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Tao Expedition Day Four

I guess I should have told you right away that we have 21 tourists on the ship and 8 crew. We started out with 23 and 9, but a French couple only stayed 2 days and left, apparently because they didn't have enough time to do the whole trip. And one crew member, Jasper, was not feeling well. He was recovering from surgery and seems to have overdone it. The 21 tourists left are from 10 countries, so we are a very international group. And everyone speaks English well so we can talk quite easily. Although when the 3 Irish brothers get talking to each other, it's like another language!
The pier and suspension bridge used to land

The pier and suspension bridge used to land

Tata showing off while ferrying people to the ship

Tata showing off while ferrying people to the ship


This morning we loaded up after breakfast (banana flower patties, bread, and eggs). We stopped at one sand spit for snorkelling but only a few people went in because there were a lot of jelly fish in the water. Then we went for a long ride to get to the next spot. By the time we got there it was lunch time. (Cuttlefish, fried whole fish, pumpkin, green beans, etc, salad, rice)
One of the many scrumptious lunches we had on board

One of the many scrumptious lunches we had on board


Fresh coconut water

Fresh coconut water


Then Don went snorkelling, a few people went over in kayaks to the beach, managing to lose a snorkel and mask in a kayak capsize. So 3 of the crew started diving for it, and Tata found it.
Sunning on the prow

Sunning on the prow


Rob volunteered to draw the map of the islands on the whiteboard for Oli. Oli told us a story about finding 3 shipwreck survivors on an island he had never been to before. He just decided to take his tour there for lunch and found the men on the beach in very poor condition. Their boat had capsized a long way away and they had floated there on a pontoon. There was no water or food on the island. Quite an exciting story.
After everyone was back on board, we headed for our last camp. To get there we had to cross a channel that was pretty wild swells and raining fairly hard. But when we arrived at the camp, it was sunny again. This camp actually has showers and electricity. A volleyball game with some of the local people was entertaining for participants and watchers. Tata wandered around, even on the court, offering sweet potato fries to everyone.
Volleyball game with chips

Volleyball game with chips

Little island boy

Little island boy


After a lovely supper yet again, with everyone sitting around talking and drinking, Oli went to check out the karaoke machine. Of course, we all went up to party. We did some dancing but left the singing to the younger folk. Lots of the songs people requested to sing were ones we weren't familiar with, just too old, I guess. The party went on for quite a while after we left for bed. The accommodations here just aren't as good as the previous camps. We are squished in a tiny room, one of 3 adjoining rooms with only bamboo walls as partitions. And we were actually cold this time! Greg, the Australian, was very drunk yet again, and I heard him get up, walk down the deck to our end and pee on the deck - where our shoes, etc were. Yikes!! I figured there was no profit in shouting at him, he was so drunk. So we had to wash some stuff off in the morning.

Posted by katdill 18:11 Archived in Philippines

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