Scuba diving in Sangat Island
Sangat Island is a beautiful diving destination located on Coron Bay. It is famous for its historical wreck sites; most of the wrecks here were Japanese ships that sank during the WWII. Lionfish, batfish, many glassfish, black corals, shrimps are among the aqua lives that can be seen on the dive sites see some amazing photos in the Philippines diving gallery.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Sangat Island diving centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: 23°C to 36°C (73° F to 96 ° F).
Average Water surface temperature: From 28°C to 30°C (82°F to 86°F).
Average visibility: 22 to 98 feet (7 to 30 meters) depending on the tied.
Best time to dive from November to May.
Possible to dive all year round.
Sangat Island on Coron Bay in the South China Sea; see the Sangat Island diving map for location. It is considered a grave yard for many Japanese ships which were attacked by the Americans during WWII. Diving is possible all year and because of the warm water temperatures all you need is a 3-5 mm diving suit. There are about 11 ship wrecks; at a depth ranging from 45 to 141 feet (14 to 43 meters). Most of the wreck sites are located 15 minutes away from shore and in good condition. There is a variety of hard, soft and black corals, hydroids and sponges covering the wrecks as well as grouper, lionfish, surgeons and wrasse, turtles may be seen in deeper sites.
Okikawa Maru is a very popular wreck site. The Japanese ship sank during the WWII and now it lies in 32 to 85 feet (10 to 26 meters) of water. A variety of corals, hydroids and sponges now cover the wreck and large jellyfish and small mackerels are seen around it too. Another famous site is Irako wreck. This wreck was reportedly already damaged before arriving in Coron Bay and in the course of an attack by the US Air Force the bridge was hit by bombs. It is a deep wreck site at a depth ranging from 114 to 147 feet (35 to 45 meters); it is only recommended for experienced dives. You will see nudibranchs at this site and the wreck is covered with beautiful black corals.
Coron Bay also offers great reef dives. Other small reefs are suitable for night dives and snorkeling during day light. You may see decorator crabs, skeleton shrimps and huge jawfish. It is home to barracuda, tuna, yellowfish, grouper, snapper and many other of small reef fish. Technical dives at great depths are available at Sangat Island dive sites. The depth is ranging from 82 to 141 feet (25 to 43 meters).
Barracuda Lake is a hot geothermal lake. The lake is full of ocean water and sweet rain water on top of it. Very beautiful limestone formation can be seen at the lake and it is also home to large barracuda. The visibility is excellent, about 65 feet (20 meters) or more everyday and there is no current.