The Shipwrecks of Coron Bay are a series of impressive wreck sites for diving and snorkelling in Palawan. There are 12 sunken wartime ships at the bottom of the ocean. The Shipwrecks of Coron Bay was the result of an attack on the Japanese Navy during the Second World War in 1944. The wrecks were a significant moment in history when the US Navy pushed back against the Japanese Military. The ships can still be seen by divers below the ocean. The wrecks are 10-30 metres deep.
Wreck Diving in Palawan
The area offers diving and snorkelling spots for all levels, including advanced dives and shallow areas for snorkelling. One of the most popular attractions in the area is the Japanese supply fleet, including the Shipwrecks of World War II a refrigeration ship weighing 9,723 tonnes and measuring 146.9 metres in length.
The Irako is popular with divers because it is so well-preserved, has some of the best visibility and is frequented by schools of scorpion fish, tuna, lion fish and inhabited by sea turtles. Experienced and advanced divers can also enter into the engine room underwater using the right equipment.
The Okikawa Maru warship, a Japanese tanker and the largest wreck of the Coron Wrecks, can also be found below the water. Measuring 168-m-long, the wreck is overgrown with stunning, natural coral, as well as a range of marine life, and is the perfect dive for a beginner.
The Shipwrecks of Coron Bay
- Location: Coron, Palawan, Philippines