After two long years, I finally got to experience island hopping in Moalboal again. Before the trip, I was so excited because during the first time, I didn’t know how to swim. I was dependent on my life vest and only got to “appreciate” the corals and sea creatures from a distance. Now, it was different. And it was a good kind of different… at least for a while.
We first visited Pescador Island, which is surrounded by colorful reef and vibrant marine life, and then Panagsama Beach, which is popular for the sardine run.
The corals in Pescador were so beautiful and for the first time ever, I had the courage to swim near the reef wall. These photos cannot even justify how beautiful it was down there. (I need to get a Fujifilm camera housing ASAP. Haha.)
Honestly, I was more excited about the sardine run. I really wanted to swim with millions of fish (because I’m secretly a frustrated mermaid).
However, upon reaching Panagsama, I was hit by utter disappointment. Not because of the fish, though, because there were A LOT of them and their synchronized movement fills me with awe every time.
The disappointment stemmed from the sight of trash, pieces of plastic to be specific, floating everywhere.
I decided not to take photos of the trash, which were mostly floating around the sardines area, because it would just make people as sad as I am. And I don’t want that.
Instead, I want to encourage each person reading this right now to remember that the actions we do now towards the environment will affect everyone’s future.
There’s a magical world below the surface. It is our responsibility to take care of it. Let’s all make a conscious effort to save our oceans.
We can do this by not using sunblocks that contain chemicals that can harm the reef, ditching the plastic straws for stainless reusable ones, and not throwing anything, and I mean ANYTHING, in the water. Actually, even when you’re on land, discard your trash properly. Remember that everything goes back to the ocean!
Also, if you do snorkeling or diving, always keep in mind to never touch or step on corals or sea creatures. If you see someone doing these things, you can always do something about it. Don’t be afraid to speak up… or you know, make sign languages since you can’t really talk underwater.
Moreover, I encourage everyone to learn about environmentally responsible snorkeling and diving. You can read up on this at GreenFins.net. They have posters, guides, and handbooks that will help give you a deeper understanding on what we need to do to keep our oceans safe.
Here’s a sample of what you can see on the website:
Even the little actions we do can make an impact. Give the future generations a chance to enjoy what we have now. 🙂
Just a girl in her late twenties trying to find her way through life. She loves to write, eat, take photos, and freedive. She used to travel a lot and hopes she could do that again when this global pandemic is over.