Sangat Island Dive ResortDive the historic World War II wrecks of Coron Bay
Coron Bay is one of the the most famous dive destinations on the planet, with easy access to some of the most amazing Japanese World War II wrecks. In 1944, after the US military had completed their wave of aerial attacks on the Japanese Navy in Truk lagoon, Palau and the Philippines, they examined their aerial photographs to discover that some of the ‘islands’ in Coron Bay had moved. These turned out to be huge Japanese navy vessels, hiding among the islands, so a new aerial assault was launched with devastating consequences.
Around a dozen World War II wrecks can now be dived, and in relatively easy conditions, and the best way to see these wrecks for yourself is with a stay at Sangat Island Dive Resort.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Coron is to fly into Manila, take a night’s rest there, before joining a domestic flight to Busuanga the next day. Flight time to Busuanga is around 45 minutes, followed by a 30 minute drive to the dock, followed by a 30 minute boat ride to Sangat Island Dive Resort.
Stay a bit a longer
Diving on the World War II wrecks of Coron is usually the main focus for anyone travelling to Sangat Island Dive Resort, but there are some wonderful top-side sights to discover too. The resort prides itself on offering a wide range of half day and full day tours to many wonderful places. These include private boat cruises through remote islands and cays, visits to Coron town, and even to a wildlife park!
There is also the option to head back to Manila to experience the hustle and bustle of this thriving capital.
Whatever you fancy doing, we will be happy to guide you and assist with all your travel needs.
Sangat Island Dive Resort
Sangat Island Dive Resort is located on a private stretch of beach along the southwestern cusp of Sangat Island, surrounded by verdant hills and forest. This is a rustic and beautiful resort offering native-styled accommodation, restaurant and bar facilities, and it has a fantastically equipped and run dive centre.
Sangat Island Dive Resort is the perfect place to relax and explore the superb World War II Japanese wrecks, which are easily reached by boat.
Exploring The Philippines
The Philippines is a stunning destination with so much to offer and divers return year after year to explore further regions. Visit our Philippines section for an introduction to where to go throughout this country and areas you can combine with your stay at Sangat, including the Central Visayas and Tubbataha National Marine Park.
Get some rest
Sangat Island Dive Resort offers a variety of native-styled accommodation, including Beachfront Cottages, Beachside Chalets, Hillside Cottages, family-friendly Bungalow Suite units, and Hilltop Chalets. There is also the Lambingan Villa: the largest and most exclusive accommodation at the resort. Reached by a cliffside bridge, the Lambingan Villa is an isolated three storey, two-bedroom house located on its own private stretch of beach.
All resort accommodations have been carefully constructed using local materials and techniques of local native artisans. Each accommodation is well ventilated by large mosquito-netted windows and include ceiling fans, 220-volt electrical outlets and western-styled bathrooms.
Enjoy your stay
Sangat Island Resort has an open-air, beachside restaurant serving a wide range regional and international dishes, buffet style. Drinking water, coffees, teas and snacks are also available throughout the day.
There are also two bars on the island; The Sangat Island Bar and a spectacular over-water Rock Bar, both serving a range of beers, wines and spirits.
Other facilities at the resort include a water sports centre, with jet skis and kayaks, a small free-weights Fitness Studio, and Massage services from trained staff.
Sangat Island Dive Resort has a comprehensive on-site dive centre fitted-out with all the equipment you’ll need for any underwater adventure during your stay. Newly rebuilt in 2018, the dive centre offers Nitrox and technical diving.
Standard dive tenders at the resort include four 9-meter, 150-horse tenders (roomy enough for up to 8 divers), as well as three 5.3-meter, 50-horse models which comfortably seat up to 4 divers. Each boat is fully kitted out with tank racks and safety equipment, and the centre offers up to three guided boat dives per day plus night dives.
For large dive parties there is also an extra-large native outrigger, which can accommodate up to 16 divers, a 12-metre motor yacht, which can take 15, and a trimaran for groups up to 10.
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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd
Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tel: 01473 921888