Coron, also known as the wreck diving capital of the country, is located in the Calamianes group of Islands in northern Palawan. It is blessed with with a wide range of dive sites, ranging from shallow reefs to spectacular underwater caves.
Coron is also famous for its seven mountain lakes, which are indeed the main overland attractions that provide views of stunning limestone cliffs from the Jurassic era. Among them are Kayangan Lake, which has been adjudged as the cleanest in all of the Philippines, Barracuda Lake, which is a challenging dive for those in search of the underwater Barracuda Cave and Twin Lagoons which are connected by a small underwater passage where cool, fresh mountain waters mix with the warm and salty waters from the sea.
Most parts of the island are sacred ancestral lands belonging to the Tagbanua, a northern Palawan tribe. Some areas are not open to visitors, but despite this, the parts that are open provide some of the region's most attractive landscapes.
Between Busuanga and Siete Pecados - seven islets in a semi-circular string blessed with a shallow but stunningly beautiful coral garden. Nearby is the Maquinit Hot Springs, where visitors can rest tired bodies and lims in therapeutic pools of hot volcanic water gushing into the open sea.
Getting There: Coron can be reached by numerous domestic airlines travelling from Manila to Busuanga Airport daily including Philippine Airlines (www.philippineairlines.com), Air Philippines (www.airphils.com) and Cebu Pacific (www.cebupacificair.com).
Diving Sites: Wrecks: 1. Okikawa Maru 2. Akitsushima 3. Taiei Maru 4. Irako 5. Kogyo Maru 6. Olympia Maru 7. Tangat Gunboat 8. Lusong Gunboat 9. Nanshin Maru 10. Skeleton Maru 11. Kyokuzan Maru 12. Fishing Boat 13. Barge 14. Barracuda Lake 14a. Barracuda Cave 15. Kayangan Lake 16. Cathedral Cave 17. Dos Islas Reef 18. Pinnacle 19. CYC Island Reefs
More Information can be found on the wrecks of Coron at: www.coronwrecks.com/sites.html