We awoke and went down for our complimentary breakfast by the pool. It was then that we had our first taste of fresh mango for the trip. Yum.... love Philippine mangoes. No other is close to comparison.
We found our friends had arrived earlier from their all night flight. So, after breakfast, we joined them on the beach for some relaxation time until it was time for them to check into their room.
This was my view for a portion of the week - the palm trees above my beach chair.
After our friends got checked into their room, we went on a little excursion of the island just to satisfy our curiosity about what else was on the island. We met a guy, James, who was a local from the neighboring island. James was a panhandler - his "job" was, well, I don't really know. I do know that he found some deals for us on a couple of trips and profited from our tips to him. Maybe we'll just stick with panhandle, but instead of product, it was service - unofficial tour guide. He arranged a van to come pick us up on the main street down the alley from the hotel. Fitting twelve Americans in a van built for Filipinos was quite comical really.
We headed north along the island road which was filled with traffic. Mostly trikes again. I loved these trikes!
We arrived on the north side of the island at Puka Beach.
That's all for now. More on Day Two next post. :)