Island hopping take two

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The boat for the day

This is what El Nido is all about - island hopping. The main reason I got to town - actually the only reason I want to go here in the first place. If it had not been for the islands out of town there is no way I would have taken the long road trip up here. This morning I will be joining in on a tour going around the group C island. It is a pretty funny concept around this place - everywhere there is an offer of tours and it is all the same tours - Tour A, B, C or D. The prices are also more or less the same it all varies a bit according to the quality of the lunch and the size of the boat and group.

 

I think I got plenty of time to go for breakfast at the restaurant where I will be leaving from. It is only 8.30 and I was told we left at 9 - hence plenty of time to eat. But just after I have order breakfast I am told everybody else is already here - huh why I am way early.

Fisrt island as we leave
It turns out they have told the rest of the passengers - a French groups of students - that we would be leaving at 8. Super now I feel guilty about having breakfast.

 

When I get to the boat it just shows you how small the travelling circus is around Palawan. I already knew one of the passengers I had met her in Puerto a couple of days before. And the French student - they were not really French only some of them. But of we go sailing throu8gh the islands. And it is really impressive we pass one limestone island after the other and we get to the first of the places to go snorkelling for the day.

 

The snorkelling here is so much better than it was down in Honda Bay the water is really clear and you can actually see both the fish and the corals quite clearly.

The scenery just continues all day as we go from one spot to the next swimming in to beaches hidden from view from the sea and not possible to take the boat into because of the water being to shallow.

 

On one island is an old shrine somebody has build at some time years ago there is some sort of local legend associated by this place but I have long forgotten what the miracle was all about.

 

The lunch is just cooked on the beach and we all sit around the portable table and enjoy a big lunch of chicken and fish of some sort - with some great pineapple as a dessert.

 

After lunch we continue with more snorkelling and sailing so all is good until we have to get back - suddenly the bangka got some sort of mechanical problem.

Lonely island
We got to stop and they open the bottom of the boat to get to the engine and start repairing it - using a hammer to fix something. Hmm I wonder if this is the usual procedure used by mechanics all over the world when they need to fix engine trouble.

 

We get back to town and one of the French students - who are actually French - got a Bday for the night. And I tag along going to the restaurant where we started off from in the morning. We strike a deal with the people running the place - as long as we keep buying beers they will keep the place open after the usual closing time of NINE.

 

One great thing is our guide for the day also goes to the restaurant during the night Christopher is a bit of a musician and spends the night playing his guitar and singing old rock song while he is having his rum and cokes.

 

We get a nice dinner and a few beers and as the night goes along we get company from the drinking tourist as they can not find anywhere else to drink this late at night - I mean it is after 10 you should be home sleeping long ago.

 

The drunks got a very pronounced accent - it is very familiar to me and I got a feeling I know where they are from - actually I am very sure I know where they are from. It is a bunch of drunken Danes - super just what I wanted. I don't really like to meet countrymen while travelling - others find it charming I find it annoying wanting to run for cover. Well there is nowhere to run to and we stay while they get a few bottles of rum - the rum apparently had some effect for there island hopping the next day - they were very tired I was told later by someone I met who had been on the same boat with them.

 

Well I got no plans for the next day so I can stay up and have one last drink for the night anyways. When I get home at night I see a little visitor arriving at the same time - a little bat is flying in at settling down at the roof of my porch - I get out the camera and tries to keep it steady - not that successful - and take a few photos of it.

 
Koralifix says:
Amusing story! ... At leat you could totally enjoy your lunch ;)
Posted on: May 22, 2009
tj1777 says:
I known but I dont think it was a story about these Danes - the Danes just kept hunting me wait for part two, three and four ;)
Posted on: Jul 29, 2008
yheleen says:
and i'll wait for the next blogs, hahaha...
Posted on: Jul 29, 2008
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The boat for the day
The boat for the day
Fisrt island as we leave
Fisrt island as we leave
Lonely island
Lonely island
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Rescuing the lifejacket
Rescuing the lifejacket
Passengers
Passengers
just a beach - who cares where - s…
just a beach - who cares where - …
Spearfishing
Spearfishing
The shrine
The shrine
Looking from the building down at …
Looking from the building down at…
The view from the top of the roof
The view from the top of the roof
The view from the top of the roof
The view from the top of the roof
The entrance to secret beach
The entrance to secret beach
We could not find a statue so we h…
We could not find a statue so we …
Kids going home from school
Kids going home from school
The school in town
The school in town
The church
The church
Visitor coming at night
Visitor coming at night
Trying for the closeup shot - but …
Trying for the closeup shot - but…
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
Hidden beach
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photo by: tj1777