I opted to try kayaking at the Linaon Bay in Negros Occidental. It was my first time and I definitely sucked at it – BIGTIME! The bay stretches at about 4 kilometers having those calm, wave-less, waters. It has an average of probably 15 to 18 feet from the surface to the floor. Well, it sounded like a great opportunity for me to practice and hone my “kayaking” skills, right? 8)
My goal was to perfect my paddling and navigation, the way I move from left to right, and the proper techniques that gets me going. Snorkeling and Sight seeing are just additional “goals” so to speak. As I was geared up complete with a life jacket and awesome reflective aviator shades, a little push from my side and off I went adrift!
That’s me being overly excited to get to the water!
Across was a small fishing boat, probably a few hundred meters away, there were four kids tossing their fishing nets and one treading in the water. I paddled towards them and as I got closer, I talked to them. I asked the one in the water if it will be alright for him to let me borrow his “bamboo-made” goggles. Yeah. I desperately want to check the corals down below!
I leaned on my left and next on my right and as I tried to put my entire head on the surface of the water to get a clearer view, the kayak tilted, and boom! I was helpless and floating on the open waters of the bay – lol! Yes. Thank God for buoyancy! I don’t know how to swim – so much for a semester in college swimming!
Paddlin’ like a pro!
Good thing my uncle was close and he helped me get back to the kayak. I was laughing because I could not even pull myself up. haha. Oh well, at least I got the chance of seeing what’s underneath the bay – beautiful and huge corals, clusters of sea urchins, yellow, blue, and orange fishes, a bunch of starfish, sea snakes, sea weeds – everything! To my surprise, the floor was covered with white sand. Very odd when the coast is somehow grey and golden…
Ok. I did not drown! But I could have if I forgot to wear my life jacket. And if I did, you might end up head over heels laughing. What and experience!