But it was until my recent visit to Puerto Princesa when I finally realized what I missed all this time - the interesting and mesmerizing creatures below sea level.
Our last day in Palawan was spent in the beach. Three islands in a day in Honda Bay was a total blast. Thanks to our very effecient guide, Kuya Ryan.
Tour costs 1,100 per person, it includes van and boat rentals, permits and entrance fees, lifevests, and buffet lunch. Snorkeling gears and underwater camera protection is exluded in the package.
I was planning to buy a cheap underwater camera for our Palawan trip. But friends and other travel forums advised me not to, as there were a lot of underwater camera case for rent in the port. So much to my disappoint when they only have camera case for compact point and shoot digital cameras. Grrrh! Since non would fit for my dear LX5, we ended up renting another P&S camera for 600 pesos, with camera case and free batteries.
We had our first dip at the Pambato reef. It's my first to snorkeling so is my mother dear, who, at first, had a hard time navigating her gears.
I find Pambato reef very unique as this is like a balsa-material-made-little-port floating right in the middle of the ocean.
But this isn't a very good spot for snorkeling as the waters are dark, you could hardly see any fish or corals. J had to go deeper to get a good view, but nothing very spectacular.
First attempt with my rented underwater camera.
We stayed for almost an hour in Pambato Reef. I think, J and I were the last ones to get off the waters. Untrue to its name, if this will be our pambato to any coral reefs competition, sure it won't get any prize.
It's called Pandan Island as there are a lot of pandan plants in the area. Among the three island we visited, this one's the most beautiful.
After placing our bags in the rented cottage, J and I rushed the seas and started snorkeling again.
Here comes my AWE-WOW-moment.
Some of the fish were territorial. At some point, J stood up to one of the stoned corals, and one fish was bitting his foot, until he decided to leave the area.
|J: pinatawag ko kayong lahat..para sa isang mahalagang pulong..*haha*|
And in case, you got nothing else to do underwater...
Just before we left the island, I bade goodbye to a cutie friend. He joined us in our lunch, he ate some of my food and leftovers. Wish I can take him home. Tsk tsk.
Fret not, as there are no snakes in the island, only its shoreline looks like one.
Here, fishes are bigger and more aggressive. Though they're not as lovely as the ones in Pandan Island. Water's greyish. Less corals.
Mom did enjoyed her first camera trick shot in the island.
I tried exploring the other end of the shoreline, as I wanted to check the 'snake' in the island. But there's
really nothing special with the coast.
... so J decided to 'planked' himself again...
Past 2pm, we headed back to the port. while on our way, the rain started to pour out. which reminded me, if it had been so sunny, I wouldn't enjoy the beach that much. Good thing, the weather joined my sweet sojourn with the sea. Haha.
We arrived the city and went back to the tiangge for our last minute pasalubong shopping.
Aroud 6pm, we went to Kinabuchs for our dinner. Kinabuchs (kina-Butch, as the owners name is butch) is only open in the afternoon, 4pm-2am.
|that's real..for your eyes only!|
Here, they serve the must-try croc meats in three different menu - adobado, bicol express and sisig.
Al-fresco dinning Kinabuchs could get crowded in the evening as this is one of the famous bars in town. They say your visit to Palawan won't be complete without a visit in this restuarant.
Another must-try in the restaurant is the famous tamilok (woodworm), which we didn't care as according to mama, we have a lot of this in Taganaan.
*All underwater photos taken from Canon P&S camera*