Because it doesn’t require much experience and skill, snorkeling is fast becoming the leisure activity for sea vacationers. Snorkeling is going swimming underwater while wearing a mask and a special kind of tube called a snorkel. Compared to scuba diving, it can be done anytime, anywhere by almost anybody. As long as you can swim, you have a mask and a snorkel, and you have access to any kind of body of water, you can snorkel and watch fish and other sea creatures living under the ocean.
In a tropical country with over 7, 107 islands such as the Philippines, snorkeling is a favorite pastime of many tourists, whether local or foreign. What makes it appealing to many vacationers is the ability it offers to observe aquatic life for an extended period of time without having to carry a heavy air tank behind. Suddenly, you don’t have to be a diver to be able to see and experience first-hand how it’s like to swim alongside a variety of fishes and see wonderful corals only often seen in pictures.
In general, because all the islands of Palawan are breathtaking in their beauty, and the seas of Palawan are rich in marine life, any area where the water is shallow is the best place to snorkel. But there are still spots that are most recommended for the activity. Briefly, here are some of the islands you must see:
The Bacuit Bay
The waters of the Bacuit Bay in northern part of Palawan are shallow, thus making it possible to see the magnificent corals at the bottom. The bay is home to creatures like manta rays, sea turtles and whale sharks.
The Miniloc Island
The Miniloc Island in El Nido is a good place to snorkel. There are multitudes of fish of different kinds and colors and being around them will be an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.
The Coron Island
The Coron Island is most famous for its Japanese ship wrecks and is a favorite spot of many divers. The island is beautiful and its sea is filled with lots of fish of different and colorful variety. Soft and hard corals are in abundance as well.
The Taytay Bay
The Taytay Bay has four marine parks that are also famous amongst divers. Different species of fish can be found here. The islands are good for those just beginning to snorkel and enjoy the wonderful experience such activity offers.
The Honda Bay
The Honda Bay is near Puerto Princesa, the capital of the province of Palawan. A tour of the islands in Honda Bay will provide a good opportunity to snorkel. There are countless islands in the bay and most have shallow waters that are good for swimming.
The Siete Pecados
The Siete Pecados in Coron is a magnificent cluster of islands with a rich and highly diverse underwater life. There are many fishes and snorkelers will find themselves being swarmed by them. The waters are shallow and the corals are in good condition.
The common denominator of all these islands is the clear blue water that’s so lucid you can see the very bottom from above the surface. And in Palawan, you don’t need to dive into deep waters to see the wonders of nature under the sea. Stunning corals and colorful fishes can be seen at even a mere 5 feet underwater. Snorkeling in Palawan is indeed a magical experience you’re sure to remember your whole life.
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