Just over 200kms southwest of Manila at the northern tip of Palawan, lie the islands of Coron and Busuanga in the Calamian Archipelago.
Coron is possibly one of the best places to dive WWII wrecks. Coron Bay has the best wreck diving in Southeast Asia, all packed into one relatively small area. Indeed Forbes Traveler Magazine list Coron as one of the top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world.
Back in 1944 – the 24th September to be precise, the US Navy, in the form of 24 Helldiver bombers supported by 96 Hellcat Fighters, caught 24 Japanese ships unawares and sank them. To date the wrecks that have been discovered (and many have not been found – so you could find one yourself) make for some amazing diving.
Stride into the crystal clear (literally) warm water and begin exploring the edges of a magical world. The water temperature varies between 28 and 38 degrees with distinct thermal layers that can be seen whilst passing through. There is a resident 1.5 metre long barracuda that will come to say hi during your dive, a maximum depth of 30 metres.
As well as the famous wrecks, Coron is also the site of one of the world’s most unusual dives - the famous Barracuda Lake where divers can explore a collapsed limestone sinkhole warmed by volcanic, hot-water springs. The isolated lake can only be reached by walking across a rocky ridge with full dive gear, however the results are well worth the effort. The waters of the lake hide a reverse thermocline, with cool freshwater sitting on top of hot saltwater, saturated with dissolved minerals. The difference in temperature is startling - from 28C in the freshwater layer, jumping to an uncomfortable 38C in the heavier salt water below. At the boundary between the two, the thermocline appears like a shimmering layer that blurs your buddy as they descend through. At the bottom of the lake around 35m, a seemingly-solid layer of mud reveals itself to be incredibly fine silt into which a diver can sink an arm or leg - or even a head! - without any harm.
Highlights - Dugongs, Turtles, reefs and WW2 Wrecks
Join us for 7 nights diving Coron, Philippines.
- Return international flights, ex Sydney via Manila to Busuanga flying Philippine Airlines
- 1 night twin share accommodation Belmont Hotel in Manila, includes breakfast
- 7 nights twin share accommodation at Westown Lagoon Resort - Coron
- Breakfast daily
- Return airport transfers throughout
- 10 boat dives in Coron region including tanks, weights and dive guide services
- Travel insurance and meals other than specified