When you want to explore wrecks, Coron Island in the Philippines is the place to be. Diving in Coron is mostly famous for its WWII shipwrecks found in Coron Bay and it awesome soft coral gardens.
Coron is a beautiful, tranquil island located in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It offers breathtaking tropical views and some of the best diving in the Philippines.
When you are interested in learning more about what it is like to go diving in Coron, continue reading for some helpful tips on how to get there and what (wreck) dive sites you should not miss.
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How to Get to Coron?
The best way to get to Coron is by first traveling to Manila. From there, you can check out the schedules of local airlines, such as AirPhil Express, Zest Air, and Cebu Pacific, and hop aboard a short flight to Coron. You could also travel to Coron from Manila by ferry.
If you do not want to start your journey in Manila, you can also get to Coron by air from El Nido or Princesa City, which are both located in Palawan
When is the best Coron diving season?
There is no real Coron diving season. Diving in Coron can be done year round, especially since the water temperature is consistently warm at 27°C to 30°C or 81°F to 86°F. But the best months to are November through June.
If you travel to the area from July through October, be prepared for heavy rains and maybe even a typhoon.
3 Coron dive sites you should dive (reef dives)
Diving in Coron is marvelous and offers some of the best diving in Palawan. There are a large number of fantastic dive sites to choose from throughout, but below are some of the most famous Coron dive sites, along with a short description of what you can expect to see in each:
This dive site features a thriving coral reef ranging in depth from 3 meters to more than 35 meters, with visibility that is usually great at 15 to 20 meters.
The diverse marine life and the plentiful hard and soft corals that can be found at this site make it perfect for all levels of divers, including underwater photographers who want to capture the thrilling moments they will experience here.
Watch out for puffers, eels, giant clams, and turtles, among many other imaginable creatures. Leopard sharks and guitar sharks may also make an appearance.
7 Islands Reef:
7 Islands Reef is, without a doubt, one of the most popular dive sites in Coron. This is a dive site you should bring your underwater camera too, as the beauty of the rich, varied marine life is truly astounding. Enjoy a night dive here for further adventure)
Another popular dive in Coron is Kalambuyan Reef, as there is a lot of diverse marine life to see here, from vibrant corals to colorful fish of all sizes. This calm site offers excellent visibility, making it another perfect place to take some underwater photos.
Coron Bay is also known as “the poor man’s Chuuk Lagoon”
The variety of ships sunk at Chuuk Lagoon, the contents of the cargo holds and the other items such as aircraft’s that are available in the perfect conditions of the lagoon, are unmatched.
While nothing can compare to Chuuk Lagoon, Coron Bay does have an excellent range of shipwrecks and is easier to get too than Chuuk.
Coron Bay offers a vast selection of WWII Japanese wrecks and premium coral reefs. The surrounding islands offer some unique lake and cave dive opportunities.
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