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Barracuda Lake is famous for its jelly bottom composition, its thermal layers and its barracudas that like the more than 30 degrees warm waters.
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Located on the north shore of the fascinating Coron Island at only 20 minutes from Coron Town, Barracuda-Lake is one of the most unusual, amazing and weirdest dive sites in the Philippines. After a short climb over lime-stones with full gear (on special request we organize a Sherpa for you, don't worry!) you reach this beautiful, with pure nature surrounded spot. The dive itself is like a wired space flight on a foreign planet. Three different thermo-clines with temperature between 30 and 37 degrees you have to cross on your flight down to maximum 30 meter; on this point there is a layer starting where you can experience zero visibility so it is pointless to go deeper! The bottom-constitution is funny stuff, feeling like jelly where you can put your whole arm inside, or if you like, your head. The trip brings you along unusual looking rock-formation, steep walls and mysterious caves in a breathtaking atmosphere. The most recommended part to cruise is in around 13m-15m where the 'cold' freshwater-layer of 30 degrees meets the hot saltwater at 37 degrees; here you can choose your most favorite one and change whenever you like, or you swim with your head in the cold and your body in the hot water. Actually, you can see an exact line in between these two thermo-clines resembling a second surface.
Honestly, there is not much marine-life to see; a family of rabbit fishes, small catfish, shells and freshwater-shrimps, sometimes snappers, batfishes or even puffers crossing through a narrow channel from the sea. This connection causes most likely also the presence of the famous single barracuda, who actually is living resident in the lake. But again, especially the high unaccustomed atmosphere in a likewise underwater surrounding, makes this dive to a 'must see' for any diver with an inclination for unusual. Unique! Bizarre!
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If you think you have done everything, think again. Diving Barracuda Lake is a very unique experience. The lake consists of fresh water sitting on top of salt water. The freshwater is a very comfortable 31 C. The top of the salt water layer is 38 C. No one is sure for the reason of the backwards thermocline, but there are a few theories. Stop by the dive shop and we can share them with you. The dramatic underwater rock formations make you feel as if you are on another planet.
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