And A Happy New Year in Palawan

Coron, Palawan
Coron, Palawan

After a 7hr boat ride, 2hr bus ride, a taxi, a 13hr layover, a small plane ride, and one last van trip, I finally arrived in Palawan, Philippines for New Years and a diving vacation with some Australian volunteers that I work with in Romblon. We stayed in Coron, which is known for it’s wreck diving!

Our group at the beachside picnic site after a snorkeling adventure.
Our group at the beachside picnic site after a snorkeling adventure.

I dove four different wrecks, all Japanese ships sunk by the US during WWII in 1944. We were able to swim inside all of the boats including a cargo ship, one assault vessel and an oil tanker. We needed special underwater dive lights to see while inside, except when swimming past one of the large holes left by US bombs. Some passageways were very narrow and required single file lines, while others, particularly the oil tanker, had huge spaces!

Inside the Akitsushima Sea Plane Tender, a Japanese warship sunk in Sept 1944.
Inside the Akitsushima Sea Plane Tender, a Japanese warship sunk in Sept 1944.

The trip was amazing! For the diving, the combination of Filipino and international foods, the people, and the gorgeous views. Here is a sunset taken after climbing the 700+ stairs overlooking the town (that was my typical morning workout up and down 2-3 times, but the view at the top was worth it).

The sun setting on my dive vacation to Coron, Palawan, Philippines.
The sun setting on my dive vacation to Coron, Palawan, Philippines.
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