Samal Island, Philippines
31 May 2016 | Samal Island
I arrived in the Philippines on May 18, while Tom came almost a month earlier. The focus is Mokisha & giving her a complete re-fit. So far it's going pretty well. Our worker, Alex is Filipino and Tom pays him $12 a day! That's actually good wage & is higher than some of the other marina workers make. He's also one of the best workers we've ever had. You'll see him in the pics.
As far as the boat goes, everything is out.....and I mean everything! The wood is getting varnished, the bulkheads replaced, the engine has been pulled out & will be repainted, all the combings have been repainted & engine room painted. The fridge is getting new insulation, the rudder has been removed & new rings made for it. Oh, the list goes on and on. We've got a bunch of stuff in 2 big boxes. We also are renting a house that is on top of the hill. It's 3 bedroom, 3 bath. It's really a godsend! It's nice to take a break in the day & come back to air conditioning.
Davao is a city of 1.4 million. The new president of the Philippines, President Duterte, is from Davao. We are on Samal Island which is a 5 minute ferry ride across the water. The only way to the city is by ferry. I've included a map in the pictures of where we are. By the way.....it is HOT here! I forgot how hot & humid it can be. It took me several days to get used to the heat again.
The next blog will be our adventures in Cebu Island & Boracay. We are taking a bit of a break for 7 days & flying to these islands where diving is supposed to be good. I'm going to focus on keeping the blog updated this year - last season I didn't even bother, mostly due to uploading pictures & slow internet. This year I'm going to post the pictures online & I think this might be an easier way for people to see the pictures.
You can see the pictures at:
Hope you enjoy them!
Colleen & Tom