Depth: 0-30+ meters
Recommended Certification Level: Snorkeler, Discover Scuba divers, Open Water Diver
Located on the north-shore of the fascinating Coron-Island (only 20 min boat ride from Coron town), Barracuda-Lake is one of the most unusual, amazing and wired dive-sites of the Philippines.
After a short climb over lime-stones with full gear (on special request we organize a Sherpa for you, don ́t worry!) you reach this beautiful, with pure nature surrounded spot. The dive itself is like a wired space-flight on a foreign planet. Three different thermo-clines with temperature between 30°-37° you have to cross on your flight down to max. 30m; on this point there is a layer starting where you can experience zero visibility, like diving in black tea…so, pointless to go deeper! The bottom-constitution is a funny stuff like jelly; you can put your whole arm inside, or if you like, your head…., but watch out the alien and u/w-goblin might snatch you and pull you down into the mud. The trip brings you along unusual looking rock-formation, steep walls and mysterious caves in a breathtaking atmosphere. The most recommended part to cruise is in around 13m-15m where the “cold” freshwater-layer (30°) meets the hot saltwater (37°); here you can choose your most favorite one and change whenever you like, or you swim with your head in the cold and your body in the hot water. Actually, you can see an exact line in between these two thermo-clines…looks like a second surface.
Honestly, there is not much marine-life to see; a family of rabbit-fishes, small catfishes, shells and freshwater-shrimps, sometimes snappers, batfishes or even puffers crossing through a narrow channel from the sea. This connection causes most likely also the presence of the famous single barracuda, who actually is living resident in the lake…some like it hot!
But again, especially the high unaccustomed atmosphere in a likewise underwater surrounding, makes this dive to a “must see” for any diver with an inclination for unusual. Unique! Bizarre!
Depth: 17 meters
The reef itself stretches from the Lusong Wreck to the north, for around 2 sea-miles and offers good to excellent quality of hard and soft corals.
Because of the protection of a pearl-farm nearby, it has also a pretty good fish life, including turtles, cattle-fish, rays and plenty of macro-stuff like colorful nudibranch.
Both, the wreck as well the reef, are very interesting for underwater photography. Visibility 5-15m, depending on conditions; usually calm with sometimes reasonable currents which calls again for a drift dive!
Depth: 24 meters
It is one of the most popular reef dives around Coron because of its close distance to the town (only 20min with the boat). Also good for a single dive or night dive, but usually and best in combination with Barracuda lake.
Since a couple of years this reef is a marine Sanctuary and the friendly guard Mang Bitong keeps a sharp eye of its protection (he is also collecting the entrance-fee of 100Pesos/diver).
From very shallow the reef slopes down to max. 24m and has an amazing high variety of healthy soft and hard corals. An excellent diversity of fishes like many kinds of anemone-fishes, batfishes, cuttle fish, barracudas, groupers, angel fishes, emperors, moray-eels and the giant clams, the rare mandarin fish, turtles, lobsters, seahorses, nudibranch and rays, sometimes even eagle-rays, makes this dive-site to a perfect spot for underwater photography.
Depending on conditions, the visibility varies from 5-20m, sometimes fierce currents.
Depth: 25 meters
Pretty close to the Pinocle and Siete Picados, Alcatraz- Reef is a lovely dive around a small, rocky island. Some parts of this reef are unfortunately damaged by dynamite fishing years ago, but the main part of the reef is still in healthy conditions. Angel-fishes, snappers, the common different kinds of anemone fishes, batfish and cuttlefishes, turtles, blue-spotted stingray and colorful nudibranch are only a small selection of a plentiful underwater-marine-life.
Depth: 30 meters
It ́s a wall-dive close to the north-shore of Coron Island. The wall goes down to a max. of 30m and is nicely covered with basically soft-corals. In its small caves you find a plenty of macro- stuff, and the fish-life offers you also a great variety. Visibility is 10-15m in average.