Coron Bay Travel - Subic, Manila, Anilao, Philippines
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In 1944 US Admiral Bull Halsey had the task of checking the Japanese firepower in preparation for the US landing on Leyte. To find safe passage for an aircraft carrier, he sent reconnaissance aircraft to photograph the Linapacan Strait and the Calamian group of Islands. Upon studying the aerial photos, navigators noticed that several islands had moved overtime (a camouflaged Japanese fleet had been found).
At 0900 hours on September 24, 1944, Task Force 45 carrier-based bombers attacked and sank 24 vessels around Busuanga and Coron Islands. The ensuing action left a legacy that endures to this day: a ghost fleet of Japanese hulks littering the sea bed of Coron Bay.
The World War II wrecks around Busuanga Island, particularly Coron Bay, have been one of the Philippines' best kept diving secrets. Here is a condensed version of Truk Lagoon in the Caroline Islands, Micronesia. It is a legendary and, unfortunately, expensive destination among divers for its large concentration of World War II Japanese wrecks. Admittedly, the Coron sites are not easy to get to and accommodation is limited, but the area is rewarding to visit and prices are reasonable. The visibility is not brilliant, but the wrecks are not that deep and the current not that strong, though it is always best to choose neap tides and if possible, slack water.
With a region of outstanding beauty and wildlife, Coron Bay is a tropical dream come true. Limestone cliffs and tiny isolated beach coves are spectacular. Walls of coral explode with color and life while, above, monkeys, parakeets and other animals frolic and flit in the dense foliage. Tropical magic is in the air, the sea and the islands of Coron, a tangible presence that hints of adventure and mystery....
Check the dive sites in Tubbataha Reef, Palawan. W-II Wreck history on Coron Bay.
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