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Coron, Philippines has your deserted island waiting

Bulog Dos Island; it was chaos every morning as guests had to wait an hour or more before the bangkas departed; with the excursions going every day it was perplexing that things didn't run more smoothly

Bulog Dos Island; it was chaos every morning as guests had to wait an hour or more before the bangkas departed; with the excursions going every day it was perplexing that things didn't run more smoothly

Large green sea turtle; there seems to be a great variety of coral species here while I saw the same fish species over and over again

Large green sea turtle; there seems to be a great variety of coral species here while I saw the same fish species over and over again

My camera seems to take great photos of clownfish but I can't get shots of other species that are as distinct; I wonder if the camera picks up the bright colors and then auto-focuses

My camera seems to take great photos of clownfish but I can't get shots of other species that are as distinct; I wonder if the camera picks up the bright colors and then auto-focuses

This unique cushion sea star has short arms and an inflated appearance and resembles a pentagonal pincushion; this species is found in the warm tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region and comes in a wide range of colors

This unique cushion sea star has short arms and an inflated appearance and resembles a pentagonal pincushion; this species is found in the warm tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region and comes in a wide range of colors

Banul Beach; a woman on my day trip was from Copenhagen and was childhood friends with Caroline Wozniacki (she said Caro was competitive even back then but very friendly)

Banul Beach; a woman on my day trip was from Copenhagen and was childhood friends with Caroline Wozniacki (she said Caro was competitive even back then but very friendly)

I had not seen razorfish before so I really enjoyed watching them as they floated around; when threatened by larger fish, the razorfish darts away to a nearby sea urchin or staghorn coral for protection

I had not seen razorfish before so I really enjoyed watching them as they floated around; when threatened by larger fish, the razorfish darts away to a nearby sea urchin or staghorn coral for protection

This looks just like a rose underwater but is the egg ribbon of a Spanish Dancer nudibranch; the eggs are preyed upon by fish, especially moon wrasse

This looks just like a rose underwater but is the egg ribbon of a Spanish Dancer nudibranch; the eggs are preyed upon by fish, especially moon wrasse

In Coron the fishing industry experienced a boom (literally) during the 1970s up to the 1990s which gradually dwindled due to illegal blast and sodium cyanide fishing

In Coron the fishing industry experienced a boom (literally) during the 1970s up to the 1990s which gradually dwindled due to illegal blast and sodium cyanide fishing

Olive leather coral; this common, colorful soft coral currently has 166 species in the genus

Olive leather coral; this common, colorful soft coral currently has 166 species in the genus

The islands around Coron are very mountainous and uninhabited; I've met lots of Filipinos who now live in other countries but have come back to enjoy a vacation with their relatives who still live in the Philippines

The islands around Coron are very mountainous and uninhabited; I've met lots of Filipinos who now live in other countries but have come back to enjoy a vacation with their relatives who still live in the Philippines

After Finding Nemo, global clownfish sales increased 40% fr the aquaria trade; the Philippines and Indonesia are the worlds top exporters of wild-caught marine fish, supplying 85% o the trade

After Finding Nemo, global clownfish sales increased 40% for the aquaria trade; the Philippines and Indonesia are the world’s top exporters of wild-caught marine fish, supplying 85% of the trade

Red bubble-tip anemone with barely visible clownfish; this is the only red anemone I have seen

Red bubble-tip anemone with barely visible clownfish; this is the only red anemone I have seen

Scarlet crinoid (aka sea lily); this species feeds on detritus, phytoplankton and zooplankton caught by means of a sticky substance on the arms

Scarlet crinoid (aka sea lily); this species feeds on detritus, phytoplankton and zooplankton caught by means of a sticky substance on the arms

Coral branching out from the wall; every morning little kids would be down at the bangkas selling water shoes, waterproof iphone cases and water

Coral branching out from the wall; every morning little kids would be down at the bangkas selling water shoes, waterproof iphone cases and water

It's hard to tell in the photo but this coral is pink and yellow and one of the few species I've seen with pastel coloration; I couldn't figure out what type of coral it is though

It's hard to tell in the photo but this coral is pink and yellow and one of the few species I've seen with pastel coloration; I couldn't figure out what type of coral it is though

I'm assuming these are closed sea anemones; they are the only ones I've seen so I wonder why they would be closed (anyone know?)

I'm assuming these are closed sea anemones; they are the only ones I've seen so I wonder why they would be closed (anyone know?)

Light blue chromoproteins in the growth margins of a Montipora coral; there are no decent beaches around Coron on Busuanga Island

Light blue chromoproteins in the growth margins of a Montipora coral; there are no decent beaches around Coron on Busuanga Island

Banul Beach; island time here is very confusing as I was told my excursion van would pick me up at 8am and the van actually arrived at times ranging from 7am to 9am!

Banul Beach; island time here is very confusing as I was told my excursion van would pick me up at 8am and the van actually arrived at times ranging from 7am to 9am!

Pincushion sea star; found in tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, this unusual species of starfish creates its own little habitat by providing shelter for small shrimp that hide under it

Pincushion sea star; found in tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, this unusual species of starfish creates its own little habitat by providing shelter for small shrimp that hide under it

Banul Beach on Coron Island; Coron is part of the Calamian Islands chain which is known as an adventurer's paradise

Banul Beach on Coron Island; Coron is part of the Calamian Islands chain which is known as an adventurer's paradise

This colorful parrotfish was definitely the alpha in this group of fish as they were feeding; they were so loud you could actually hear them munching on the coral

This colorful parrotfish was definitely the alpha in this group of fish as they were feeding; they were so loud you could actually hear them munching on the coral

Large table coral; the Coron airport is 45 minutes away but a shared van ride only costs $3 (the drivers all act like they are grand prix competitors)

Large table coral; the Coron airport is 45 minutes away but a shared van ride only costs $3 (the drivers all act like they are grand prix competitors)

Coral ledge jutting out from side of wall; similar to Vancouver, Coron isn't on Coron Island but on Busuanga Island while Coron Island is just across the strait

Coral ledge jutting out from side of wall; similar to Vancouver, Coron isn't on Coron Island but on Busuanga Island while Coron Island is just across the strait

Acropora abrotanoides (I couldn't find a common name); these are large formations that can be 10 feet across and grow in warm, shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific region

Acropora abrotanoides (I couldn't find a common name); these are large formations that can be 10 feet across and grow in warm, shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific region

Posted by VagabondCowboy 05:52

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