This was a huge part of our Coron itinerary. We partnered with Kkday to show us the Coron underwater experience. Since I had an open water license, we did this tour and had 2 dives in Coron.
Why you should dive when you visit Coron
Coron is a quiet place where the most popular plans are diving and snorkeling. I had a great diving experience! Despite me not practicing for years. My last dive before Coron was in Honduras, back in 2012. Here, all the reminders when you dive:
Briefing and pre-dive routines
The dive master took his time to brief me as it has been a long time since my last dive. It’s also a basic to cover important points like signals, all things to bring, and proper use of materials for diving. A few things: remove your mask, make sure you equalize when going down, signals, mostly very important fundamentals for diving that can’t be skipped.
Our first stop was CYC, an independent island open for divers and visitors in Coron. It was in this area that proper tuning up was done since a refresher was very crucial.
It was a great start, and underwater, you’ll immediately see how the scenery was different than El Nido. Diving gives you much more view of the sea’s beauty, much more than snorkeling and it was a nice chance to actually dive in the Philippines. Philippines and Coron is probably one of the most beautiful dive area in the world.
We went down until 10 meters in our first dive of the day. It was amazing to have the feeling of swimming around the corals and fishes and our 45 minutes dive flew. It was really easy to remember all the things and I was guided around the corals to make sure that we don’t miss the most beautiful parts.
Had a simple lunch after the first five and headed straight to the second dive of the day. Captains and boatsmen making the call to visit dive areas safe for the day’s weather.
Diving in the Skeleton Shipwreck
The tour was originally set for dives in the Japanese shipwrecks, however this tour wasn’t possible the day we visited Coron. A huge storm just passed leaving behind cloudy and rainy days plus strong waves at sea. In rainy season in the Philippines these kinds of problems are very common.
Good thing the skeleton shipwreck was also an incredible sight to see. Even the snorkeling was incredibly amazing, what with the variety of fishes and corals you can see just near the boat. Just starting our second dive and it was amazing the quantity of colorful fishes under the water.
The skeleton shipwreck was a 12 meters dive. It was an easy dive and we took our time to enjoy the underwater scenery. We spent almost an hour diving. First part watching fishes and the corals. And the second part going around the wreck. The wreck was visible even if you do snorkeling, I would say around 4 meters deep. Of course much better diving and you can see everything with more details. On the way back to the boat, trying to go back to my favorite part full of fishes and corals until my tank was running out. Despite the weather was little bit rainy, under the water everything was so clear.
It’s safe to say that we are definitely heading back to Coron, after checking when’s the next best available month to fly with good flight rates. Highly recommended activities in the island. We spent only a few days in Coron and we will make sure that next time we will be able to spend at least a week in Coron.
For more experiences diving in the Philippines, read our experience in Malapascua where you will find another great spot for diving. Read here for more things to do in Coron, Island hoppings and where to stay.