Tuesday, June 10, 2008

the treasures underneath

while roaming through the shoreline of the Virgin island, we were stunned by how the island kept its most precious treasures underneath its serene water. i wonder how they've protected it for years? knowing that underwater exploitations happened almost everywhere in the past. but definitely not here.i can see that the locals themselves decided to protect it. as they realized it even in the past, that these are our natural treasures. treasures that our country can take pride of. no wonder every local that i asked about this island tells me to make sure that i visit it. they are so proud of Virgin island. i was amazed at how dense the corals are surrounding the Virgin island. different corals can be found here which including Branching corals, Cabbage corals, Brain corals, Boulder corals, Mushroom corals and Table corals. mostly belonging to the hard corals classification. one hour of snorkeling in this site was one of my most memorable experience of Bantayan's treasures. its coral reefs. corals are identified as invertebrate animals and not plants though they look more like plants. hard corals are also known as reef-building corals because they grow massively when not exploited.we noticed that this starfish is quite unique so we tried to take a photo of it for us to really appreciate its beauty in details. then immediately returned it to its natural environment. other creatures found in this area are large black sea cucumbers and jellyfish.all i thought that we Filipinos can be proud of who we are in terms being hardworking and hospitable not knowing that we can in fact boast our natural wonders.Virgin island is Bantayan's snorkeling haven. my escape will never be complete without snorkeling.

54 comments:

dave said...

OMG! I haven't seen clear waters like that. Nice photos as usual.=D

Salamat said...

Wow! I want to go to that Okoy Beach! sounds like fun, fun,fun, hahaha! thanks for sharing those pics! they are precious :) I missed my home town, my island :( I always love going to the shores specially at low tide... where the sea is being naked for a while! hmmm....

Erick said...

wow! ganda dom! ang linis ng tubig saka ang kalmado.

Peter said...

I'm not a big fan of jelly fish... when you went snorkeling did they sting?

Lawstude said...

wow naiingit ako bigla. although i like beaches i never tried snorkling before. sarap siguro no?

by the way, i was tagged to play a meme. i found it cool and quite interesting so now i am tagging you. hope you enjoy playing it pag may free time ka 'coz we really want to know you better. good day.

the donG said...

>dave, the water was really clear that you can really take photos from the top.

>hi salamat, I also enjoy low tide as much as i enjoy high tide. life's a beach for me. hehehe... thanks for dropping by.

>erick, ganda talaga dun. isa sa pinakagusto ko dun yung kalmadong dagat kasi ang side na ito ay kaharap ng Bantayan island kaya bihira ang alon. best time for snorkeling.

>peter, there were small jelly fish but they were on an isolated place. did they sting? yes they did and they come in numbers. you just need to avoid that area.

>lawstude, try mo ang snorkeling. you can try doing it in anilao but i assure you that if you really want to see corals crowding, it's here.

i never tried posting a meme. maybe on my next post or on the post after that. thanks!

Dakilang Islander said...

enjoy na enjoy siguro magsnorkel dyan ano...sobrang clear ng dagat

Aracir said...

virgin island nga. sana mamaintain yan...

R-yo said...

it's nice to know that the people there realize the value of preserving nature's gifts. ang hirap kasing gawin nun given the economic pressures. i hope they will let the island remain a virgin for years.

the donG said...

>dakilang islander, enjoy talaga. ito yung hinahanap ko sa mga islands. a balance of white beach and a place for snorkeling. marami na akong napuntahang lugar na pang snorkeling pero ito yung pinaka maganda kong nakita. dami kasing corals na magkakasama at magkakadikit.

>aracir, that's something the locals need to continue doing. to protect it.

>r-yo, true. plus the global warming kasi may nakita na rin akong coral bleaching at ang mga predators na crown of thorns that destroys the corals.

Napaboaniya said...

Beautiful sea corals and being able to get up close with them must have been quite an experience :)

Luke said...

I like the starfish! nice group of photos!

redlan said...

wlang katapusang wow wow wow. wala na akong masasabi pa. busog na ang mata ko sa ganda.

thanks for sahring the beauty of nature always.

the donG said...

>napaboaniya, true! after an hour of snorkeling, we can say that it was one of the best sites we've seen.

>luke, the starfish was unique and upclose you can see the bulging dots on its body.

>redlan, wow talaga! kasi ganun ka dami ang corals. it's my pleasure to share the great escape.

paolo said...

dude. those photos were awesome...

Rio said...

wow! snorkeling??...i haven't tried it yet!!...i wish i could!...=)
ang linaw ng tubig parang tuloy tumitingin lang ako sa isang napakalaking aquarium tulad ng nasa ocean park=)

Heart of Rachel said...

What a beautiful haven with rich marine life. I'm sure you enjoyed snorkeling there.

the donG said...

>paolo, maraming salamat!

>doc rio, try mo ito. kahit sa anilao lang muna. it's worth it. madali lang naman ang snorkeling. in fact we have friends who joined us in bantayan who did it for the first time at nag enjoy sila.

when i was there i was imagining manila ocean park (MOP) but MOP has limited corals in it because it is prohibited. so they used fake corals on most of its aquariums. but here you get to see real corals crowding. ganun ka ganda sa baba.

nakaka relax to. gawin mo kaya ito bago mag june 30? hehehe...

>hi rachel, it was one of my most memorable birthday experience. snorkeling is my hobby since i was a child. for me life's a beach.

Dina said...

Oh what clear water to snorkel in!
Corals are so fascinating. And your starfish is so cute.
I snorkeled once in the Red Sea in northern Sinai. The underwater world was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
Enjoy your eskapo.

Joy0z said...

ganda naman nang view dito..super like ko...try to visit my travel photo blog too What A Worl
BTW thank you sa visit sa everyday life blog ko dong huh?

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

as usual... the best na naman yung pagka kuha mo ng pics. napaka clear ng tubig.....

the donG said...

>hi dina, i definitely agree on this "The underwater world was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen". what's amazing is that it forms naturally.

i also read in one magazine that snorkeling and diving in the red sea is something someone should look forward to see. your lucky to have seen its underwater treasures.

>hi joyoz, maganda din lang talaga ang view. thanks for dropping by. im adding your daily blog in my blogroll.

>jasper, clear nga na hindi ko na kailangan ng underwater cam para makuhanan ng picture ang mga corals.

honey said...

Hi Dong, Thanks for dropping a line at my page...GO GEMINI GO...hehehhe..

Btw, yeah your absolutely right we are so lucky having a place like a paradise and we must be greatful to it....

really really photos... I been there to bantayan, Malapascua Island-But that was 5 years ago...eheeh

honey said...

I mean really really nice photos...

Cavite Daily Photos said...

grabe kutya Dong! Napakalinaw naman po ng water! graaaabe! I'm not that a fan of corals, ewan ko po ba kung bakit pero parang may phobia ako sa kanila jeje but these shots are really great! i especially love your first photo! Very beautiful place!

the donG said...

>hi honey, wow! you need to visit it once more. im sure you also had a really great time there.

proud nga naman talaga ang mga geminis. hehehe... keep in touch.

>steven, yes. malinaw talaga. malamang may phobia ka sa tubig. may bad experience ka siguro dati. medyo mahirap ngang tangalin yan kasi may kakilala din ako na ayaw talagang mag snorkel kahit sa mababaw pa lang.

Tink *~*~* said...

Wonderful shots of underwater treasure. I bet a lot of little critters live in and among the corals. They sustain life that way, and are worthy of protecting.

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Lerlyn said...

hi dong! thanks for the visit.. yes i've been to bantayan once, summer of last year. I like the place kaso malayo sa Cebu (3 hours ride).

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Belen said...

wow! sobrang ganda naman.Hindi ko akalain na meron pa palang ganyan kagandang Island dito sa pinas

kingdaddyrich said...

uy may malaking utak don sa ilalim ng tubig. bagay na bagay sa blog ko yan. :))

Jennifer Robin said...

Very nice shots! I don't think I've ever seen such clear water. My WW is up if you'd like to stop by and check it out!

the donG said...

>hi tink, thanks! yes, you will see small critters living between corals. they work with one another for a balance life cycle. except for the crown of thorns which destroys the corals.

>hi lerlyn, yes it's a three hour ride but it's really worth going there. to see such healthy corals.

>hi belen, yes marami pa tayong ganyan kaya lang sana ay ipagpatuloy ng mga locals ang pagpoprotekta nito. dahil kaya nating maipagyabang ang mga ito.

>kingdaddyrich, hahaha... meron naman ng ganito sa banner mo. hehehe...

>hi jeniffer, thanks. you'll still see a lot of these in some areas in the philippines. ill check your ww. thanks for dropping by.

Pietro said...

Another stunning series of pictures: clear waters, the corals, splendid landscapes!

Panaderos said...

Beautiful shots of the corals! Nice! :)

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

Those are great photos! I love how the water is so clear that you can see the bottom.

I had a traumatic experience with a starfish when I was in grade school. We were at the New England Aquarium and I picked up the starfish out of the pool and it grabbed onto my hand and wouldn't let go. So I shook and shook my hand and it finally let go and landed on it's head. I was so upset because I never knew if it was okay.

Maya said...

I felt bad missing last night my visit here. now it has been compensated with this entry. as i scrolled down i can't help being proud to be a filipino.

i've been showing my friend how wonderfully blessed we are to have nature's beauty on land & water.

Your photos always make me wish i could swim back home.

I understand your feeling on this place. & happy to hear that the locals take pride of their place. they should.

this place woulb be on my list to visit there.

thanks again for sharing.

Rebecca said...

wow, your photos never fail to amaze me dong...ganda ng starfish =)

btw, happy independence day! TC

Millie said...

Once pa lang ako nakapag snorkeling sa batangas amaze na ako. BUT seeing your photos really leaves me in awe! grabe ang linaw ng tubig, isang malaking aquarium heheh. WOW! nice place dong, virgin na virgin talaga. sana mapreserve ito forever. thanks for sharing them.

collapsingbarrycade said...

reminded me of the snorkeling i did in batangas last year. the underwater scenes look the same.

now i miss the beach!!

the donG said...

>pietro, thank you very much.

>panaderos, very beautiful. i wish you'll be able to visit this island.

>hi karen, yes. the water was so clean making it a perfect environment for the corals.

that's a sad experience. the starfish really has that tendency either to protect themselves or they simply thought that they were still attached to a surface. that is indeed traumatic specially when it happened to you when you were just a kid.

>hi maya, we can surely take pride in this natural treasures. thanks to the locals initiative.

thanks for sharing this to your friends. i really appreciate that.

>hi rebecca, thanks! the starfish was quite unique. happy independence day!!!

>hi millie, yes. sana nga mapreserve nila. maganda dito kasi most of the corals are hard corals and they grow in colonies dahil walang gumagalaw sa kanila. thanks for dropping by.

>barry, at kung enjoy ka na sa anilao mas masaya dito kasi i only showed here one part the island is actually surrounded with such dense.

kegler747 said...

No need to bring your snorkel or scuba gear as you can see everything even if u are above the water.

BW said...

Good pics - just amazingly blue and clean water ! Reminds me of the Cayman Islands :)

the donG said...

>pwedeng pwede na nga ganun pero maganda pa rin na makita ng close up ang ibang creatures.


>bw, wow! comparable pala ito sa cayman islands. we can truly take pride!

sho said...

Came across your contact on ECL's blog. wow! Just taken that hol (mentally) I needed by just going through your amazing pictures of the beach and waters. Thanks man!

Raft3r said...

super cool corals
ang linaw ng tubig
hope the locals would preserve it

the donG said...

>stanley, wow! thanks to ECL. keep in touch always! i already visited your blog and added you on my blog roll.

>raft3r, malinaw na malinaw talaga. sana makapunta ka rin. i think the locals will be able to preserve it.

Travel vacation said...

a good place that can increase the inspiration for all of us ..

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thank you for this excellent info, I would like to visit there.

Technology and Informations said...

beautiful, beautiful, interesting ... that's no good at these places .. I like that.

Healthy Live said...

I like it, and I'm sure everyone would like to place this good, I was eager to visit it for the sake of my family happy.

Finance Business Corner said...

Thank you for everything you have shown to us, you will definitely experience I use to soon come and visit this nice place.

Technology said...

very good, the quality of the natural beauty of incredible ..

bobby said...

really beautiful and very fitting for my soon to visit.

7a'faR said...

I love sea star!!





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