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.
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.
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!
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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.
The second dive was more exciting–Skeleton Wreck, a 25-meter gunboat wreck, inclined at a 45 degree angle.
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.
We got to feed the fish again!
And now, we 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.
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.
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The deepest we got was 50 feet. 🙂
Here’s Rachelle, having the same dilemma.
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! 🙂