The world is bigger than we could possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. I am inspired by each of your stories, just waiting to be told. Coron is lesser known than Boracay and Cebu,less commercialized with less people and the sea left to its own natural habitat, unspoilt beaches, less light pollution for clear night skies far from city lights ideal for night photography – things that make it perfect for an “escapade”Isolated places needs one to be mentally prepared for compromises. They are obviously hard to reach and often with only bare necessities. A flight to Manila and then another flight to Busuanga Island. Then an hours car ride to the ferry. A thirty minute ferry ride and we arrive at Sangat Island Dive resort.As the boat arrives towards Sangat, the deep blue but calm sea suddenly becomes bright and transparent green as you see through the rock bottom . Then you notice blobs of white plastic like things floating on the waters . Not long before you realize that they are jelly fish.An evening at the stunning Rock bar is well spent watching the sun set.Also striking is the calmness of the inlet and Sangat’s shores . It does depend on the weather and winds but relatively speaking sangat has very calm waters . In low ride in the evening it almost becomes the worlds largest transparent swimming pool with still clear water bathed in red-orange sunset.The Rock Bar with jet black starry night in the backdrop. I spotted at least four bright dots moving steadily in the deep sky. Most likely artificial satellites.The thing about night photography is that its all about trials and patience for that perfect shot. And sometimes a scare too. Some on lookers were curious to see what I was doing in pitch darkness in the beach but I continued to focus on what I wanted to capture. Among others who were curious was a large black in house island dog and it shocked me as it quietly crept up on me from behind as I was concentrating on getting the camera settings right.
30 second exposure at F 3.5 with ISO of 1600The next day it was a day trip island hopping. First stop was Calumbuyan island. Descent snorkeling area where we spotted the Stone Fish. This fish is a master of camouflage as it sits quietly in the sea floor. Occasionally with bumpy movement as it tries to catch prey. They have venomous spikes all over their body and stepping onto one of them squeezes the venom into your leg resulting in agonizing pain. The only solace is that you wont die but as they say you may prefer to die!Next stop was Pass Island. This turned out to be a snorkeling heaven. The water was clear teaming with multitude variety of fish and corals.Back on the boat again and now to discover the Gun Boat Wreck near Lusong Island, Coron
Finally , the last morning at Sangat. While very happy and relaxed , I somehow felt something was missing . I put on my snorkeling gear for one last dip into the clear morning waters. After navigating through for five minutes, I turned back to return to the beach. As I turned I noticed a distinct looking creature. A jelly fish alright but a jelly fish like no other. I was two feet away from the Chironex fleckeri – arguably the most venomous creature on this planet. If the multitude of tentacles wrap around your leg or body, the excruciating pain will drown even an expert swimmer and even if you manage to float or swim back to the shore, chances are that the neuro toxin will stop your heart and you will die within two to four minutes.While heading back to Busuanga island, we take a detour and stop by the island of Coron. The above is the stunning view while climbing steps to reach Kayangan lake.Kayangan lake is stunning. It is perhaps one of the cleanest lake in the world, surrounded by mountains all around creating a serene , quiet and natural environment. No wonder a notice read – “Kill nothing but time, take nothing but memories.”A swim to a secret cave at the edge of the lake is not to be missed.
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