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The fourth and last island on our holidays to the Philippines was a fast ferry ride to Coron. A beautiful island paradise for beach lovers and water enthusiasts. Taking beach, snorkeling and dive boat excursions are the main attractions to this area. One of the more popular excursions is the Reefs And Wrecks Tour In Coron which we loved!
We booked our Reefs And Wrecks Tour In Coron with Calamian Islands Travel and Tours.
Coron Palawan In The Philippines
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Coron, Palawan can easily be confused with the smaller Island of Coron. The town of Coron where most visitors like ourselves travel to, is actually located on the much larger island of Busuanga Island.
Surrounded with over 50 minor islets in the Philippines Calamian archipelago, it is without a doubt, a beautiful picturesque piece of paradise in Palawan proper.
In fact, Coron has been voted “Best Island in the World,” by Travel + Leisure readers many years over. People flock here from all over the world to enjoy island hopping, snorkeling and diving in the beautiful pristine waters of the Sulu Sea.
Our Reefs And Wrecks Tour In Coron
Coron is well known for its huge number of dive sites that are suitable for all levels of experience. One can enjoy amazing diving and snorkeling on both shallow coral reefs to the most advanced deep water wreck diving sites.
It is said that Coron offers perhaps the best scuba diving in all of the Philippine islands.
The major attraction for divers is without a doubt the wrecks of the Japanese supply fleet which were sunk in September 1944 by an American air raid. For a list of these wrecks with detailed descriptions of each and more, check out the website below I found while searching google.
⚓ The Shipwrecks of Coron
Included in this Reefs and Wrecks Boat Tour includes a stop a one of these wrecks in very shallow water … The WWII Gunboat Lusong.
A Review Of Our Reefs And Wrecks Adventure
After our scheduled pickup from our hotel, we made our way down to the boat docks just a short ways away in town. From here, we boarded our unique to Calamian Islands Travel & Tours large tour boat.
After getting everyone on board, snorkeling equipment, life jackets and so forth sorted out, we were on our way to our first stop of the morning.
We couldn’t have picked a more beautiful sunny day for this full day excursion. A picturesque view of the town of Coron with the morning sun shining over the surrounding hills!
Snorkeling The Historic WWII Wreck Gunboat Lusong
After cruising the beautiful and scenic waters for a short while, we made our way to our first snorkeling location of the day – the Lusong Gunboat Wreck.
Located in very shallow water, the wreck was perfect for snorkeling and ideal for most everyone of all swimming abilities. The gunboat is just below the surface of the water and makes its way down to a maximum of 11 meters.
Above is an archive historical photograph of what the Lusong looked like back in the 1940’s. This was a Japanese gunboat or more commonly referred to as a submarine hunter.
Small in size, but quick to chase down enemy submarines.
This was a beautiful snorkeling location with the wreck now covered in hard coral, attracting all kinds of beautiful species of tropical fish.
We had lots of time to snorkel and swim around the wreck and surrounding area. There were beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish everywhere!
Snorkeling Lusong Coral Gardens
From here, it was just around the corner to our second snorkeling location – the Lusong Coral Gardens, for more time to snorkel and / or swim in the crystal clear warm waters.
The coral gardens were beautiful, and perhaps some of the nicest and well preserved coral gardens we have ever experienced in all our years of travel to tropical destinations.
Most of the coral gardens you visit as a tourist, have been ruined by the thousands of visitors not respecting and / or realizing the damage they do by stepping on them. 🙁
The government has taken strict measures and enforce strict rules to ensure tour operators and visitors keep these waters and islands protected at all times. I was so impressed to see the strict rules actually being followed by tour operators and locals for no garbage, vessel regulations and much more on and around these beautiful islands.
After enjoying a full morning in these pristine crystal clear warm waters snorkeling and swimming, it was time to make our way to our final destination – Pass Island.
Pass Island With Buffet Lunch
After an early breakfast and a full morning of swimming and snorkeling, we were all ready for lunch on the beach!
Making our way to this small island paradise, it really looked spectacular from just offshore. Picture a small tiny tropical island surrounded by crystal clear water, lined with palm trees, snow white sand and you have Pass Island.
It’s just another one of the 7,000 beautiful islands for you to discover in the Philippines!
Our buffet lunch was served on shore and was delicious. There was plenty to eat and drink for everyone. As this is a major tourist attraction, it was of course busy with other boats and visitors.
There is a small bar staffed by locals on the island, where ice cold beer and other beverages can be purchased.
Even though it was busy, you can still find a nice quiet area on the beach to relax, swim and just enjoy the afternoon on this tiny picturesque island.
Take a short stroll up the hillside and enjoy a commanding scenic view surrounding this island.
After enjoying a few hours here, it was time to head back to the boat and make our way slowly back to town. What a great day and snorkeling adventure.
For those of you who love water sports, beautiful beaches and boating, this tour is a must do!
We found Calamian Travel and Tours ideal for booking all our tours while in Coron and on Palawan Island. We found them very professional, well organized and easy to communicate with at all times.
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Below, I have included their official website link where you access much more detailed information on their Reefs And Wrecks Tour In Coron and their extensive list of tour packages to choose from, contact information and online bookings for your convenience.
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I’ve also listed the Official Philippines Tourism link below to their website page for your convenience. It’s filled with excellent information on everything this beautiful Country has to offer.
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Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
Although our Reefs And Wrecks Tour In Coron was in collaboration with Calamian Islands Travel and Tours, rest assured all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.
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