In the West of the archipelago of Visayas, lies the long island of Palawan. In the North, the small archipelago of Calamian groups includes Busuanga, Coron and Culion. These islands are of a spotless beauty: in the shade of palm trees extend long white sandy beaches, surrounded by turquoise waters. Paradise of submarine heritage, Coron Bay offer its famous wrecks, but also a big variety of dive sites: coral reefs and walls, lakes and caves to World War II wrecks.
They are perfect for both day and night dives. There is a wide array of marine life live on these reefs like jacks, snappers, surgeon fish, barracudas, spanish mackerels, black and white tip sharks.
On the 24th of September 1944, US navy aircraft carrier attacked a fleet of 24 Japanese supply ships. Most of these wrecks are intact and none of them is upside down; either upright or on there sides. Dive site depth is ranging from 32 to 98 feet (10 to 30 meters); and some of them may reach 141 feet (43 meters) deep. The wrecks are covered with beautiful corals and make a great home to huge columns of jacks, big groupers, schools of tuna and yellow fin, lionfish and scorpion fish. The visibility is good making it prefect for underwater photography.
One of the most popular wreck sites in Coron is Irako. This dive is recommended for advanced divers because of its depth. The bottom is silty and easily disturbed which can trouble the visibility sometimes.
Another famous wreck is the Kogyo Maru. She now lies in 111 feet (34 meters) of water. The superstructure and masts of the wreck make great swim throughs. If you look in the cargo holds cement bags, bulldozer and rolls of wire can still be seen. Beautiful black corals, hydroids, groupers, some huge nudibranchs can be seen around the wreck
Beautiful scenery can be found around the lakes in Coron. Swim through warm fresh water that ranges from 28° to 38° C (82° F to 100° F) with beautiful caves to explore. The best months to dive there is between october and April.