I Love Puerto Galera!- By Karin

It’s Wednesday night and we’re laying outside watching all of the little insects flying around and making their presence known to us. They may be small, but we definitely knew they were there. They can get annoying after a bit though, but our only saving grace is that there isn’t enough of them to cause an infestation. We are the type of people who keep our house clean, but we do like to have companies like https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/pest-control/ on speed dial in case these few insects turn into a whole swarm of them. After hearing them buzzing around and fluttering their wings at us, the sound of them suddenly became very soothing. I’m half sleeping when Brian suddenly looks over at me with a big grin on his face, eyes filled with thrill and excitement. –”it’s my Birthday this weekend, lets sail to Manila!!”
One of the things I just love about Brian – his spontaneousness!!

We worked our butts of the following day to get Delos “sail ready”. Our repaired Jib had to be hoisted and the mini ecosystem that’s been growing on Delos’s hull over the past 6 weeks had to be removed. With everything completed as the sun was setting we set sail for the big city!

I sat in the cockpit that night on my watch, feeling a bit eerie, thinking about what a fantastic time we had during the last 6 weeks. My absolute favourite must be the circumstances that brought us here in the first place. We received this email from Aidan, our number one internet friend, 10 months ago while we were still in Australia.

“Hey guys,
I’m a big fan, been following you guys on and off over the last few months as I pine on my own dream to take off in a Super Maramu around the world (which of course is how I found your site to begin with). I gathered you’re ready to make the jump to Asia this season and thought I’d give you a heads up if you’re heading this way (Philippines). If it works into your schedule make sure you stop by Puerto Galera for the Malasimbo music and arts festival. It’s pretty unreal, on the top of a mountain in a natural amphitheatre.
Cheers, -Aidan”

We decided that this was not to be missed! So after 10 months of island hopping we were ready to “settle down” for a few weeks. Puerto Galera seemed to have the perfect mix of an awesome anchorage and fun social scene. We quickly got to know this buzzing little bay with its awesome shops, ex-pat hangout bars, diving, strip clubs and private beaches. We even found a few shops that sold imported deli meats and cheeses. We’ll never take a good salami for granted again….. This of course was right next to the fresh veggie market. We were in heaven!

We partied, relaxed, sailed, dove, explored, partied some more, and even found time to sort out a few boat projects. Thanks so much Puerto Galera! Now we know why some sailors arrive but never leave!

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Malasimbo, what an amazing experience!! Just thinking about it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. We were straight away part of the family as Aidan and Rhiannon had 17 friends staying with them over the festival weekend.

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Wet Wednesday dingy sailing! Borrowing Aidan’s Smart Kat, So much FUN!

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Chill evenings together with Fitz and Trish. Exploring a private cove with this awesome bunch.

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Random fun days – Go Fly A Kite!

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Diving the giant clams.

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Romantic sunsets at White Beach.

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Motorbike adventure to Talipanan falls. Biking is so much fun when you travel, so check out these loans on Lending Expert to see if it’s a possibility for you. What makes the journey ten times more exciting is that you can feel the warm air on your skin and witness all the fantastic views as you are travelling down this magnificent landscape. I much prefer travelling by bike than a car because you have a sense of freedom and excitement that we all want to experience every day. Furthermore, our bike had a handlebar mounted radio so whilst we were travelling we could listen to our favourite tunes giving us the most relaxing and beautiful journey I have ever had.

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Sunday sail on SiriYa with Kareem and Donna.

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Boat project – Fix rip in the Jib!