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Underwater Whirlpool: School of Jacks in Twin Rock, Anilao, Batangas


Yua Dominguez
Yua Dominguez | Oct 03, 2016

Imagine a 6-inch tilapia. Next imagine hundreds of them moving as one under the water. Imagine me and my friend leisurely skin diving and meeting this huge-active-black-shadow twice our size under the water. For a brief moment, I was pretty sure I was looking at a massive whirlpool deep in the sea and at any second I will be sucked in by this monster.

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A combination of fear and excitement dominated my thoughts enroute to Twin Rocks in Anilao, Batangas. Fear because it was my first time to dive in this reef and excitement because I have been hearing a lot of positive reviews from people who have tried it. Friends have told me that it’s a go-to sight and is home to unusual sea creatures such as the famous school of jacks  

A boat was not necessary for this dive since the house reef of Planet Dive, Twin Rocks, is just a few meters off shore. From the land, we swam towards the sea looking for any sign which may lead us to two huge rocks with a healthy marine life.

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Water was not clear at all. It was dark and the sea floor was rocky. But as we dove deeper, corals and small fishes slowly appeared. We continuously swam and finally arrived at our destination. Voila! My eyes literally lit up when I saw the marvelous marine life sandwiched between two massive rocks. I dove and swam around the twin rocks wondering what other extraordinary living creature it is hiding.

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As I swam away from the rocks hoping to see something unusual. I noticed the water getting darker and colder. Almost immediately, I saw this dark entity. My heart froze. My jaw dropped literally and I swallowed some water. I choked and panicked. So I swam up fast to clear my airway for a few seconds. Then I dove again. My heart was beating fast. Is it possible? Moving closer to this huge moving black thing I can finally see its details. It was a school of fish! It was the amazing School of Jacks, Twin Rocks was famous for and I literally got no words to describe the amazing view! It was right in front of me moving to and fro as one. My friend just managed to get a shot before they swam away.

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I stayed for a while still absorbing what I experienced. Then I swam up for a much-needed dose of oxygen.

How to get here:

From Manila, ride a bus bound for Bauan, Batangas. It will roughly take you two hours before reaching your destination depending on the traffic. Upon reaching Bauan, you will be then dropped off along the road. Afterwhich, ride a tricycle or a jeepney going to Anilao port. From there, you may either ride another public transportation heading to Planet Dive or simply hire a boat going to Twin Rocks. Note, Planet Dive is a private resort thus entering their place comes at a cost. Surely, the daytrip entrance would not hurt your pocket. And on the plus side, the fee comes with a buffet lunch and rental of snorkelling equipment (There may be changes in the price. You may contact Planet Dive for further inquiries)

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