Sunken Ships and Super Snorkelling
Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
56Trip End Mar 31, 2014
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Smith Coral Garden
Our first snorkel site is called Skeleton Wreck
Banol Beach is like one of those postcards with a 'paradise' picture on it. It has spotless white powder sand and warm turquiose water. Stunning. We fetch our lunch from the boat and settle down into a little open-sided beach hut for some delicious fruit. Yum yum. First we try some grapes which are far to sweet for Anna. Ian manages to eat a few before his teeth rot away and fall out. Putting the grapes away, we get out the mango. We did have two but one escaped overboard in the rough sea. The sweet suculent mango turns out to be super-sour. It's far far too sour for Anna. Ian struggles to eat it and manages to get a fair bit down before it turns his face inside out
Next stop is Twin Lagoon and surely the most awesome place this island has to offer. We sail into the first lagoon, which is wide with towering cliffs, and park the boat next to a bamboo walkway. Okay we think, this place is nice. Then our captain points out a narrow crack in the cliff face. He tells us that through the crack is the other (twin) lagoon. You can get through the crack in two ways, you can either swim under the low opening or climb up over the top, up some wooden ladders and through the narrow opening. We jump in excited and start to swim. Anna takes the low entrnce, while Ian climbs the wooden ladders to the high one. Ian dives (bellyflops) down to Anna on the otherside and we swim into the twin lagoon together. It is wonderfully peaceful and we are the only people here. Just like the lagoon on the other side, this one also has high cliffs and clear water which fluxuates from hot to cold in waves. We swim around this magical, isolated lagoon, feeling blessed to be in such a fantastic place. It is worth hiring a boat just to visit this beautiful lagoon.
Our final stop is Smith Coral Garden. Here the water is so shallow that snorkelling over the majority of coral is impossible, due to the potential dangers of sea urchins and sharp rocks
Later that everning we eat at a Frech bistro we read about in the Lonely Planet. And it turns out that the Lonely Planet isn't completely useless as they got this one right. The food is outstanding. Ian's favourite meal of the philippines and we decide to have breakfast there in the morning. Two beers later it was time for a spot of drunk-packing for our flight to Cebu tomorrow, then a confy nights sleep on our wooden matress and polystyrene pillows.
Bye Bye Coron, it has been wonderful.