Coron Island

Located in Palawan, at its northern tip, Coron Island, Philippines is known for its wreck diving sites. Most of these wrecks are remnants of Japanese warships sunk during World War II. The island is one of the top wreck diving spots in the country.

Coron Island

Coron Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Some of this shipwrecks are Okikawa, Akitsushima, and Kogyo Maru wrecks. The waters wherein these wrecks can be found range from 10 feet to 140 feet at its deepest.

Coron: The Next Tourism Wonder

CORON, PALAWAN – Coron has vast tourist potentials. It can be transformed into a key player in the development of Philippine tourism.

Coron Island has numerous caves which are home to a rare Philippine bird whose nest (balinsasayaw) is a rare expensive popular Chinese delicacy. There are seven lagoons in Coron which are only 15-minutes apart. For more island hopping and fun, Coron offers the enchanting 219 islands and islets with white sand beaches. Most vistors to Coron like to stay at the beautiful Sangat Islands CYC Beach, Banul, Cabugao, Debatoc, Diwaran , Kalibunan, Lagat, Tara and the developed Maricaban, Dimakya, Malcapuya, Banana and Maleroyroy.

 

Traditional Philippine boats commonly called b...

 

Coron also has the world renowned dive sites which are located at the narrow passages of Sangat, Gutob and Black Islands. The main attractions are the 26 sunken Japanese naval vessels.

For those who like hot springs, there is the popular Makinit Hot Spring Resort located at entrance of Coron harbor . It has wide pools with soothing hot saltwater to treat tired muscles and heal other diseases like arthritis.

Mountain climbers and hikers will enjoy the trek up Mount Tapyas which is more than 2,000 feet above sea level with some 719 concrete steps which lead to the top. Once at the top, one can witness the full view of Coron town and harbor.

Still included in the long list of Coron’s rich natural resources is the Los Siete Pecados. When fully developed, it is sure to contribute to the success of the Coron tourism program. Part of the master plan is the construction of hanging bridges to interconnect the seven rock islands complete with diving boards, stairways, floating rest houses and slides.

 

Fred Echague
The Philippine STAR 03/05/2006

 

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