Coron has been described as one of the best spots in the World for Wreck diving! On the 24th of September 1944, 24 Japanese Ships were sunk by an Americain Air raid. 12 wrecks have been discovered up to now. The shipwrecks are very well preserved and are all located in quite shallow water, perfect for recreational diving. However it is best to be at least Open Water Advanced to fully enjoy the wrecks as some dives can be quite challenging.
Most of the wrecks are really big (up to 160m!) and require more than one dive if you want to explore the entire ship. There are also boundless possibilities of penetration and even very deep penetration (especially on the Taiei Maru and the Akitsushima ) for the most experienced divers!
The wrecks lay either upright or on the side. Their depth is ranging from 12m to 30m. Only the Irako wreck is deeper, at 43m.
However, the visibility is often quite low (from 5m to 15m) and the marine life around the shipwrecks is poor with mostly Scorpionfishes, Crocodilefishes, Nudibranchs are the usual reef fishes like the Triggerfish or Clownfish. Groupers and Barracudas can also sometimes be spotted. So if you come to Coron it is definitely because you are passionate about Wreck Diving, not just to see the fish! This place is really beautiful and divers coming there are usually delighted!
There is also a very interesting dive site called Barracuda Lake. It is a former volcano where you can dive and discover amazing rock formations! In addition there is also good reef diving with nice coral on the nearby Islands of Calambuyan Island and Seven Islands.
In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Coron, Palawan.
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Best time to dive in Coron, Palawan
It is possible to dive around Coron all year round. However they can experience some bad weather during the wet season (June to September / October) that can sometimes prevent any diving from happening. The best weather is usually from December to March and it is also at that time that the visibility is at its best.
Scuba Diving conditions
Water Temperature: ranging from 25°C to 31°C depending on the season.
Currents: From gentle to strong depending on the tide and location.
Visibility: You can expect a visibility of 5m to 15m. The best visibility is usually during the dry season (November to May).
Snorkelling in Coron, Palawan
For the snorkellers, there are several fantastic Snorkelling spots around Coron. You can easily rent a boat for a Snorkelling day tour to visit the best locations. For example, you could go to Barracuda Lake of Kayangan Lake, or Banol Beach and Twin Lagoon are also great for Snorkelling. If you want to see beautiful coral and a healthy reef life you can visit Siete Pecados or the Skeleton Wreck!
Diving SafetyIf you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Coron, Palawan, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this travel insurance as they offer worldwide coverage as they offer worldwide coverage and cover scuba diving up to 50 metres deep, as well as snorkelling and many more water activities.
Review by Julien from Blog Plongée Sous Marine .
Where to stay?
I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Coron, Palawan as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.
Now that you know all about the underwater world, you might want to start planning your scuba holiday! Check out our Coron, Palawan Travel Review for information about how to get there, activities and excursions, where to stay, and more.