If you are a diver like me, then Coron must be on your radar when traveling in the Philippines. Coron is a gorgeous town located in the province of Palawan. It is part of the Calaminan Group of islands in northern Palawan and has been listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top ten best scuba dive sites in the world.
Approaching Barracuda Lake
Barracuda Lake in Coron Palawan
Known for its underwater views of sunken Japanese ships from the World War II era, I found this area to be absolutely stunning and breathtaking. Located on the northern end of Coron Island is another popular lake called Barracuda Lake.
Swimming with Barracudas
This lake is also commonly referred to as the “craziest dive site in the Philippines.” The lake was named Barracuda due to the discovery of a large barracuda skeleton within its waters. Keep in mind that the barracuda still occupy these waters and it is likely that you will encounter them.
Don’t worry its safe to swim
In order to access the water, you must complete about a 5 to 10 minute climb up and down just like in the Kayangan Lake but here in Barracuda, you will brave the steep and sharp limestone cliffs that border this scenic lake. The hike was a small price to pay once I entered the water and explored all it had to offer. Crayfish, rabbit fish, garoupa and catfish were all spotted in the lake, somehow finding their way from the adjacent ocean presumably through cracks in the lake’s wall.
A unique dive spot in Coron Palawan
A sea cow or Dugong was also spotted munching on sea grass in the water that was closest to the sea. This is a mild-mannered friendly mammal that is found commonly throughout the Calamian Group and its surrounding waters.
I found the area to be generally clean and the water was very very deep. I managed to avoid the barracuda though assuming maybe they were stationed closer to the murky bottom. The views were amazing without having to dive that deep anyhow, and I didn’t need to encounter them to complete my experience.
How to reach and dive at Barracuda Lake?
Barracuda Lake can be reached by renting a boat or getting a tour package from resorts based in Coron Town on Busuanga. You can also book in advance from various tour operators that offer Coron Island Hopping Tour.