Exploring the Philippines by Paraw

Beautiful Beaches, Empty Reefs

The next day, we had only to sail about 5 miles south before we passed a small craggy island off the main island of Coron with another beautiful beach. In a lazy mood and with plenty of food and water …

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Sailing to Palawan

After a night in Ambulong and a rest-day to provision in San Jose, we were ready to attempt our longest open water passage: the crossing to Palawan.

We set off early at 5am with light winds out of the east, …

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A warm welcome in Ambulong

Guest post from Jonathan

After we embarrassingly crash landed our way over the reef to the town of Ambulong, we pushed the boat up onto the beach and watched as a curious crowd slowly gathered. While our landing was surely …

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Downwind Sleigh Ride

The journey across the Tablas strait left us all dreadfully sunburned and exhausted. The San Miguel beer at Tambaron Island Resort gave us chance to assess the day. Oliver’s feet glowed red and swollen, I walked around like a penguin …

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A broken outrigger and a sinking boat.

In retrospect, we left Sibalon fairly late at 9am. The best time to travel here is early morning and late afternoon. But by the time we headed out for the second half of our voyage across the Tablas Strait, the …

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The Adventure Begins…

One of the biggest potential flaws in our plan has been that the most challenging part of the trip, crossing the Tablas strait, was right at the beginning.

The Tablas strait is 35 miles of open water between Tablas and …

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I came looking for a boat, I found friends!

I came here last week looking for a boat and not knowing anyone. I managed to find a boat, but what I didn’t expect to find was so many warm and generous people willing to give their time and energy …

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Flash gets ready, training begins!

The rest of the team arrived late Sunday evening after an equally long flight via Taipei and Manila.

After a solid breakfast of eggs and sausages and mango smoothies we headed over to check on our boat. Since I last …

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2015 Iloilo Paraw Regatta

Quite by coincidence I planned this trip at the same time as the Iloilo Paraw Regatta.

Iloilo is the largest city on the island of Panay, about five hours drive from Caticlan, and this regatta has been going on for …

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The weather window…

There are now a lot of variables up in the air, and any one of them could sink this plan… quite literally.

One of our biggest risks is weather. From Boracay, we must sail west into open sea and the …

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