Island hopping take two
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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.
When I get
to the boat it just shows you how small the travelling circus is around
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.