Sunken Japanese Wrecks
If you’re in the mood for a different kind of underwater sight, then Coron’s Sunken Japanese Wrecks dive site will be right up your alley.
Coron’s Sunken Japanese Wrecks dive site is a popular site for divers and tourists alike. Aside from colourful corals and marine wildlife, divers in this site will witness Japanese war vessels that Americans sunk in 1944, during the World War II. Among the sites, you can explore include a seaplane carrier, cargo vessels, gunboats, and submarine hunters. If you’re not much of a diver, then a gunboat wreck near Lusong Island that’s covered with hard corals will give you a taste of the experience. If you’ve spent countless hours watching undersea explorations on cable, then this is a pretty cool opportunity for you to experience the real thing.
The Sunken Japanese Wrecks are located on Sangat Island, Coron Island, Palawan.
Opening Days and Hours
The dive sites are open any time, but most tours take place during the day.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Dives can cost an average of PhP 3000 (USD 58) for 2 sites, and PhP 4000 (USD 77) for 3 sites plus equipment rentals of around PhP 100 to PhP 250 (USD 2 to USD 5) per equipment per day.
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 then proceed to the resorts that offer dive tours.
A number of sites require Open Water Diver, Advanced OWD, Wreck Diver, Skin Diver, or Deep Diver certifications.
Time to Spend
Depending on the number of sites you want to visit and weather conditions, you can spend around 1 to 2 days doing this activity.
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.
The dive sites include:
- Taiei Maru
- Olympia Maru
- Kogyo Maru
- Tangat Wreck
- Sangat Gunboat
- Lusong Gunboat
- Nanshin Maru
- Skeleton Wreck
- Kyokuzan Maru
- Cathedral Cave
- Barracuda Lake
The restaurants nearest this attraction are located in Coron island proper, including:
- Bruijita Bar and Restaurant
- KT’s Sinugba sa Balay
- Winnie’s Restaurant
- Twin Lagoon
- Barracuda Lake
- Banol Beach
- Mt. Tapyas
You can stay in accommodations that offer diving tours such as Sangat Island Dive Resort, Chindonan Dive Resort, and Puerto del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron. Prices range from USD 98 to USD 400 per night.