Scuba Diving in Coron, Philippines

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Coron diving highlights

Coron is the wreck-diving capital of the Philippines, with some experts even saying its the best in Southeast Asia. During World War II, the Americans bombed and sunk a fleet of Japanese ships, many of which remain well-preserved (with ammunition and fixtures still intact) and are teeming with marine life. Aside from the wrecks, divers will enjoy the healthy reefs and vast underwater caverns. 

Coron may be the Philippines' best-kept secret, but probably not for long, as more and more people are heading there for not only the amazing diving but also the breathtaking limestone cliffs, white-sand beaches, and brilliant blue-green waters!

  *All videos and photos courtesy of Sangat Island Dive Resort.


Watch this great video to learn more about diving in Coron.

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Marine Life in Coron

Coron's wrecks are the homes of plentiful critters, among which are eels, scorpionfish, octopus, nudibranch, crustaceans, and other cephalopods. Lots of schooling fish abound as well, such as groupers, barracuda, jacks, fusiliers, sweetlips, batfish, stingrays, and reef sharks as well.

Check out the reef diving in Coron in the video below.


Best dive sites in Coron

Siete Picados, also known as the '7-Islands Reef' is near the town proper of Coron, and has an abundant diversity of marine life, with giant clams, moray eels, turtles, lobsters, mandarin fish, nudibranch, seahorses, anemones, barracuda, cuttlefish, angelfish, groupers, and so much more. The reef is perfect for underwater photography.

The Okikawa Maru (aka Taiei Maru) can be found in relatively shallow waters. Its main deck is at 52 feet (16 meters), while its deepest point is at 85 feet (26 meters). By now, the vessel is fully coral-encrusted, and so nudibranch and critters happily call the wreck their home. Schooling fish abound as well, such as barracuda, snapper, sweetlips, and batfish, plus lionfish, wrasse, tang, and soldierfish. But currents are pretty strong in this area, please take note.

Come to Barracuda Lake for the sheer surreal experience of a lake with three thermoclines and the incredible scenery of limestone pinnacles. Inside the lake there's a mix of saltwater and freshwater, the deeper you go, the hotter the water gets, with differences of as much as 10 degrees.

The Morazán Maru is a well-frequented wreck in Coron, found at a depth of 82 feet (25 m). But the current is calm, and so even less experienced divers can enjoy seeing crocodile fishes, scorpionfishes, sea snakes, puffers, young barracuda, turtles and more.



The best time to dive Coron is between the months of October through June, during dry season in the Philippines. There may still be some rain from October through December, with typhoon season from roughly June to November (thunderstorms are very localized, which makes big storms hard to predict).


Diving Conditions 

  • Visibility: 23 to 100 feet (7 - 30m depending on the tides)
  • Good for snorkeling: Yes.
  • Required Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced recommended. Strong currents might be present at some of the sites.

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Coron Travel Information

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How to Get to Coron

After getting on an international flight to Manila (MNL) or Cebu (CEB), guests then take another short flight (less than an hour) to the Francisco B. Reyes Airport (USU) in Busuanga, Palawan, to arrive Coron. Guests also have the option to take an overnight ferry from Manila to Coron, the closest ferry terminal. The 16-hour boat ride makes for a less expensive and culturally-enlightening alternative to the typical domestic flight.


How to Dive Coron

One excellent choice would be Sangat Island Dive Resort. From there, you can take short boat rides to your preferred diving spots.

There are also a number of liveaboards that include Coron and Apo Reef as part of their itineraries, such as the Atlantis Azores, the M/Y Resolute, the M/V Discovery, and others. Check out our list of Philippines liveaboards here.


Other Things to do

There are a number of things to do in Coron, such as island-hopping in Coron Bay, where the boatmen will lead you to the best, and often very secluded, spots for swimming and snorkeling. Bird watchers should also visit Kingfisher Park, where you can take a kayak among the mangroves. On cooler nights, take a dip under the stars at Maquinit Hot Springs. Trekkers can hike up Mount Tapyas, and get an amazing view from above.

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Bluewater Travel can book you a resort or liveaboard for your dive trip to Coron, and almost every scuba diving destination you can think of at the same price or even less than booking any other way! Our team of travel advisors knows the boats, diving, and logistics better than anyone else in the industry.

Contact us to book a stay at Sangat Island Dive Resort or for the latest availability of any of the liveaboards that sail Coron. 


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Practical Information

  • Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
  • Electricity: The standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 60 Hz.
  • Vaccines: Please check the CDC website for updated information on vaccines, health concerns, etc. It is recommended that you are up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and Polio for any trip to the tropics.
  • Visa: US citizens may enter the Philippines for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present a valid U.S. passport and a return ticket to the United States or an onward ticket to another country. Upon your arrival, immigration authorities will stamp an entry visa valid for 30 days on your passport.
  • Language: Filipino and English are the official languages in the Philippines

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Reviews (1)


We booked a very extensive trip with Blue Water Travel and the results were amazing. We started out in Coron at Sangat Island. When I saw the pictures online of the resort, I was very impressed and couldn't wait to get there. A boat picked us up in Coron and drove us through the beautiful islands to get to Sangat. We were welcomed by Ester, and then by JoJo at the dive center. We were given frozen mango drinks and escorted to our bungalows. The bungalows are up on supports and each one has an amazing view of the sunrise. The wreck diving was very manageable for me as a beginner wreck diver, and yet the more experienced scuba divers were just as happy. They try to organize small dive groups and have many divemasters so you get a very individual experience. The reef diving was just as spectacular as the Philippines does not disappoint underwater. The macro here is absolutely spectacular.

The resort was all-inclusive, the food was amazing. I have many food allergies and am a vegan and they were very accommodating. The staff at Sangat island are all very happy and very attentive. We did a few excursions while we were there, we went to Barracuda Lake which was amazing, the entry was a little crowded but it was fun to dive in the thermoclines that got hotter, the deeper you went. I would definitely make this the beginning of your journey to the Philippines to ease your jet lag and then move on from here to your dive liveaboard, or next adventure. We went to Tubbataha next and the experience was equally amazing.

Visited on 05/2020 - Submitted on 05/08/2020


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