Pre-Colonial Era: Prior to Spanish colonization, the area that is now Coron was inhabited by indigenous people, primarily the Tagbanua tribe. These native communities lived off the land and sea, relying on fishing, farming, and trade for sustenance.
Spanish Colonial Period: In the late 16th century, the Spanish arrived in the Philippines and began establishing settlements across the country. Coron was named after Coron, Spain, by the Spanish navigator Juan de Salcedo during his exploration of the region in 1566. The Spanish influence in the area remained limited, and it was primarily used as a stopover for Spanish galleons traveling between Manila and the Spice Islands.
American Occupation: In 1898, the Philippines came under American control following the Spanish-American War. The American administration led to changes in governance and infrastructure development. However, Coron remained a relatively isolated and remote region, with limited external influence until World War II. Coron played a significant role as a strategic location in the Pacific theater. In September 1944, the area became a target for the Allied bombing forces as they aimed to weaken Japanese control in the region. On September 24, 1944, the Japanese fleet anchored in Coron Bay was attacked in what is now known as the Battle of Coron Bay. The underwater wrecks of Japanese warships, including the famous Irako, Akitsishima, Okikawa Maru, and others have since become popular dive sites and historical landmarks. Diving is today, one of the main attractions in Coron and its ship wrecks are know to be some of the best in the world. For information on diving these sites please contact us at whatsapp +63936-870-3054.
Post-War Development: After the war, Coron underwent a gradual reformation. The local economy primarily relied on agriculture, fishing, mining and small-scale tourism. Over time, as word spread about the area’s natural beauty, pristine beaches, and rich marine biodiversity, tourism became a more significant part of Coron’s economy. In recent decades, Coron has experienced a surge in tourism, attracting travelers from around the world. Its breathtaking limestone cliffs, turquoise waters, and the world-renowned Coron Island and Coron Bay have made it a sought-after destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. A great way to ejoy this beauty is by booking a 1 day, or 3 day tour with Green Gecko
Today, Coron remains a captivating destination, offering visitors the opportunity to explore its stunning landscapes, indulge in outdoor activities, and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the Tagbanua people. Its historical significance, coupled with its natural wonders, makes Coron a truly remarkable place to visit and explore.