A Night in a Fishing Village

Today is going to be exciting, we are heading to Bogo City and staying in a small house built on pillars in a small fishing village.

Our day started with us being a little anxious not knowing what we would get in to, and ended up finding a peaceful, quiet, and perfect little spot.

Our Plan for the Day

Leaving Bantayan Island
Leaving Bantayan Island

We just left Bantayan Island and are heading to Polambato. We knew nothing about this area but, using airbnb, found a small house for rent in Bogo City in a small fishing village. The house was listed as “nothing fancy” and the perfect way to live like the locals. It also stated that it was built right in the sea on concrete pillars. The idea of staying here was very exciting.

Arriving at Polambato Wharf

Tricycle to Polambato Wharf
Tricycle to Polambato Wharf

From Bantayan Island we arrived at Hagnaya Port then hired a tricycle to take us to the Polambato Wharf. This was about a 20 minute ride down the busy highway lined by sugar cane. From the wharf, we called the owner’s brother so he could meet us and take us to the house.

Heading to the House

The tricycle ride to the house isn’t that far from the wharf but it wasn’t easy to find. Once off the main road we took a much smaller road. Without the owner’s brother we wouldn’t have found it.

Path to House
Path to House
Once we arrived, we had to walk a few minutes, passing many fruit trees, chickens and goats, into an area with several small houses on the water. To enter the house we had to follow some interconnected bamboo walkways that went off in different directions to other houses. They were very cool!

Bamboo Walkways
Bamboo Walkways

The house was small but had everything we needed – bathroom, kitchen area, bedroom and living room.

Our Pink House
Our Pink House
The bedroom had a sliding glass door but no deck on the other side. We just sat in the doorway with our feet hanging out. During high tide I could imagine this would be a perfect place for a kayak. The water was perfectly calm, there were mangroves and lots of blue birds flying around.

Low Tide
Low Tide

When we arrived it was low tide so there was absolutely no water within 100 feet of our house. Just mud and boats waiting for high tide. We talked to a few fishermen that were going out on their boats for the night. They were going fishing for 6-8 hours and often times spend the night on the water.

Pushing Boat to Water
Pushing Boat to Water
They walk through mud a foot deep pushing their boats to the water. Once they get to water they clean up and off they go. If we had more time and if I wouldn’t have slowed them down, I would love to have gone out one night to fish.

Out for a Walk

Us Walking
Us Walking

We decided to walk to the main road and look for food. The path was like hiking back home. Just a dirt and rocky road surrounded by trees and an occasional house. We made it to the road and most importantly we found several people cooking food on the side of the road. This was the food we wanted, friend plantains and chicken. It’s a very small town and everyone just seemed to be hanging out on the side of the road eating and talking.

Jim & Goats
Jim & Goats

On our way back to our house, we saw some goats. We got closer but unfortunately I ended up standing on a nest of fire ants. That didn’t end well.

High Tide

When we arrived back at the house it was high tide.

View from Bedroom @ High Tide
View from Bedroom @ High Tide
The water really came up a lot, perhaps several feet.
Jamming
Jamming

This was a very peaceful and very quiet night, until I broke out the guitar and tried to play. Yeah prior to that everything was perfect.

Morning hunt for Coffee

The next morning we walked a different direction to look around and found a sari-sari store. Time for some instant coffee! While at the store some kids where interested in meeting us. They were all very friendly and, like always, I practiced my Cebuano and they let me know I had a long way to go.

Kids in the Neighborhood
Kids in the Neighborhood

This area is not your typical tourist spot and we loved it. It was off the beaten path and a great place to relax. It is a much simpler life but not necessarily an easier one. Everyone we met was kind, friendly and interesting to talk too.

I know this isn’t a surprise but we would visit again.

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