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Dancing and Singing Our Way North

Tao Expeditions Day Four

A beautiful sunrise and we are off. Two quick stops to the best snorkel spots on the trip. Comparable to Port Barton. They are however full of jellyfish, beautiful creatures in their own right. We see clear ones, pink ones, blue ones, clear ones with red spots on their tentacles. They sting a bit but the sting doesn't last and the pleasure of exploring the underwater world more than compensates. More underwater videos too hard to upload.

Oli has noticed a handmade map I made of the El Nido and Coron areas. He asks if I could do a permanent map of the area on his whiteboard so I spend an hour or so drawing all the Islands to scale first in removable ink and then in permanent blue ink. Oli then puts our route on in non permanent black ink. Since the route for every trip is different, he can remove everything except for the Islands outline and redraw the new route each trip. He is so excited and happy with the results and plots our course for others to see and everyone adds their name in removable ink and takes a photo of the map. A nice gesture to leave for them.

We travel a long distance today crossing a channel and then along the shore of Culion Island. We reach a small village with three families living there but it is connected by road to the village of Culion and has power. We spend the late afternoon playing volleyball with the women from the village, have another superb dinner and then they set up a karaoke bar, and after a log of nudging from Michelle get up and sing songs from the Cinderella pantomime "Happy Together" and "I'm Too Sexy". At one point we are in free form dance circle each taking turns in the middle and I strut my stuff first on my own and then with a Philipino woman to the delight of all. The rum and pineapple juice flows freely and there are a few hangovers the next morning. I get too involved and forget to take photos. Sleep is deep as the stars twinkle overhead.




Posted by RDILL 01:56 Archived in Philippines Tagged expeditions tao

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