Puerta Princesa to Kalibo Town, Panay
Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
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At about mid-way of our crossing towards the Visayas, we passed just to the north of Cuyo Island and soon after came across a little 'backwards C-shaped' reef, fortunately in clear photographic skies. Another consequence of flying at these lower levels is that it is even more difficult to communicate with ATC, especially when there are hills in the way. There were a couple of commercial airliners in the area and they kindly relayed our position. As we approached the Island of Panay, we did need to climb to get over the clouds rising up over said hills, but shortly thereafter we were able to descend towards Kalibo airport.
An uneventful arrival, we were allocated a parking spot next to a Cessna 172, waiting to refuel and subsequently take someone for a flying lesson. The two engineers, Abraham and Randolphl, were extremely helpful with information about parking, flight plan submission and even recommending a nearby hotel. This time there were proper tie-down blocks to attach the EZ to and with us getting hotter (and again increasingly damp), the plane was soon put to bed
The hotel was a bit of a revelation – very new, well-appointed and with a wonderfully large swimming pool. This being a holiday weekend we were a little concerned that a suitable place to stay may not be easily found. We needn’t have worried! We were soon checked in and taking advantage of the inviting pool: our early arrival means we have the luxury of some time to relax a little. We found a conveniently located café next to the hotel and this provided a welcome drink and snack, and a cool spot to catch up with drafting the last three blogs.