January 26, 2008
This is my first time to organize a group tour. It just started with Jennilyn’s request that I accompany them to Coron, since I am I frequent visitor there. The initial joiner were Jennilyn and Sining’s group. Then after some few days, Lallie’s group was added. Then Shean’s group was added, then the solo travellers Charo, Gilbert, & Marife. I noticed that our common denominator is that we love to travel, and the fact that this is a cheap travel is a bonus already. We were 14pax, originally set at 16pax, 2 males backed-out. Since I haven’t been to Gutob Bay Island, this was the chance I was waiting for to visit this area. I could not visit it if I am solo, or we are just a group of 3pax. So this is how this first group was formed. And it was indeed a heart-warming experience for me.
So the story…
At the Superferry ship MV Our Lady of Good Vayage, I briefed them and we made a brief introduction for ourselves. We held that meeting in a Cabin Room like this. Most of us were in the Mega Value accommodation, amd some were in the Tourist accommodation.
Upon arrival at Coron, I accompanied them to Mt. Tapyas, while I do some buying in the market. Their bulk things was left behind the boat. I have no pictures to show here because I was not with them.
After that we boarded the boat and proceeded to our first stop. The first stop was supposed to be Makinit Hotspring, but since it is low tide the boat won’t be capable of going near the hotspring area. So we proceeded to Kayangan Lake. Entrance fee = P200/head. Here I a made some fun shots in the lake.
After Kayangan Lake we went to Barracuda Lake. Entrance fee = P75/head. It was here where we took our lunch on the boat. After lunch, we negotiated through the sharp limestone rock, with some wooden stairs as aid, going to the Barracuda Lake. It turned out that this was the favorite spot of the group. It was because of the serenity of the place. Unlike Kayangan Lake, there is not so much people here. Again, I did some fun shots.
After Barracuda Lake we went to Twin Lagoon. This is where the cold spring and warm sea water combines. The two lagoons are connected by a hole in the limestone wall. This place is my favorite. I always find it fascinating – the oily-like sight underwater, and the warm and cool feel of the waters. This is also where we saw school of fishes.
At Lusong Wreck, I noticed that the wave and current was moderate. I saw some jellyfishes upon the approach to this wreck. Only this time, because it’s low tide, I saw the living corals attached to the side of the shipwreck. It was awesome!
After this we proceeded to Pier House Lodging at Concepcion town. We arrived Pier House at around 5pm. There were many “happenings” and “surprises” in this place. The joiners of this trip knows what I am talking about. The stay in Pier House was truly indeed a unique experience. I love this place – the tranquility and serenity of it! The pictures of Pier House will be posted on Day 2.