Voted as the Best Island in the World in 2014 by readers of Condé Naste Traveler, Palawan is a tropical paradise nestled in a UNESCO-protected marine ecosystem. Colorful flora and fauna abound amid friendly marine life including beautiful sea turtles and the rare, gentle dugongs.
Hailed as the cleanest lake in Asia, Kayangan Lake is Coron, Palawan’s primary attraction, being one of the most photographed spots in the Philippines with its crystalline waters enveloped by vast granite rock formations. As part of the turquoise seas of the Calamian Group of Islands, Kayangan Lake’s beauty is a sight to behold especially underwater, where it resembles a magnificent moonscape.
Nature lovers will appreciate the picturesque skyline, lush limestone cliffs and irresistibly inviting natural swimming pool of Barracuda Lake. One of the world’s most unique dive sites, its exotic allure is hidden under its layers of fresh and salt water with dramatic temperature shifts, which can reach as high as 38°C. An astonishing 30-meter cave is found on a 33-meter dive on the north wall of the lake. Named after the resident fish species that used to swim in its waters, Barracuda Lake is a 30-minute boat ride away from Coron and is accessible by a 25-meter climb over a jagged rocky wall.
Sunken Japanese Wrecks
Coron is one of the most visited destinations for wreck diving in the Philippines. Listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s Top 10 Best Scuba Diving Sites in the World, Coron Island’s aquatic views from the sunken Japanese shipwrecks of World War II vintage is revered by divers worldwide. Wreck dive sites are found in depths as shallow as 10–30 feet (3.0–9.1 m) and as deep as 120–140 feet (37–43 m). Most are in the range of about 60–80 feet (18–24 m). Wreck diving sites in Coron Bay include the Irako wreck, Okikawa Maru wreck, Akitsushima wreck, Kogyo Maru wreck, Olympia Maru wreck, Kyokuzan Maru wreck, East Tangat gunboat wreck, Nanshin Maruwreck, Lusong Gunboat Wreck, and Skeleton Wreck.
The photogenic Twin Lagoons give double the majesty of Coron. The first lagoon is where the boats dock, while the second lagoon is hidden, and accessible through a small crevice under a rock, or a ladder over the rock during high tide. Revelers will experience the unique alternating temperature of the lagoon, where cold freshwater meets hot salt water, while being surrounded by breathtaking views of rock formations.