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TAO EXPEDITIONS - DAY FIVE EXCEEDING ALL EXPECTATIONS

Our Final Day

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TAO EXPEDITIONS DAY FIVE

The last day. I ask Oli if many people my age go on these trips. He smiles. There was one guy who was 80 he says. You are the second oldest. In our group most are in their 20's and 30's. Beautiful people travelling the world looking for adventure. I feel quite at home with them, though am aware my body no longer has their beautiful graceful lines nor their chocolate brown tans, We travel all morning till we see Busuanga - our destination Island in the distance. We stop at a beautiful sandy beach - Treasure Island - once a posh resort, that got severely destroyed by a typhoon a few years back, and the owners have decided not to rebuild and are letting the Tao community use it as a retreat getaway. It is a work in progress and Tao has just started accepting their first guests. We chatted a while with a young Philippino artist who was making sculptures from bamboo for the site. There is one building left standing, with a pool table and kitchen and two bedrooms with comfy beds but no windows at the front. We have our last lunch there, took some group shots, resumed our travels, stopping at a llocal wreck to do our last snorkel dive. By now we were in civilization and sharing the wreck with 3 other boats The wreck is the remain of one of a number of Japanese destroyers and frigates sunk in a raid during the Second World War. By 5 pm we reached Coron Townsite and the termination of our trip. We shared hugs and said our goodbyes and everyone began preparing for the next part their journey, some to return home , others to resume their world travels. It was a great trip with a great bunch of people, great food, and a beautiful country - absolutely a highlight on any travel adventure.

TREASURE ISLAND
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ONLY BUILDING LEFT STANDING
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NEW STRUCTURES FROM THE REMAINS
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VIEW FROM THE HUTS
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We caught a jitney to the Tao office in town, contacted our hotel and soon they arranged for a van to take us to our last stop on the trip - Al Faro Eco Resort. We weren't quite prepared for what happened next. We drove for an hour through the countryside as dark descended. We finally stopped at a little food stand at the side of the road, were met by a couple of young men who took our luggage and pointed us to a stairway that descended over 100 steps to a small dock where we got into a boat and travelled by the light of the moon for 10 minutes to a dock by the side of a hill where we got out and ascended a stairway of another 100 plus stairs till we reached the resort and were greeted with three young ladies smiling and wishing us a big welcome. They sat us down, gave us a fruit punch drink, and then showed us our rooms. Well it is a step up from our previous accommodation, nice outside veranda with couch and hammock, large king size bed with real mattress and a view out over the bay below. A fitting place to chill out and spend the last three days of our trip in the Philippines.

SNORKELLING THE JAPANESE WRECK
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LUXURY AT LAST
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Posted by RDILL 03:16 Archived in Philippines Tagged expeditions tao

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