Overnight to Caribou Island

Trip Start Feb 25, 2008
Trip End Mar 24, 2008

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Where I stayed
Roger & Gloria's Large Family Home

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Friday, March 14, 2008


Friday March 14 - Last night about 6 PM we went in a small 9 meter open boat with a 1 cylinder engine across the ocean strait to Carabao Island. The Briggs & Stratton motor was what a big lawn mower would use - with 16 horsepower. Julius Loquintos' father Vincente drove. He is a very skillful captain, managing the 3 to 5 foot waves and wind, slowing at just the right time for the big ones, zooming ahead when they smooth out. All the speed is controlled with a small string in his right hand. Vincente sits in a white plastic lawn chair above the engine room holding a long tiller pole from the rudder. Forward on the pole would be left, back right. Pull on the string for faster, hold a steady speed just with the hand, no levers, no reverse. And don't fall out of the chair in a wave. Did I say it gets dark at 6:30 on the dot? The sunset lasts about 2 minutes, and dusk about 10. Darkness comes quickly. The ride to Carabao takes about 1 and a half hours, so most of it was in complete darkness and 3 or 4 foot waves. I kept saying to Manda, "Mom would Love this ! She'd be Very Quiet !" (Kay really likes ocean waves and her silence shouts when she is scared or mad or both.)
We were greeted at the rocky beach by cousins and cousins with crank- up flashlights and many welcoming hands to steady us in the dark and unfamiliar walk from the water to deep shelly sand to a dark path or road, and finally to the home of Roger and Gloria. (Julius does not remember his Autie's name?).
Everyone was very welcoming and Roger asked us to stay with them when we return. More about sleeping later.
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samuelw3 on

Happy Easter!
Happy Easter! We are hoping you are both doing well! Can't wait to hear more. Tom & Tiz are visiting us for Easter... they've been traveling since 1/17! I bet they feel like they've been around the wolrd several times now. I've posted movies & photos at my website... http://samuelw3.com (under photos and movies)...

Have a good one!

gord on

I have stayed several times on caribou island ,,, and my first trip across the strait between boracay and caribou was done at 11 pm during a thunderstorm(don't ask,,,lol). in a similar boat .
I was sometimes wondering if we were going to make it , yet the smiles never left the crews faces .
since that first trip , I have crossed more times than I can count and now and happy yo say that the paradise I found on the island made that first trip worthwhile ,, and iI now in the planning stages to build a small resort there

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