Date: 31st May 2013
I woke up today morning feeling quite hungry. I was going to be swimming and snorkeling a lot later today, so I needed some energy.
I had a filling bacon, eggs and baguette for breakfast
After that, I was picked up by the tour operator for my island-hopping tour.
We boarded our tour boat docked at Luahati Park
But it was a long wait before we departed because we were waiting for some more people
Eventually we did set off and begin our tour. This was our guide for the day.
This is the “Sleeping giant” island, not too far from Coron’s shore
Our first stop was at the nearby Siete Pecados Marine Park
Siete Pecados Marine Park is a snorkeling site
I took out my underwater camera and jumped in
The water looks like this because of the camera’s colour reproduction. That said, the water was quite emerald green.
Like most coral reefs, you’ll find it largely populated by scissortail sergeant fish
Hmm, did that boat just anchor down on some corals?
They look like rocks, but they are corals
The fish do get pretty close
I know its hard to make out the colours of these corals, but the camera I was using is far from a professional camera
Here’s a video I took underwater:
For the following photos, I applied this technique of photo processing.
It brings out the colours of the objects (like fish) better but at the same time, the water wasn’t a clear blue either
But this gives you a better idea of the colourful corals
I was enjoying myself none the less
I finally spotted a Yellowtail Damsel
Well would you look at that. The law of nature playing out right in front of me — big fish trying to eat small fish — and it’s hiding to stay alive :-)
I was starting to enjoy underwater photography
Someone jumped in the water
Although snorkeling in Siete Pecados Marine Park beats what I saw in Boracay, I would visit even better snorkelling sites later on this tour
A rainbow fish having a stare stand off with me
Lots of small fish
I was so enjoying drifting in the water…
… that I forgot it was time to leave.
I went back to the boat as most of the other tourists in our group had gotten out of the water.
We moved on again
We were going to an island to see Kayangan Lake next
This is where I would get my postcard photograph of Coron
There is an entrance fee, but we didn’t have to pay as it was all included in our tour
We now had to climb up a few steep steps
Then we reached a point from where we could get the famous sight of what is popularly photographed as ‘Coron’
This view! You will find this backdrop used in many Coron descriptions, tour promos, etc.
Look at that colour
“I was in Coron!” shot done
We then descended down the narrow stairs
And there it is
This is Kayangan lake, supposed to be the cleanest lake in Palawan
We would get some time to swim in the lake
That’s the island map
I put my DSLR back in and went in with the underwater camera
Swimmers were trying all sorts of things
It was mostly a rocky bottom. No corals.
Kayangan lake is pretty big though. I don’t know how far long visitors are allowed to swim.
These tourists were about to fall off this bamboo raft
As for fish, these small ones were the most common
A fish’s view of what the outside world looks
A lot of fish were congregating nears the steps
These gold-coloured fish were playing hide-and-seek under the steps
I got out of the water and made my way back to the boat. Since I was carrying a heavy backpack, I would take time climbing the narrow stairs, and I didn’t want to delay my group.
It was nearing lunch time. The cooking is all done on the boat.
Grilled fish, pork, seaweed salad and rice
We ate in here
The boat staff ate theirs on board the boat itself
After lunch, we set off for the next coral reef. But I’m keeping that for a separate post. I ended my day by climbing Tapyas Hill, so it’s quite a lot of photos to cram into one post.
Previous posts in this series:
Philippines 2013: Aerial view of Mount Mayon; arriving at Coron
Philippines 2013: Lignon Hill Park, Cagsawa Ruins and Mount Mayon
Philippines 2013: Arriving at Legazpi; going to Donsol to see whale sharks
Philippines 2013: Leaving Boracay; Kalibo to Angeles City
Beachfront hotels and resorts on White Beach, Boracay
Philippines 2013: Bulabog beach, Mount Luho viewpoint and sunset at White Beach
Philippines 2013: Boracay island tour, Puka beach and snorkelling
Philippines 2013: Flying from Manila to Boracay, White Beach
Philippines 2013: Taal Lake Volcano and Peoples Park, Tagaytay
The crap I went through to get my Philippines tourist visa this time