puerto galera beaches arent picture-perfect if you are to compare it with those beaches found in palawan and boracay. but spending a day or two at this oriental mindoro province is a holiday. it has sparkling blue waters that blend seamlessly with the lustrous sand. and its underwater is just too friendly to accommodate kids – even of tender age- to say hi to the many nemos and dorys.
yes, my boys aged seven and nine years old joined their mom and dad to explore puerto galera’s under the sea.
simple snorkeling technique
i only had my palawan snorkelling experience as means to teach the boys. thank God they are undeniably bright to understand the short lesson we had.
with no available mask yet, i asked the boys to breathe steadily in and out through their mouth. and once we had the snorkel, i instructed them to harshly bite the rubber teeth clamp and keep their lips over the mouth guard. again, they only have to breathe through their mouth. another important pointer is not to douse– to a great extent– their heads towards the water to prevent the snorkel from going under the water.
after a few long minutes, certain that the boys are prepared, we boarded a banca and manong brought us to the snorkeling sight. we waved his and hellos to fellow snorkeling enthusiasts boarded on other bancas. finally, manong asked us to descend from the banca, gave us bread to feed the fish, and dragged us all over the water through his motorized boat.
i may say that puerto galera has a rich marine life. under, we saw various exotic and enchanting marine life species. an assortment of fish in different shapes, colors and sizes awed us. lionfish, goby and clown fish join soft and stony corals. a group of starfish – from the blue colored to green ones—are aplenty. second son pointed to me a blue hippo tang or simply dory of finding nemo weaving in and out of the corals. he also directed me to some barnacles i only heard from spongebob. . there was no stopping second son from talking even with a mouth guard on. he kept on saying, “wow! sea urchin. so beautiful!”
snorkeling is best in puerto galera- that I can say. more than being considered as the most premiere diving location in the philippines and probably the whole of asia, puerto galera is an excellent destination for any underwater experience. and such worth remembering is when i had a glimpse of its underwater with brave boys in tow.
collectively, i call any fish a fish. or if i am not certain, i call any sea creature a sea creature. it was the boys who taught me the names of the sea creatures weve seen. more so, they never mentioned they fear the water, on the other hand, they kept on saying “we truly love the water. we want more snorkeling!”
again, it’s the best snorkeling experience i had. simply because with us were our clever and well-read boys who can identify each sea creature with ease and great enthusiasm. more so, they never fear the water. they have conquered a mountain a month ago, now they have befriended the sea.
- a palawan first time with ms dela cruz and mrs chua (msbolin.wordpress.com)