Best Snorkeling Sites in Coron, Palawan

Last week I had the chance to visit Palawan again, this time my friends and I explored the northern islands of Palawan. While Puerto Princesa left me in awe when I visited the place two years ago, Coron simply took my breath away. I have been reading much about the place from travel blogs but still, nothing compared to seeing it with your own eyes.  The sheer beauty of the different islands of Coron as we toured and explored them truly captivated us. The limestone cliffs and pristine white beaches are simply breathtaking and so are the coral gardens underneath the sea. There simply is a whole new world out there and I was glad that I was given the chance to see that world myself.


We set aside one whole day for our snorkeling activity. We went to three of the best places  to snorkel in Coron and made two fantastic stop overs in between.

First stop was Coral Garden in the vicinity of Atwayan Beach. Here you will find corals of different kinds as well as  whole schools of fish  in different shapes and colors. We had fun throwing in some bread so they can come near us.


Photos by Carmela Hernandez


Photo by Mildred Ravalo Yap

Second stop was the Skeleton Wreck where you can go about 5 miles deep into the sea to see the wreckage of a fishing boat that sunk during the 1940s. It looked kinda eerie down there so some of us  just contented ourselves with feeding the fish while others in our group had fun testing how far they can go deep by diving down the wreckage with the help of the bouy rope.

Skeleton Wreck

After Skeleton Wreck, we made a stop at Atwayan Beach for our lunch. It is actually a small beach, perfect as rest stop if you want to dock and eat in decent cottages in the middle of your snorkeling trip. There are a lot of these pocket beaches around Coron as I would later realize.

Atwayan Beach

 Before heading off to our third and last snorkeling site, we stopped by Twin Lagoon to check out this interesting site. On the way, we saw a lot of beautiful limestone formations. The Twin Lagoon are both accessible through this little hole on the cliff, an underwater tunnel. Since it was low tide when we reached the second lagoon, we were able to pass by the tunnel easily to go to the first lagoon. We had to get back though since the first lagoon is where the bancas usually stay. The water in the second lagoon was calm and tranquil so we were able to  enjoy a leisure swim around before we headed to our final snorkeling stop.

Twin Lagoon

Last stop for our snorkeling adventure was Twin Peak near the Barracuda Lake. This spot is much deeper and has more corals than the Coral Garden in Atwayan Beach. You have to be careful not to touch the corals or stand on the rocks though since sea urchins are all over the corals. There are a lot of different fish species here around too. Fish wise, this spot is much better than Coral Garden.

Twin Peak

Photos by Carmela Hernandez

Photo by Mildred Ravalo Yap

Photo by Mildred Ravalo Yap

It was my first time to snorkel that long, imagine a whole day. It was a great great experience. I was taken by the wonderful treasures that lie underneath the sea of Coron. It felt surreal being there, snorkeling there. I felt humbled, lucky, and blessed to be given this opportunity to see these wonderful sea creatures up close.

I know that come June, when I get back to the classroom and start teaching the natural resources of the Philippines to my class again, I will talk about it differently. I will be more passionate as I talk about preserving and conserving our natural resources. I will be more intense as I talk about safeguarding our waters against things that might destruct the marine life. For I swam with the fishes and paid homage to the corals. I bore witness to the beauty that God has blessed and entrusted us with. Coron definitely changed me.

47 Comments on Best Snorkeling Sites in Coron, Palawan

  1. Andy Waters
    November 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Snorkeling is so much fun! We’ve snorkeled in Hawaii, British Virgin Islands, Cuba and Dominican Republic. This looks like a wonderful spot, have to add it to the bucket list!

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    November 6, 2017 at 6:24 am (1 month ago)

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    I have been keeping an eye on this area for a long time, and found your site with a search.

    it is an area I haven’t explored before, but certainly, one that I will place on my bucket list.
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    • Blanca
      June 20, 2012 at 4:56 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Chris, actually you dont need to be a swimmer to enjoy snorkeling, your lifevest will help you stay afloat while you enjoy looking at the fish and corals. 🙂

  27. marri
    May 3, 2012 at 7:56 am (6 years ago)

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  28. markpogi
    May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am (6 years ago)

    When I plan to visit Coron, taking pictures of its beauty was one of my main objectives. Now I may add snorkeling as long as my wife would take good care of my camera gear. ^_^
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  29. Francis Balgos
    May 2, 2012 at 3:02 am (6 years ago)

    I had my share of adventures in Palawan,
    El Nido, Coron, Puerto Princesa and even Culion..
    All of them is a taker, and easily the best trips I’ve made so far.
    Coron by far is the riches when it comes to marine life, and I love the place due to abundance of lakes..
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  30. Gemma
    May 1, 2012 at 4:10 am (6 years ago)

    it’s definitely life changing when one gets to experience a thing, event, happening first hand! parang you’re never the same again because of that!…
    when kaya ang turn ko??? wahhhh, never been to Palawan! sa stories mo e.. parang gusto ko na sundan adventure trip mo! now na! lol!
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  31. Tripsiders
    May 1, 2012 at 3:05 am (6 years ago)

    Sana makabalik ako Palawan para sa Coron.. hehehe..

    Ganda po ng mga pics..:)

  32. Jyppe A. Quidores
    April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I really like those rocks! I often see them in photos of those who have visited Palawan. They look like those wonderful scene in Avatar.

    I haven’t been in China ^_^ but this views in Palawan have similarity with the scene in the place which they call Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan, Anhui China). But obviously, there is no snorkeling at Mt. Huangshan. ^_^
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  33. Cha
    April 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow! I love this post! Don’t you know that I was supposed to go to Coron last year but unfortunately I was operated on Ruptured Brain Aneurysm 🙁 . You’re lucky you were given a chance to experience Coron first hand! I love snorkeling too! I commune with nature in Balicasag Island Marine sanctuary in Bohol, every year before the operation. It is where you can find different species of fish and hundreds of corals too.
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  34. Mai Flores
    April 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Your photos of your Coron trip made me miss the province!!! I was just there a few months ago, and I was also able to experience the Twin Lagoon then. Did you try going into the lagoon from the tunnel? I was actually afraid of getting caught so I just climbed up. Hehehe.
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  35. violy
    April 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm (6 years ago)

    yey snorkeling! 2 years ago I had a minor ear surgery for my ruptured eardrum. I’m not supposed to do some water activities for a year while it’s healing but last yr I went snorkeling in Bali, and guess what it ruptured my eardrum again! But I’m happy coz after my Annual Physical Exam the doc said my eardrum is now intact! yehey! now I can try snorkeling again.. 😉 Can’t wait to visit coron!!
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    • Blanca
      April 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Yay for you Violy indeed! Coron is waiting for you!:)

  36. AJ
    April 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Wonderful experience! I’ve been reading about Coron a lot online. I really should pay it visit soon. Btw, Barracuda Lake is a scary name. Are there really barracudas there?
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    • Blanca
      April 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Apparently AJ, yes.:)


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