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I know I've said countless of times how Coron has left me breathless but Barracuda Lake even left me more speechless. Encapsulated by sharp limestone formations had kept me wondering where on earth is this lake that I couldn't see from the outside? 🤔 In between the sharp limestone edges, a steep flight of wooden stairs arose, about 40 steps. When I reached the other side of the stairs - low and behold the majestic beauty of the lake 🏝 Paradise was awaiting me on the other side of this limestone formations. It was ️ at first sight and I never want to leave the lake anymore ️
The lake is also a fascinating place to go diving. The unusual water temperature of the lake called Thermocline can be experienced here. Thermocline is a mixture of two different bodies of water that meets in the middle of the lake, it likewise goes with the change of water temperature as well. The initial layers of the lake composes of fresh water and the temperature is between 27°C to 29°C. Another 5m going down is the salt water section of the lake. And the deeper you go down, you may experience an enormous Halocline and Thermocline mixture, the water temperature starts from 38°C. Asking those who have the experience, they said that its like a black hole with no visibility, the bottom feels like jelly-like texture. Despite the unusual scary experience, it is a must try for the brave souls, something that you will not find anywhere else in the world - the fun in swimming in between the hot and cold water surfaces and even see a line separating these different thermoclines. ️️
Well, I didn't go diving here but did some snorkeling and swimming, for me, the lake is like a giant pool. So if you can swim without the vest, i suggest you do it and explore the underwater rock formations that got me really fascinated. (see pictures ).
At the far end corner, there is this high rock formation that you can climb and make a jump for it. All my friends who were with me, took a splash and jump a couple of times. Though there were other tourists in the area, most of us in the group knows how to swim, so we had that jumping rock all to our group. We had spent about 2 hours at the lake - jumping, free floating, and taking videos of the limestone formation under the lake. It was a work of art.
There is no area to place your things unlike Kayangan Lake, so best to leave your unnecessary stuff at the boat (no one will be able to watch it at the lake as well). If you have a dry bag, then you can bring your valuables and place it in there.
If you have nothing to bring, just snorkeling gear or life vest is a must whether you know how to swim or not. Wear aqua shoes because the rock formations are sharp.
Leave your worries behind and be inspired by the lake's beauty. ️
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Barracuda Lake was part of our Coron Itinerary. The boatman mentioned that we have swim under limestone passageway to get to the lake. Well, i sat this one out. Staying by the boat is an obvious choice for me as i do not know how to swim (oh, the irony of life, a person who likes the beach cant swim to save her cat).
The rock formations and the crystal clear water is enough for me. I am guessing the water in the lake sports the same hue and i am no geologist hence i cant fully appreciate the subtle nuances of sedimentary rocks. The view from outside is enough for me, the calm blue waters and the gentle humming of the wind make a perfect day spent.
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The Barracuda Lake was probably my favorite stop of our Coron Island Adventure tour. It wasn't as crowded as Kayangan Lake and the view under was just scary... In a good way! The limestone that was under the lake (check bottom left picture -- it seriously felt like I was getting sucked towards it while I took that pic underwater) was just hauntingly beautiful. It felt like beautiful siokoys would suddenly appear and sing Under the Sea to me! #medyonabaliw Are there even good-looking siokoys...
The walk going to the lake wasn't as tiring as the way to Kayangan Lake and the way there definitely felt safer. Also, the lake is called Barracuda Lake because apparently there are five barracudas swimming under the lake... Woohoo living on the edge yo! Haha! Our tour guide said barracuda bites were worse than shark bites... But somehow, that got us even more excited to jump in. #YOLO Them barracudas don't show up as often anyway. Hehe.
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not as wide as kayangan lake but much calmer and peaceful. there's less hiking to do to get to the lake as well. much less and on wooden planks! the board walk is narrow, though, and might not fit a big crowd. the barracuda was a no-show as well, but that's alright. a diver said that if it does show up that people shouldn't fear — it doesn't bite. after seeing his audience smile in relief however, he said, "it just swallows". haha!
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