The Pygmy Seahorse 

At Sabang Point, as I was guiding one of our divers at the Coco Divers, Coco Beach’s own dive center, we passed by a small ridge at around 14 meters. We saw a small fan coral on that ridge and went closer to look at it. While looking at the branches of the fan coral, we saw a Pygmy Seahorse trying to hide itself from us and from a few fish who wants to eat it.

Here’s a little background of the Pygmy Seahorse so non-divers (and even divers who have yet to see one) can appreciate this small wonder of nature. 

The Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) is one of the smallest seahorse in the world. It is very small that it's less than 2 centimeters in size (that’s only two-thirds of an inch!) and they live exclusively on Fan Corals. There are two common colors for this seahorse: Grey with red spots and Yellow with orange spots. They normally use their colors to camouflage themselves from their predators. This seahorse is also very shy and normally moves slowly from one branch to another to hide. Adult Pygmy seahorse are usually found in pairs or a cluster of pairs. 

As you can imagine, finding a pair or one of these tiny seahorse in a vast ocean or sea is an amazing find. Good thing Puerto Galera is one of the spots where you can find these Pygmy Seahore - if you know where to look. A lot of our divers at the Coco Divers who come from all over the world requests to see one during their dive.

Another interesting fact about the Seahorses...

Did you know that it's the male, and not the female, that becomes pregnant in seahorses. The female lays her eggs in the pouch of the male seahorses. The male fertilize and incubate the eggs until they give birth after around two weeks.

I’m glad I’m human and not a seahorse! 

 

Ino Pausanos
Suba Diving Instructor at Coco Divers

 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 3:00:00 PM Categories: Diving
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Crazy Breakfast at a Crazy Location 

For a different setting and ambience, Crazy breakfast was set in a garden close to the dive shop with towering coconut trees, plants and orchids all around.  Coco Beach Island Resort has this Crazy breakfast every Sunday and is sometimes set–up at the beach, at Heritage Garden, at the pool or somewhere you will least expect it. So don’t be surprised if one day you will find yourself hiking-up at the Silent Pool for your breakfast. Just another crazy idea but just give it a try, besides, everyone can use an exercise!

    

Crazy breakfast is when we serve mostly Filipino and not so usual dishes like salted eggs with sliced tomatoes, sardines sautéed with lots of garlic and onions, corned- beef, pancit miki, fried fish, sweet potato, boiled banana and a lot more.

Waking up in a place sets in a jungle, having breakfast  at the  garden like you have all the time in the world, with waves and birds singing as your background sound  is really another great dining experience.

Monday, July 2, 2012 8:39:00 AM
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June’s New Moon and Barbeque Party 

Coco Beach Island Resort's New Moon Party was held at the poolside, last June 19, 2012. In around 4:00 in the afternoon, the services together with kitchen and dining staff in supervision of Vincent were in full force in preparing a new and cool set-up for the party. It is first time that the New Moon Party and Barbeque Night fall at the same date.

                               

   Barbeque and New Moon Party Set-up in the pool                                                Green Leafy Band Performance

The party began as early as 7:30 in the evening, 34 guests including walk-ins started to be served of pica-pica and local drinks. At that time, guests are enjoying our Chef’s delicious barbeque while listening to reggae music of Iraya and Green Leafy bands. Mostly, the crowd were Taiwanese, Filipino, Danish and Indian national.

                                            

                                                 Lexter and Jarari of Fire Tactics                                                          Taiwanese group enjoying the foods

With seven years of experience, Lexter Navarro and Jarari Escueta of Fire Tactics are known to be  experts in this field of fire dancing which they may often see performing at other establishments in the country. As expected, they delivered a good show by performing a jaw-dropping and fire eating performance.

It was indeed another great party as everyone enjoyed the music, foods and the astounding fire dancing performance. Those who miss out to party with us, see you on the next New Moon Party on July 18!

 

Friday, June 29, 2012 4:08:00 PM Categories: Events
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Tuna Au Poivre 

 

This peppered tuna steak is now available in Coco Beach Island Resort's Carabao Restaurant!

You will surely love the lusciousness of the fresh tuna as it goes along well with the freshly cracked peppercorns and drizzled with calamansi juice and olive oil. The pepper provides a pungent but complimentary counterpoint to the rich flavor of the tuna.

This Peppered Tuna or Tuna Au Poivre comes with a side dish of your choice.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 7:05:00 AM Categories: Specials
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Coco Food Bazaar 

Last Saturday in Coco Beach Island Resort, instead of having the usual Garden Fiesta Party, Chef Noel and his cooks launched the first ever “Coco Food Bazaar” for a change. Four mini bahay kubos were set-up at the Carabao Garden for the following stations, Main Course, Barbeque or Grilling station, Mongolian and Dessert station.

                

                                 Main Course, Barbeque, Mongolian and Dessert Station

In the Main Course station guest may choose from relyenong bangus, tortang talong with ground beef, kare-kare, fried chicken, pork afritada, fish sarciado, ginataang pusit, ampalaya with egg, ginisang sitaw at kalabasa and steamed rice.

While the Barbeque station have marinated liempo, chicken and jumbo hotdog that is grilled right. Mongolian beef stir-fry, chicken and pork stir-fry are your choices in the Mongolian Station. Have it cooked in front of you and enjoy while it is hot.

And for the Dessert station, Cook Weng of Touch of Asia also prepares buco pandan, buco salad, turon de manila and fresh lumpia.

The party started at 6:30 in the evening with the music of Coco Band. According to the guests the food was great and they find the price very affordable. With almost everyone joined that night we could say it was a big hit.

Monday, June 25, 2012 8:24:00 AM Categories: Specials
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