No Escape

Trip Start Oct 01, 2011
Trip End May 05, 2012

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Francisco Inn

Flag of Philippines  , Palawan,
Sunday, April 15, 2012

Our final day in El Nido. Everyday here as been really nice in almost everyway really. A little bit of disappointment over the desert island but not too much. The weather, the acommodation everything has been nice. For our final day we had decided to rent a kayak and snorkels and head out into the bay and explore more of the islands.

We got a pretty good deal on the kayak and rightfully so considering how much money we have (literally) pumped into this woman over the past 4 days. We ate breakfast and bought a small amount of packed lunch for the journey and then headed out into the bay.

I can't be bothered to make this fit as it's an afterthought. As I walked to a place for breakfast a grown man surrounded by few kids literally started shouting "look look look" and pointing at me. He and then kids then stared at me smirking. Obviously its because of my beard which I have no trouble with I get shit everyday but for a grown man to openly and loudly stand and point is a little bit much. Don't think I've ever come across such brazen rudeness. This is the part where I have some bitter rant and use the word tramp. Not this time.

It took probably about 30min to hit the first beach which was the same one that we stayed on originally yesterday. We had seen people snorkel here so we thought it maybe a good bet. The snorkelling was ok for the most part, nothing amazing but still cool, I misjudged the depth of the coral and cut my foot which was nice.

Realistically you could probably only kayak to 2 or 3 islands. We have decided just to kayak as far as we can along this one island as we had seen from our numerous boat journeys that there was plenty on it to keep us interested. We kayaked around the first beach and then along the next one where we waved at the weird American guy who is staying on the beach for a week. We discussed what he could possibly do in that time and surmised that he must be writing something, if not he will go insane.

The third beach had a family living on it but we needed a rest. The family were ok with us staying there briefly to eat. Next we followed the island around but the next two or three beaches either had a bunch of locals on them or they were clearly owned and had a house on them.

Our next stop would be a cool...I'm gonna call it a lagoon which was surrounded by trees and rocks. I got out to snorkel, there wasn't a great deal going on but then I had an idea, if Charlotte kayaked and I hold onto the rope at the back she can pull me along while I snorkel. I thought it was amazing even if the snorkelling wasn't up to much. I told Charlotte to try to.

By this point we sort of decided to see if we could go around the entire island if we could. We rowed for a good long while past jagged black cliffs and all manner of strange birds. I've never seen so many different wild birds than here, we have seen bright blue ones and other multicoloured ones. Unfortunately the ones that hang around for their picture taken and boring grey birds. Eventually we came across another beach, again it had one man living here, he said it was ok for us to eat our sandwich here too. We sat in the shade with one of his 19 stray dogs, can they be stray if they have an owner?

It was clear that we weren't going to be able to make it around the island. I say it was clear but what i mean is Charlotte asked a guy if it was possible and he effectively said no. Instead we headed back the way we came, occasionaly stopping to dive into the water to cool off. There's no hiding from the sun on a kayak, I expect to be a bit burnt by the end of the day.

On our way back we passed a family sat on a rock under one of the cliffs, their 6 year old son was climbing up one of the jagged rock faces with an older lad and a bit of rope, they were trying to get us involved, no chance. We did stop at the lagoon again though because I thought I saw a rope that you could climb up and then drop into the sea, what I actually saw was a really long tree root that had dropped down the side of a rock. Instead we docked the kayak on the rocks and had a more thorough snorkel together around the lagoon. We found a cool blue thing that looked like a vagina and would open and close when I swam too close under the water to it. There's a joke in there somewhere I'm sure. I held onto the rope again before we left. That is one of those things I will remember for a long time, such a minor thing but it was class.

We had already kayaked about 45min before we stopped at the lagoon, it would take us a further 1 hour nonstop to get back to land at around 5:30. We were both dead by the time we hit land. The only thing of note on the way back was that often on the boats you see huge schools of fish in the distance all jumping out of the water. We got to see that right in front of the kayak, amazing.

Back on land we went to the ATM which turned out to be just a woman in a garage handing out money. They needed our passport so we returned to the hotel had a shower and then went back out to the 'ATM', booke our boat for tomorrow then went out for tea. I mentioned yesterday that I don't care to talk about food but back in Puerto Princesa when i got smashed we boat some chillies that were breaded and stuffed with cheese, they were great. Last night I found them again so tonight I wanted to try them. They were great, really spicy this time so I didn't need to share them with stupid baby tongued Charlotte...the baby. Hows about that for making you look bad, wahwahwahwah. Anyway, I'm surprised I've never heard of these chillie things before. I shall look out for them forever now.

Tea was consumed and internet was...consumed and then we returned to the room to watch the fruits of our internet consumption. 8am start for the boat. Another really nice dayand a good end to our stay in El Nido. El Nido, Boracay, Siquijor and at a push Malapascua are the standout places in the Philippines, lets hope Coron is nice as we have fucking 16 days there.
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