Among many other things, Palawan is a haven for divers and snorkelers, many of whom have Coron in their list of go-to destinations. While Coron shares Palawan’s overall natural beauty with its majestic limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters, it also offers unique experiences with its historical shipwrecks, colorful coral reefs, and diverse collection of sea creatures that check every box in a diver’s bucket list.
What to expect:
Coron has multiple diving spots around the archipelago, each offering unique experiences for both beginners and experienced divers. There are various diving tours offered around the island, and some private resorts and establishments also offer their own diving packages.
Much of Coron’s popularity among divers can be attributed to its shipwrecks, which come from Japanese vessels used in World War II. Casual divers can appreciate these massive structures from afar, while those with more experience can explore the ins and outs of each boat, finding historical artifacts as well as groups of marine life that have turned these warships into homes.
For those who want more colorful dives, Coron is also home to many expansive coral reefs and jaw-dropping underwater structures. Perhaps the most popular dive spot of them all is Kayangan Lake, where snorkelers and divers alike can view and explore its underwater cliffs (and appreciate their above-ground counterparts in the process!).
Where to experience it
The quickest way to get to Coron is through a direct flight to Busuanga Airport, which should take less than an hour if you’re coming from Manila. From the airport, you’ll need to travel via land for around 30-45 minutes to reach the Coron town proper.