Japanese wrecks, the Coron Bay

The Coron Bay is located not far from the Sangat Island. At recreational depths (till 40m/131ft) it offers the opportunity of studying large military wrecks of the WWII. It made the Coron Bay one of the best dive spots in Philippines. The Japanese fleet was discovered by the Americans in the Coron Bay. In the dawn of the 24th of September 1944 24 bombers and 96 jet fighters left American aircraft careers. After the bombing more than 20 military and cargo Japanese vessels were sunken at the bottom of the sea. During more than 50 years people rarely mentioned the ship graveyard in the Coron Bay. Only after the American military bases were taken from the Philippines in early nineties of the XX century, the peaceful divers gained an opportunity to explore this historical heritage. There are 12 Japanese fleet vessels available for exploration now: Olympia Maru, Morazan, Kogyo Maru, Irako Maru, Akitsushima, Okikawa Maru, Kyokuzan Maru and others. All of them require wreck diver and AOWD diver certificate.
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Location: Province of Palawan, Philippines

What to see: Many wrecks, and many marine species: groupers, schools of tunas, lionfish, scorpionfish, jacks, snappers, surgeonfish, barracudas etc.

Depth: 3-43m/11-141ft

Currents: 1knot

Visibility: 7-20m/22-66ft

Season for diving: Climate in the region of the Sagat Island has three seasons: warm and dry autumn period (October to March), hot and dry summer period (April to June) and cool and wet monsoon period (July to September). Air temperature during summer reaches 30-37C/86-98F and from July to February rarely rises above 25C/77F. Diving is possible all year round. Water temperature ranges between 27-29C/80-84F.


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