1.09.2013

On a boat in Palawan with TaoPhilippines

I spent five of the most unique and enjoyable days of my life in Palawan after the mission in Cebu ended. I knew I wanted to take a few days to explore so I got out the Lonely Planet guide and when I read about Tao Philippines my decision to go on an expedition with them was set in stone. Not only was it an opportunity to explore remote islands but it also stresses the importance of giving back to the community. You should really click on that little link and see what they are all about. They have a large social welfare project that includes supporting village schools, their teachers, farming/produce/agriculture and hiring locals for work. On the boat quite a few of the crew members had their college education sponsored by Tao, all around such a good organization!

Every single day I found myself in awe of the beauty around us. From snorkeling sunken Japanese WWII warships to glowing neon green fish in the water at night to the sweet families and children in the villages, I was beyond grateful at every turn to have been able to take these five days to refresh and recenter. I didn't have my camera out much and then it broke part way through so here is just a glimpse of the experience. If I could go back tomorrow, I would. It is on my list of places to re-visit!!