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Diving in Apo Reef & Coron

This unique area combines some of the best wreck diving on earth with staggering natural beauty. Coron’s wrecks and the surrounding area are steeped in history which make it an intriguing destination. Dive some of the world’s most famous wrecks and experience the geological phenomena of haloclines in Barracuda Lake.

Diving in Apo Reef & Coron

Quick facts

Coron is a stunning eco-tour destination for any nature lover. Dramatic limestone cliffs surround magnificent lagoons of Coron Island and lush green vegetation gives this area a ‘land-that-time-forgot’ feel. If you want to combine jungle trekking and staggering natural beauty with some of the best wreck diving on Earth, look no further than Coron. This is the perfect place to spend your days experiencing historic wreck diving. In the evenings, you can relax and unwind while watching the sun as it sets into the ocean and islands in the distance. Coron’s wrecks and the area itself are steeped in history which adds to the draw of this unique diving destination. It is a fantastic place to learn to dive or take the PADI Wreck Diver specialty course.

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Morazan Maru – Also known as the ‘Olympia’, this passenger cargo vessel was built in 1907 and later commandeered for WWI by the British. She was captured by the Japanese who utilised her in WWII. At just under 100 metres / 330 feet, the cargo holds are empty but the steel boilers in the engine room are still intact. The large cargo holds and engine room make this a suitable wreck for newly certified or experienced PADI Wreck Divers. Iraku Maru – Lying at between 30-45 metres and 100-150 feet, this wreck offers several routes according to experience level. Look out for the tornado of schooling jacks just off the wreck as well as snapper, groupers, barracuda and lionfish above the deck. 7 Islands Reef – Also known as ‘Siete Picados’, this protected wreck is a thriving living reef which is teeming with a variety of reef fish and critters. Look into crevices and shaded areas for nudibranch, flatworms, eels, lionfish, scorpionfish and camouflaged bottom dwellers. Other highlights include schooling barracuda, groupers, batfish and sweetlips. Barracuda Lake – Out of Coron Island’s seven lakes, this is one of the only two which can be visited. Experience the oil-on-water appearance of a halocline where two different densities of water meet. The thermal layers in the lake sit at around 14-18 metres / 46-60 feet and the temperature differences are up to 10 degrees Celsius between layers. This is a geologically intriguing dive with dramatic scenery. Okikawa Maru – Also known as ‘Tai Ei Maru’, this is one of Coron’s shallower wrecks with the main deck at 16 metres / 52 feet and the deepest point at 26 metres / 85 feet. This 160 metre / 525 foot long wreck is encrusted in coral and home to a high density of critters and nudibranch. Look out for large schools of snapper, sweetlips, batfish and barracuda.

What to see

Coron is well known as one of the best wreck diving destinations in Asia and each vessel supports its own living reef system. You’ll find an abundance of critters on each wreck including scorpionfish, nudibranch, eels, crustaceans, octopus and other cephalopods. Surrounding each wreck reef system, look out for schooling fish including barracuda, sweetlips, fusiliers, jacks, groupers, occasional reef sharks, stingrays and batfish.

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Getting there

Coron’s nearest airport is Francisco B. Reyes Airport which is serviced daily by flights from Manila. Air-conditioned public vans wait outside the airport ready to bring travellers to Coron. Private vans can be arranged but you will pay for the empty seats. It is also possible to access Coron by sea from El Nido and San Jose Mindoro. Make sure you take a boat that departs from the main peer to be sure that it is licenced and has been safety checked prior to departure.
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