Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
84Trip End Apr 30, 2012
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Here's roughly what we got up to in 6 weeks on board..
- Sailed when we could, usually with 10-20 knots across the beam to any islands that took our fancy
- Motor-sailed or just motored when conditions were against us (traveling North and East in the NE monsoon- not just plain sailing)
- Avoided sea sickness, just
- Learned the ropes, so to speak, and a whole bunch of other bits and pieces about sailing and yacht maintenance
- Dived a load of shipwrecks from WW2 in Coron, straight from the yacht armed with a crow bar
- Found myself almost out of air 37m down in a pitch-black cabin of one particular wreck, hammering away at something..
- ..Stole a complete port hole from a wreck, allegedly
- Swum with the bio-luminous plankton at night in bath-water temperatures
- Marveled at stars and planets like I'd never seen before, including North Star and Southern Cross visible together
- Met and lived onboard with some most excellent people
- Got in with yachtie culture (they're just like older backpackers really!)
- Enjoyed the ridiculously lovely filipinos - utterly humbling-ly generous
- Learned a fair amount of lingo but was told I pronounced it like a retarded ladyboy
- Wore nothing but Arsenal shorts and flips for 6 weeks solid
- Read Here on Earth by Tim Flannery - recommend to everyone
It can be quite hard living in such close quarters with people, everything you do is right on each others toes, but with a bit of tolerance it's a great way to get to know people too. And a welcome contrast to some loneliness I'd been feeling through Indonesia.
The Philippines is fantastic and seems really untouched compared to other parts of SE Asia. I felt very lucky to experience it by sea, which felt natural since it is made up of 7000ish islands.