Coron one of the worlds top dive destinations

 

Perfect Destination

The perfect destination to learn to dive, its not just the perfect clear and calm waters, hard and soft coral reefs and abundant marine life and the 24 world famous wrecks that make Coron one of the top locations to take your PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Course, its that Coron not only matches and surpasses most other Dive destinations for its perfectly suited learn to dive sites, but the it offers a total experience that is unrivaled.

Their is so much choice, Coron offers something for everyone, even the most demanding will find what they want. Accommodation ranges from backpacker budget to total luxury, Restaurants and cafes offer simple street food to gourmet fine dining, most parts of this beautiful tropical paradise are still quiet and naturally unspoilt, while other parts have developed to provide shopping, food, bars and night life.

Beyond diving there are many other activities to entertain you , there are so many activities to keep you busy on none diving days. That is of course if you are not wanting to relax on one of the magnificent boat tours.

Ideal learn to dive environment

Its the Ocean that attracts the most visitors to Coron, its temperature ranging from a a low of 26 degrees in March to a high of 30 degrees in July, its perfect to learn diving. Pirates Divers is Coron’s number 1 learn to dive center, with a reputation for quality, safety, service and happy guests that is envied and respected by the rest of the Philippines diving community.

learn to dive options

On offer are three options; if you have never dived before but want to know what its like to Scuba Dive without committing to a course.  You can take the Discover Scuba Diver half day diving experience. With an experienced instructor you will undertake a thorough briefing, learn and practice some diving skills in shallow water off one of Coron’s  white sand beaches, before heading out by boat to dive on one of Asia’s best coral reefs.

If you have two full days The PADI Scuba Diver Course certifies you to dive to 12m with a professional guide and if you have three to four days the PADI Open Water Course qualifies you to dive independently any where in the world.

YAPAK – One of the Philippines top dives

The Yapak dive sites are located at the North Western end of Boracay. In all their are 4 different Areas although the Yapak 1 and Yapak 2 dive sites are the ones dived most. They are separated walls, which start at 30 meters (100 feet) going down to 100 meters (300 feet).
The walls are divided into four different dives (Yapak 1 to 4). This dive site is known for mild to strong currents.

Nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses are living on the top of the wall where you will see their living inhabitat among the gorgonians and sea fans.
If you want to do macro photography, have a hook at the end of your joint line! But most important, you will need to find a dive buddy able to wait you!
Because there is often a strong current, the buddies do not want to wait for an underwater photographer while fighting the current, especially at these depths where the gas can e used up pretty fast.

At the bottom of the wall of Yapak, you can sight some sharks, stingrays, tuna and more rarely mola mola or pelagic oceanfish.
You may swim also with groupers, dogtooth tuna, grey and white tip reef sharks, schools of trevallies and napoleon wrasses.
The Yapak diving site is recommended for advanced and experienced scuba divers with a deep diver certification.

 Diving at the Yapak dive sites in Boracay.

It’s a dive from a boat! So, if there is a strong current you will do a negative entry to go down as quickly as possible while you are teaming with every one during the descent, when there is no current you may be able to back roll, and wait for the your team at the surface before descending.

The wall starts around 30 meters (100 feet) deep and goes down to 100 meters (300 feet).
On the top of the wall you will see a huge school of blue triggerfish (also known as red toothed triggerfish) schooling up and down along side of the wall.
The top of the wall is covered of many species of colorful corals as well as the wall itself where you will see damsel, anemofishes, groupers and snappers.

All this biodiversity attracts some white tip and grey reef sharks. You might also encounter some sea turtles in the area.

 Our thoughts about diving at Yapak in Boracay.

Yapak 2 is the most popular of the Yapak dives and is probably the best diving in Boracay. It can be a challenging dive if the current is strong, and this dive is reserved for experienced  advanced divers, deep divers and tec divers.

At the end of the dive, there is a plateau where you can see few baby sharks hidding in the crevice at a depth of around 28 meters (90 feet), then you will go up in the “big blue” for your safety stop.

Few advices for this dive: Dive nitrox (a 30% or 28% is perfect) as most of the dive will be deeper than 30 meters (100 feet) of depth.
Not time for macro photography during this dive, take a wide angle lens (at least an equivalent to 25mm on a full frame) as you will see a lot of things!