Apr 23, 2011 - Palawan    No Comments

6 Awesome Snorkeling Sites in Palawan

Get ready with snorkel and flippers while a big treat to Palawan has been scheduled. Of course who would miss this chance to take a glimpse of its perfect reefs located in the surrounding coasts of this Island Paradise that’s been well-liked by tourists from all walks of life. And they do come back to the big hits of water activities, especially snorkeling.

Here are some of the best snorkeling sites in Palawan:

1. Miniloc Island
Miniloc Island is one of the top places of interest in El Nido, a first-class municipality in Palawan in southern Philippines. The island, which is set in a cove with a backdrop of limestone cliffs, is known for its crystal-clear water that is ideal for snorkeling. While underwater, enjoy a visual treat of marine life such as sergeant major, damsel fish, fusiliers, and other multi-colored tropical fishes. Accommodations are not a problem here, as it houses a number of resorts offering first-class vacation packages in Palawan. Don’t be mystified by the mysterious aura of the unique rock formations while approaching the island. This already popular tourist destination has gathered global attention.

Miniloc Island Palawan

Miniloc Island Palawan—Photo courtesy of woodworth82 on Flickr

2. The Big and Small Lagoons in Miniloc Island
The Big and Small Lagoons are the key attraction in the Miniloc Island in El Nido, Palawan. Each of these lagoons offers their own unique attractions so it would be best to tackle them separately. Let’s begin with the Small Lagoon. This renowned lagoon can be accessed via a small crack on a limestone wall. Upon entering it, visitors will wade in clear waters that can be up to thirty meters deep depending on the tide. The Small Lagoon features a cave that is illuminated by a small skylight and inhabited by attractive fish.
The two lagoons located in the Miniloc Island are also key attractions for day trippers and water enthusiasts. The way in to the renowned lagoon is via a small crack on a limestone wall. Before ever reaching the lagoon, guests needs to wade in clear waters that can be up to thirty meters deep or depending on the tide. The small lagoon however is also well known for its cave illuminated by a natural sunlight that also attracts fishes.
The lagoons in Miniloc Island are recognized by its transparent waters that turns to deep blue color depending on the water level. The deep waters are ideal for snorkeling because it is home to a wide variety of corals and exotic marine life.
There is also an attraction vie a narrow channel with limestone walls on each side when entering Miniloc Island.

3. Coron Island
The already famed Coron Island in northern Palawan is one mainly receiving a bulk of guests. Aside from its white sand, the island is considered a diving paradise because it is the site of several Japanese wrecked warships. Coron Island is blessed with diverse marine resources such as jacks, snappers, surgeon fish, barracudas, Spanish mackerels, and others.

Coron Palawan

Beach in Coron, Palawan—Photo courtesy of Irap1973 on Flickr

Coron also has the world renowned dive sites which are located at the narrow passages of Sangat, Gutob and Black Islands. The main attractions are the twenty six sunken Japanese naval vessels.

For those who like hot springs, there is the popular Makinit Hot Spring Resort located at entrance of Coron harbor. It has wide pools with soothing hot saltwater to treat tired muscles and heal other diseases like arthritis.

4. Taytay Bay
The four marine sanctuaries around Taytay Bay resulted to its memorable overtone, “diver’s paradise.” They are the Tecas Reef Marine Park and Fish Sanctuary, Isla Blanca and Quimbaludan Marine Reserve, Elephant Island and the Hidden Lagoon, and Apulit Island – Club Noah Marine Protected Zone. One of most-sighted fish species in the area is dugong (sea cow). Other colored fish and small rays can be found in Taytay Bay.
Taytay is a small town located in the northeastern coast of Palawan. Taytay Bay shelters many islets, some of which are composed of high limestone cliffs like the stunning El Nido. It is a beautiful region, undomesticated to this day and worth being discovered by day trippers and adventure seekers.
Taytay was the Spanish capital of Palawan until the 18th century. It has kept the ruins of a 300-year-old church and Fort Puerto de San Isabelle, dating back to 1622. There are only two resorts in Taytay Bay: the deluxe Club Noah Isabelle Palawan Resort in Apulit Island, which is frequented by Japanese and Koreans, and the small and charming Flower Island Palawan Resort. The two resorts are an hour away from each other.

5. Dilumacad Island (Helicopter Island)
The Helicopter Island is also known as Dilumacad Island because of its limestone cliffs that resemble a helicopter when viewed from a distance. The beach on this island is perfect for snorkeling due to its shallow water and exciting marine life thriving underwater.

Helicopte Island Palawan

Helicopte Island in Palawan—Photo courtesy of Savigar on Flickr

6. Honday Bay
Waiting at the next stop is the pride of Puerto Princesa. Indeed, one of the top Snorkeling Sites of Palawan called Honda Bay. It is a sanctuary reef that is perfect for snorkeling and diving with schools of different fish species and various types of corals such as brain corals, staghorn corals; a side-trip in this area is watching large fruit bats coming out of their holes soon after the sun sets.

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