Coron

Coron Palawan Philippines Dive Map Location Scubahive

Dive Coron Palawan Philippines

Description :
The Calamian Islands (often referred to as Coron) consists of over 80 island and islets in the North of Palawan Province, and often described as one of the best spots in the world for wrecks. Coron Bay is home to several well-preserved WWII shipwrecks as well as a rich underwater ecosystem blessed with walls and corals teeming with marine life. If you enjoy wreck diving, be sure to include Coron in your bucket list!
Where is it :
Palawan Province, Philippines
Number of dive sites :
19
Type of Diving :
Guided – boat, deep, drift, wreck, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced, but ideally to be advanced open water cerfitied to fully enjoy the sites
Main Diving Attraction :
Wrecks, wrecks and more wrecks!
Average Water Temperature :
28°C (82.4°F)
Seasonality :
All year round with ideal times to go between December and May
Typical Visibility :
15m (49.2ft)
General Current Conditions :
Moderate
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Yes
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, island hopping, kayaking, various land tours
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Limited, best to bring cash
Availability of Medical Facility :
Yes
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Irako :
Explore an old Japanese supply ship measuring at 147 meters long that was sunk by the American Air Force in 1944. It now rests at the bottom at 42m in an upright position, angled to its port side. There are multiple ways to explore and penetrate the wreck, but the passages are small and dark, and therefore suitable for experienced divers with wreck specialties. For those interested in marine biodiversity, you will be able to see shoals of trevally, fusiliers, snappers, lionfish, and scorpion fish. And if you are really lucky, a whale shark may appear in the distance.
Kalambuyan Reef :
Considered as one of the best reefs in the region. Kalambuyan offers a beautiful healthy environment with an excellent diversity of reef fishes and corals, and not to mention, usually pleasant visibility. It is also popular among macro photographers because of its rich macro lives especially the nudibranchs.
Akitsushima :
Resting on her port side at a depth of 38m since 1944, Akitsushima is one of the few real warships among the Coron wrecks. She was a Japanese Seaplane Tender, to which until today, you can still see her crane in the sandy area and anti-aircraft guns lying there as well. Akitsushima offers divers a few exciting routes through three deck levels, and as with any wreck penetration, this requires an experienced diver with wreck-specialty certification.
7 Islands Reef (Siete Pecados) :
Known locally as Siete Picado, this is one of the most popular reefs around Coron due to its proximity to the town, and has become a marine sanctuary and is closely guarded to assure its protection. It features an excellent range of hard and soft corals teeming with a biodiversity of marine life such anemonefish, batfish, cuttlefish, angelfish, emperors, moray eels, mandarin fish, lobsters, seahorses, nudibranchs, giant clams, and the occasional eagle rays.
Barracuda Lake :
This is a unique dive spot with its turquoise coloured waters that is fed by a hotspring and channels connecting it to the sea. The mix of fresh and salt water creates a wondrous thermocline which sometimes can take you by surprise with water temperatures reaching up to 40°C at a maximum depth of 30m. There’s not much marine life to see here, but what makes this place popular is the underwater scenery that will make you feel as if you are gliding above the surface of the moon.
Nearest Airport :
Francisco B. Reyes (Busuanga) Airport (IATA: USU)
Notes :
Get an internal flight from Manila (IATA: MNL) or Mactan-Cebu (IATA: CEB) into Busuanga Airport, and you are on your way to Coron after a 30-minute car ride. Busuanga airport transfers to the dive resorts are typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience 🙂
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