October 30-31, 2011
Polilio Island is a group of islands off the coast of Quezon (Pacific side). It is composed of several towns (Polillo, Burdeos, Panukulan, Patnanungan and Jomalig).
Before the Nov. 1 holiday, my outdoor buddies and I decided to go there from the invitation of our friend, Josh. He’ll be spending his holiday there with his grandmother and relatives.
The road to Polilio is a long one that involves taking a bus or jeepney to Real or Infanta, Quezon then a boat to the town of Polillo. It took us several hours of travel, a few stops finding a boat that will take us to the island (the public boat in Real already left so we were able to ride a boat in Infanta), and a tricycle for about 45 minutes to the town and resort in Polillo (the boat took us to the other side of the island, hence, the need for a tricycle ride).
Since we’re first timers, we rode in front of the boat and got wet by the crashing waves. My camera (Canon 60D) also got some spray of seawater. (Later on, the lens mount button stuck and I had a problem dismounting and changing lenses.)
2pm at the other side of the island (image darkened).
It was almost twilight when we arrived in the resort but it was all good timing since the resort faces west and I got some beautiful sunset shots.
Socials (borrowed from mountaineering term for gathering at night with booze and chatter) was on the beach with bonfire. The three of us (Jason, Kyt and I) also pitched our tent on the beach while the rest rented a room in the resort.
Anticrepuscular ray in the morning. (Anticrepuscular ray – a term I only learned recently is a ray of light that seems to emanate from the opposite side of the sun, i.e., in the west during sunrise).
In the morning, we just had breakfast before we need to go to the port for our boat trip home.
Butterfly (cropped from a much larger picture).
A big fish caught by the boatmen (on the boat going home).
It was a very short vacation (more time spent on travelling) than in the resort but all worth it. I’m sure I’ll come back to Polilio and see the other parts of the island group.
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Nido, me, Jason, Eman, Kyt, Josh and Jem.