Brave the “craziest dive site” in the country with a visit to Barracuda Lake.
Barracuda Lake is included in most Coron tours, and it is quite easy to see why with a visit to the attraction. But it is definitely not for the faint-hearted, as to reach the lake, you first have to climb and safely navigate the steep and sharp limestone cliffs that border it. The hike is also definitely worth it once you get to explore and live in the lake’s waters itself. The water is clean, yet very, very deep, but you can see a variety of marine wildlife in its waters. Another notable feature is the fact that the layer is composed of both salt and fresh water, and that it has layers of cold, warm, and hot water — which is also known as the thermocline. Also, note that it is named “Barracuda Lake” because divers supposedly discovered a large barracuda skeleton within its waters. It is not confirmed whether barracudas can still be found in the lake as they most probably swim closer to its bottom, away from the divers and guests. Barracuda or not, a refreshing dip in Barracuda Lake’s waters is definitely a must-do for Coron guests.
Barracuda Lake is located in the northern part of Coron Island, Palawan.
Opening Days and Hours
The lake is open any time, but most tours take place during the day.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the lake costs PhP 100 (USD 2) per person. While Coron Island tour rates cost an around PhP 1500 to PhP 1800 (USD 29 to USD 35) per person. This includes entrance fees to the sites, boat rental, tour guide fee, and even lunch.
How to Get There
- From the country’s capital of Manila, you can fly in via Coron’s Busuanga Airport.
- From Busuanga Airport, you can ride a van going to Coron town proper for PhP 150 (USD 3) per person.
- From the Coron town proper, you can join a Coron Island Tour (group tour) or charter a private boat going to Barracuda Lake.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can explore the lake in 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the country’s beaches and marine sanctuaries is during the summer months of April to May. You can opt to visit Barracuda Lake in the morning when the place is not yet crowded.
There are no food stalls near the lake, so you might have to bring packed food. Although packed lunch is also included in most tours.
- Kayangan Lake
- Twin Lagoon
- Banol Beach
- Siete Pecados
- Smith Beach
Accommodations near the Barracuda Lake are located in Coron town proper, wherein you have a variety of hotels and resorts to choose from. These include Corto del Mar Hotel, One Averee Bay Hotel, Coron Ecolodge, and Casa Coron Hotel. Prices range from USD 39 to USD 100 per night.