You can’t just get enough of fun. The next stop is Twin Lagoon. And yes, it was as awesome. You have to pass through an opening in between rock formations to reach the Twin Lagoon.
After a boat ride, there are two ways to enter the Twin Lagoon. Either you go up a ladder or swim under a small opening under the rocks. Boatmen said going under the rocks are easier during low tides but every one is asked to be careful to avoid hitting one’s head.
The wreck is in Lusong Island. The ship was believed to be a gunboat or a submarine hunter.
Since the wreck lies on shallow waters, this has become an attraction for snorkeling and shallow diving. Various fishes and hard corals are found in the wreck from the sea surface.
My little research tells me that the Japanese ships sunk in this area after the US Navy launched a massive air strike on the supply fleet in Sept. 24, 1944. The fleet was anchored on Coron Bay. In a bid to hide the fleet, Japanese fighters covered it with trees and plants.
But at the end of the day’s air strike, US fighter aircraft and dive bombers claimed to have sunk 24 vessels. After six decades, 12 of the wrecks in recent years. Eight of them are close together in Coron Bay, the others are slightly further afield.
I hope to dive at these wrecks in Coron in the future. But the brief tour of the Skeleton Wreck already gives me the eagerness to plan my next diving trip in Coron. A three-dive package complete with Dive Master and scuba equipment costs about P 3,000/day. Not bad when it is more expensive in some areas in Batangas.
Our boat anchored at the Atwayan Beach for our lunch. The boatmen went to cook the seafood we bought from the local market as my sister and I went to the beach to snorkel, feeding fish out of pandesal bread. My dad and brother stayed at the nipa hut, rested as we waited for the big lunch of inihaw ng porkchop and sugpo, sinigang na isda and pinakbet.
Last drop: Siete Pescados
We went to Siete Pescados, the last place we went to during this tight three-day trip. One of the many firsts and memorable trips with my family. It was already raining and out tour guides told us we have to pack up since it is getting late, and the rains could be unpredictable.
Despite the rains, the snorkeling adventure here was still fun. Since Siete Pescados is declared a Marine Park, fishermen are not allowed to catch fish here. The “coastguards” are quick to shoo away small fishermen who’d anchor to catch fishes. Only tourist boats are allowed here. There is a fee of P 100 per person to those who will visits the site for snorkeling.
A no garbage policy is also strictly imposed.
The fish species here are colorful…you can almost touch them, swim along with them…it’s just wonderful.