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Coron Island

Coron Island is an island as part of the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan, Palawan Province, Mimaropa Region, Philippines, which has a unique ecology and is famous for several Japanese shipwrecks during World War II. The island and surrounding fishing areas are part of the ancestral territory of the indigenous people of Tagbanwa which was officially established on 5 June 1998.

Coron Island has a length of 20 kilometers (12 miles) from north to south, 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) at its widest point and facing the Sulu Sea on the eastern side of Coron Bay. A triangular-shaped mountain island dominated by steep cliffs and karst formations from Permian stones from Jurassic.

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The island has 11 lakes and lagoons located on a heavy terrain where 3 lakes have underground connections to the sea. Some mangroves flourish in coastal areas. This island is one of the most visited destinations to dive in a shipwreck in the Philippines.

The area around the wreck has rock formations that provide snorkeling spots with underwater visibility up to 24 meters (80 feet) and water is often quiet. The location of the cruise ship dive is found in depths of 3 meters to 43 meters (10 to 140 feet). Most are in the range of about 18 meters to 24 meters (60 to 80 feet).

The dive sites around Coron include many different coral reef locations and the "G√ľnter Cave" is known as the Cathedral Cave where during certain times the sun gives a beam of light through a hole in the cave ceiling and illuminates the interior. It is possible to appear in the cave, because the hole in the ceiling of the cave allows fresh air to enter.

Wreck diving sites in Coron Bay include Irako ruins, Okikawa Maru, Akitsushima, Kogyo Maru, Olympia Maru, Kyokuzan Maru, East Tangat, Nanshin Maru, Lusong Gunboat Wreck, and Wreck Skeleton. The scenic waters of the submerged Japanese ships on Coron Island are listed on the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world.

Location: Coron Island, Palawan Province, Mimaropa Region, Philippines.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Francisco B. Reyes Airport on Busuanga Island, then take a jeepney to the port at Coron Town for 1 hour. Finally took the boat to reach Coron Island.

Another alternative is a flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila, then use the ferry to Coron Town for 170 nautical miles (310 kilometers).

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Advice: Coron has two major seasons is the dry season in October to mid June with hot and dry weather, the rainy season in mid-June to September. It may be a typhoon in June to October but usually does not hit Coron directly.

Great selection of places to stay. Coron Town has diving hotels, lodgings and resorts. Coron Island and remote islands have lodges or resorts. Room rates are highly dependent on AC or Fan Room and hot water or not. Camping is also possible on some remote islands

Some popular spots are Banana Island, Beach 91, Bulog Dos Island, CYC Beach, Kayangan Lake, Lualhati Park, Lusong Coral Garden, Lusong Gunboat, Maltatayoc Island, Maquinit Hotspring, Mt Tapyas View Deck, Pamalican Island, Siete Pecados Marine Park, Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoons and more.

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