friday night, we were informed that we should wake up at 5:30 am and eat our breakfast at 6am because the van will fetch us at around 6:30 to 7:00am. by 5am, i was already awake but decided to just get ready at around 5:30. i thought we were going to underground river on that day so i prepared the things that i would bring for the underground river tour and wore the clothes that i planned to wear for the underground river tour also. when we were already inside the van, the ladies who were occupying the room next to our room were already inside the van. it seems that ate maricel our guide were waiting for us. hehehe! sorry ate. before going to honda bay port, we went first to a hotel to fetch the other two people who will be joining with us. they were a father and daughter from israel. while we were waiting for the two to go out of there hotel, we asked the driver where we were going since earlier he and ate maricel were talking that the underground river tour was cancelled for that day. manong driver then answered us, “bakit po kayo sumakay didto maam kung hindi niyo pala alam kung saan tayo pupunta? sa honda bay po punta natin maam.” our initial reaction was, angry then surprised. angry by how manong driver answered our question and surprise because we thought that we are going to the underground river and our outfits are not suitable for the honda bay tour, well except for retchel. we stay calmed and compose. good thing we brought extra clothes and sunblock with us. there were already a lot of people when we arrived at the honda bay port, we waited for just half an hour before we embark on a motorized boat. since the water in pambato reef and luli island was not yet clear during that time, ate maricel decided that we go to pandan island first. it is just a 30minutes travel from the port to the island. since it was still early for lunch, ate maricel told us that we roam, swim have our pictures taken while waiting for lunch time. there were a lot of vendors who sells crabs, shrimps, lobsters, fishes, snails and other seafoods in the island and they sell it cheap. one lobster will cost Php250 and 1kilo of crabs cost for only Php250 too. they will be the one to cook it. we ordered 1 lobster and 1kilo of crabs but lesley ordered another kilo because he thought that our companions would want to eat too. but he was wrong. retchel and i devoured the lobster and just ate a few crabs. lesley was the one who finished the 12crabs and we gave 3crabs to the boatman. while we were eating our lunch, the father israelite asked us if we know how many people are there in the philippines. what? why would we bother to know if how many people are there in the philippines. because we did not give him the correct answer, he then said, “you are a bunch of suckers” OMG! are we close for you to say that? remember, we just met today. we just shrugged that off and continued eating. after eating, we asked ate maricel if how much time we will be spending in pabato reef and luli island. when she told us that we will be spending 30minutes on each island, we decided to stop taking some pictures and just go swimming. while we were swimming, we met an american who is from the state of florida named susan. she was really so nice and she talks a lot. hehehe! we, or retchel introduced some sea creatures to susan, tifanny and andrea(the two girls who are with us). they were so amazed because retchel knows so many things about the creatures that lives at the sea. tifanny and andrea were also in awe when retchel ate a sea urchin and told them that she have eaten sea cucumber.
by 1pm ate maricel announced that we will be going to pambato reef already. the travel time was again 30minutes. when we got there, the guide there announced that the water is not clear so we won’t be able to see fishes and corals clearly. and true to what he said, we just saw darkness. so we decided to just swim for a few minutes and then have our pictures taken. after the israelites finished swimming, we then proceed to luli island. luli island means lulubog, lilitaw. because during high tide the island will vanish and will appear when it is low tide. since, we are only given 30minutes to explore the island we decided to just take some pictures and take a walk in the sand.
we were really tired on our way back to the port and then back to our hotel. after taking a bath and change our clothes the plan in going to the mall was forgotten. hehehe! we slept until 7pm and went downstairs to eat our dinner. even if we did not sea the colorful corals and fishes in pambato reef and met a not so nice israelite and diver, we still had so much fun. the day was a success.
my supposedly outfit for the underground river tour
honda bay port, while waiting for out boat
at the pandan island
seafoods that one of the vendors in pandan island were selling
vandalized some words on the sand (channbear @ palawan)
a dog sleeping there, even if you try waking him up, he won’t wake up
one of the many starfish you can spot
you have to walk towards that boat with a big turtle on top before you can go swimming
luli island’s vast shoreline
another island near luli island
making footprints on the sand
one of the many mangroves that can be found in the island