Enchanting Surigao del Sur, Day 3

Picking up where we left off: Day 3 at C-Fish Cage and Sand Bars Resort 

I had set my alarm for 0430 to catch the sunrise, but it was still too dark out. But since I couldn’t go back to sleep, I got up with everybody else who was awake, had some coffee and then prepared our things for the ride back out for our trip to the Britania Group of Islets.

With the sky slowly glowing in the horizon we positioned ourselves to get some shots of the sunrise, and we were not disappointed. The sun rose up over an island, bathing us in its golden light. Welcoming us, and greeting us “Good morning!”.

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When it was time, we said goodbye to the resort, and headed back out to go for another 2 hour drive to get to the Britania Group of Islets.

Upon arriving at the junction, we were met by the guide who was contracted to take us on a boat ride on the Islets. He took us further out to where his boat was, loaded all our gear in and headed out to the islets.

A little side note: It should be called an islet because for it to be considered an island, it has to be able to sustain human habitation. Or something to that effect. I know I read about it somewhere but I couldn’t quite find the article it was on.

It was quite fascinating to see such splendor out in the middle of the sea, and how they were made. White sands, coconut trees growing (quite possibly from fruits drifting ashore) and rock formations so intricate it would take you some time to appreciate them all… Rather than me saying more, here are some pictures for your reference…

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After stopping by an islet for lunch, we had some time for more pictorials and go swimming before we had to head back to shore. When we got back, we freshened up a bit, drank fresh coconut water, and when we’re done, we headed back out on the road for the 2-hour drive back to Bislig. As we were on the road, we got drenched by a sudden rain so we had no choice but to wash up again upon arriving. We did not want to travel back to Davao City wet and cold.

After that, we headed to the Baywalk to see the Fireworks Competition, as a closing event for Bislig City’s Charter Anniversary. When it was over, we headed to My Dung, a Vietnamese restaurant owned by a friend of one of our companions, for dinner. After that sumptuous dinner, we rested a bit before hitting the road for the 5-hour trip to Davao City.

It was a long and quiet drive, where most of my companions were asleep,  tired from all the traveling and activities we had, but I stayed awake and kept the driver company. It was already well into the night, and I know how hard it is to keep awake driving for long periods in the night. I was getting sleepy, and I kinda noticed the driver was too so I had to try and strike up a conversation to keep him from falling asleep.

When we reached Mawab we stopped over at a 24-hour roadside cafeteria for coffee, actually just me and the driver while the rest stayed sleeping in the van. Then it was time for the final stretch for home. By 0230, the van dropped us off near the terminal, and we headed for home. I dropped Mae to her home, and then took the taxi for my own home. Touchdown, 0300.

Sore butts, sunburns and body pains were all worth it.

See you on our next adventure!

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About franciscolme

I've had fantasies of touring all the 7,107 islands (well, I guess not ALL of them) of the Philippines on a bike ever since I was introduced to riding folding bikes over a year ago; it sure has opened up a whole new world, or rather, a new perspective in seeing the places I used to frequent. Touring on a bicycle has shown me sights I rarely see when riding in any other means of transportation. It allows me to take time and absorb the sights and sounds each place has to offer.

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