Best time to visit
World class wreck diving; a dozen Japanese World War II wrecks
Beginner-Advanced, wreck speciality recommended
Home to a nearly a dozen World War II Japanese shipwrecks, Coron offers the best wreck diving in South East Asia, making diving holidays in Coron something of a pilgrimage for keen wreck divers. Visibility tends to be low at around 5-15m, which adds to the eerie effect of diving these well-preserved wrecks. Add to this the astonishingly beautiful scenery, and you can see why divers travel from all over the world to reach the best dive sites in Coron. Many of the wrecks rest at a shallow depth, making this suitable even for novice wreck divers, whilst afficionados will be able to penetrate the vast vessels, with the largest measuring 200m from end to end. Whilst wrecks are the main draw for this region, there is also a healthy smattering of marine life littering the hulls of these metal graveyards, with nature slowly taking over to create a beautiful fusion of reef and wreck.
Akitsushima wreck Control Panel
Japanese WWII wreck
black coral on Olympia wreck
The wrecks of Coron sit at depths of 8-40m and are comprised of a range of vessels from Japanese gun boats and submarine chasers to cargo vessels and a seaplane tender. This makes Coron a fascinating spot for history buffs who can unearth more detail about the attack on Coron Bay and relive history by diving among the wrecks.
The Sangat Sub Chaser and The Lusong Gunboat both sit shallow enough for beginner divers, whilst the Irako Maru and the Akitsushima rest a little deeper and require more experience for penetration. Large groupers, bat fish, tuna and barracudas can be seen circling the wrecks, whilst inside moray eels and crustaceans take up residence in the crevices of the wrecks. There are a number of reef dives available too but with visibility generally being low, reef enthusiasts would be better off visiting El Nido or Anda.