Exactly 2 years have passed since the last proper kayak expedition. It took me so long to put together a bunch of well-tuned people who are not afraid to roam the remote corners of the Earth. On the contrary, they simply need it to feel that they are really alive.
Thailand was like a virus to me. It infected me and got deep under my skin. Since then, I keep thinking about how to experience that feeling again. We already talked there about trying the Philippines. The same parameters were the tropical rainforest and its sea coast. However, there was dirty water in Phang-Nga Bay. The depth of only a few meters, or the number of rivers flowing into the sea carrying a lot of sediment made the bay absolutely unsuitable for snorkeling.
The Philippines not only has some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, but you can still find untouched nature without people. For the last year, I’ve been toying with the idea of using folding kayaks, which can be easily taken anywhere.
I chose a group of islands in Coron Bay.
Getting there is not so easy even in the age of airplanes. Less than three weeks ago, I tried it on my own. But they didn’t let me go to the Philippines. Instead, I was banned from entering for 2 weeks. The reason was that I flew through Taiwan, which the Philippines classified as a country at risk for the new corona virus.
However, the desire for adventure did not go out. Immediately upon my return, I found out how to return there. It only took a few hours and we had bought new tickets. I’ll try to get to the Philippines again in a few days. The journey to Coron Bay takes a full 5 days. 2 flights, 2 boats, a bus, several transfers by car and of course a good old pedestrian bus in full field with a bonus. Then we have a day to recover from assembling kayaks and buying supplies. Then we will paddle for 9 days 150 to 200 km. There are only two small villages along the way, where we will hopefully replenish water and food supplies. With the exception of the two indigenous villages mentioned above, the area is uninhabited, without water, without electricity or mobile signal coverage. The connection to the world will be provided by a small solar panel and a satellite communicator. It will be used not only to call for help in the event of a threat to life, but also to navigate or source a source of information about the weather and the sea.
In addition, this device will send our location every 10 minutes, so you can not only see on the map whether we are going according to plan, but you can also write us a message. Just click here: Paddling Expedition – Coron, Philippines 2020 Live Track & Enter Password lacodoma. (We should arrive in Coron Bay on March 5, 2020).