Philippines- Day 7, Honda Bay
We got picked up by Marcus after he had worked for a couple hours, and he took us to Honda Bay! I bet it's not what you're picturing at all, haha.
Here's our boat- #22
I kept taking pictures, it was just so gorgeous!
After a quick lunch on the boat (again, packed for us in advance!- more pasta with veggies and cheese, and a different kind of egg curry), we headed to the between-islands snorkeling area!
This was a bit tricky. Our guide jumped in when we got close to a buoy, so that when they anchored the boat, it was tied to the same place many have used before, and that way they weren't damaging the reef. When swimming around, he detected a strong current, so told us to stay in front of the boat, since if we got pulled back, it would be towards the boat, not further away. Matt jumped in off the boat, then Dan. Dan immediately lost his mask and snorkel, and got pulled behind the boat by the current in his hesitation of losing those. He grabbed onto the side bamboo things, and Matt dove down and got the mask and snorkel. I jumped in and followed our guide, since I figured he was so far ahead, he was waiting for us, and I didn't want to make him annoyed. Beth jumped in after me and was swimming around near Matt. Each time I looked back, Dan was still on the side of the boat. I thought maybe he wasn't really interested in snorkeling, and again, I went to catch up to our guide. I slowly realized that Matt was staying with Beth and Dan, and that I should go back to hang out, and not worry about our guide. Turns out Matt and I were doing fine in the current, and Beth was doing fine, but each time she stopped for a bit to empty water out of her mask, or defog it, she was swept back to the boat. And Dan was worried about getting swept out to sea, so he was just sticking by the boat, haha. It was a bit of a workout, this part of the trip! I was glad I didn't bring my phone into the water this time, since the current made things that much more interesting.
Since it started raining while we were here, we found a table with some protection overhead after a bit!
It was our last night in Palawan, and Marcus and Ami had shown us a fantastic time all week. There will be one more short post to cover our last day of the trip. Phew, we had an amazing adventure all together!