
1.5 hours ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Calauit National Park 2.5 hours ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Panlaitan (Talampuln Island)
Black Island (Malajon Island)
2 hours ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Linapacan Island 2.5hours ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
El Nido / Taytay Municipality 6 hours N/A N/A N/A

Note: Green = Recommended Stops

SO WHICH ISLANDS SHOULD YOU VISIT?

We’ve put together some sample custom itinineraries.

Black Island Tour

SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS IN CORON

Malajon Island (Black Island)
Pamalican Island (and surrounding Islands)
North Cay (Nagtenga/Pagtenga Island)
South Cay (Nagbinet/Pagbinet Island)

(Pick Three of these Islands)



Coron Islands


The Cays

PRIVATE BEACH GALORE IN NORTH AND SOUTH CAY

Pamalican Island (and surrounding Islands)
North Cay (Nagtenga/Pagtenga Island)
South Cay (Nagbinet/Pagbinet Island)
Maltatayoc Island

(Pick Three of these Islands)


Coron Islands


The Custom

PICK YOUR OWN ISLANDS (

[FARTHEST FROM CORON TOWN]
Malajon Island (Black Island)

Panlaitain (Talampulan) Island
Debotunay Island
Mapadolo Island

Pamalican Island (and surrounding Islands)
North Cay (Nagtenga/Pagtenga Island)
South Cay (Nagbinet/Pagbinet Island)
Maltatayoc Island
Diciligan (Malaki) Island

Popototan Island
Maglalambay Island
Galoc Island

Mangenguey Island
North Malbinchilao Island
South Malbinchilao Island
Depelengued Island
Rat Island

Malcatop Island
East Malcatop Island

Dicoayan Island
Calumboyan Island

Dicalatan Island (Pass Island)
[CLOSEST TO CORON TOWN]

(Pick Three of these Islands)


Coron Islands


Share Your Experience

How did your Private Tour on Coron go? Did you use the Calamian Tour Boat Association (CTBA)? Did you use a different company? Any tips to share? Leave your comments below and we would love to hear about your experience.

Gopal is a cofounder of wanderasm. His love of travel has led him to wander around the world to over 100+ countries. The best advice he ever got was that "It's not how long you live; It's how you choose to live your life." Gopal's goal in wanderasm is to share his love of travelling while improving awareness of things we can all do to make the world more beautiful. You can follow him on instagram at @rungopal

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