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    These pics are not from this trip, but from one I made last December during the Xmas holidays. I traveled from Batangas port & got off at Caticlan port, then traveled by bus to Antique province in Panay island.

    I took the 2go travel overnight ferry. Fare in tourist class (with a/c, bunk bed) was ~ 40 USD.

    As I've mentioned in a former post, if on budget you can use this shipping company to go to Coron. Or you could fly one way, go by ship the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    These pics are not from this trip, but from one I made last December during the Xmas holidays. I traveled from Batangas port & got off at Caticlan port, then traveled by bus to Antique province in Panay island.

    I took the 2go travel overnight ferry. Fare in tourist class (with a/c, bunk bed) was ~ 40 USD.

    As I've mentioned in a former post, if on budget you can use this shipping company to go to Coron. Or you could fly one way, go by ship the other way.



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    Ok, back to the Coron trip.

    For Day 2, we took Tour B. We were told by the GH receptionist to be ready by 8-8:30 am. Then we were again brought by van to the pier & boarded a large tour boat (~20 pax). You'll have to wait for ~30 min because you'll have to write your names & info on the boat manifest & waiver forms, then wait for coast guard clearance. If there are lots of tours that day, expect to wait longer for the CG clearance.

    First stop for that day was Luluyuan Lake, a.k.a Barracuda lake. It was called the latter because a large barracuda was supposedly seen there.

    Docking area for the boats
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    this was one cool rock ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Ok, back to the Coron trip.

    For Day 2, we took Tour B. We were told by the GH receptionist to be ready by 8-8:30 am. Then we were again brought by van to the pier & boarded a large tour boat (~20 pax). You'll have to wait for ~30 min because you'll have to write your names & info on the boat manifest & waiver forms, then wait for coast guard clearance. If there are lots of tours that day, expect to wait longer for the CG clearance.

    First stop for that day was Luluyuan Lake, a.k.a Barracuda lake. It was called the latter because a large barracuda was supposedly seen there.

    Docking area for the boats


    this was one cool rock ��
    Forwarded.

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    Thanks Luigi!

    More limestone rock formations
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Thanks Luigi!

    More limestone rock formations


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    Could do some nice rock jumping off those. Especially the bottom pic.

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    Thanks PAG!

    There's an area where you can take photos
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    then you'll have to go up & down some wooden steps and through that hole - it's bigger than it looks
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Thanks PAG!

    There's an area where you can take photos


    then you'll have to go up & down some wooden steps and through that hole - it's bigger than it looks
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    These are the wooden stairs
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    a friendly reminder
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    These are the wooden stairs


    a friendly reminder
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    @Luigi - I didn't see anyone rock jumping. I think it's not allowed. Also, the water in that area seemed shallow, not deep enough for a cliff jump.

    According to our guide, there have been some drones which have lost control or batteries and were lodged in those rocks. One drone owner (a foreigner) paid a local guy a big amount to climb those rocks and retrieve the drone. Others with lost just left their drones up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    These are the wooden stairs
    Those look like they'd be slicker than monkey snot on a door knob...

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    Luluyuan Lake, a.k.a. Barracuda Lake. It's a deep lake enclosed by limestone karsts. It's also a mixture of salt & fresh water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Luluyuan Lake, a.k.a. Barracuda Lake. It's a deep lake enclosed by limestone karsts. It's also a mixture of salt & fresh water.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    Those look like they'd be slicker than monkey snot on a door knob...
    Lol. Yeah those stairs are slippery when wet, so exercise caution when using them.

    IMHO, sea urchin tastes like snot (nose mucous). But a friend said that for her, it tastes like oysters. Diff strokes for diff folks.

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    Barracuda lake is a deep lake, with some parts more than 30 meters. While my group was there, we saw a large Japanese scuba diving group who surfaced as we were taking a dip. Then there other groups diving below - I saw them while snorkelling. There were some cool stripey fish, and nice rock formations on the walls of the lake.

    I found this diving blog while searching for info about this lake. The author said that at some point, there's a thermocline, where freshwater (28 degrees C) meets salt water (38 degrees). Made for interesting reading.

    Tales of the Odd & the Ugly While Diving Barracuda Lake - Bold Travel

    edit - based on the map that I've seen in the above blog, there are beaches in Coron town, but they're a bit far from the pier and town proper. I also don't know if there are resorts near those beaches - probably yes.

    More pics next time - past my bedtime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    it's amazing just how many Filipinos cannot swim!.
    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    yeah, many Filipinos cannot swim.
    Kind of sad really being an archipelago nation. I started learning how to swim when I was a toddler thanks to my mom taking me for swim lessons.

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    ^yes, it's sad. Somehow it's due to proximity - not all places are near the sea. Some people live in the mountains or plains. Sometimes they're too poor to have swimming lessons. Many of the ppl that I know who live near the sea can swim.

    My dad was one. He grew up poor and his hometown was one side mountain, the other side the sea. He swam in rivers and the sea with his cousins. He said that he learned how to swim when one of his older cousins pushed him into the river, and he had to either sink or swim - no formal lessons. I learned how to swim from him. We weren't rich but when we were kids, he sometimes brought us to a local pool and taught us himself. So many good memories with him - RIP Dad....

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    Yesterday afternoon, I learned that one of my friends (from the Coron trip) was rushed to the hospital due to a minor stroke. He has hypertension and diabetes. He has maintenance meds, but sometimes his eating is uncontrolled and lacks exercise. I noticed that he ate a lot of rice & seafood during the trip - high sugar & cholesterol. He's now in ICU and in stable condition. Some friends and I visited him yesterday evening. I'm positive that he will recover, but needs to make lifestyle changes. The fragility of life...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    yeah, many Filipinos cannot swim.
    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    I started learning how to swim when I was a toddler thanks to my mom taking me for swim lessons.
    Being a toddler, most likely those swimming lessons were conducted in a Swimming pool, most likely indoor.
    Unlikely to take a toddler swimming lesson/class in the open ocean.

    More difficult in the Phillipines as not so many swimming pools amongst the masses.

    Credit to your parents for teaching you young bsnub, swimming is a vital skill.

    My niece was a swimming teacher, my nephew is a lifeguard.

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    Katie, can you swim?

    Presuming so, how/when did you learn?

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    So to continue, here are more pics.

    I think this was called Reef Garden. The clients were in a sort of conga line and their guide led them around. We swam & snorkelled here a bit.

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    Pic as we left Barracuda Lake
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    thanks to anyone who will repost the pics...

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    @david48 - yes, I can swim, but am not a strong swimmer. I sometimes say that I can probably save myself, but not others. During the trip, in deep waters I always wore my life vest.

    I first learned to swim from my dad as a kid - he sometimes brought us to the pool during weekends and taught us himself. It wasn't too often, bcos the pool entry fee cost $$ too, and money was tight. But I was able to swim (breast stroke) by age 11 or so. I didn't grow up near the sea or rivers, so no natural body of water to practice on.

    Later on, I was admitted to a high school which had swimming as one of its PE classes. Swimming is not compulsory in PI schools, bcos it depends on the school's facilities. In my 2nd year of HS, we were taught how to swim - 1 quarter each (~2 months) for freestyle, breast stroke, back stroke and treading. By then, I already knew the basics of swimming, so I wasn't afraid of the water - some of my classmates were. The quarterly exam was to swim a length of the pool, using that particular stroke. For treading, we had to jump from the diving board (pool at deep end was 12 feet), then tread water for 1 minute.

    Now, my primary style when I swim is breast stroke (it was the first style that I learned). I can still do freestyle and back stroke, but with difficulty. Needs practice.

    Edit - will try to upload pics later. Net is getting &%$ and I need to earn my keep....

    Thanks to happynz for the repost!
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    My dad was one. He grew up poor and his hometown was one side mountain, the other side the sea. He swam in rivers and the sea with his cousins. He said that he learned how to swim when one of his older cousins pushed him into the river, and he had to either sink or swim - no formal lessons. I learned how to swim from him. We weren't rich but when we were kids, he sometimes brought us to a local pool and taught us himself. So many good memories with him - RIP Dad....
    Thanks for sharing that Katie. My father is gone as well I am glad you have those moments to remember.

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Being a toddler, most likely those swimming lessons were conducted in a Swimming pool, most likely indoor.
    Unlikely to take a toddler swimming lesson/class in the open ocean.
    Yes of course it was a swimming pool being a toddler I do not remember but my mother told me she would be in the water holding me while the instructor guided us through exercises. As I got older I moved into more and more advanced classes. So swimming is instinctual for me even if I have not been in the water for sometime. Sometimes I forget and think it is the same for everyone. Then I see things like that picture and realize I am one of the lucky ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    More difficult in the Phillipines as not so many swimming pools amongst the masses.
    This problem exists in the American south as well. Another uniquely American first world problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Credit to your parents for teaching you young bsnub, swimming is a vital skill.
    My mom is the one who deserves credit for that
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    I was lucky, in a way. My primary school paid for weekly lessons at the local outdoor council pool. I managed to get my 25 yard certificate by the time I was 10 years old. Bloody cold in spring and autumn. Pool closed in winter.
    I paid for lessons for my 3 lads as soon as they were old enough. Lucky again because one of my uni friends was their instructor. They went on to swimming distances beyond 1500 m and life saving awards.
    They are now aware and confident in open water.

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