Coron: Wrecks and Burns

by Elizabeth

Our final stop in the Philippines was one that I had been looking forward to since arriving in the country: Coron.  The area is known for its wreck diving and I was eager to see what all the fuss was about.  Confusingly, the town of Coron is on Basuanga Island, which is next to Coron Island.  The whole area is part of the Palawan Province, but is actually north of the island of Palawan, which is known for its beautiful beaches (which we skipped because we decided that we’ve spent an awful lot of time at beaches for not being beach people).

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Looking down on Coron Town.

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Diving in the Visayas

by Elizabeth

One of the main reasons that we decided to visit the Philippines was the diving.  The country is generally known for its great muck and wreck diving, but also has some nice reefs to explore.  While we were in the Visayas (the islands that make up the central Philippines), we had the opportunity to dive from two different locations, Bohol and Malapascua.

Sadly for the purposes of this blog, we still don’t have an underwater camera.  I enjoy diving without a camera, but it certainly does make it more difficult to record what we’ve seen and how dive sites differ.  I’ve pulled underwater photos from various sources and noted photo credits below.

Diving From Bankas

All of the diving that we did in the Philippines was from traditional boats known as “bankas.”  While these aren’t the worst boats that we’ve dove from, they certainly aren’t my favorite.  Probably only of interest to divers…

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Spectacular Diving at Raja Ampat

by Elizabeth

Raja Ampat is pretty far off the radar for your typical traveller, however it’s the gold standard for scuba divers.  Located in an island chain off the coast of Indonesia’s West Papua province (next door to Papua New Guinea), it’s pretty far from Indonesia’s traditional tourist haunts.  For months scuba diving with my parents from a live aboard dive boat in Raja Ampat has been only concrete travel “plan.”

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View from our hotel in Sorong.

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Diving Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta

by Elizabeth

Aside from chilling out, the primary purpose of our visits to Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta was to fit in a few scuba dives.  It had been over three years since we last went diving !  I guess we were too busy hiking on our last couple vacations to fit in any time under the water 😉  Getting in a few refresher dives when we finally got to Thailand took on new importance this last September when we finalized plans with my parents to meet them in January for a nine-day live aboard scuba trip to Raja Ampat in Indonesia.  We didn’t want to be fumbling around or hogging air on our first couple dives!

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Getting ready to head out with Phi Phi Diving.  Photo credit to Bill and his drone at Phi Phi Diving.

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