Palawan, dubbed as one of the most beautiful places in the world, is a haven for many divers. It is where the world-famous World War II sunken wrecks can be found, conveniently submerged in water just 10 meters deep. The allure of the bone-chilling, ghost-like experience of being around the wrecks that have become the burial ground of WWII Japanese sailors is hard to beat. Combine that with the richness and diversity of life underwater: beautiful corals and the breath-taking array of colors of different species of fish. Diving in Palawan is every diver’s dream.
The Japanese government picked Palawan as the best diving destination in the whole of Asia. But it’s not only the wrecks that draw the attention of diving enthusiasts around the world. The wonders of nature, the corals and reefs, and the different kinds of marine life are equally magnificent to behold.
Discover the favorite diving spots guaranteed to inspire awe in you. The following are considered the best diving spots in Palawan:
Sunken Ship Wrecks
The ship wrecks in Palawan are scattered throughout the islands of Coron and Busuanga. Some of the wrecks are still in one piece and completely intact. Some still have the contents they were carrying when they sank. Most are covered with soft and hard corals and are surrounded by many fish of different species. Some kinds of marine life have made the wrecks their home and they can be seen both inside and outside of the ship. Penetration of the ships is also possible.
The Red Cliff is near the bay of Puerto Princesa, just 10 minutes away by boat. This is an open water dive site with beautiful and colorful reefs underwater. Manta rays, whale sharks and hammerhead sharks have been sighted here along with occasional sea turtles and rare kinds of fish.
If you’re not too keen on wreck diving in Coron, the El Nido Marine Reserve might just be what you’re looking for. El Nido is considred one of the top diving sites in the whole of Palawan because of its richness in marine life: there are brightly-colored reefs here and diverse marine life species. Whale sharks are also said to have been sighted in this area.
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is Located in the Sulu Sea about 181 kilometers Southeast of Puerto Princesa, the Tubbataha Reefs have been nominated to be part of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. They were also declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. The site is 12 hours away by boat from Puerto Princesa, but it’s definitely worth the long trip given what awaits you under the water.
Another popular diving spot in Palawan is the Taytay Bay. This is a good dive spot for both beginner and veteran divers. Beautiful and varied corals, reefs and fish are the offerings of the site. Sightings of whale sharks have also been reported in Taytay Bay.
It doesn’t matter if you aren’t a skilled diver yet. In Palawan, there are diving centers that offer trainings from the beginner’s to the advanced level. In fact, certifications may also be obtained. So, whether you’re an experienced diver or not, diving in Palawan is definitely a sea adventure you must try.
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