Best Diving sites in Coron, Palawan

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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.

You can also explore this underwater world on a Liveaboard trip that generally combines Apo Reef, Anilao Island and the Coron Wrecks. I usually use this website to book in advance my Liveaboards in the Philippines as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because they have an easy booking system.

In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Coron, Palawan.

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.

Best time to dive in Coron, Palawan

Diving Season

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.

Top liveaboards in Coron, Palawan according to divers reviews

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!

Coron Palawan island beach

Diving Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Coron, Palawan, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

Review by Julien from Blog Plongée Sous Marine .

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Travel Guide

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.

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The Irako Wreck is one of the best Wreck Dives of Coron Bay in Palawan and in the Philippines. It is a 147m long and 19m...
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The Akitsushima Wreck is a former Seaplane Tender sunk in Coron Bay in Palawan. This former war ship is 118m long and is...
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Skeleton Wreck is a popular Snorkelling spot in Coron Bay. It is also possible to scuba dive this small 25m long Shipwre...

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Diving centers in Coron, Palawan

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19 dive logs in “Coron, Palawan”

  1. I did not divein Coron but am interested to hear from people that did and discover it and also about a place south west of palawan deep at sea

    • I have only snorkelled in Coron but the overall experience is excellent. Clear seas and great weather too. However, whatever you do, avoid SeaDive resort which has really awful accommodation – there are far better diving centers and acocmodation all over Coron. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

  2. Hi guys, I did wreck diving in Coron Palawan last June 2013. It was great. The diving site wasn’t full of divers and tourists. The weather was calm. Very Good visibility down there. I did three dives. All were different. There was dive where cold water and warm water meets.. and fresh and salt water meets. It was really awesome.

  3. I dove with Neptune Dive Center in Coron, the shop and divemasters were great. Visibility was average. Fish like was ok. I was expecting to see more fish. The wrecks were awesome! They were huge. It is hard to describe how big they are. I did 4 “big” wrecks over two days. My favorite was the Kogyo. Lots to see inside the cargo bays. I talked to a few of the other shops, and they made me nervous. Neptune took the time to explain things to me and made me feel comfortable. You could tell that safety is a priority. Neptune made my stay in Coron great!

    • Hi,

      I called up netpune dive to make a booking for a day of diving and they told me they don’t require any form of deposit and they also didn’t ask my for any personal details like email or phone number.

      They said i could just show up and they will take me on the dives?

      I am a little afraid that they will run of out spots and tell me that they are full and can’t take me on that day itself.

      Is it normal that they take all the divers who sign up at the shop just one day before hand?

  4. Me and my husband are AOW divers and did 2 wrecks diving combined with 1 Barracuda Lake dive on February 10th 2016 with Rocksteady Dive Center which has qualified dive boat and equipments.
    Barracuda Lake feeling was the best, but wreck dives’ visibility was just 1 to 5 mt. It didn’t worth to take all that 3 hours going and back trip in wavy sea.

  5. Hi,
    Im planning a trip to Coron from 3rd to 8th jUNE 2017. I don’t know how to swim and I’d like to go snorkelling and diving . Any advice on the right people to contact ? Does anyone have any tips/ suggestions for me ?

  6. I dove there two years ago. While the visibility was not the best, I dove 5 Jap wrecks. I also dove Barracuda Lake. No wetsuit needed there. The deeper you dove the hotter the water. You could look up and see thermal planes. As you broke through one, the water got cooler. The wrecks went from shallow to deep needing an advanced certificate.

    • Hi Myryame,
      I’m Ernest Damaso from Davao. I would like to make 3 dives in Coron on Feb. 13, 2019.
      (Barracuda Lake / Ship wreck plus 1 dive)
      I am a photographer with a PADI DM Certification – DM# 253112 & Nitrox Certified.
      You can reach me at 09228560809 & 091772100789.

      • Hi Ernest,

        Sorry but I believe you misunderstood our website as we are not a dive center or diving agency. Divezone is a blog, an informative website and a place to review your diving experiences, the liveaboard boats you’ve been on board and much more.

        Thus, your best option to have an answer to your question is to find a dive center in the area that you’re interested in and check with them in terms of availability and prices.

        Safe travels & bubbles,
        hoping to read your reviews here in a near future!

  7. Hi I dived with Rocksteady after reading many reviews. I agree with all those I read; they are one of the most professional dive shops I have dived with. Safety first. All dives were great, guides superb and bottom time enjoyable, not short and very safe times.
    I highly recommend diving with them.
    Richard (200+ dives)

    • Hi Richard!
      Sounds great to hear such positive comment about a dive center! Thank you for taking the time to share your diving review on Divezone, it’s a huge help for many divers I’m sure!

      Wishing you safe bubbles, as always, and a happy new year!

  8. great diving, I have been diving throughout Asia for 10 year and have made more than 30000 dives. so far Coron is the best.
    I can highly recommend Pirates Diving Resort LINK REMOVED

  9. Spent a week at Sangat Island diving the wrecks of Coron Bay. Didn’t do any of the reef dives, as was there to get my wreck cert and just couldn’t tear myself away from the wrecks. Some strong currents and poor visibility in the channel, but once you are down on the site and inside the boats, everything becomes calm and it’s a different world. Sangat Island dive resort is extremely professional and friendly, well worth considering and they are also right next to the channel so it’s only a short boat ride from the resort to the dive sites.

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