Discover Scuba Diving Experience in Coron

The best thing to do in Coron? Diving, of course! We just couldn’t pass up the opportunity since Coron has the best diving spots in the Philippines.
All of us were first-timers so we could only avail of the Discover Scuba Diving package from Coron Divers, the only Filipino Dive Center in the area. The package costed ₱3000/head which included the training, lunch, and 2 dives.
Orientation at Coron Divers
Orientation at Coron Divers
Initially, we were shown an instructional video on diving. Then, we were taken to CYC beach to have a thorough demonstration of the hand signals and dos and don’ts when in the water. The gears, air supply, and suits were also included in the package.
Our first dive was along a coral garden in CYC beach. We got to feed the fish with bread provided by our dive masters.
Fish feeding at CYC beach
Fish feeding at CYC beach
just keep swimming
just keep swimming

The 1st tank of air supply was supposedly good for orientation and coral garden exploration. However, Zach must have consumed his own too quickly that he ran out while underwater. Good thing Allen noticed him signaling and was able to share his. Although Zach claimed it had been a while before somebody noticed. hahaha. You better stick with your buddy!

Dramatic shot of close-to-dying @zachmarasigan @allenitachizbumba had to share his air supply with him Shot by @roballena

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On our way back, there was a jellyfish blocking our path. Here’s our dive master pushing it away.

Our divemaster casually pushing the jellyfish away 😂

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Swimming while holding a camera was very hard. I suggest you just let the dive masters handle them. They can swim smoothly and you’ll have a good shot of yourself, too. I didn’t have a lot of stable shots which was very frustrating.
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The second dive was more exciting–Skeleton Wreck, a 25-meter gunboat wreck, inclined at a 45 degree angle.
free diving | Image from Robby
free diving | Image from Robby
One could just free dive to see the wreck just like this guy above. But it would be cooler to stay longer to see it up close.
the guys, getting ready to dive
the guys, getting ready to dive
"This way."
“This way.”

We got to feed the fish again!

fish feeding at the skeleton wreck
fish feeding at the skeleton wreck

And now, we go down.

"Go down."
“Go down.”

As we swam deeper, our ears started to hurt more. Equalizing was very important! I constantly equalized because of my colds. Nevertheless, I still had the best time underwater.

Allen, equalizing | Image from Robby
Allen, equalizing | Image from Robby
Maan's having an ear problem
Maan’s having an ear problem | Image from Jeselle

The wreck generally had this creepy aesthetic which made me quite hesitant to swim deeper. However, I think my fear had to do something about it, I began to sink and couldn’t help myself until I felt my fins touch the sea floor. It was a creepy/exciting feeling. I had a 360 view of the wreck.

swimming directly above the skeleton wreck
swimming directly above the skeleton wreck

50ft. below 🚢

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The deepest we got was 50 feet. 🙂
our divemaster signalling us to come closer
our divemaster signalling us to come closer

Here’s Rachelle, having the same dilemma.

Rachel used Sand Attack
Rachel used Sand Attack
'Okay!'
‘Okay!’
"There's something to see."
“There’s something to see.”
This has been one of my favorite travel experience. Now, I wanna get a certification to have more of it. I really, really do recommend that you try diving in Coron(or anywhere, really!). Even if you’re not a good swimmer, the dive masters are ready to attend to your needs. (Do take note that you can’t do it 12 hours before your flight or your eardrums will pop. haha!) Now, stop hesitating. Just do it! 🙂


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