Taking a break from snorkeling, we headed to this islet they call Malapari Islet. I was told by our guide that it’s already part of Taytay. It has a small beach on both side but there were too many sea urchins that we didn’t care to swim anymore. There’s a low hill for a 360 view and leafless trees where some birds were perched before our arrival disturbed them. Surprisingly strong 3G cellular signal as well.
We traced back our route at Imorigue Island and this time we visited a cave somewhere in the middle of this long limestone island. This was such a nice idea. I watched as our boatman and guide bring a table inside a cave and prepare our lunch. The cave has a big enough chamber, shallow without any unpleasant smell. I bid my companions “Bon Apetit!” to get started and they were amused with the little French I know, likewise they tried to converse with me with little English they know. They guy has better English skills and I learned that they are travelling in the Philippines for two weeks only and is close to the end of their trip. Their favorite was the Rice Terraces in Batad. The French guy shamelessly took the last mango admitting they never had mangoes as sweet as this in France.
Dewil River Mangroves on the next page…
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.