Saturday, July 25, 2009

Coron Island Hopping Banana Loop

Day 2

We were up early that morning, met up with DIY group who were the ones who took us to a 2 Days trip-Coron-Banana Island Loop. We met Judith, the coordinator & Tommy & two boatmen. Our first hop is at Siete Picados. The 7 Islets serve as a marine sanctuary. Teff & Ma'am Cinch enjoyed snorkeling but they didn't see much fish or corals that time. 

The second hop is at Kayangan Lake, once had the title of the cleanest lake in the Philippines. There are so many boats then even if it wasn't peak season. Major impact on tourism was brought by the new flights from several airlines. Our boat was interlinked to the other boats in front of us, and we had to pass through them to reach the dock. It was high tide, the water reached mid-calf. The trek to the lake has always been an ordeal for some, but it's rewarding when you reached the Emerald lake. Teff & Judith immediately swam across. But we stayed on the sides upon the sharp rocks. The water is very clear and the school of fish didn't shy away.

At lunch, we ate in the picnic hut with our feet submerged in water. We enjoyed a yummy lunch of grilled small Tuna, liempo & enselada as side dish. From time to time, we would squirm or shriek a bit because crablets & shrimps kept on pinching our toes.  

 On our third hop, we went to Barracuda Lake. The three of us really don't know how to swim, so we had a hard time on the water. A boatman helped me reach the other portion of the lake. I sat on the sharp rocks. The lake water is brackish and shrimps kept on following us. The lake is so serene, tourist seldom go to that place. We had it all to ourselves. We also passed by the Twin Lakes but we weren't able to pass through because the cave entrance was filled with water due to the high tide.

On the 4th hop, we went to Banol Beach, one of my favorite places in Coron. It's protected by the Tagbanuas, it's a part of their ancestral land. 

Our last hop for the day is at Skeleton Wreck. Coron Bay is known for wreck diving, because during the World War2. Several Japanese Ships sank here. The girls snorkeled and there are so many fish gathering around them. Teff even saw a part of the ship, but it’s unrecognizable.

It’s already late afternoon when our big boat journeyed to Banana Island. We reached it through the rough seas just before sunset. The island is found at the southern part of the Calamianes. It has a vast span of white/ light beige beach with several huts. There were also tourists there from a cruise ship from Puerto Galera. I was watching the sunset while munching on honey-dipped cashew nuts, when Grace & Ma'am Cinch joined me. I lie down for a while staring at the sky, and wishing for the clear skies the next day.

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