Last Independence Day weekend, I was able to try snorkeling for the very first time at Puerto Galera. It was both fun and scary at the same time. Fun because I was able to see the fishes and coral reefs up-close. Scary because I was able to see the coral reefs up-close. With gigantic sea urchins. Eek.
I should also disclose that I didn’t know how to swim before this trip (asides from the occasional floating which does not count) and I have a fear of drowning since I was pushed to a six feet pool when I was 8. But my uncles did kind of force me to learn how to swim before the snorkeling activity (another post on that later) and we have a life vest, so I’m good.
A small boat carried us to the middle of the sea, in which we got off and hold onto it as it moves around the Coral Garden. We got to see lots of colorful fishes, something that looks like eels, lots of corals, and plenty of huge sea urchins. At one point, I was trying to place my legs back to the boat since the sea urchins were really huge and I feel like they’re going closer to me. Haha!
We were also given bread to feed the fishes. We just hold it out and in a second, the fishes will be all over you. I was so surprised that I let go of the bread and the fishes devoured it in seconds! It’s cute to see them up close and personal, though.
I’ll let the photos do the talking now. It’s a bit LQ since they’re only screenshots from a video a took. I somehow didn’t take videos of the really colorful fishes and corals. Oh well. No regrets.
Will I try snorkeling again? Definitely! But in the part of the ocean with much lesser sea urchins! If those things can swim, we have been stung a hundred times over. They’re really scary looking and I almost stepped on one during my visit to Burot Beach. Never again.