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South Asia - Coron

Coron Island Palawan is a wedge-shaped limestone island, with few of its coastal areas being covered by mangrove forests. It has seven lakes, famous of which is the nationally-acclaimed cleanest lake in the Philippines, the Kayangan Lake. It also has a number of islands with white beaches and clear blue waters perfect for snorkeling, deepsea fishing and shipwreck diving.

Coron is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 32,243 people in 6,264 households.

The municipality covers part of Busuanga Island and all of the nearby Coron Island. Both islands are part of the Calamian Group of Islands in northern Palawan. The main industries of Coron are fishing and tourism, being a popular diving location. The aquatic views from the sunken Japanese warships off Coron Island are listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine's top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world.

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Visitors can find flights to Coron or as some refer to it as Busuanga, which is an hour southwest from Manila. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind when choosing to land in Coron by Plane.

Coron By Plane

* Fly into Busuanga from Manila with PAL Express, Cebu Pacific or Zest Air.

* Aiport to town: Jeepney or 12 seater vans.

Coron By Boat

* SuperFerry stops in Coron on their way to Puerto Princesa. Leaves Manila on Friday afternoon (4:15pm) and arrives in Coron early Saturday morning (5:30 am). Heads back to Manila on Sunday night (10:45 pm).

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History: In 1950 the town of Busuanga was created from the barrios of Concepcion, Salvacion, Busuanga, New Busuanga, Buluang, Quezon, Calawit, and Cheey which used to belong to Coron. In 1954, the islands of Linapacan, Cabunlaoan, Niangalao, Decabayotot, Calibanbangan, Pical, and Barangonan were separated from Coron to form the town of Linapacan, Palawan.

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