MONSOON SNORKELING

July 01, 2010

The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines

Monsoon snorkeling is a bizarre but amazing phenomenon that I happened to experience by chance during my most recent visit to Leyte island, Philippines.  A monsoon had started to brew whilst my sister and I were snorkeling; the coconut trees were stirring in the wind and the rain began to pelt down heavily...

The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines

During the Philippine rainy season which runs between the months of June and September monsoons are a common occurrence and usually happen on a daily basis.  With the trusted assurance of a native Filipino family member that it was safe to remain in the water, my sister and I continued on with our underwater exploration.   With that said, it's important to always take caution, monsoons can sometimes develop into more severe storms. We would not have proceeded without getting the green light from someone who knew what they were taking about.

The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines

Listening to the raindrops echo though the water was such an amazingly calming and captivating experience and watching the ripples from below the surface was absolutely mesmerising.

The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines

Exploring the depths of the underwater realm is probably the closest you can get to an otherworldly experience. Discovering the weird and wonderful marine life that lurks below is always truly fascinating.

The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines

I highly recommend the Philippines as a holiday destination particularly for avid snorkelers, divers and beach goers is because it's relatively unspoiled.  The Philippines doesn't receive the same levels of tourist footfall that other destinations in South East Asia.  This means that a lot of its beaches and marine life are pristine and undisturbed.

The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines
The Wayfarer - Leyte Island - Philippines

We had got so lost in scaling the depths of the underwater world that before we knew it, dusk had started to set in and so we watched the tropical sunset from the water.

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