06-Apr-2006 -- Day 1: Santah and I started the “Visayas-Southern Luzon Tour” following the Philippine Nautical Highway from Manila to Cebu via Panay and Negros Islands. Nautical Highway is a series of national roads and roll-on roll-off ferryboat network spanning the islands of the Philippines. Along the way I had identified three potential confluence visits: 12N 122E near the world famous Boracay Island, Aklan, 11N 122E in Patnongon, Antique and 11N 124E in Bogo, Cebu.
This is the story of the first confluence visit.
We left our home about midnight of Wednesday to make it to Batangas pier at about 2:00 AM but we had to wait for the 3:00 AM ferryboat trip to Calapan, Mindoro. Upon landing Calapan at about 5:30 AM, we raced to Roxas pier in about two hour and we had an ample time to wait for the 8:30 AM schedule of the ferryboat for Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay. We arrived Caticlan at 1:00 PM and immediately took the quick ferry trip to Boracay. After checking in a modest room, we went out and looked for a boat to rent. We explained to the boatmen the purpose of the trip. We told them we need to be in the confluence area before sundown and it is not their usual “round-the island” tourist trip. One young guy we talked with, Matt Mateo was enthusiastic enough to join the hunt. After traveling 9 kilometers offshore plus a series of few maneuvers, we were lucky enough to record in GPS the exact spot of 12N 122E.
We went back to the shore just after sundown but not without the thrill and excitement of about twenty conk outs of the motorboat engine due to overheating. Had the engine failed to restart, we could have been floating aimlessly 9 kilometers offshore, nowhere near the usual boat routes.
This story continues to the next confluence at 11N 122E in Patnongon, Antique.