Friday, July 29, 2016

Kayak in Turtle Bay

Kayak Rental
Al Hamra Resort - Luziminda
Cell: 0977 608 8715

About 45 minutes (with the traffic these days) from Puerto Princesa City is a beautiful natural bay, Turtle Bay. It acts as a nursery for many types of wildlife and sea creatures. It's shores are lined by varying ages of mangrove trees, especially deep into one of its longer rivers estuaries. Right outside the mouth of the bay is another gem, Binunsalian Bay where there is a white sand beach called Puting Buhangin. Kayaking is a perfect and non intrusive way to explore this natural fish nursery.

I am really excited that a neighboring resort nearby is now offering kayak tours or kayak rentals. Turtle bay is no easy to get to unless by banca. The folks at Al Hamra Resort will take you and the kayaks to choice launch spots.

Turtle bay is a hidden treasure for the most part. It's peaceful and quiet. Far from the hustle and bustle of typical tourist spots. Because it is a protected bay, with a small neck opening, there are rarely any waves to worry about. I have never been in the bay where the waves prevented me from swimming or boating.

Beautiful Turtle bay from the air. Across the bay Seven Seas Properties wants to put in an Ocean Park. I highly recommend you kayak around this bay before it is destroyed by that development. Go now and you will have the place to yourself.

These are the actual kayaks they rent out, with or without a guide. They seat two adults and one small child. Don't let windy weather keep you from enjoying the sea. This bay hardly ever has any waves even in bad weather.

One of their launch spots. They will bring you and the kayaks to various spots of your choosing.

Taken from our private banca. Now the are kayaks so closeby, I will be able to explore the nooks and crannies of this delightful bay.
This is right outside of Turtle bay where the waters are clearer. As in emerald green at the right season. There are a couple of beaches you can land on to pic nic. Be aware there are sand fleas in many parts of the mangrove system. So a lot of Virgin Coconut Oil on the skin will drown the little buggers. Insect repellent doesn't seem to bother them.

The opening is the mouth of Turtle bay, these are the green waters right outside the bay.

Turtle and Binunsalian bays are homes to the now vulnerable Asian Small clawed otter. They are nocturnal so chances of seeing them are slim, but they do come out late at almost dusk.

Al Hamra also has clean kubos for those who want to make a weekend of exploring Turtle bay via kayak. It's pretty basic and the CR is a bit of a walk at the moment. But for the rugged individuals this won't bother them. They also have a nice pool to refresh in and a bar and restaurant.

The food is mostly Continental, such as Sausage and Bangers, Shepard Pie, hot dogs etc. They do have BBQ chicken wings and lumpia for local fare.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dolphins of Puerto Princesa, Palawan April 2016

We got out on the bay by 7:30 AM. It only took us 10 minutes to find them. Watch the video to see the dancing dolphins of Puerto Princesa. Seriously. Watch this video, and all your cares and woes will go away for the few minutes.

There are now dolphin watching tours starting at Bay Walk in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Google it! April and May is peak season for dolphin watching!

We have our own private boat for family and friends, so we can go any time we want!! But never guaranteed to see them. The pros have spotters they pay.

The experience is always magical, exciting, and peaceful at the same time, it's wonderful for me and all our companions. One young fisherman who was with us, who never even saw a dolphin before, said he could now die as he's seen and felt everything wonderful and perfect in life!

Here is another video with shots of the dolphins underwater! It's so amazing.

Dolpin and her calf. She was looking at me!
Dolpin and her calf. She was looking at me!

So many dolphins I didn't know where to look.

I do so love dolphins. There is nothing like them. What a magical morning.

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