Up REALLY early this morning (around 5:00am!!) feeling a little haggard with the sun just peaking out on the horizon. Some of us snoozed on while we waited for Eric (yes- another Eric! That makes three on the boat!) and Rose who were staying in the resort on the beach to get back on board before heading out for another beautiful boat trip.
Almost everyone slept on the trip from the Camotes to Southern Leytes (padre burgos)- about four hours! We were definitely all a little sleepy, but still thrilled to be snoozing in the sun on a trimaran in the Philippines.. There can't be a better way to see more of the country!
We arrived at yet another beautiful beach in Southern Leytes just before lunchtime. By then, we were a bit more awake and most of us opted to swim ashore rather than take the little "taxies". We're still all enamored with how incredibly clear the water is, and what a PERFECT temperature it is (in some spots, it's even a little too warm!)
We ordered lunch right away, but ended up waiting nearly two hours for all the food to arrive- slow but super good food! Nice to have something in our bellies after just a few bananas for breakfast.
After lunch, we went back to the boat to head to another great snorkelling spot. Eric seems to continually out-do himself: today's spot was a huge coral reef with a big drop off. We all saw SO much really beautiful coral and sea life, and some of us even found Nemo (a clown fish)!
Afterwards, we headed back to the main resort on the beach where we were picked up by Jurgen (a 70ish year old German gentleman) who runs a non-profit children's village that he started over 25 years ago! He gave us a tour of the village where 87 kids from impoverished backgrounds live in a little village of houses and school rooms, with about 10-12 kids and a house mother in each house. The kids were so excited to have us there, and it was so good to see such a successful non-profit project being run for kids who really deserved it.
We hopped back into the bus to head to where we would be staying for the next 2 nights- the Manaya resort. We had a quick swim in the pool, showered, and then hopped in the back of the resort's little shuttle truck to meet back up with Eric and the rest of the crew.
Got a tour of the village and then checked into the manaya resort, quick swim and shower. Back to Southern Leyte Diver's for a tasty BBQ and some slideshows from Eric on all the fundraising events they put on.
Sonia and Devon
DWC Student Team Leaders