DISCOVER: Dive In The Surreal Underwater Canyons of Coron
Jun Lao | May 28, 2018
Barracuda Lake in Coron Palawan has always been an enigma to adventure seeking tourists for decades. It's literally and figuratively diving immense picturesque canyons within a lake which starts as brackish water from the shallows and gets much saltier and a tad warmer once you dive beyond 14 meters.
Getting there is quite easy, it's but a 20 minute banka ride from the Coron town pier and 150 steps will get you inside the lake. (there is a marine park fee of P200 per head). It can really get crowded as snorkelers, free divers and scuba divers gather at the entrance but once you dive in, it takes you to an underwater sojourn like no other.
Rainwater has filled the lake for decades and you can observe several submerged trees as you dive further from the jetty, evidence of a different world prior becoming the lake that it is today.
What adds more 'interestingness' to the lake is the thermocline, once reaching 14M, you can clearly see mirages underwater while at 20m+/-, silt is suspended, pushed by the changing volume of water, creating an illusion that you are seeing a lake within another lake
In Summary, If you like epic views and breathtaking canyon sceneries minus having to climb for hours or days to reach a summit for great views, Barracuda lake offers a unique experience of weightless spelunking within a bizarre yet captivating world of wonder.
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