Coron Dive Sites
Club Paradise House Reef
The Club Paradise house reef was once on the list as one of the best house reefs in the world and it is easy to see why. An easy beach entry from the dive center bring you face to face with not one , but two schools of fishes. Do a dive in the early morning or late afternoon and the schools change shapes as trevallies zoom into the scads or jacks for a quick meal. Nearby, resident turtles lounge on the sea grass, nibbling these as the day goes by. The sandy area is a classic muck site, with attractive seahorses living among the Halameda coral. Panda or saddleback clown fishes and their host anemones and commensal shrimp are also available for macro shooters be sure to look for the piece of coconut shell or shard of pottery covered with eggs in the area around the anemone. It’s great fun to observe the mom aerating the eggs.
Another beach entry from the bar area brings you to the fringing reef that surround parts of the island. Nudibranchs, frogfishes and other interesting marine life inhabit these reefs. Make sure to ask the Dive guide to show you the clam gardens. They have more than 150 clams comprising 5 species dotting the reefs. These clams came from the Semirara Clam Nursery as part of the resort’s efforts to restock the surrounding waters when the bivalves reach spawning age
Also known as the ‘Dimalanta Wreck’ owing to its proximity to Dimalanta Island,the wreck is 30 to 40 minutes by boat from Club Paradise. 2 dives are needed to fully appreciate this 136m long ship. This Japanese cargo vessel functioned as an auxiliary army supply ship for the Japanese Navy. The Kyokuzan Maru stands upright with the hull settled at 42 meters. The deck level is at 26 to 28 meters and is now covered with crustaceans and hard coral. The wheel house is at 22 to 24 meters and holds scattered China ware & exposed plumbing
The 2nd cargo-hold from the stern houses a Japanese Army jeep chassis relatively intact at 31 meters depth. Advanced certification is a must for this wreck. A PADI Adventure Deep & or Wreck dive is required if one is Open Water diver. Nitrox 32 or 28 prolongs your dive time
Snorkelers can enjoy the adjacent fringing reef which is full of cabbage and other hard coral species.
An island off the northern tip of Busuanga, Palawan. This is an Ancestral Domain granted to the local fishing tribe called ‘Tagbanua.’ A fishing village, Dimipac Island retains the healthy condition of its reefs because of the local’s attitude allowing only hook & line fishing making it one of the most sustainable fishing grounds around Palawan. It is an hour & a half by local outrigger boat from Club Paradise. The reef stretches 2 kilometers east & west with the middle divide connected to a sandy beach where the village is located.
The reef system starts off at 3 meters depth, It is quite common to encounter schooling banner fish, scorpion fish, stone fish, green turtles, unicorn surgeon fish and harlequin ghost pipe fishes. A trained diver’s eye can spot a camouflaged leaf scorpion fish wedged between staghorn corals. A manta occasionally passes by. This is a 2-dive day trip.
Snorkelers will likewise enjoy this area.
Only 20 minutes by outrigger boat from Club Paradise going east, the locals designated as caretakers of the island have done a good job of disallowing fishermen from coming close. In effect transforming the place into an unofficial marine sanctuary. Divers can be happy exploring the reef that stretches to about 1.2 kilometers north to south. A sandy slope divides the middle of the reef going towards a white sand beach on the island. The fringing reef starting off at 2 meters forming a gentle slope to 20 meters is a showcase of healthy soft & hard corals where cuttlefish, lobsters, clams, wrasses, angel fish, surgeon fish, fusiliers, soldier fish call home. A number of bumphead parrot fish can be seen patrolling the area at times. About 40 meters away from the end of the reef slope formation, a separate reef system between 22 to 27 meters depth invites patrolling blacktip sharks on the hunt. They can be seen especially when the cuttlefish season begins as the waters get cold in December. Once more, an occasional manta can be seen passing by.
A growing island structure formed by lime stones, Rock Island is one of those natural freakish protrusions of nature. Soft & hard corals form habitats for incredible critter encounters. Commensal shrimp of different varieties abound so check out those cracks & crevices. The softer flora And fauna such as anemones and sponge corals are home to cleaner shrimps, emperor shrimps & hinged back shrimp. Porcelain crabs, decorator crabs, spider crabs all waiting for your inquisitive eyes.
Rock Island’s proximity to Club Paradise allow divers to find it’s resident green turtles scrounging around the area. Barrel sponges likewise reveal a number of critters. Huge table corals are home to Cardinal & Damsel fish, while glass fish, soldier fish and rock groupers live underneath.
The highlight of the dive is a swim thru at 3 to 5 meters depth in between a channel that separates the 2 lime stone rock formation protruding out of the water. An occasional eagle ray might make an appearance.
This is best done as a 3rd dive after 2 dives at the Kyokuzan Maru.
Two hours southeast of Club Paradise Resort, Tara Island is a group of several islands made up of limestone rock formations that characterize most of Busuanga. This area serves as a route between the northern Busuanga islands & Coron to the south along the eastern coast. One can do between 2 to 3 dives here. The exposed rocky islands extend underwater and formed reef slopes & walls.
These are now home to spider crab living on fan corals, octopus and squid. A trained eye may find pygmy seahorse among fan corals and blue ringed octopus have been encountered here. Soft & hard corals proliferate im between the shallows & the deeper areas.
For a 2nd or a 3rd dive the want of an adrenaline rush merit your attention be focused on a small limestone protrusion away from the main island formations. This small protruding 2 meter limestone is your landmark to a magnificent coral wonderland underneath and is arguably one of the best coral dive destinations in northern Busuanga.
Huge table corals, barrel barrel sponge, elk horn, staghorn & other assorted soft & hard corals thrive in the area. Watch out, the currents can go between 2 to knots here. Open Water divers would be best served taking the Adventure Drift dive on this site.
Called “Bahura Cinco”in the local language, Gin clear visibility is the hallmark of this blue water dive. A negative entry to the reef top at 17 meters reveals a pristine coral plateau table corals, barrel sponges and sea whips. Be ready to encounter patrolling white and black tip sharks foraging around the coral heads. Minimal finning is required here as a current is usually present. With no slope to follow, divers just “go with the flow”. This is only for advanced and experienced divers. Safety Sausages a must.
A pristine hard coral reef top and vertiginous wall decorated with gorgonians, barrel sponges and sea-fans are what divers can expect to see. Best done as a first dive by experienced divers, several species of sharks can be seen here especially during the colder winter months from December to early March.
Pelagic species such a king mackerel, dogtooth tuna also can be seen cruising the walls while turtles graze on the roots of hard branching corals on the reef top.
Two mooring buoys across a gorgeous white sand beach marks the Southeast Point of Apo mayor island-the largest land mass in Apo Reef. The current often tends to split here and divers can ride it either east or west. Start the dive by hanging out at the point for the best fish action and do the drift midway into your dive time. Schools of pyramid butterfly-fish and black snappers will let you know you are in the right place. Fish love this mix of currents and tend to be very busy with feeding, especially in the early hours of the morning.
During the drift stay close to the edge of the drop off so you can get a view of both the reef top where you may spot a turtle or two but keep an eye in the depth below for cruising white tip sharks.