01.03.2017 - 01.03.2017
I got up early and had a traditional Filipino massage before breakfast. What a great way to start the day! We had a yummy breakfast of a baked taro, sweet potato, and other veggies, baked eggs and fresh buns made with coconut milk to make them more digestible. Fantastic! The oven is a large clay oven built by our chef's mother, I think.
Then we had a talk by Ann, the head cook and trainer for Tao. She explained about how the organization works and some of the different projects they are involved in. They are trying to create permaculture farming culture here to try and diversify from tourism. We then had a walk through tour of the farm garden there.
We loaded back up onto the boat and took off across a large channel, heading north to Busuanga Island. Loading and unloading the boat is so much work for the staff. All our food, bedding, water, etc needs to be loaded into kayaks and taken to shore or visa versa in the morning. Most people swim into shore or back to the boat, but there are a few of us that get a ride in a kayak for various reasons.
We stopped at a little island for snorkelling and stayed there for lunch. Oli bought 3 cuttlefish from a fisherman and then we had quite an educational talk on cuttlefish and octopus. He was a fisherman for 14 years before joining Tao and knows a great deal.
We stopped at another island for more snorkelling but there were a lot of jellyfish or plankton in the water and Don and Rob were the only two who went snorkelling. They had full rash guard shirts and pants and were well protected. Some others just went over to the beach and explored the island a bit. I saw a sea eagle come down and catch a fish and fly away with it. I was so excited - my first interesting bird sighting for days and days.
Then it was time to go to our base camp for the night. After we unloaded we got to have bucket showers and set up our beds and mosquito nets for the night. Greg, the Australian, got very drunk and had to be carted to bed by a couple of crew.