Scuba diving in Coron Island
Coron is very popular for its huge concentration of the Japanese WWII wrecks. It's considered one of the most famous wreck diving locations in the world. However not only wrecks can be found here, you will enjoy some excellent reef and cave diving; for more details about depths and directions see the Coron Island diving map. The dive sites have a great variety of marine life like big groupers, schools of tuna, yellow fin, lion fish and scorpion fish as well as jacks, beautiful rays and white tip sharks to name a few check the Philippines gallery for some interesting photos. Some beautiful newly discovered caves are home to beautiful coral formations.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Coron 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 21°C to 28°C (68 ° F to 82 °F).
Visibility often averaging: From 23 to 65 feet (7 to 20 meters).
Coldest Month: November to February
Warmest Month: March to June
Possible to dive all year round.
Coron has a variety of diving going from coral reefs and walls, lakes and caves to world war II wrecks. There are a couple of interesting sites near Coron town and on the way up to Concepcion. These dive sites are ideal 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. Some coral formations have grown in the reefs; due to educative efforts and the implementation of fish sanctuaries to restrain the use of dynamite at this area.
On the 24th of September 1944, US navy aircraft carrier attacked a fleet of 24 Japanese supply ships. Some of the wrecks are huge and although they were attacked; most of these wrecks are intact and none of them is upside down; either upright or on their 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, lion fish and scorpion fish. The visibility is good making it ideal for underwater photography.
One of the most popular wreck sites in Coron is Irako. Her bridge was was hit in an attack by the US Air Force bombs but she was already damaged when she got into Coron Bay. This large ship; 9723 tons, 478 feet (146 meters) long and 62 feet (19 meters) wide is still intact. This dive is recommended for advanced divers because of its depth. Large pots with lids and electric wiring can be seen. A wide array of marine life can be seen around the wreck including groupers, schools of tuna and yellow fin, lion fish and scorpion fish. The bottom is silty and easily disturbed which can trouble the visibility sometimes.
Another famous wreck is the Kogyo Maru. The ship a former Japanese navy auxiliary supply ship was built in 1938. The Kogyo Maru had just come from Manila to Coron Bay when it sank after being hit by several bombs. There were several sailors who perished with her. She now it 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. Enjoy its beautiful natural habitats; it is home to barracuda along with some other sea life. The lakes are also great for underwater photography. Search for Coron's hidden beauty and secret caves, remarkable cave diving is offered in this area with beautiful coral formations.