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Enchanted by Sohoton Cove of Bucas Grande

  
Enchanting that's the perfect word that best describe Sohoton Cove. After our short Bucas Grande Island Hopping our boat proceeded then stopped and anchored about 100 meters from Sohoton Visitors Center where we will register for the Sohoton Cove Tour. I asked the tour guide why our boat has to stopped far from the center and us fetched by smaller pump boats (8 pax capacity). I found out later that only these small pump boats could fit in the cave  entrance of Sohoton Cove. After registering our names at the center, there was a short lecture on what to expect and safety reminders given to us, before allowing us back to our assigned boat.


Stingless Jellyfish . . . Is there such a creature?

   Are you afraid of jellyfish? Would you still swim if you knew and actually see thousands of jellyfish inhabiting the water? I am pretty sure you won't.


Much has been said and written about how dangerously fatal can a jellyfish sting to humans. I even read some articles that there were people who naively swam on the beach, got stung by these soft brainless creatures and cost their lives. Because of this, I had reservations and apprehensions of being near it and much more letting this gelatinous umbrella shaped creature in contact with my skin. But, there is a place in the Philippines where you can find a "gentle jellyfish"  believed to be harmless. More known to be found in Palau, these white spotted golden yellow jellyfish (Mantigias cf Papua etpisoni) were also seen in Sohoton, Bucas Grande Islands at the municipality of Socorro Surigao del Norte. These stingless jellyfish has become one of the popular tourist attraction of this island.

A Journey to the Breathtaking Bucas Grande Islands

  

At last, I finally had the time to sit and write about my journey at Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte. It was a spur of the moment decision to go. We've been looking for a date (preferably a weekend with a holiday) to schedule a company summer outing and finally we found one. There were a lot of apprehensions to push through with the trip, it was election time and traveling late in the evening would not be safe. But most of my office-mates were adventurous so, they immediately planned & made preparations for the trip since we will be doing it that weekend after office.