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We’ve finally finished crossing the Paciic Ocean

March 8, 2012

Bangka

Technically speaking we actually finished crossing the Pacific Ocean once we reached Palau.  From Palau to the Philippines

Our first view of the Philippines

it’s actually the Philippine Sea.  However, for all intense purposes we consider the Philippine Sea part of the Pacific and have now officially reached Asia.

Yes, we’re now in the Philippines.  We left Palau at the end of February and 4 days later we had completed the 550 nautical mile crossing to the Philippines and laid down our anchor south of Guiuanat the north end of the Surigao Straits.  There we met an Italian resort owner

La Luna resort, Guiuan

with whom we spent a day cruising the local food markets preparing for a feast.  We returned to the small resort (4 rooms) and spend much of the afternoon cooking and chatting in the kitchen.

Cooking Italian style

The rest of the evening was spent out on the patio overlooking the sea and sunset munching down on squid, clams, octopus, pork and of course beer for the Italians, gin and tonic for me and water for Connie.  The resort, La Luna, is exquisite.  Small enough to be intimate and modern enough to meet most expectations

Taking a shower

for a small remote resort.  We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day visit of the area and we have

after a shower it’s bath time

to thank our host for the time he spent with us.

Crossing the Phillipine Sea had been done in company with an Italian registered vessel singlehanded by Marcello.   We had met Marcello first in Pohnpei and have been crossing tracks with him ever since.  We’re now both anchored off of the Cebu Yacht Club in Lapu Lapu City. Travelling in company with another yacht is a real pleasure.  Although we didn’t see each other on the way over from Palau we did arrive within 12 hours of each other.

Marcello relaxing

From Surigao to Cebu we sailed together for 6 days sharing anchorages, snorkeling together, exploring the land and enjoying the shore excursions.  And now we’re both in Cebu City.

Wow – we’re getting a hit of city life.  After 7 months in towns and villages with populations of no more than a few thousand we are getting a dose of the asian urban life.  That is noisy, dirty, smelly, overpopulated but on the positive side full of life, great restaurants, movie houses, shopping, french cheeses, italian pasta, museums, markets with every possible kind of vegetable and fruit etc etc.  Yes, overload but are we complaining.  One can only survive on taro, breadfruit, bananas and coconuts for a limited time.

We’re glad to be hear not just for the urban hit but now we’re into sailing that doesn’t include huge seas, long passage making and challenging landfalls.

waiting for a lift home

We can anchor every night if we want and get a full nights sleep – a real bonus!  We don’t have to be laden down with tons of supplies and full water tanks but can stop as often and as for long as we like.

We’re going to be in Cebu until the end of this weekend and then off north and westwards towards Palawan.  We’re looking forward to more great snorkeling and beach walking along with spending some time enjoying Philippine hospitality.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Admiral Wayno permalink
    March 8, 2012 20:26

    Yohoho and a bottle of rum! Its so good to get news of you. What a wonderful report! With the recession impacting everywhere and pictures worth only 200 words nowadays, glad you sent many… haha.
    Must say you don’t quite look like you been “surviving” on breadfruit and taro, old boy.
    Well, now you are close enough to OZ and I need a break after crossing a kinda rhumb line of my own. Perhaps we can arrange a visit? Keep me logged in, mate.

  2. Barrie permalink
    March 9, 2012 00:13

    Thx for the update. Wishing you fair winds and calm seas. SV Passat II, Roatan, Honduras.

  3. Sue D. permalink
    March 9, 2012 04:26

    I want to go to La Luna! Great blog post Tony–very nice to see some images xxx s

  4. Louise permalink
    March 9, 2012 08:07

    About time you finished crossing the Pacific! What’s it been, a year and a half?

    I like the fact that you and your host are nearly naked underneath your aprons in the chefs pic.

  5. March 9, 2012 09:43

    Congratulations!

    And – we have news….. or, rather, Chris and Kirsten have news…..

    I’m glad you are enjoying the Philippines and happy to see photos too. Enjoy all the exploring.

  6. Anne Boldt permalink
    March 18, 2012 14:47

    Wowie Zowie you 2,
    Is Marcello sailing single handed?
    I love the pics. You do not look the worse for wear!
    Annie B

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