Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines

The Coron Island is a tropical island located in Palawan, Philippines. It is famous primarily for WWII-era wreck diving, though the area also offers limestone karst landscapes, crystal-clear freshwater lakes and shallow-water coral reefs. There are 6 big wrecks and 2 smaller gunboats, all bombed on 24 September 1944 by the Allied Forces, and they are well worth diving on! Coron town is a basic transit hub on neighboring Busuanga Island where the airport and most accommodation is located, as well as daytime boat trips that are the only way to visit the island. The island is the ancestral domain of an indigenous tribe who are managing the island in a sustainable way, preventing the encroachment of garbage and disallowing overnight access.

Coron island hosts the pristine Barracuda and Kayangan lakes, well worth a day trip to explore the perfectly clear, mixed fresh and salt water environments with a visible thermoclines and an unusual amount of aquatic life. The Coron island is also dotted with tiny white sand beaches, often surrounded by large limestone cliffs and wildlife, as well as extensive reefs for snorkeling.

Coron is also a gateway to some of the other islands in Palawan, such as Culion Island, Linapacan Island, or El Nido.

Coron Island in Photos

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