EXPLORING SKELETON WRECK IN CORON, PALAWAN
Skeleton Wreck is a 25m long Japanese supply ship that was hit by an airstrike during WWII by US airforce. The ship now rests at a depth of 5m ranging to 22m at the deepest. It is an awesome spot for free-diving or scuba diving as well as snorkeling on the surface.
MY SKELETON WRECK EXPERIENCE
I did Island Hopping Tour B , which costs about $20 USD for the whole day including lunch and multiple locations like Twin Lagoon. Skeleton Wreck was one of the locations on our tour.
Our boat rolled up to the Skeleton Wreck and we couldn’t see much from the surface but once we rolled over the side into the crystal clear water we could see the entire shipwreck. At the very shallowest, the ship was submerged only 5 meters below the water, which made it perfect for snorkelers and freedivers to explore. At the deepest the Skeleton Wreck was more than 20m deep.
The wreck was encrusted in coral and barnacles while fish swam about the wreck in abundance. There are a few small windows and inlets into the shipwreck, which those who are skilful at freediving can enter and exit the inner areas of the ship. Our guides did this with ease while most tourists floated on the surface watching people dive up and down.
It is a truly amazing experience to be able to get up close and personal with a WWII shipwreck. I really enjoyed this experience despite it being a pretty crowded spot. Thats par for the course in Coron. Everything is amazing but some spots can be pretty crowded.
WHERE IS SKELETON WRECK
Skeleton Wreck is located near Coron Island. Coron Town is where all of the tourists stay is actually on Busuanga. It gets a little confusing but all you need to know is that you will be staying in Coron Town and taking a boat over to Skeleton Wreck and Coron Island to visit all of the other lagoons, snorkel spots and shipwrecks. You can see where Kayangan Lake is in relation to Coron Town (Busuanga).
HOW TO GET TO SKELETON WRECK
The simple answer about how to get to Skeleton Wreck is: by boat
You will most likely be staying in Coron Town, which is where the hotels, bars, restaurants, and airport is located.
The next question is about which boat. There are lots of tours available and they range in price. Options are a full-day island hopping tour, rent a private boat or a multi-day expedition around Coron Island and nearby islands. I will detail all of the options below.
SKELETON WRECK TOUR PACKAGES
Skeleton Wreck is part of Island Hopping Tour ‘B’. This means that as a solo or budget traveler you can visit Barracuda Lake as well as multiple other locations on a day tour for less than $25 including lunch! I highly recommend Tour B and of course Tour A and have done them both.
To book your ISLAND HOPPING B TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $20 USD)
- It includes Barracuda Lake, Banol Beach, Snorkel at Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon. I’ve done this tour twice and it is unbelievably good!
Option 2: Big Dream Boat Man (How I visited): Big Dream Boat Man is a 3-night Coron island hopping tour expedition that is different from the rest. Instead of battling the crowds, the sea of life-jackets and the lines, Big Dream Boat Man takes you to the hotspots such as Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon before the crowds come. After spending one day at the hotspots, Big Dream Boat Man veers away and guides you on an expedition to some of the hidden gems such as Skeleton Wreck, Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck and Lusong Coral Garden and off-the-beaten-path locations in Coron, which in my opinion were equally as impressive if not more so than the famous spots on Coron Island. We free-dived at WWII shipwrecks, camped on secluded beaches, swam with stingrays, counted the stars from the beach at night and ate like kings during our island hopping tour with Big Dream Boat Man.
Make an inquiry/booking: To visit the website to check the tour itineraries, costs and availability of dates you can click here: Big Dream Boat Man Website
If you use the code JACKSON10 when you book a tour, you will receive 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE TRIP!
If you want to read the big blog post about my Big Dream Boat Man 4-day journey you can head over to read that by clicking here.
WHERE TO STAY IN CORON TOWN BEFORE YOUR CORON ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
Read my full blog post: Best hotels, hostels, and resorts in Coron
Coron Town is the base for all of your adventures in Coron. In Coron Town you have the bars, restaurants, transport, places to book tours and you are close to Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit Hot Spring. It is also just a $3 shuttle to the airport. Below are my three picks plus one all-inclusive resort (I’ve stayed multiple times) that includes private island hopping.
Budget Pick: Fat Monkey Hostel – The Fat Monkey Hostel has great vibes and you can get a really cheap dorm room or a basic double room at pretty much the lowest price in Coron. It is in the city center so you are close to all the bars and restaurants.
Value Pick: Kokosnuss Garden Resort – A huge swimming pool in front of a hotel that looks like a castle. A highly-rated breakfast is included with your private room. For just $40 a night this represents about the best value you will find in Coron.
Luxury Pick: Coron Soleil Garden Resort – I stayed at this resort in 2018 and it was incredibly nice. A huge pool stretches down the length of the resort and it’s a relaxing place to chill out after island hopping. The rooms are very luxurious but this resort is actually only just over $100 per night for a double room.
All-inclusive (Includes private island hopping): Casa Fidelis Resort – I had the most amazing stay at Casa Fidelis. The villa had a large patio area that looked out over the garden. Stepping stones led you from the room to the dining area, where we had decadent spreads of gourmet food for every meal. Casa
I highly recommend this resort if you are looking for an entire Coron experience. You won’t have to worry about what to do in Coron. It is a perfect resort if you want to see the best of this beautiful region and you can also enjoy the luxury of having every detail taken care of.
ARE YOU KEEPING UP WITH MY CORON SERIES?
If you want to experience best island-hopping tour in Coron (4 Days & 3 Nights), which includes camping on private islands, all meals, drinks and parties then you can check out my Big Dream Boat Man Coron Tour Review.
I’ve been to Coron three times and have written a huge guide about all the amazing things you can do in Coron. The list is now up to 22 different spots which you can catch in my Coron Travel Guide: 22 Awesome Things To Do
Only have a few days in Coron and want to know how best to spend your valuable time? I’ve written a detailed Coron Itinerary for 3-4 days that will help you plan out your days and activities.
If you are wondering about where I suggest for accommodation and where I have stayed, I wrote a blog post about the Best Places to Stay in Coron. It’s a pretty detailed list with budget, luxury and value picks.
Aside from the island hopping there are two must-do activities. The first is the Maquinit Hot springs and the second is climbing up Mt. Tapyas for the best view in Coron.
Or you might want to jump to a few of my favorite spots in Coron:
Blog post about Kayangan Lake
Blog post about Black Island
Blog post about Barracuda Lake
Blog post about Lusong Gunboat