Experience the most spectacular summer getaway and uncover the most beautiful place on earth. Bejeweled with fantastic reefs, rich-striking marine life and historic sunken ships which you can never spot in any other parts of the world.
If you want to step out from the crowded city and relax in a paradise, visit â€śThe Calamianes Group of Islands in Palawanâ€ť. This group of islands is conceivably one of the worldâ€™s best-kept secrets among travel destinations in Asia. The main islands of Calamianes region are Busuanga, Cullion, Linapacan and the well-known dive spot in the Philippines, Coron.
Coron is one perfect destination in every summer retreat. Laid at the Northernmost tip of Palawan, this dazzling and charming paradise has glistening white sand and crystal clear sea water which is perfect for diving. Coronâ€™s sea water remains bejeweled with fantastic reefs, rich-striking marine life and historic sunken ships from World War II which you can never spot in any part of the world. This makes Coron a famous dive spot in Asia or the most wreck diving destinations in the world.
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There are plenty of reasons why people should include Coron in their holiday trip. Diving spots and the unknown historical events are just two great reasons for travelers or divers to have an incomparable diving experience. What to expect from sinking into the wreck areas of Coron bay? Most of the wreck ships are still intact structurally and some wrecks have mammoth blast holes by which light penetrates deep into the wrecks that offer divers a magical experience.
Among the well-known wreck diving spots in Coron are:
Irako Wreck â€“ it is a Japanese refrigeration ship which is 147m long. The ship became the habitat of big groupers, tuna fish, yellow fin, lion fish, scorpion fish and sea turtles. Aside from this marine life living in this shipwreck you will also swim down the cargo and galley area in which you can see pots, pans and wiring.
Akitsushima Wreck â€“ it is another Japanese warship about 118m long. The ship was almost torn into two pieces but remains a beautiful wreckage spot to dive in for it attracts a variety of marine life. Here you can see giant groupers, barracuda hiding underneath the bow, snappers, bat fish and smaller reef fish.
Japanese Freighter â€“ some say that this is a Taiei Maru but no one seems so sure about the name of this ship. It is 140m long and the huge boiler of the ship is one big attraction for divers. The best time to dive is
between 10am-2pm as the wreck is lit like a cathedral. Aside from the marine life, divers can also glimpse over the hard corals covering the port side.
Best Time to Dive Coron
The best time to travel is late March till June but it is generally summer in Philippines. Ideal for single travelers of the explorer type and city slickers wanting to get away from urban chaos, a must for divers, perfect for honeymooners and family vacations.
Getting There and Around
It is 45mins to 1 hour plane ride from Manila to Coron, an island paradise. There are 3 airlines to choose from: Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Zest air. These airlines have daily flights from Manila to Busuanga or you may fly via Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur. Aside from plane ride you can also get around Coron Palawan via ship from Manila or Puerto Princesa City pier, however this will make the journey longer and more costly.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)