Before i continue, i'd like to tell you first our sad plight when we arrived in Bislig. We went to 4 hotels but fully occupied, only the fifth one accepted our plea to let us stay. It was almost dusk and we might end up in the streets after a rigorous 6 hour bus ride. This 1-11 hotel has vacancies, but only because their water pump broke and the residents transferred. It was the oldest hotel there. We don't have choices, so we beg to be in. We agreed to fetch water from the ground floor. And the famous word, "serendipity", worked favorably again. The pump went on that night and the owner of the hotel also owns the island we intend to visit, Hagonoy Island. She allowed us to join her at 5 am, so we can take photos while the light is still good. The island is only 30min by motorized boat and is barely 1.5 ha, and one can circle it in a few minutes. The island has fresh water pumped for drinking without any salty taste. What a blessing! When the next batch of tourists came via bigger boats, we were ready to go back to the mainland for lunch. We returned to the Island at 4pm for the sunset shots.
It turned out that the son of the owner is the Vice Mayor and that night the owner offered us dinner of lobsters, big mudcrabs and prawns and broiled fish, which are very costly in Manila. We partook of the sumptuous meal on a makeshift table under some coconut palms, with only the sounds of the waves and our laughter. Both dinner and boat rides are free! Can we ask for more! We silently thanked our spirit guides!
a fish cage at sunrise on the way to the island
Hagonoy Island shot from the approaching boat
the lone pier to the island
a cozy bench for a good nap
our two companions resting on the rattan hammock
view at the back of the island
boats ferrying tourists. The sand is very fine soothing to the feet.
some attempts at slow shutter shots at dusk