After the visit to the Jeongbang Waterfall (정방폭포), it was time to visit… the ancient lava estuary, which is part of an area that has been designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve with lava formations of many interesting shapes and sizes. Most of the estuary has dried up, but the lower half of the estuary contains crystal clear aqua blue waters that allow visitors to rent a kayak or other paddle to explore the watery domain.
|From the top of the estuary|
|A little closer to the edge of the estuary where you can actually walk down to explore|
|What lies beneath|
When we arrived, we were at the top of the estuary which overlooked the valley below. There were rocks of all shapes and sizes, and there was the option to explore the rocky estuary below, but we gave it a miss as the way down was step and the path uneven. It’s best to wear good footwear if you want to explore the rocky domain beneath as it can be slippery.
After hanging around at the upper (dry and rocky) estuary, admiring the natural lava formations and surrounding nature, it was time to move on to the lower parts of the estuary where the waters beckoned us. If we had the option to actually try out the paddling at the estuary’s waters, our experience would have been enhanced, but it was still a good experience nonetheless.
|The waters at the other part of the estuary|
The waters (where fresh water also meets with sea water when the tide comes in) below, together with the surrounding mountains and rocks were very picturesque. It was also a serene sight taking in the scenery and the people below paddling away on the clear waters amidst the lava formations and trees.
It was a serene walk at the estuary which also happened to lead to a black sand beach, which was our next destination.