Freedive in Coron, Palawan

Coron is a town and an island all the way North in the province of Palawan, Philippines. Coron offers lots of spectacular opportunities for diving.

I used to live and teach freedving in Coron. I still like the town a lot and have lots of fond memories of the town, people and the surrounding waters. I would love an excuse to go back for a visit. If you have a larger group that would like to learn freediving in Coron, please contact me, and we can see if we can work something out.

Some of the things you can do:

Freediving courses

A duck dive in barracuda lake

Barracuda lake: underwater scenery

I teach AIDA freediving courses from AIDA 1 Star to AIDA 3 Star adjusted to the local environment in Coron. Sadly, there are no places to dive off the shore so all courses has to be done from a boat. Since all boat rentals are for a full day, I strive to do most of the theory before we go out in the water, so we can get full days of diving afterwards.

Diving in lakes

The lakes on Coron island offers interesting dives with good visibility and no currents. There is a visible thermocline at around 15 meters - going from ~28°C at the surface to ~40°. There are another change in the water around 30 meters as well, where the water gets very murky. Anything deeper than that is unknown, but I have heard rumours that the mud will go away at the depth, but the murky layer above will make it completely dark anyways.

I will highly recommend a fun dive to either Kagayan Lake or Barracuda Lake if you are in Coron. If time allows for it I always try to have a fun dive there after the end of a course as well.

Wreck diving

Coron is most famous for the wreck diving. There are many Japanese wrecks from the second world war in the area. They are on depths of 4 to 40 meters, so is should be possible to have some nice dives for freedivers of all levels. Some of the dive sites can have some currents and the visibility can be a bit random, but with luck this can be absolutely spectacular dives.

There are also some shallow wrecks close to Coron island that starts at around five meters and go down to more than twenty. A very nice dive for beginners and more experienced freedivers as well.

Island hopping

It is possible to rent a boat for a day if you just want to travel around a bit, dive a bit here and there and just relax on a beach between the dives. Perfect if you just want to have a day without stress on the water. Can be combined with non diving friends or family and it's fully possible to add in a training session or two as well.

Dive with dugongs

It's also possible to go on a dive trip and dive with dugongs (related to manatees and elephants!). Apparently they are quite shy and not too fond of bubbles. This is on the northern side of the island and will require a trip with sleepover.

Just One Breath freediving offers courses from AIDA (Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée)