Coron, Palawan - Day 2
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March 25th, 2007 – by: Isabetlog
The first stop was the Skeleton wreck on one of the Banol beaches that line the island. Like the gun boat, the Skeleton wreck is submerged a mere 5 meters at the bow, 22 meters at the stern and just a few meters off the beach.
As that proved to be a rather unexciting sight even for chicken snorklers like myself (the gun boat was way more captivating!), I wandered off again to discover the life aquatic below. Now this was more like it! There more of the same corals - both hard and soft, spotted/striped/luminous fish, starfish, urchins, anemonaes, bivalves, invertibraes - and so much more my mind once again drew another blank, the diversity of marine life was simply amazing. I must've gone around for a good hour, sweeping the entire reef and back, but sticking mostly near the surface where I found it, heee, safer.
It was near lunch time by the time I had my fill and decided to have lunch at another one of the Banol beaches. This was a perfect picnic spot with three small huts and bamboo tables and benches. After a quick packed lunch of curry crabs, stuffed squid, rice and Coke, it was time to give the corals a break and enjoy the crystal clear blue waters, the fine, white sand and bask in the sun. Truly, a slice of heaven on earth.
Ok so half the day is gone and there was still so much to cover. From a distance, the Coron Island looks like a solid formation of limestone and greens.
Dubbed as the "craziest dive site in the Philippines," the Barracuda Lake has been likened to "flying over the surface of the moon." What that means exactly, I can't tell you. I only went as far as the strenuous climb up the sharp, craggy limestone cliff to get a view of the gorgeous emerald Lake, home to a 1.
Getting to Kayangan Lake is similar to Barracuda Lake, only a hell of a lot friendlier. At the mountain opening by the emerald-blue waters of the Blue Lagoon are a series of stone steps that go all the way up and down the other side of the mountain and finally leading to the Lake. It's a longer distance to traverse, but way less grueling and way worth the sweat. Enclosed by a huge rock formation with a lush vegetation, it stretches about the size of two Olympic-sized pools. It's also the cleanest and clearest lake in the Philippines. Going under in its brackish waters and without a mask this time, all I could see was nothing but pure blue and the rays of light shining through.
It was getting late but I still had enough time for one more destination - the Siete Pecados, a marine park just a few minutes away from Kayangan Lake.
In addition to the usual species I had already seen, here was an assortment of even more! And I saw fish I could actually identify (wink, wink) - a blown-up puffer fish, schools of alligator pipefish - the stretched out relative of the seahorse that swim and feed vertically, and something that resembled a gar, only with a long, thin, cylindrical and slithery tail extending from its body. But the absolute highlight was the clownfish taking me on for a stare-down! When I first saw it swimming in my direction, I held out my hand to try and get its attention.
My little escapade was not over yet though. I had to take the same attendant-less flight back to Manila.
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