28.02.2017 - 28.02.2017
Day Two. The night is clear and the stars are amazing. Not a light in sight. It's great to sit on the beach, no bugs, 25 C or warmer. Heaven.
We start out early the next morning to visit Hidden Beach - a popular spot on the El Nido boat tours. We passed it yesterday and there were 20 boats full of tourists all trying to go to the same spot at the same time. We are camped close by so get there before anyone else. We anchor and then swim 200 metres to a cliff wall and then through a small 4 foot cave like entrance into this beautiful little lagoon with sandy beach. It is quite exquisite but we fill it up. It would be a zoo when all the tour boats arrive. They all do the same circuit at the same time. We leave as the tour boats begin to arrive. The wind is blowing and we test the seaworthiness of our boat. It passes the test. Waves crash over the bow but we are all enjoying the scenery as we proceed along the coast. Not much sealife but we do spot a monitor lizard. Another stop for lunch on Nacalpan Beach, then to a small Island to do some more snorkelling and visit the small 20 family fishing village situated there. Finally we proceed to the Tao base camp to pick up supplies, let off the French couple who decide this isn't the trip for them, and we get oriented on the Tao philosophy and history. The foundation employs local villagers, almost half the supplies come from their organic permaculture farm. We tour the farm the next morning including the pig farm, duck ponds, and greenhouses. They are growing local plants and replanting the neighbouring countryside. All electricity is solar. An impressive program to provide an alternative to the locals who have for years relied on fishing and are now witnessing the decline of the fishing industry throughout the Philippines as in the rest of the world
We end the evening with happy hour followed by a 7 course dinner each course a delight in itself. The food is to die for. Healthy but I will not lose weight on this trip.
My accomodation for the night is a luxury thatch hut. They are designed and built so if a typhoon is about to hit they can be picked up and moved, however if hit are designed to shed the wind and if hit can be easily rebuilt.
THE OPEN WATERS
MY NEW DIGS