Snorkelling is Fun in Siquijor

I’m no scuba diver. I’m not a good swimmer either, but I love to explore the sea with all its living creatures underneath. Yes, I am also a selacophobic, but it didn’t stop me from discovering the undersea world. Since, I’m still saving up for a beginner’s course in scuba diving, I just resort to snorkeling for now.  In all fairness to me, I had already snorkeled at most of the popular sanctuaries in the Philippines. Our archipelago is abundantly gifted with a teeming marine population and tourists from all over the world visit the country every year to see it for themselves. And for those of you who haven’t experienced snorkeling or diving in the Philippines, let me share my snorkeling getaways every week.

Siquijor Island

Siquijor Getaway


First stop is the mystical island of SIquijor. After college graduation, my pals and I booked a night stay in Coco Grove Resort, Siquijor as a reward to ourselves for a job well done. We did a million interesting things; we lazed out under the sun, kayaked, swam in the pristine blue waters and even rode the banana boat. But the best part of it all, was when we borrowed snorkeling gear and launched ourselves into the cool water.

Tubod Marine Sanctuary

Snorkelling Gears

Snorkeling Gear

Aside from the pearly white sand beach, the resort also has its own marine reserve, Tubod Marine Sanctuary, making it very convenient for their guests who like to go snorkeling. Just a few steps from the beach  and you can already see a thriving nation of fish. An amazing seven hectares of coral reef and seagrass beds is home to schools of colourful fish.

Tubod Marine Sanctuary

Tubod Marine Sanctuary

My eyes were really busy from watching those colourful fish swimming past us. I saw fish as big as my slippers; unfortunately I can only recognize the parrot fish. There were huge varieties of fish, if only I had wider knowledge of fish species, I would name them all here.  While I was on my way back to the beach I yelped in horror when I accidentally stepped on a big, blue, spiny starfish. I really felt guilty, but trust me it wasn’t my intention to step on it. I’m glad though that it did not incur any serious injury.

Be Careful!

We snorkeled regardless of the burning heat of the sun; I forgot to put on sunscreen, so I ended up having a toasted back. Time really flies so fast when you’re enjoying it and in all honesty, we didn’t want to stop, but one of our friends stepped on a spiny sea urchin so we had to rush her to the CR to pick out the black spine. There was quite a bothersome population of big black sea urchins, but I wouldn’t hold it against the sanctuary because urchins are quite normal especially if life in the sanctuary is really thriving.

Lesson Learned

Lesson learned on this trip: don’t forget to put a lot of sunscreen on your back especially if you’re just wearing a bikini. It’s not so nice to have a toasted back with a fair front part. And if you want to visit Siquijor Island, I highly recommend Coco Grove Resort.

Join me again next week for my next snorkeling getaways. :)

8 replies
  1. Jennifer Choban
    Jennifer Choban says:

    Sorry you got sunburned, Wynna. One has to be judicious the use of sunscreen when snorkeling. You should put it on at least half an hour before you enter the water. Sunscreen needs a chance to soak into your skin in order to work. Also, if it hasn’t soaked in, it can wash off in the water and be damaging to marine life (it works as sunscreen in the water and blocks photosynthesis- meaning less plant life for the fish to eat). I find it easiest to just put a T-shirt on over my suit when I go in the ocean.

  2. Elmer Cruz
    Elmer Cruz says:

    Hey Wynna I can help you with your first certification for scuba diving if you like. My instructor can teach you and you can pay installment. But you have to come to Manila for a week. 2 days pool session and lecture and one weekend in Anilao for all your dives. We’ll even join you on your check out!!! Come, it’s really soooo fantastic underwater.

  3. WYNNA
    WYNNA says:

    @jenstravels: yes, thanks for the info jen. i’ve already learned my lesson so I always put sunblock an hour before venturing out in the open. i dont want to hurt myself and the marine life as well.:)

    @bedouindreamer: that’s a very tempting offer elmer! but the problem is I cant leave work that long, it’s peak season here in Panglao. haha maybe june onwards and if I can save enough for me to survive a week stay in Manila. but, you can adopt me, too, if you like. haha :D

  4. Elmer Cruz
    Elmer Cruz says:

    Hey WYNNA. No problem with adoption. You can stay with us during your dive certification. You have tomdomit this year because I am moving back to Sydney next year!


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