Coron Bay: Technical Wrecks

The Second World War wrecks of Coron Bay are some of the best preserved in the world.

Coron Bay, Philippines

Coron is the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan in the Philippines. The island is part of the larger municipality of the same name. It is about 170 nautical miles (310 km) southwest of Manila and is known for several Japanese shipwrecks of World War II vintage. Because of its unique ecological features, the entire area is protected by several legal proclamations


The AL FARO cosmio hotel, right at the ocean entrance of D’Pearl Bay on Busuanga Island, offers an incredible view and the most stunning sunset directly into the South China Sea. With a crystal clear ocean and only a handful of lonely white sand islands and a few pearl farms in the distance. Al Faro Palawan Hotel

What is included?

* Flights: London – Manila – Busuanga (and back) * 1 night at hotel in Manila * 9 nights in Coron in twin share room with bath / toilet * 8 days of diving with 2 boat dives per day incl. guide * Breakfast, lunch & dinner in Coron * Breakfast at hotel in Manila * All transfers in Coron by car/minibus/outrigger boat * Cylinders (single) & weights

What is not included?

* Administration fee (Euro15 – per invoice) * Visa & insurance * Transfers in Manila * Tips * Equipment rental (twinset rental is app 7-8 euro/dive) * Gases * Local airport taxes (approximately 20 USD)

Wreck: The Irako

The Irako has the most to offer wreck divers. At 147m long and 19m wide, it is a sizeable wreck. It sits virtually upright on the sea bed at 43m, with the deck around the 30m mark. Entering the wheelhouse, past the wheel and into a big hold, through a maze of corridors and gangways. The Irako took such a pounding that some of the decks actually got compressed and are now only about a metre and a half in height.

As you make your way through doorways into rooms with strange items of machinery and ladders leading off in different directions, you will realise these are all potential routes for the next dive. The galley still has its huge rice cauldrons and other kitchen utensils, and when you enter the machine shop, there are pillar drills and lots of wiring hanging everywhere. Deep inside, you will find a bicycle leaning against the cabin wall.

Coming back out on deck and into the light is brilliant, you will invariably be greeted by a huge shoal of jacks that poured around the sides of the vessel and filled the blue above. Then it will be time to ascend up a thick mast with big cross trees and the crow’s nest on top covered in huge barrel sponges.

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  • Location:
    Coron Bay, Philippines
  • Accommodation:
    Al Forno Palawan Hotel
  • Holiday Dates:
    26th Nov 2018
  • Duration:
    7 nights
  • Flights:
    Return to London
  • Holiday Cost:
  • Minimum Certification:
    PADI Tec 40
  • Recommended:
    PADI Tec 50

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