|From Jamie's Philippines Pics|
Jamie and I woke up at 5:15 this morning and left at 5:45 to go to the top of Tapyas Peak to overlook Coron Village and Island. We walked about a half mile then scaled up 786 steps to the top. We made the whole trip in about an hour and were back at 6:45. After a quick clean up, we headed out for breakfast and then met up with our guide for a trip to a private island for some snorkeling and relaxation in some hammocks.
The snorkeling was amazing as we were able to see coral of many colors as well as some beautiful schools of fish. No need to scuba because the coral stretched out from the shore for about 75 meters and stretched down the shoreline 4 times that. After lunch consisting of squid, seaweed, rice, and beef, we were on our boat again to go see a Japanese battle ship sunk in 1944 by the US. The water was shallow, so we actually were able to stand on the ship for it was turned on its side with a coral growing all over it. View was great. Jamie and I actually paused for a second and were amazed that were actually standing on a Japanese battleship from WWII. For 2 history majors, that is a pretty amazing feeling.
After another brief stop at what our guide called the water garden which was some snorkeling examining some more amazing coral, we snorkeled around another sunken Japanese cargo ship. This was a great day as it started out with a rather difficult but rewarding climb, moving to a relaxing stay on a beautiful beach, then snorkeling around WWII ships.
Tomorrow, we go to a small island all day long for some fun in the sun. We are looking forward to it!
Check out the pictures of today in Jamie's photo album of the Philippines.