Diving and Snorkeling

The place of Palawan is becoming more popular to travellers in and out of the country. It's not only popular because of its lovely beaches but with its impressive walls, admirable coral reefs, astounding wrecks and beautiful coral reefs in clear blue waters. There's no doubt that divers would not settle for this very exquisite and enchanting place.

Some of the best diving is to be found offshore where the proximity to deep water and currents means more chances of sighting pelagics. Around the the islands on the north of Palawan, strong currents bring in the big mantas, looking for food. Even in the south, where few divers venture, the reefs are in good condition and support abundant marine life.

Attractive underwater colors and abundant marine life make divers come back for more in Palawan waters. For them diving has become more exciting. They can take shots of different colorful big and small fishes, swim with the very amusing schools of fishes, touch the rough and smooth corals, and more. Everything underwater is very remarkable.

Diving is best from October to May

Black Island Wreck
Location. Located at the the east side of Malajon Island.
Access. 3-5hr by banca west to the west side of Busuanga Island.
Average Depth. 65ft
Maximum Depth. 104ft
Conditions. Conditions can get rough with fierce currents. Not a good place in bad conditions. Visibility up to 65ft.

Great for wreck-diving beginners and has plenty of fish; western side has poor corals, sometimes a good site to see large pelagic species like sharks.



Taiei Maru (Concepcion Wreck)

Location. Located at the south of Concepcion Village on Busuanga Island.
Access. 2.5hr by banca west until south of Concepcion village.
Average Depth. 52ft
Maximum Depth. 85ft
Conditions. Fierce currents are common. Visibility up to 20m.

It is well-covered with nice corals, sponges and different kinds of fishes. Taiei Maru has everything.



Akitsushima
Location. Located between Lajo Island and Manglet Island.
Access. 2.5hr west by banca.
Average Depth. 92ft
Maximum Depth. 125ft
Conditions. With some strong currents. Not advisable for beginners.

This warship in the Coron Wrecks, the Akitsushima, sunk on 1944 was a glying boat tender. It is 487ft long. This is advanced dive due to the depth. This site is good for fish life.



Gunboat At Lusong Island
Location. Located at the southern end of Lusong Island.
Access. 2hr west by banca.
Average Depth. 20ft
Maximum Depth. 33ft
Conditions. Clear, calm shallow water. Visibility up to 100ft.

A shallow wreck which is good for snorkelling and photography. It is often used as a relaxation between main dives which is covered with sponges and soft corals. The reef beside the wreck is also good for snorkelling.



Olympia Maru
Location. Located between the northern end of Lusong Island and Tangat Island.
Access. 2hr west by banca.
Average Depth. 62ft
Maximum Depth. 80ft
Conditions. Calm with some current.

A Japanese freighter that was sunk in 1944. This is a nice dive but has a lot of scorpionfish hiding in the wreck.



Kogyo Maru
Location. Located at the southeast cornor of Lusong Island and south of the Olympia Maru.
Access. 2hr west by banca.
Average Depth. 92ft
Maximum Depth. 110ft
Conditions. Calm with some current. Visibility up to 20m.

This is a Japanese freighter sunk on 1944 which is 520ft long. Deeper dive gives less light and less time to explore the wreck.



Irako
Location. Located at southeast of Lusong Island.
Access. 2hr west by banca.
Average Depth. 115ft
Maximum Depth. 138ft
Conditions. Calm with some strong currents.

A japanese refrigerated ship, sunk on 1944 which is 482ft long. For advanced divers due to the depth..



Mamya Maru
Location. Located at the west of the northwest side Tangat Island.
Access. 2hr west by banca.
Average Depth. 80ft
Maximum Depth. 112ft
Conditions. Calm with currents that could be very strong at times. Visibility up to 20m.

A japanese freighter which sunk on 1944 is 525ft long with good stony and soft corals and a wide variety of fish life and other species.



Tangat Wreck
Location. Located at the west of the southwest end of Tangat Island.
Access. 1.75hr west by banca.
Average Depth. 80ft
Maximum Depth. 100ft
Conditions. Calm with light currents that could be very strong at spring tides. Visibility up to 15m.

A japanese freighter, 400ft long which was sunk on 1944. This site a good introduction to wreck diving for beginners. This has a wide variety of fish life and a good wreck for photographers.



East Tangat Wreck
Location. Located at the west of the southwest end of Tangat Island.
Access. 1.5hr west by banca.
Average Depth. 33ft
Maximum Depth. 72ft
Conditions. Calm shallow water with visibility up to 50ft.

This was sunk on 1944 and believed to be a tugboat or anti-submarine aircraft with waters which are shallow for snorkellers. The dive is good for novices and photographers.



Coron Island - Fishing Boat
Location. Located a few hundred meters southwest of the entrace cove to the Barracuda Lake.
Access. 45min south-southeast by banca.
Average Depth. 25ft
Maximum Depth. 40ft
Conditions. Calm and shallow with almost no current.

Several dive/snorkel sites are located in this area with lovely rock formations. Most of the sites are shallow coral gardens with lots of sponges, and other pelagic species. A perfect area for first divers and also good for night dives.



Cayangan Lake (Barracuda Lake)
Location. Located 100ft inland from the center of the northwest part of Coron Island.
Access. 45min south-southeast by banca.
Average Depth. Whatever you like.
Maximum Depth. 130ft
Conditions. Calm with high walls with visibility varying from 30m near the surface.

A different dive served by hot spring. Moving from the walls and descend, the water gets hotter. On the walls of the lake, a lone Barracuda 40in long is found. Sea water species could be found in the lake.



Coral Garden
Location. Located a few hundred meters northwest of Calis Point, the south point of Coron Island.
Access. 2hr south by banca.
Average Depth. Whatever you like.
Maximum Depth. 130ft
Conditions. Calm sheltered water with visibility up to 80ft.

A lovely shallow coral garden at 13ft with a good stony, leathery corals and plenty of reef fishes.



Gunter's Cathedral
Location. Located at the north-northeast of Calis Point on Coron Island.
Access. 2hr south by banca to northeast of Calis Point.
Average Depth. 25ft.
Maximum Depth. 44ft
Conditions. Calm with good visibility up to 65ft.

A beautiful site with a large hole in the roof. Novice divers should have steady nerves and be accompanied by a local divemaster because finding one's way out is harder.



Delian Island - North & South
Location. Located east-northeast of Calis Point on Coron Island.
Access. 2hr south by banca.
Average Depth. 25ft.
Maximum Depth. 80ft
Conditions. Only advisable dive in calm conditions.

The southern and northern part of this island offer good snorkelling or shallow diving over coral gardens with many small reef fishes.



Framjee Bank
Location. Located 19km east of Bocao Point, the southeast extremity of Busuanga Island.
Access. 2.5hr east by banca.
Average Depth. 50ft.
Maximum Depth. 130ft
Conditions. Make the exploration in calm conditions and expect some strong currents. Visibility can reach 100ft.

The corals are not too good. Sharks, tuna, travallies can be seen.



Brown Rocks (Butulan Rocks)
Location. Located 2km south of Bantac, Calanhayaun and Lubutglubut Islands.
Access. 3hr jouney by banca around the east of Busuanga Island.
Average Depth. 60ft.
Maximum Depth. 80ft
Conditions. Make your journey only in calm conditions.

Best snorkelling is found on the west side while best diving is on the west, south and east sides of the southern rock with coral gardens sloping down to 80ft.


Tara Island
Location. Located opposite the village on the west side of Tara Island.
Access. 4-5hr in an overnight trip by banca around the east side of Busuanga Island.
Average Depth. 65ft.
Maximum Depth. 100ft
Conditions. Make this journey in clam conditions visibility up to 25m.

Pelagic fish are common despite the light currents. The island houses a Vietnamese refugee camp.



Kyokuzan Maru
Location. Located close to the Club Paradise Resort
Access. By banca from Club Paradise.
Average Depth. 100ft.
Maximum Depth. 131ft
Conditions. Calm with medium currents with visibility around 65ft.

A japanese freighter sunk on 1944 500ft. An excellent dive.



Dumunpalit Island - Southwest

Location. Located southwest side of Dumunpalit Island.
Access. 5-6hr by banca around Busuanga Island.
Average Depth. 50ft.
Maximum Depth. 80ft
Conditions. Dive is all-year round with visibility up to 65ft.

The site is unique for having pink soft corals with a gentle slope from the shore to 25m. Pelagic species are found on the slope