To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The MDA 5-Star Club is for divers seeking adventure! It includes discounts at all MDA locations, preferred rates on rentals and air fills, special club rates on diving and discounts at our sponsor businesses all over Guam.
Coron is located on the island of Busuanga, in the province of Palawan. Surrounded by beautiful islands with tall limestone cliffs, the small waterfront town of Coron is a quick 30 min ride from the airport, which in turn is only 55min by air from Manila, making this a very easy-to-reach destination.
Coron is considered the wreck diving capital of the Philippines. The surrounding bays hide a fleet of WWII wrecks sunk by the US Navy in 1944. The nearby islands also contain beautiful inland lakes, including Barracuda Lake, a very unique dive site with several strong thermoclines and helioclines which create multiple “second surfaces” underwater.
HOW TO GET THERE
Outgoing (Guam to MNL): Arrive in Manila with time to connect to dive destinations by using Philippine Airlines morning flight PR0111, operating 7 days a week. For the connecting flight to your destination stick with PAL for an easier booking & connection or transfer to Cebu Pacific for slightly lower rates.
Return (MNL to Guam): Getting back to Manila in time to catch an early flight to Guam isn’t possible, so use your last day to relax or do some sight-seeing. Taking a later-afternoon flight on PAL or Cebu Pacific will also minimize your stopover time in the Manila Airport.
MNL to GUM: Flights depart in the evening, around 10pm, and arrive in Guam around 4am the following day. Flight PR 0110 on Philippine Airlines.
Diving – Incredible wreck diving that’s easily accessible to Open Water divers, Advanced Open Water divers and beyond. Many interesting critters and fish make their homes inside the wrecks and within the coral structures that cover them. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to dive Barracuda Lake! Keep an eye out for the lake’s large resident barracuda while meandering back and forth between strong helioclines and thermoclines that range from a bit cool to pleasantly warm bath water.
Mt Tapyas – Climb the 700 steps to the top of Mt Tapyas for an incredible view of the bay and surrounding islands. Time your hike right to catch a sunset that won’t disappoint. The steps to Mt Tapyas begin right at the back of the town, walking distance from most hotels.
Maquinit Hot Springs – Only 20 min outside of Coron, a great place to relax in the evening and catch a sunset. Water temps range from about 100-104° F (38-40 C).
When To Go – April and May tend to have the best weather and most visitor traffic. Dry season extends from December – May, with wet season from June – November.
Permits & Fees
Please be aware of required local permits and airport departure fees.
These must be paid in cash at your destination and are not included in travel packages.
Permits are purchased through the tour operator at your destination. Departure fees are paid at the airport upon departure.
Dive & Land permits
The Marine Sanctuaries of the Philippines provide incredible diving and require small fees for diving and camera use. These are relatively inexpensive and may vary depending on where the day’s diving takes you. Sanctuary fees are paid directly to your dive operator and are not included in dive packages.
There are no departure fee’s required in Coron.