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Apo Reef is a world renowned atoll in the middle of the South China Sea offering steep walls and many pelagic.

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Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP) is one of the most famous scuba dive destinations of the Philippines right in the middle of the South China Sea in between Mindora Occidental, Coron and the Calamian Island Group. It was awarded the status of Natural Park in 1996 finally beginning to stop illegal activities such as dynamite fishing and fish poisoning. This fantastic atoll actually consists out of the three islands Apo Island, Apo Menor or Binangaan Island and Cayos del Bajo, all nicely surrounded by white sand. Apo Island is about 25 hectares large and only has a huge 35 meter high lighthouse and a ranger station that reminds scuba divers about some sort of human life. There are no accommodation, no food and divers only get here by boat from Pandan Island of by a liveaboard. Apo Reef offers a mangrove lagoon which provides for a complete different eco system and attracts many birds as well.

Apo Reef is with its protected forty square kilometers a haven for marine life offering more than three hundred different fish species and more than five hundred species of coral. You can also find many endangered green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles. Some of the popular spots are around the northern tip of Apo Reef, around Apo Island, Merope Reef and a dive site named Hunter's Rock, famous for its many sea snakes. Its many steep and deep drop-offs attract many pelagic such as tuna, trevally, barracuda, but also manta rays, eagle rays, hammerheads, thresher sharks and different types of reef sharks. Its dynamic ecosystem is waiting for full exploration of interested scuba divers around the world becoming one of the often mentioned location in scuba photography contests.

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- La Laguna Beach Club and Dive Center, Big La Laguna Puerto Galera, P...

La Laguna Beach Club and Dive Center
 Big La Laguna Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera

Nestled in the center of beautiful Big Lalaguna Bay where the sand is white, the water is crystal clear and alive with tropical fish and coral, LaLaguna Beach Club is the place to stay to satisfy all your diving holdiay and vacation requirements.Constructed in 1992, our resort has 34 well appointed rooms all offering air-conditioning and mini bar, cable TV, bathrooms and modern comforts including hot water.  There are 6 family rooms available, consisting of 1 double bed and a set of bunk beds with additional stretcher beds and mattresses available for children. Wifi internet access is also available.We refer to La Laguna Beach Club and Dive Centre as a Boutique Resort because of the friendly, personalized service offered to all guests. The resort feels like a home away from home amongst friends.Popular activities which can be offered by the resort are beach picnics, mountain hiking, golfing and fishing. The Beach Club also offers dive trips to other destinations aboard our live-aboard M.V. Rags II.

Puerto Galera is approximately 100 miles South of Manila and is situated on the northern peninsula of Mindoro Island. It is separated from Luzon by the Verde Island passage which waters are flushed by the current of the South China Sea. Current can be very strong up to 6 knots which makes some of the sites a spectacular ride alive with fish life. So diving with a professional Divemaster or Instructor who knows the area and the currents is very important. The passage is very deep so clear water is very common to the dive sites of Puerto Galera along with a fantastic variety of large and small aquatic creatures.The variety of hard and soft corals along with hundreds of species of of tropical fish life makes it one of the most popular dive destinations in the Philippines that offers world class dive sites, The 5km foreshore is a protected area and a marine sanctuaryThe visibility varies from 10m/30ft up to 30m/100ft and sometimes even better depending on the water temperature, current strength and wind direction. The best diving conditions can be from April to September with water temperatures of up to 29 degrees C, clam seas and better visibility. The water temperature can get as low as 22 degrees around December on the deeper dives and the area does have a lot of thermo clines with clear cool water due to the deep channel and strong currents. The area can be dived all year round. Typhoon season is usually from the end of July until the end of November but they usually pass well North East of Puerto Galera creating sometimes strong winds, rain and choppy seas. Depending on the wind direction and sea conditions there are always areas which are sheltered to dive.Most of the dive sites are within a few minutes boat ride from most of the dive centers. There are sites for all levels of training from the beginner, advanced experience diver and the deeper sites for Technical and Trimix Divers. Day dive trips can be made to some of the outer Islands like Verde, Chicken Feather and Maricaban Island which offer some spectacular Reefs, Walls and Pinnacles. Most Dive Centers offer Nitrox courses and Tank Fills but only a few are set up for Technical and Trimix Diving


- KokosNuss Garden Resort, National Road, Barangay 6, Coron, Palawan

KokosNuss Garden Resort

KokosNuss Resort - Coron, Busu...
 National Road, Barangay 6
Coron, Palawan

KokosNuss Garden Resort in Coron, Palawan, Philippines, offers accommodation and activities for divers and non-divers.

KokosNuss is a small Resort in the town of Coron on the tropical Island of Busuanga, Province of Palawan, in the Republic of the Philippines. If you are interested to learn more about accommodation at KokosNuss Resort, the location, how to get there and possible activities like diving our famous japanes World War II wrecks, island hopping, horseback riding, vulcanic hot springs, motorbike tours, calauit island wildlife safaris, sea safaris or if you just like to see some photos of the philippine treasures, take your time and browse through our little website.

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