Thursday, April 17, 2014

Relishing Our One-Of-A Kind Glass Bottom Boat Tour Along Manoc-Manoc Beach in Boracay

After a quick but refreshing lunch at Lemoni Cafe & Resto at D'Mall Boracay, we met with someone from the Glass Bottom Boat Tour Company. He walked us to the trike terminal and negotiated with a driver to take us to where the glass bottom boat was docked. It turned out that the tour company we've talked to, didn't have its own company vehicle to billet visitors from the island all the way to the wharf. Oh My Smiley

One-Of-A Kind Glass Bottom Boat Tour along Manoc-Manoc Beach in Boracay

Anyway, after a good 15 to 20 minutes of trike ride, we arrived at the wharf and were greeted warmly by the Pinoy boat captain. We were joined by two other families originally from Mainland China and Pakistan.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Boracay

The boat was quite huge and looked pretty decent. In the middle, there was that trademark viewing screen apparently made of fiberglass. Our five year old was excited to be part of all the action at first, but dozed off eventually.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Manoc Manoc, Boracay

I can't help but smile when I saw hubby Bala enjoying the parade of marine life underneath us. I thought that this tour was a great way for small kids and swimming-challenged individuals like me, to get a slice of life under the sea  without getting wet!

Our bebe wearing his own life vest during the 
Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Boracay

It was indeed a privilege to see up close, the different marine life forms indigenous to the island. Our boat captain brought us to Manoc-Manoc Beach, located at the southernmost tip of Boracay, known for its pristine clear waters, deemed best for boat tours, snorkeling and scuba diving.

A few minutes after the boat reached full speed, the motor slowed down a bit, which signaled the start of the tour proper. Our bubbly boat captain began pointing at some of the local aquatic forms while reciting their names. Impressive!

I learned that corals (marine invertebrates) are an indispensable part of the ocean for they provide balance in the busy, almost cut-throat environment down below. Corals endemic in Boracay are gorgonians or sea fans, barrel sponges, table and flower corals, among others. They try to thrive and survive along fish species such as grouper, bufferfish, parrotfish, boxfish, butterfly fish, firefish, arrowfish and blue tang (think, Nemo).

 Our Boat Captain In A Show with the Fishes
Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Boracay

Here's a snippet of our Glass Bottom Boat Tour along Manoc-Manoc Beach in the island of Boracay. Please press the HD button for better quality.

Included in the Glass Bottom Boat Tour were simple snacks such as Zesto, local junk food brands like Oishi and Cheeze Curls. Had I known this fact earlier, I would definitely have packed healthier and tastier alternatives.

During the latter part of the 3 hour boat tour, anyone who wanted to explore the waters was given a life vest and a snorkeling gear each. I noticed that these things were not that well-maintained, that's why I told myself to bring along a can of GLADE SPRAY with me the next time we come back to Boracay- no pun intended. :-)

Bala swimming with the fishes in the pristine clear waters of 
Manoc-Manoc Beach in Boracay 

Other than that seemingly insignificant detail, I was truly mesmerized by the bluish green waters reflecting Boracay's diverse marine life to perfection. It was truly a sight to behold! Cloud 9 SmileyCloud 9 SmileyCloud 9 Smiley

"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.
It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us." (Ashley Montagu)

Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling (Plus Snacks)
(Delivered in both English & Filipino)
Stall located in Station 2, Boracay
Around Php 900 per head for a 3 Hour Tour
Cash basis only


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