I felt like Jacques Cousteau! Thousands of colorful creatures swam throughout me. I saw brilliant yellow fins and sky blue bodies. There were purple and orange fish, and a few that had been chocolate brown with white polka dots. The fish arrived an endless array of size and shapes as well as a rainbow of hues, even a lovely neon pink. It was amazing!
Snorkeling over the coast of Boracay Island during the Philippines travel itinerary would have been a memorable experience. Twelve individuals rented a boat one morning to possess a have a look at a nearby coral reef and its interesting inhabitants. Our guide Dee Dee and her brother-in-law Henry took us out to Crocodile Island. There are no crocodiles there, but viewed from afar the outline of the island is truly crocodilian. Outfitted with high quality snorkeling equipment we maneuvered our way over the bamboo struts on either sides in our boat and plunged into the water. The scene below was like something out of your Jacques Cousteau National Geographic special. The water around Boracay is pristine, supposedly the clearest within the world, thus providing an extraordinary view with the coral sailing floor.
Everywhere I looked there seemed to be an exceptional sort of coral. Some resembled giant mushrooms; others were a lot more like cauliflower heads or domes with mazes etched into them. I saw inky black coral that have the contour of porcupine quills among others that seemed like a person’s brain. One reminded me of giant fingers and another was imprinted having a design much like that on a cameo brooch or necklace.
The waters around Boracay are known for their sharks, but fortunately none came our way. We did view a jelly fish nonetheless it kept its distance. I was impressed using the royal blue starfish everywhere along with a monochrome striped sea snake. Only later did I find out it was poisonous. After approximately one hour our guide Dee Dee said it turned out time to head back. I was the past one out in the water. I just couldn’t get enough from the ocean landscape below us.
Young Boracay men were hovering around our snorkeling boat in little outrigger canoes that have been set with coconuts. For about fifty cents you may buy a coconut having a straw and drink its juice. It was the perfect way to finish our snorkeling experience.
We had more excitement to come however. As we headed home and rounded the end of Boracay Island the waves grew bigger and bigger. Soon our boat was rocking dangerously laterally and we could see Henry struggling in the tire to keep us headed straight on into the waves. When Dee Dee instructed us to any or all put our life jackets on, I got just a little nervous. That feeling only intensified when Dee Dee started to finger the cross around her neck and whisper, “Jesus save us. God protect us.” I admit I basically held my breath till we rounded the cape with the
Boracay and entered more placid waters. Although I wouldn’t want to survive through those tense fifteen or 20 minutes again they did help insure that snorkeling on Boracay Island in the Philippines is not an experience I am likely to ever forget!