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Tao Expedition Day Five

sunny 30 °C

Last day on the good ship Palawenya. We had breakfast on board, instead of at the camp. We had coconuts for bowls for our oatmeal. Everyday something different!
The Palawenya

The Palawenya


Sunrise over the mountains

Sunrise over the mountains

Coconut bowls waiting for breakfast

Coconut bowls waiting for breakfast


We had quite a long ride to a resort which had been destroyed by a typhoon in 2012. Tao is now renting the place and has some huts there that you can rent out for a few days if you wish. There is still a large 2 bedroom house that was the resort's owners house. Huge and very posh!
Oli telling us the story of the resort

Oli telling us the story of the resort

The owner's house

The owner's house

A shady lounge area

A shady lounge area


We had lunch in the shade on the beach and took the group photo of the expedition. Then back on the ship to travel to the last snorkel site, a sunken Japanese ship from the Second World War. There were other tour boats there and the water looked very crowded, especially in comparison to all the previous snorkel sites.
Lots of snorkels in the water

Lots of snorkels in the water


Some of the group tried climbing up the anchor rope at the bow of the ship, which Tata has done quite regularly after detaching us from some buoy or shoreline. Very difficult, but some managed to do it. Another long ride and we were in Coron. We said our goodbyes, it was a great trip with an excellent group of people and fantastic crew.
Oli with the map Rob drew

Oli with the map Rob drew


We jammed into a trike over to the Tao office. There we got a taxi to take us the 37 km to our resort, Al Faro. It was dark when the taxi stopped and said here we are. We got out and there were 2 men to greet us and carry all our luggage. We had to walk down 90 stone steps, which weren't very well lit, to reach a dock. Then in a little boat to cross the bay to the hotel. Then up about as many steps to the hotel lobby. Thank heavens we didn't have to carry our luggage. It was hard enough getting myself up there. They greeted us with a cold drink and after registering, we were shown our rooms. Down some steps, not too many this time, to our little private bungalow. Nicely designed, but maybe not as many amenities as we expected. This is an eco-resort, so runs on solar power. After we had showers and got cleaned up, we went back up to the dining room for supper. Not as good as Jeric's cooking, but delicious. Then to bed.

Posted by katdill 18:40 Archived in Philippines

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