Freycinet returns to Davao and the beautiful Samal Island
17 July 2015 | Samal Island, Davao.
After departing Puerto Galera we had a nice trip up to Subic bay via a stopover in Hamilo cove. Weather was favorable and we managed to sail 60% of the way. Our plan was to fuel up and to provision at the same time giving James an opportunity to see the Subic sites. So we stayed a little longer than expected but enjoyed a new place and new experiences. Facilities in Subic are expensive for a yacht. There is a boat yard and a marina but as our plan was to make the journey to Davao and haul out prior to going to Indonesia, we were able to keep the costs down.
We departed Subic at 0900 hrs planning to overnight to Busuanga and with some good wind out of the NE we were able to make some good time with 150nm to the tip and another 20nm to Puerto Del Sol, we kept moving arriving at sunset on the next day. The coastline of Busuanga is fantastic so we enjoyed the sail and sometimes the motor. Interesting event at sunset the evening before as we rounded Dimipac Island we were contacted by the local Coast Guard who must have had the technology to monitor AIS and called us by call sign and yacht name. after a very formal conversation regarding number of crew, departure point, destination and ETA, we were bid a good night and wished a safe journey. I must admit that it was the first contact of that sort in my 2 years sailing the Philippines but I believe things are changing with the current maritime situation in the Spratly Islands.
PDS had changed a bit since our last visit with a new hotel/resort. Looks impressive but takes away from the serenity. Next chapter, return to Sangat Is and some old friends and some diving.