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Last updated on January 10, 2021
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.
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.).
You will enter the water from the boat, at the edge of the reef.
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.
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.
Along the reef, you will also have a good chance of spotting eightband butterflyfish, vermiculated angelfish, surgeonfish, triggerfish, and parrotfish.
There are no accommodations on Lusong Island. Day tours usually include lunch on a beach. Inquire when you book.
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.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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