Lovely Pandan Island
Pandan Island Travel Blog› entry 5 of 29 › view all entries
Since we slept so late and had to wake up early, we were forced to push ourselves to get up and get going. After a very good breakfast in my friends place, we readied to go to Pandan. By the way, my couple friends own a big store. On a normal day, they would both take care of the business. And since one for them has to accompany us to sight seeing, the wife decided to stay and her husband would join us. Life is so not fair. hehehe
The place of my friend is just walking distance to the port where a boat would be bringing us to the Pandan Resort. It was a 15 minute ride to the island and luckily for us, it was a fine day, no wind, no big waves, no nothing.
Upon reaching we went directly to the bar, and since we were not checking in for a night there, we told the owner of the boat to pick us up at 6 PM. The island is very beautiful, to add to the picture is the mountainous back drop of the main
Being a local, I am not detached from the politics of the place. The lady spoke of stories of graft and corruption committed by the town head. They have pending cases now since they still have a lease to the whole island until 2012 but somehow some people manage to fence an area of the island on the argument of having a piece of the island.
My friend knew there's a lagoon on the other side of the island but he has no idea how to get there. With nothing else to do and too hot to snorkel, we decided to explore where the lagoon is. Unknown to us, we would be passing the thick vegetation of the island.
After the trek, we went back to the hut to refresh then when the sun was almost setting, we decided to snorkel. Filipinos in general don't want to get sunburn; we have natural tan already anyway.
The corals by the beach of the island were truly amazing. I have not seen such formation of corals which is just right next to an island where it could have been destroyed easily. I normally see those types of corals far from an island, deep in the sea while I dive. A lot of colorful fishes, there are another marine creatures that can be seen too, some are weird looking and some are just plain ones. They told us that there's a lot of turtles too. Sad to day, I didn't not see even the tail of a turtle. Well, it was fine, I was feasting over the corals, the fishes (big and small), and the warm water. I love that snokeling, it was the best thing next to diving. I really want to dive soon.... My friend who said that this is a snapshot of what Apo Reef can offer, yes, the reef is named for me... no kidding...tehehehehe.
A trip to the famous reef starts in the town of Sablayan too.
After we did the snorkeling, a myna bird a tamed one flew over my friend’s head which surprised us all. Then this bird, who we guessed was already accustomed to human presence, stayed with us for about ten minutes, transferring from the arm of my friend to me and back and forth. Experience like this is surreal and at the same time nostalgic. This is one of the highlights of my trip. :)
As the sun set, we went back, freshened up and settled again in the hut to wait for the boat.
The boat arrived and we headed back to the main land, only to be interrupted because the belt of the motor was loosen and had to wait for few minutes at the middle of the sea in the darkness of the night. After few minutes, we went reach my friend's place. Had our dinner, another pack of beer and slept late. Tomorrow, we would be going further north to Mamburao, the capital town of