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Diving the wrecks of Coron

My 3rd time in Coron this year and, hell yeah, this time, it wasn’t because of work (but I missed the 2nd day dive because of a deck I had to prepare – oh well). This trip was a special one because it was my first ever wreck dive session.

After a few hours of paranoia and anxiety attacks, it was down to our first wreck, the famous seaplane carrier Akitsushima, one of the few ships that was still intact, given that the damages didn’t cut the vessel in half, and that the body’s sheet did not disintegrate even if it bore huge holes, marked by the bombs that penetrated it. As it was my first wreck, I didn’t know what was in store for me. At first I thought it would be dark as Dave, my buddy and instructor, asked me if I brought a flashlight (which I didn’t have), but as descended, I followed and held on to the marker’s rope (beautifully and naturally decorated with colorful creatures and sea plants) as instructed, and saw, right in front of my eyes, a spectacular structure that has settled underwater for the past few decades.

We went around and saw its crane, the bomb cylinder, it’s deck and surprise appearances by a lion fish and a huge cuttlefish.

Next was the Taiei Maru. It was a small freighter which landed on it’s starboard side making it easy for us to see the boiler without having to penetrate. I wasn’t really that happy with the dive because I couldn’t control my buoyancy.

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My dive buddy was our instructor, Dave, and woohoo, he led me inside a sunken ship on our last dive for the day, the East Tangat Gunboat. Thinking that I’d get creeped out, we went to the covered part of the deck and the hull, where huge Yellow Fish live, and surfaced, with me still having 1,000 psi. Seeing that I still had time, I asked if we could go back, even if it was already dark. After a few seconds of being in a state of shock, Dave agreed and we went back in, penetrating all areas we can fit in. He even let me hold on to his extra flashlight for me to see how creepy it could be. Let me remind you that my imagination do run wildly, but for that particular moment, I only admired what was right in front of me.

And as an added bonus, another huge cuttlefish made it’s special appearance, even bigger than what we saw the first time.

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Photo by Paz Santos of Diveshoppe

In total, I went to 3 wrecks. The first 2 were a bit of surreal for me, but the last one, the one Dave and I went back to, was something real and will remain in my memory bank for the rest of my dive life. Not only because the ships were full of history (Japanese crafts), but it helped me realize that I’m not afraid of ‘em, not even one bit.

SORD is a brave girl, after all.

Oh, and for the fish lovers out there, yes, we saw a lot of these:

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Photo by Paz Santos of Diveshoppe

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Look at how beautiful my country is…

First stop of my Visayan Caravan…

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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Made a stop-over at Coron to drop off some divers. Boohoo.

PPS 338Ate at this place called “Badjao” just outside of Puerto Princesa, and this was where my team and I witnessed the beauty of Palawan.

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Then on our way to Narra, we saw this. Awesome, isn’t it?

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But of course, it will never beat this.

I love my country… and I’m looking forward in exploring the hidden treasures that nature has to offer.

you want to know how beautiful coron really is?

my cousin david was taking my photo using my SLR while i took his using my low-resolution canon ixus digital camera. look how awesome the photo came out.

i therefore conclude that when it comes to places like coron, palawan, you don’t need a hi-tech camera to capture its magnificence.

We were taking photos of each other

traveling by boat

when i heard that we were traveling to coron by boat, i squirmed. why? because the first time i took a cruise liner (and it was going to cebu, which is a 23-hour journey), i almost puked my guts out.

but my whole experience, this time around, was extremely different… and pleasant.

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there really is great beauty in taking this mode of transportation…

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because as soon as you see yourself inching away from your daily life…

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another world unravels.

 

an abundance of fresh air, warm breeze, and serenity,

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the vibrancy of colors

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a masterpiece, the best ever work of art.

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that seems to just be a one-time extravaganza.

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but in truth, it really is not… this is just what you get when you open your eyes to nature.

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