I regretted the day when we did this Coron island hopping last year since I don't have underwater cam that time. Well I do have underwater case but what quality do you expect with a P250.00 worth of plastic casing. Out of 10 you can only get 2 FAIR enough pix (with the emphasis on word FAIR). Coron is the main reason I bought my Canon D10. And now, my D10 is one of the main reasons why I came back. Hihihi! make sense? I'll never get enough of this paradise.
After a breath taking sunset view at Mt. Tapyas, I told Kuya Jason I need to freshen up a bit before we proceed. Humuhulas na ang make-up ko. hahah!! We agreed to meet up at 9am near his boat.. I met him last year and eventually became my friend. I highly recommend this cool boatman. You may contact him in this number 09085053687 if you plan to visit Coron. (Apir kuya!)
The word "mesmerized" is not enough to describe how I felt the moment I swam on water of Siete Picados over again. Everything was nostalgic. (You might want to wear your snorkeling gears before scrolling down. hahah! Feel na feel?)
Now this is Coron! Charming. Captivating. Enchanting.
Now this is Coron! Charming. Captivating. Enchanting.
|thanks for your presence clam! Haven't seen you before|
|Bed of nails|
|Uuuyy! Jelly! hahaha!|
|There you are! Utak na may tumor ulit! hahah! Nice to see you again|
|Halimaw sa banga.. Care to take a peek?|
|Another colorful clam|
|Mga sadistang fish. hahah! Ano ba ang tingin nila sa Sea urchin? Obstacle Course?!|
|Found you Nemo! Pakipot pa yan. lol!|
|Hey Kian, I can't thank you enough for chasing those yellow fishes. I love it!|
Kian is Kuya Jason assistant. He was with me the whole time since I don't like the feeling of snorkeling alone. And yeah, most of the close up pics were taken by him. Clap clap clap! Ikaw na ang muro ami. Hahah! I was wearing a life vest din kasi kaya sometimes I really can't get close to the corals. He was kind enough to capture everything for me. Tinuturo ko lang minsan, dive na siya agad. Awww! Bakit ba ang daming mabait na umaaligid sa malditang katulad ko... Char! hahah! Hindi bagay sakin mag emote. Ang sagwa!
|Rubbing elbows with yellow fishes|
|Gorgeous clams are everywhere|
|and Peace Sign was born..|
Skeleton Wreck naman! Another snorkeling site. That was where we took our lunch. Did I mention I shared my boat with french couple? Right after Kuya Jason and I parted ways sa market, he texted me if it's ok if we will be joined by 2 foreigners. Meron kasing pakalat kalat dun na agent ng mga hotel na naghahanap ng mga guests ng boatman. Ayun, same day, he was asked kung ok lang na isama.
Just a recap, I had 3 to-do things in Coron before I left. First is to mingle with locals which is pretty obvious as I kwento Enzo and Kuya Jason on my previous posts (overexposed na nga e hahah!), Second is to try things I haven't tried before - that's my mangrove kayaking at Kingfisher Park, lastly is to befriend a foreigner and have a picture taken as a proof. Ang galing kasi hindi ko na kailangan mag-effort maghanap. hahah! So sino ba ko para tumanggi no? Shoot!
They were surprised when we docked near Skeleton wreck para ipagluto kami ng lunch. Hindi daw yun kasama sa agreement at wala naman silang dalang kahit ano. Sabi ako, ako ang namili. Medyo na-shy din sila. hihih! If I only knew beforehand, I would have bought food for more people. Hindi tuloy kasya ang ulam. huhuhu! Hindi nakakain si kuya Jason. =(
While eating lunch... (ulam nga pala ay Crabs at pakbet with sawsawang toyo)
French Girl Floriana: "I didn't know lemon can be perfectly paired with Soysauce."
Me: "Oh no.. it's not lemon. We call it Calamansi, Lemon's cousin. hihihi!"
Paubos na ang Pakbet..
Floriana: "What's that? Tastes good."
Me: "That's squash."
Floriana: "Squash?" (seems she didn't get it)
Me: "Uhm.. pumpkin is the other term."
Floriana: "Oh I see. The one being used in Halloween Party right? But I haven't seen Captain Jason (captain talaga?) brought that big veggie out.."Me: "We bought it chopped already. It's his favorite actually."
Kung pwede lang niyang ibalik ang nakalagay sa plato niya pagkasabi ko nun. hahaha! Nakakatuwa reactions nila.
It was the first time they ate crabs. Ang kulit. Pinapanood ako. Biyak 101 moment. hahaha! Sayang hindi ko navideohan e. Nakakahiya. Since they were having a hard time, Kian opened it for them. That kid is so nice.
After eating, snorkel ulit. The underwater sceneries is much more beautiful compared to Siete Picados. I thought I've seen the best. May mas gaganda pa pala... Here we go!
|Beware of this Crown-of-thorn-starfish. It's one of the dangerous creatures of the sea.|
After Kian took a shot on Crown-of-thorn-Starfish (nakakahingal ang pangalan niya), dun ko lang na-realize I saw one in Malapascua,Cebu. Kaya alam kong delikado talaga siya. Sometimes you really have to think twice before doing anything. If he accidentally touch it dahil sinabi kong picturan niya up close, malamang konsensiya to death ako nun. Stupid me. Buti kung wiwi lang ang katapat nun tulad ng sea urchin. hahah!
|♫ Kumukutikutitap bumubusibusilak! ♫ Ang cute nila, Close Open ang drama! haha!|
|Para silang mga kamay na handa kang hatakin anytime!|
|Ulikbang Nemo! Nasobrahan sa araw.. hahah!|
|Kian had a hard time with this one. hihihi! Shyness ang fish na yan!|
O diba may skeleton talaga? Honestly, hindi ko nakita to dati. hihihi! Ang nakita ko lang yung Sangat and Lusong ship which are the famous ones. Those can be seen kahit naked eye. Nakakaloka. hahah! Coron is known for having a lot of of creepy World War II shipwrecks. Kaya siya dinadayo din ng divers. By the way, the french couples are divers but they prefer corals over shipwrecks. Pare-pareho lang naman daw siya kahit sang panig ng mundo e. Yung corals daw natin ang mas gusto nilang makita.They've been to Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Apo Island lang naman. Ako pa yung nahiya. hahah! May laban daw ang Coron ko wag ka! heheh!
I thought it's over. Kala ko wala ng snorkeling site na pupuntahan kasi Coron loop lang. But wait there's more.. Kuya Jason brought us to Coral Garden for free. hooraay! By the way, may sariling hundred island si Coron. For every island you visit, you pay a hundred. Consistent pa rin sila. hahah! Kaya I'm glad there's a free spot. Ito na talaga ang highlight! Get ready to be blown away...
|Isn't it amazing?|
Did I mention snorkeling spot pa lang ito? hahah! Do you really think it's still necessary to dive? Kung di pa naman makuntento niyan ewan ko na lang.. lol!
|And it really is a garden.. hihihi!|
|a whole lot of thorns|
|Ang sarap nilang gawing pet. hahah!|
I'm speechless. Bahala na kayong mag-scroll down ha. Ayoko ng mag-caption. hahaha!
|Spot the sea horse|
|Kian held it for me!|
|Ayun na siya ulit!|
I've been to Malapascua, Anilao and Balicasag but Coron still holds the crown as my favorite underwater world. It never fails to amaze me. I tried my best to appreciate every spot promise. All has its own charm but I think its pretty obvious why I keep on choosing it. It's still and it will always be. (Bias lang. hahah! Joke!)
Sorry mom, whether you like it or not, I will be back in this paradise. But not so soon. (Well if anyone can send me there for free next year why not. hahah!) I do hope Coron can still mesmerize me by that time. Please visit Coron now habang maaga pa at wala pang Coral World Park - first underwater hotel in the Philippines. And don't forget to contact Kuya Jason as your boatman ha - 09085053687 or Kian - 09268274704. Pasensiya na at todo ako ng kaka-promote. Gusto ko talaga silang tulungan. Yung tipong, sila na ang tatanggi sa guest. hahaah! I hope I made you feel what I felt when I was there. Namimiss ko na agad. More Coron loop spots to come... Stay tuned.
Entrance fee per pax:
Siete Picados - 100.00
Skeleton Wreck - 100.00
Coral Garden - free
Coron loop boat rentals ranges from P1400.00 to P2000.00 depending on the number of pax and the boat to be used. Sabihin nyo lang friend nyo ko ha. Para may discount kayo kay kuya Jay. hihihi! If you want to have your lunch in one of the islands, just tell Kuya Jason. He'll be glad to buy and cook it for you. Ang sarap niyang magluto promise. Nga pala. maiinggit lang kayo pag nalaman nyo kung magkano ang siningil sakin ni kuya kaya wag ng magtanong ok? hahah!