I shit you not another sea snake
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Lots of houses that could barely fit 3 or four people blasting the tunes from large speakers. We got chased by all the local children and were greeted by many of the friendly locals. Above the sound of the speakers though the cockerals started so many of them tied by one leg to front gates, stands, pegs in the ground etc. We bought some suncream from a very overpriced shop (no Filipino's presumably want factor 35 so I can imagine this product line is always an overpriced winner).
We then wandered down to the beach before the afternoon heat came. We were approched by the girls we were in the sea with on the first day who wandered over to try and sell Erica some shells. They had a real hard hitting story about one of their Dad’s on the first day who was basically on his death bed and she was selling shells to try and go to college. When they approached they shouted "Erica, Erica". They kept glancing at me until one of them said “Is that Andrew?” you had to then see the look of shock on six girls faces who just hadn’t recognised me at all it was a classic picture, quickly followed by “Wow Andrew you are so handsome why didn’t you look like that before”. Essentially lets face facts Jan was right the beard had to go, oh yes and I’ve still got it..... (Well for a fat 32 year old if you're about 12 anyway)
After a few hours playing in the sea and reading whilst looking around paradise we were approached by Felix the local boat hack. We had positioned ourselves right on his patch as we had met him on the first day and thought he may do a cut price snorkeling tour for us. We had a bit of a haggling match and brought him down from 1200 Piso to 800 and decided to go for it. It was essentially a 3 hour trip around the island taking in four of the best snorkeling stops.
Without a watch we agreed a time, played in the sea a bit more, then decided to go for lunch and pick up the camera. We ordered lunch I had Chicken adobo again and E a pancake. I nipped back picked up the stuff glanced at the watch and realised we had about five minutes until the boat trip (although my watch is still wrong and even more buttons have fallen off now rendering the watch pretty much useless). We wolfed down lunch then ran to meet Felix. The boat was waiting for us and off we went. As you would expect the views of paradise were amazing and the colour of the sea simply stunning. Our first snorkle stop was a coral area famous for blue coral and lots of great tropical fish. The second stop was an area where we could find both soft and hard coral and I found something that I though was a piece of live coral however it was a huge shoal of tiny fish bundled so tightly you couldn’t actually see a single fish
We think we may be leaving Malapascau tomorrow which for me at least will be soul destroying, this is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, but unless you are a diver (which we are not due to the people on the next table at dinner when we were about to splash out and book confirming they had seen so many sharks and sea snakes and some had been very aggressive) there isn’t a great deal to see or do other than sunbathe, swim, read, eat and drink.
Anyway I’m going to have to do the 15 minute walk to the Irish bar to publish this section as we don’t know when we will next have t’internet.