The Magical Casulian Island – Siargao Island, Philippines
It was a perfect day so the whole crew of Turtle Surf Camp and Palaka Dive Center headed to a little known island: Casulian. It is surrounded with beautiful white sand beach and corals and from afar, it obviously looks unexplored.
The plan with Palaka Dive Crew was simple: swim, snorkel, dive, eat, trek and watch the flight of a small unmanned aircraft (drone) to take aerial photos and videos of the island.
The sand was so white, the shore was pristine and the azure waters were definitely inviting.
After an hour of swimming, chatting and simply lying on the sand, everyone was already starving. Lunch was deliciously prepared seafood feast for us! We had kinilaw or raw fish with onions, spices and vinegar. It’s a delicacy in most places in Southern Philippines. And we also had grilled fish, adobo and mangoes. Everything tasted so yummy!
Instead of having another swim and a nap, the crew headed to the magnificent mountainside of the island with Captain Ben, our UAV pilot, thought it was a good time to scout for a nice area to fly. Ben is a UAV flight instructor for Lehmann Aviation and this guy has traveled to places that one could only wish to see. After showing us photos of flying over fjords and waterfalls in Iceland, a fiery volcano in Japan and magnificent coastlines in Australia, we decided to have a cool project with his UAV as well.
We went trekking through the small town and over some hills that looked like a natural golf course where he found a clear spot for takeoff and a neat smooth landing.
As soon as Ben started flying, we didn’t care about the scorching heat of the sun. We were all mesmerized- staring at this flimsy looking plane soaring like a bird in the sky! It went up so high at some point that it disappeared from our view. It was a perfect day to shoot with all the blue green waters surrounding us and clear bright skies!
Of course, the adventure continues when we head back to the beach. We went down the hills, crossed a few streams, passed by a quiet, sleepy small town and saw a muddy pool where some carabaos were lounging. Some of our guests wanted to take pictures but got stuck in mud and cow dung! It was hilarious!
Special Thanks to :
Lois Yasay of http://wearesolesisters.com/ for the article; Palaka Dive Center, Ben Uas Ribeiro for the amazing aerial shots and vids; Yuri and Galina