Part 2: Chocolate Hills
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We continue our trip, straight to the heart of
In the middle of
They are called the chocolate hills because the grasses turn a chocolate brown during the dry season. It makes them look like chocolate ice-cream. While we were there, however, the grasses were green, making them look like pistache ice-cream. But I like them better this way.
There is much more to be seen on
We booked passage to Balicasag, a tiny island, nothing more than a piece of forest in the ocean, 45 mins away from Bohol. On our way we crossed a group of dolfins, who came within 10 meters of our boat. We also saw tiny flying fish that jump out of the water with the whole school together.
It was my first time snorkling and I only realized at the last moment that one cannot snorkle with glasses on! No problem though, the reefs are only 2 to 3 meters deep and the water is cristal clear. You can see up to 10 meters or so. The reefs of Balicasag encircle the island for about a 100 meters before dropping down 50 meters into the deep blue. The underwater cliffs and crevasses make a fascinating view.
I saw all sorts of things: corals of all shapes, sizes and colors, sponges, anemones, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sea stars and even two fairly large sea turtles! And off course fishes. Sometimes I found myself within a school of tiny fishes, or I saw a school of bigger fish moving along like a huge mass deep down. There were lots of tiny, colorfull fish in the corals too and thick blue sea stars.
I never really expected to see a coral reef with my own eyes. It is so much more rewarding to see it in real instead of in an aquarium. I could stay in that world forever. But now it is time to finish my internship.