Februari 22th 2005: we leave from Palau. A few miles
outside the passage through the west reef of Palau we catch a beautiful
mahi mahi fish. And once inside the Philippine waters we make a few
stop-overs to discover the new country and culture. At the sari-sari
stores we buy fresh fruits and vegies and between Nonoc and Sibale
island we discover a 391m long wooden footbridge! On both sides is a
village with friendly people. Near the bridge we see a lot of fishtraps.
In Padre Burgos at southeast Leyte we make two brilliant dives on a
reefwall in Sogod Bay. Beside the roadtransport is a 'banca' the
boat of the Filipino's. The small canoes and the bigger motorised boats
have both on starboard as on port outriggers.
Cebu City is a bustling town with a lot of traffic
and people. On our historical tour we find the monument that honors the
seafarer Magellan. In 1521 he had planted in name of the King of Spain a
crusifix on the coast near what is now Cebu City. The crucifix on show
stands in a stone rotunda with paintings on the ceiling that shows the
historic event. Fort San Pedro is also very well preserved. It was
built in 1565 to keep a lookout for pirates (the Dutch, the Portuguese,
the English). An exposition shows the recent excavated artifacts of the
man-of-war 'San Diego' sunk by Olivier van Noort!
With 'Alexandra' we stay a day of 10 in the Cebu Yachtclub on near
Mactan Island. After seven months it is the first time we have
shorepower and a waterhose on board.
our recent photogalleries:
Palau impression and browse through the underwater photogallery:
Vanuatu and PNG
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