Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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.