The Lusong Coral Garden is considered one of the most beautiful reef snorkeling accessible from Coron. Many boat trips stop there, allowing you to discover this splendid narrow reef overflowing with corals. In this lively and colorful underwater landscape, you may also spot anemonefish, butterflyfish, angelfish and giant clams.

Ocellaris clownfish
In some places, you may find sea anemones hosting ocellaris clownfish.

How to go snorkeling Lusong Coral Garden

Lusong Coral Garden is located along the west coast of Lusong Island, near Coron. You will find many boat tours in Coron to take you to this spot. Typically, these tours last all day and include some other stops, such as Lusong Gunboat (a wreck located near the Coral Garden), Pass Island (Dilicatan Island), or Calumbuyan Island.

The price of the day tours starts at around 1400 pesos pp., +200 pesos environmental taxes. If you are staying on the neighboring Sangat Island, the resort also organizes snorkeling tours with a stop at the Coral Garden (from 5000 pesos pp.).

Lusong Coral Garden snorkeling map

Water entrance for snorkeling

You will enter the water from the boat, at the edge of the reef.

Lusong Coral Garden snorkeling exploration tips

The Coral Garden is a narrow coral reef that borders the southwest coast of Lusong Island. Along this part of the coast, the reef is at most 30m wide, and ends in a steep drop off into the blue.

Branching coral
Some beautiful areas of branching coral can be seen on the reef.

This spot takes its name from its superb corals, which are colorful and healthy. Dominated by branching coral (sometimes fluorescent blue), the reef is also home to table coral, digitate coral, and massive coral.

Soft corals (especially leather coral), gorgonians and sponges complete this superb underwater scenery. On the reef, you will also encounter many species of fish. Ocellaris clownfish and spinecheek clownfish, in particular, are common in the area. Many damselfish and chromis shelter among the branching coral.

Table coral
Several fish species find shelter around this table coral.

Along the reef, you will also have a good chance of spotting eightband butterflyfish, vermiculated angelfish, surgeonfish, triggerfish, and parrotfish.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There are no accommodations on Lusong Island. Day tours usually include lunch on a beach. Inquire when you book.

 

  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth15ft/5m on the reef
  • Water entranceFrom a boat
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsCost of the snorkeling tour (from 1400 pesos pp. + beach entrance fee 200 pesos pp.)

MAP Spot

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.