Barracuda Lake in Coron Palawan

Travel Guide to Barracuda Lake in Palawan

Barracuda Lake Entrance by Madcel via Wikipedia cc

Visiting Coron’s Famous Barracuda Lake

Coron must be on your radar when traveling in the Philippines if you are a diver like me. Coron is a gorgeous town located in the province of Palawan. It is part of the Calamian Group of islands in northern Palawan and has been listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top ten best scuba dive sites in the world.

Barracuda Lake in Coron by Eric Tribujenia via Unsplash
Barracuda Lake in Coron by Eric Tribujenia via Unsplash

I found this area absolutely stunning and breathtaking because of its clear waters and beautiful rock formations. This lake is also commonly referred to as the “craziest dive site in the Philippines.” The lake was named Barracuda due to discovering a giant barracuda skeleton within its waters. Keep in mind that the barracuda still occupy these waters, and it is likely that you will encounter them.

Barracuda Lake Entrance by Madcel via Wikipedia cc
Barracuda Lake Entrance by Madcel via Wikipedia cc

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, rabbitfish, 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.

Barracuda Lake in Coron by Eric Tribujenia via Unsplash
Barracuda Lake in Coron by Eric Tribujenia via Unsplash

A sea cow or Dugong was also spotted munching on seagrass in the water closest to the sea. This is a mild-mannered, friendly mammal commonly found 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-like fish by assuming maybe they were stationed closer to the murky bottom. The views were terrific without diving that deep, and I didn’t need to encounter them to complete my experience.

Barracuda Lake Wooden Ladder
Barracuda Lake Wooden Ladder

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 Island. You can also book in advance from various tour operators that offer Coron Island Hopping tours.

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  1. Ria Jose says

    WHOA! The water looks really cool and clean. I want to go to Palawan!

  2. melo says

    @Ria – Coron is one of the best places to go in Palawan.. Compete package as we always say… Lets go lets plan next year… If we can create a big group much better coz we can split the cost:)

  3. joemill says

    such a shame, i didn’t know about this beautiful site until today. 🙁

  4. Boracay says

    Wow! The beauty! The water is so cool blue and looks very clean. Is it really safe to swim here? How bout the barracudas? They won’t bite you? And why is it called a lake? Is the water fresh or salty? This spot is really amazingly wonderful! Thanks for sharing this. I hope i could visit here this summer. 🙂

  5. PAOLO says

    Seriously, there are barracudas in the lake? As much as I want to see, and swim with a freaking sea cow, god those things are cute. I ain’t gonna risk a Barr biting my back side or my….Jewels.

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