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Snorkeling in Puerto Galera

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

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.

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

Snorkeling in Puerto Galera; Richel Goes Places

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.Β Never again.

Have you tried snorkeling before?

xoxo, Richel V.

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102 Comments

  • Reply
    louise
    July 9, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Looks like loads of fun!

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      Richel V.
      July 10, 2016 at 7:49 AM

      It was! πŸ™‚

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    Alyse (J.X.L.)
    July 5, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    The sea looks so much clearer from underwater than looking down on it! The reefs look so intriguing. I would’ve been all over, touching them.

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      Richel V.
      July 5, 2016 at 12:31 PM

      You would? I’m too scared to even brush my feet on it! There were sea urchins everywhere!

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    ivana split
    July 3, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    the sea looks so clear…..how cute are all those fish?
    it must have been an awesome experience.

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 4, 2016 at 4:14 PM

      It really was! πŸ™‚

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    Vienna de francia
    July 3, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    I can never pull-off snorkeling! I get claustrophobic with the mask! I love swimming though, and your photos makes me want to go to the nearest beach!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 4, 2016 at 5:09 PM

      That sucks. It’s a whole new world down there!

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    Tamara
    June 28, 2016 at 6:06 AM

    This reminded me of that time I went snorkelling in Koh Samui! Such a great experience isn’t it? Those pictures are absolutely lovely and it seems like you had a great time!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 11:28 AM

      Just googled that place and it looks amazing! I would love to try scuba diving next time tho. xx

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    The Style Contour
    June 28, 2016 at 4:11 AM

    This looks like so much fun and the water looks absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      It was really fun! Have a nice week ahead, Jalisa! πŸ™‚

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    Amber
    June 28, 2016 at 2:18 AM

    I went snorkeling like 10+ years ago in Hawaii at Honaoma Bay (spelling? lol!) in Oahu and it was so fun!! Looks like y’all are having a blast in these photos!!

    β™₯
    Amber
    All the Cute
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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 5:45 PM

      I would love to snorkel in Hawaii or just be in Hawaii, period. One of the things in my bucketlist! <3

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    Candace
    June 28, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Looks like loads of fun! Snorkeling is definitely on my bucket list. Love all the pretty fish <3

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 5:47 PM

      Haven’t you tried it best? It’s amazing swimming with the pool of fishes. <3

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    Maria Abad
    June 27, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    I just want to replicate this trip, looks like so much fun Richel.
    XO,
    Maria
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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 11:30 AM

      It was loads of fun, Maria! πŸ™‚

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    Gabrielle
    June 27, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Oh wow, you weren’t kidding when you said colourful fish – they’re so unique, beautiful! The colour of the water is really special as well πŸ™‚

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    x

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 5:46 PM

      The photos didn’t do them justice. The water was actually really, really clear at this part of the ocean. You don’t have to snorkel/dive to see the fishes and corals!

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    Katha
    June 27, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    What a great adventure πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx Katha
    showthestyle.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 11:30 AM

      Definitely an adventure. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    LENPARENT
    June 27, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Amazing photos! Love it! Thanks for sharing darling! Happy Monday!
    much love,Len
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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 11:29 AM

      Thank you, Len. Have a great week ahead! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    dousedinpink
    June 27, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Your photos are incredible! You got some great shots!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 11:29 AM

      Thank you, Jill! πŸ™‚

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    myvoguestyle
    June 27, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    I can see you had a great time girl, I used to do this with my dad in Mexico and now i wish I could do it again!

    Have a great day, xx

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2016 at 11:29 AM

      Won’t you be able to do it again? Summer’s already over here so it’ll be months before I get the chance to do it again! πŸ™‚

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    wheetnee
    June 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    This looks SO fun and love the underwater shots you took! I’d love to do that and feed fishes, that sounds so fun!!

    Macarons and Mischief

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 1:01 PM

      It was so fun! There was more than a dozen of fishes who came near me when I put out the bread! So crazy and fun! πŸ™‚

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    Sora
    June 27, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Oh my gosh, this looks incredible! So jealous. Looks like you had such an amazing time!

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:34 PM

      It’s definitely a great time! I especially loved feeding the fishes! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Mei
    June 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Been to Puerto Galera twice but never tried snorkeling there yet! Haha Parang staycation lang kasi ginagawa namin dun haha how much did you pay for it? Or was it part of a package?
    Basing on the photos, parang mababaw lang yung pinag-snorkelingan? Hehe pero I know madaya yan haha kasi nung nagsnorkeling kami sa Moalboal, mukhang mababaw lang pero grabe nakakatakot sa lalim haha
    I also don’t know how to swim, languy-languyan lang haha so it’s really scary for me. That was the time I realized I am afraid of the “under the sea world”. But still, I want to face it, so I’ve snorkeled twice na haha

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 9:50 AM

      More of staycation din kami but since we were there for 3 days, we tried water activities + beach bumming. Haha! This was worth Php250 per person, inclusive of the life vest and snorkeling gear.

      It looks mababaw but it’s not!! The photos in here yung medyo mababaw na part, as in maaapakan mo na yung corals and sea urchins, huhu. Then sa deeper parts, parang maapakan mo pa rin pero it’s not. It’s so deep!! Optical illusions yung peg, haha.

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    Nicole Marie
    June 27, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Looks like such an amazing experience! I’ve never gone snorkeling before and don’t know how to swim either. It’s great that you were able to learn during the drip. I’d be so afraid of stepping on things as well >_<

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:26 PM

      The fear on stepping on ANYTHING is very real! If I could make sure my legs doesn’t touch the water, I would! Haha!

  • Reply
    Rea
    June 26, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    I’ve tried snorkeling in Samal Island. They also call the place Coral Garden. I don’t know how to swim too so I wore a life vest. I’d be delighted to see fishes but I’d be scared to see even one sea urchin! Haha. I’d love to visit Puerto Galera someday though! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 1:06 PM

      Same, gurl! Vice versa, I want to see Samal Island as well. I’m not a beach person, but I’m loving being in the sea. xx

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    Mica
    June 26, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    I’ve never been snorkeling before but I’d love to one day – this looks like a lot of fun even if you were a little scared of the sea urchins! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:50 PM

      It was a fun! I’d prefer it if it were all corals and fishes tho. Hehe.

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    Alice Shiya
    June 26, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Oh my god this looks freaking amazing!! But it must’ve been a bit terrifying as well if you didn’t know how to swim. This would top anything I could ever do for the 4th!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 1:03 PM

      My mom didn’t know how to swim but she loved seeing the fishes and the corals. She did get a bit dizzy when she realized just how deep the other corals are! Haha.

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    Maria
    June 26, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    I hope you had great fun.
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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM

      It was loads of fun. xx

  • Reply
    Louann Kristy (@louannkristy)
    June 25, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Great photos !!! Makes me want to go snorkeling now. πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:32 PM

      Thanks!! Go do it. πŸ™‚

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    JOYCE
    June 25, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    This is so cool! <3 I've always wanted to try snorkeling but i'm too afraid and I can't swim. huhu
    Anyway, God bless and enjoy on your next travel <3

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM

      Thank you, Joyce! It’s okay if you can’t swim since they gave life vests for each person! πŸ™‚

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    Amy Ann
    June 25, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    I have snorkeled once, and it is one of my all time favorite memories. Looks amazing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 1:01 PM

      Thank you, Amy. Can’t wait to try it again! xx

  • Reply
    Eena
    June 25, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Beautiful underwater shots! I miss snorkeling, it’s such a fun activity.

    Eena / Cabin Twenty-Four

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM

      Glad you liked them, Eena! I can’t wait to do it again. xx

  • Reply
    RV
    June 25, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    I haven’t been to Puerto Galera because all along, I thought it’s a destination for people who likes to party! I didn’t know that we can snorkel there. Haha. I finally have the reason now to include Puerto Galera on my lists of places to visit. Thanks, Richel! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:56 PM

      I haven’t heard of that! Haha. All I know is that the activities in Bora can also be tried here. Bummed out that I wasn’t able to go parasailing but snorkeling here has been fun. I actually thought this was a place for relaxation and disconnection from the real world, chill and quiet. Or maybe that’s because we didn’t stay at the public beaches. πŸ™‚

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    Shannon at Gamine & Stripes
    June 25, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Wow what a fun adventure. I love under water photos. Great job!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:51 PM

      Thanks, Shannon. πŸ™‚

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    Mel Carr
    June 25, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Snorkling is the best! I had never heard of Puerto Galera but it looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    – Mel
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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:54 PM

      It’s in the Philippines. Kind of a remote island for itself and the corals were beautiful at this part of the country. πŸ™‚

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    Kandice
    June 25, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    I admit, I am seriously scared of the sea and everything in and with it. But I love snorkeling (I won’t go as deep tho) and this makes me crave the sea more (with perfectly good distance between the depth and me)

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      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:52 PM

      Same! I refused to let go of the boat. My brother was swimming down towards the corals and I’m like “no”.

  • Reply
    rosie
    June 25, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    These pictures are so amazing . . . I am dying to go snorkeling.

    Life is just Rosie

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 12:51 PM

      Thank you! Try snorkeling. You won’t regret it. πŸ™‚

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    Sheena
    June 25, 2016 at 1:24 AM

    The view under the sea is amazing! Nice underwater shots!

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      Richel V.
      June 25, 2016 at 6:09 AM

      Thank you, Sheena! It’s much better to see it with your own eyes! πŸ™‚

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    Aly
    June 25, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    Ginawa ko din yan dati pa.. Kaso di pako blogger πŸ™‚

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 25, 2016 at 6:08 AM

      I’m sure you’ll be able to do it again! πŸ˜‰

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    Lou
    June 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    I honestly haven’t tried snorkeling before. As much as I love to go to the beach, I’m really scared of the water, lol. By the way, you have a nice photos Richel πŸ™‚

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      Richel V.
      June 25, 2016 at 6:15 AM

      I don’t know what happened to me in this trip but I loved getting into the water that time! Haha. Hope you can try it soon, Lou. Thanks!!

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    Mira
    June 24, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    It looks like you had an amazing time and your pictures have turned out really well! I would love to try snorkelling one day although I am a bit afraid of it too – not so much of drowning but of the unknown. xx

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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 6:17 PM

      There’s definitely many unknown in the sea! I don’t really plan on going much deeper because that’s scary. Haha! Hope you get to try it soon, Mira. xx

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    Reg Rodriguez
    June 24, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    I’m glad you enjoyed! I’m also not a very good swimmer and there was a time snorkeling that there was a sea snake below and I panicked!! I think it’s important to just be chill and trust the life vest, hehe! And yes, NEVER AGAIN TO MARCOS!!!

    x Reg
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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 2:50 PM

      Eek! I’ve never seen a sea snake – or at least, a live one. I saw a dead one near shore and that still scared me! Haha!

      PS. I just had to insert the never again to Marcos clause at the end. Haha!

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    Sakuranko
    June 24, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    I never snorkeling before because I donΒ΄t know how swim T.T
    Thanks for share your amazing pics
    xx

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM

      They offer life vests tho! Go try it at least once. It’s worth it, I promise. πŸ˜€

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    Denise
    June 24, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    I never tried snorkeling, but your pictures look so amazing, that I think I would like to try it! So courageous, you didn’t know how to swim, so good you learned before! I think it was totally worth! Hope you have a very nice weekend!
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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 4:12 PM

      Totally worth the scare the sea urchins bought! Hope you can give it a try one of these days! πŸ˜€

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    Pia Bona
    June 24, 2016 at 5:35 AM

    Ahhhh what a pleasant experience! I’ll make this a priority next time I go home.

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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 10:31 AM

      Yes! I think a whole lot of our beaches are good for snorkeling. πŸ™‚

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    Anna Em
    June 24, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    That looks amazing! I literally cannot swim but I did surprise myself last year by canonballing into a river!! With a floatation vest, granted, but even at that I can’t imagine myself doing what you did! Props to you.

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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 4:58 PM

      I have to admit to be scared to do that! They said it hurt when you’re wearing a vest when doing a jump. Maybe next time, I’ll jump! Haha.

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    putallonme
    June 23, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    I was snorkeling last year in Egypt and it was my first time, I have to admit that I was bit scared to be in the middle of the sea but as soon as I saw the underwater world I forget everything and enjoy the moment – so magical, right? πŸ™‚
    xx
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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 4:55 PM

      It was really magical – until I saw the huge sea urchins with two white dots. It’s like they’re staring at me. They give me the creeps, haha!

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    Nerdy Maria
    June 23, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    It looks like so much fun! I have never tried snorkeling but I love to one day. Tho I can’t swim either, haha.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

      Always ask for life vest, haha! Hope you get to try it soon, Leta. It’s loads of fun!

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    wordsbykatie
    June 23, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    This is so amazing! What an insanely wonderful experience! Thanks for sharing your pictures πŸ™‚

    Katie // wordsbykatie.com

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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      Glad you liked it! Were you able to snorkel before?

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    Renee Alexis
    June 23, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    I remember the first time I was able to snorkel when we went to Camiguin, it was the best feeling in the world! Well, for me that is, because I’m a mermaid (by heart). I love the pictures, I really have to get one of those underwater cameras so I can document my sea adventures! Hoping to visit Puerto Galera soon! πŸ˜€

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      Richel V.
      June 24, 2016 at 3:59 PM

      Hi Renee! You can try SJCAM (the one I’m using) or Xiami Xi action cam. They’re cheaper than GoPro and the quality is great for its price. πŸ˜€

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        Renee Alexis
        June 24, 2016 at 4:32 PM

        Great! Thanks for these recommendation Rich, will definitely look for these brands. πŸ˜€

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          Richel V.
          June 24, 2016 at 4:54 PM

          No prob! πŸ˜€

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    Bea
    June 23, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    My officemate said that Puerto Galera has one of the prettiest corals and fishes. I love the black fishes though. I hope I can try this too soon.

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      Richel V.
      June 23, 2016 at 1:50 PM

      My aunts and uncles who has been to Boracay and Batangas beaches agreed that Puerto Galera has one of the prettiest corals and fishes. The black fishes are cute. But I guess someone deleted my video of the deeper parts of the ocean with the other fishes and corals. Where did you try snorkeling? πŸ™‚

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        Bea
        June 23, 2016 at 6:19 PM

        I’ve snorkeled in Balicasag Island in Bohol and its just okay. The coral on your photos are prettier. Aw, sayang yung videos! πŸ™

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          Richel V.
          June 24, 2016 at 4:09 PM

          I wonder which beach in the PH has the prettiest corals. I’m working on recovering the videos! *fingers crossed*

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    Mitzie Mee
    June 23, 2016 at 4:50 AM

    That’s some really amazing shots! It’s a whole new world down there, isn’t it? In Denmark, we learn to swim in school, but I can imagine it gets harder to learn, when you’re older. Well done, that you managed to learn how to swim in such a short time:)

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      Richel V.
      June 23, 2016 at 10:46 AM

      Definitely a whole new world down there! Makes me want to dry scuba diving next.

      There’s a lot more to improve in my swimming, but I’m just pleased that I can do it. It serves as an inspiration that all my aunts and uncles were swimming around me and I was left out, haha!

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    Beatrice
    June 23, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Ah! Those sea urchins look terrifying. I went snorkeling in Mexico once and I saw one but it was only one so it wasn’t too bad. That’s so cool that you got to feed the fish! You got some great photos!

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      Richel V.
      June 23, 2016 at 10:34 AM

      For a good five minutes straight, we saw loads of sea urchins bundled up together! Really scared the hell out of me. Haha! Feeding the fishes was my favorite part. They didn’t mind eating out of your hand as long as you don’t move too much! Thanks!

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    Danica Rama
    June 23, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    This looks so fun I wanna try it too! haha. Lovely photos Richel, looks like you guys really had so much fun! πŸ˜€

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      Richel V.
      June 23, 2016 at 10:39 AM

      It was fun! Snorkeling is almost always available at every beach. Go try it! πŸ˜€

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    Isabelle
    June 22, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    This looks so so cool! Really makes me want to go travelling x

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 23, 2016 at 9:59 AM

      It was really cool.. and terrifying. Mostly cool, tho! Go travel! πŸ™‚

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