Philippines - Club Paradise & Dugong Dive Centre - Coron, Calamian Islands

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Club Paradise, Coron, Calamian IslandsPalawan and the surrounding area are often described as the Philip pines last frontier. Much of this is due to the large number of remote islands in this part of the world, the low population density and the incredible scenery.

 

The stunning resort Club Paradise is set on Dimakya a beautiful 19 hectare island in the Calamian group of islands at the northern tip of Palawan. The resort is the only occupant of the island and comprises some 52 rooms and apartments. Dimakya really is a jewel in the ocean and a nature lovers dream. The luxuriant tropical interior is a home and sanctuary for wildlife as diverse as deer, anteaters and monitor lizards. Eagles and herons nest here and the waters around the island are clear, blue, and home to pristine reefs.

 

Coron Clubhouse

The green island is fringed by 700m of soft white sands and the surrounding limestone islands present an incredible backdrop to the views from the resort. The warmth and friendly atmosphere of Club Paradise make it a highly comfortable stay and hideaway for both those looking to simply relax and sunbathe and those looking for adventure and discovery.

 

As well as scuba diving, guests can try snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing or kayaking. The resorts facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, and a Spa based on traditional Filipino and western health treatments. Club Paradise will arrange day trips to nearby Busuanga and Coron islands where you can bathe in the hot springs and visit the beautiful Kangayan lakes and Twin Lagoons.

 

As well as scuba diving, guests can try snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing or kayaking. The resorts facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, and a Spa based on traditional Filipino and western health treatments. Club Paradise will arrange day trips to nearby Busuanga and Coron islands where you can bathe in the hot springs and visit the beautiful Kangayan lakes and Twin Lagoons.

 

Coron RoomAll rooms have spacious beds, hot and cold water, air-conditioning, mini-bars and large verandas or balconies.

 

Filipino, Eastern and International food is served in the al fresco style restaurant. Meals are generally buffet style. The Dugong bar is a very comfortable place at which to wind down and relax with a cocktail or fruit shake.

 

To reach the resort you fly from Manila to Busuanga, a flight time of approximately one hour. From the airport a fascinating journey by jeepney across Busuanga Island and then by boat through the bay takes you to Dimakya Island.

 

The Dive Centre:

Dugong Dive centre is situated within Club Paradise and is a fully equipped PADI dive centre. A full range of courses are available here and in a wide range of languages. There are several boats for divers, smaller ones for dive spots nearby and larger liveaboard style bancas for the more remote dive sites.

 

There is full Nitrox available. The Diving: This area of Palawan is blessed with fantastic diving and Club Paradise is a perfect base for your underwater exploration.

 

The house reef here is a great place for beginners to start their diving adventures and for more experienced divers there is a wide variety of marine life to observe. Regular sights include parrotfish, groupers, turtles, snappers and jacks. There are also a number of giant clams to be found. In the deeper waters surrounding the island passing barracuda and tuna are occasionally seen.

 

In the grassy underwater slopes around Dimayka live some Dugongs. These shy creatures are globally endangered and there are few places left to see them. The dive centre organizes outings for both snorkelers and divers to view them in their natural habitat – seeing them is a wonderful experience.

 

The waters around Busuanga and Coron islands are famous for their World War 2 shipwrecks with a number of Japanese navy and fleet auxiliary boats available to divers. Close to the dive centre is Kyokuzn Maru which is approximately 150m long with its upper decks being in 30m water. Generally the visibility here is excellent and sitting upright the wreck is an awesome dive.

 

Coron BoatFurther away but accessible on day trips are the other large wrecks Akitsushima, Taiei Maru, Olympia Maru, Irako, Tangat and Kogyo Maru. These six wrecks are thrilling dives sites and live long in the memory. Some are more challenging than others but because they all sit at maximum depths of between 24m and 42m they are accessible to experienced divers. Visibility here can vary and currents may be present but they are large boats and home to a huge variety of soft and hard corals and marine life.

 

Barracuda Lake is situated in Coron Island and this famous place sees you diving into the heart of the lake where fresh and sea waters sit in layers in front of your eyes and the presence of thermal waters mean that temperatures can reach 38 degrees centigrade. This is a unique dive.

 

Lastly, the Apo Reef Natural Park is accessible by speedboat (day trips) or banca (overnight trips) from Club Paradise. Apo Reef is a marine reserve and its remote location means fish and lots of them. The reef consists mainly of steep walls and divers spend their time along the reef top where over 30 different dive sites have been identified.. There are large numbers of reef species here including turtles and the deeper waters and currents sometimes attract sharks, manta rays and schools of pelagics such as jacks and tuna.

 

 

Photographs courtesy of Club Paradise & Dugong Dive Centre

 

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