I’ve been contemplating snorkeling ever since Ray and I met. He loves the ocean, and I just don’t know how to swim. I know what you’re thinking, “You’re from the islands, and you don’t know how to swim?” I had strict parents who loved me so much, they kept me sheltered (could be the reason why I travel so much now?). Over the past few years, I’ve been slowly practicing how to tread water in the pool. I’ve even worn a snorkel around the pool to practice snorkeling. I never really learned until we went to Boracay to do some actual snorkeling.
We went on a boat out to sea with a quite a few people on the same tour. It rained in the morning that day, so it was cloudy. It didn’t matter, Boracay is beautiful in any weather. My favorite part was that there was a coconut boat vendor, so you can sip on some fresh coco juice while adventuring. How I love the tropics!
I have been afraid of the water, not just because I don’t know how to swim, but also because I don’t know what creatures I’m not supposed to touch. From what I’ve heard, the brighter they are, the more poisonous they are. Nature’s way of messing with you. As I put on my snorkel over my head, I took a deep breath and plunged into the water. I saw so much fish that I forgot everything and got excited! I wanted to see more! Going to plenty of acquariums helped me with wanting to see more and more water creatures.
We saw clown fish (Nemo!), lion fish, sea urchins, starfish, and I spotted a blowfish! I was so excited! It was my favorite find! It sat at the bottom of the sea, stealthily blending in with the sand. It was the coolest thing! I didn’t think I would like finding such things, but swimming among wild fish in their natural habitat is completely different from looking at them through a glass. It was exhilarating! I wanna see more! MORE!
I asked Ray why the corals weren’t as colorful, and he said that they are more colorful when it’s sunny. I wanna see colorful ones, so I must snorkel, again! It turns out, I love snorkeling! I’m very happy that Ray got me into water sports or I would’ve never known how fun surfing is or how awesome snorkeling is! During this Boracay trip, he conquered his fear of heights by parasailing, and I conquered my fear of underwater creatures! Well, to an extent. I’m still scared of sharks and other larger sea creatures. I’ll have to ease my way into not fearing those! One day, we’ll be scuba diving.
Throughout the Philippines trip, we’ve been taking Aoki Jump photos to honor one of my fav DJs Steve Aoki. He recently took a trip to the Philippines for a show and to hang out with the locals. It’s too bad we missed him! He came a week after we left. Here’s my favorite of our snorkeling photos. The Underwater Aoki Jump: Boracay, Philippines.
For those who are looking to do a tour, this one was booked with our hotel Casa Pilar. It is a 6 hour snorkeling trip from 10-4PM which includes 2 snorkeling spots, island hopping tour, and a lunch buffet. It was cheap around this time since it’s off-peak season. Just don’t forget to tip your boat crew!
Have you been snorkeling before? Where is your favorite spot to snorkel? What would you recommend for first timers?
Date: September 15, 2012
Location: Boracay, Philippines
Life Experience: Snorkeling
Conquered: Fear of getting too close to oceanic creatures
Where we stayed: Casa Pilar