|If you can see the nose-looking rock and its two nostrils, you have made it to Ilong Island at Puerto Galera|
In the last blog, I wrote about our most recent Puerto Galera trip. What I didn't include in that post was the island hopping and snorkeling at the Coral Garden that went on. To rectify the situation, I bring to you the ins and outs of enjoying a bit of Puerto Galera.
|Gatorade colored water - so pretty!!|
|another water adventure in the making with our ultimate water baby|
|it's a wonderful day to go exploring!|
|talk about biodiversity!|
Our first stop was the stunning Coral Garden. As we got to the marine sanctuary, our boatman explained to us that given that the area was a protected zone, standard sized motorized boats were not permitted to go over the area. Instead, a smaller boat would take us to the actual snorkeling site. We were charged an extra P200/person for the second boat rental.
|hold on tight!|
|MAX hugging mama for dear life as I held on to the rubber tubing|
Once you get to the Coral Garden, the water, thanks to the reef, becomes a little bit shallower. However, you're better off floating and swimming rather than trying to step on corals as there are sea urchins on the bottom.
|one of our boatmen pulled out 2 of the spines. The 3rd however broke off and stayed under my skin (see black dot)|
|urchin spines or not, seeing this boy enjoy the trip ws sooo worth it!|
Our boat started to drift to the area where there were seriously like 50 sea urchins (baseball sized creatures). Luckily, the spines may hurt but are not poisonous. My toe experienced pins and needles for the rest of the afternoon, but that was the worst part of it, after the initial pain. But then again, I digress. Let's get back to the good parts:
|snorkeling in clear waters, using the perfect mask the easy breathe|
|after getting him to learn how to swim on his own, we're trying to get him to swim once more with a life vest on (just when we're in open water)|
|huge nostrils behind us|
|Phil singing his ode to the sun|
|on hindsight, I should've just gone to the market and asked our boatmen to help cook our lunch. If we weren't hungry, we would've stayed longer|
In here, makeshift huts/eateries were built as a stop for the hungry traveler.
The prices were surprisingly reasonable, with P120/meal (includes a huge portion of a viand of your choice, a cup of rice and an 8 oz bottle of soda).
|a huge bowl of sinigang na liempo - could feed 3 people, costs about 150. Comes wit rice and soda|
|good stuff in a cup!|
|fried tilapia, grilled pork belly (and one grilled tilapia, coming up). Try the red eggs ensalada there. The salted eggs are seriously good!|
|additonal grilled tilapia for 3rd child, Kicco|
|Boatmens Makmak and Erick - couldn't have asked for better guides!!|
As for our boatmen's lunch, the island restos have a referral program of sorts, that since they brought us there for lunch, our boatmen get to eat for free.
|MAX plays with the local kids. Here we see him being taught how to dive off an outrigger by one of the kids who go diving for coins thrown by boat passengers|
|luckily, they didn't leave us stranded on the island when we didn't bring enough cash for the other stuff :)|
|awesome day with the boys|
|someone's too pooped to party wile I send out my love to the PAPArazzi who made this day possible|
Food is decent, varied (seriously lots of options) and most importantly, inexpensive.
|all meat platter at a resto at the White Beach|
|I'd rather run away to fire dance than join the circus lol|
Don't forget to tip. You could also get one of them to teach you some of the basic moves.
|find peace and traquility in the many micro beaches and islands of Puerto Galera #thatNamasteMoment|
To get to Puerto Galera, please check out our blog : EN ROUTE TO PUERTO GALERA: HOW TO GET THERE.
|the big boys insisted on riding the back of the pick up, right after we went island hopping. Getting rained isn't so bad, until you realize that your back and shoulders are sun burnt :) xoxo|