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On local maritime transport

I rarely write about maritime transport so I took this opportunity to take photos of the typical boats used for fishing and transport in the Philippines. Here are a few photos I took one morning in Laiya, Batangas.

Typical outrigger bancas on the beach in Batangas – there are motorised and non-motorised bancas. Most of the motorised kinds use surplus or second-hand car or truck engines customised for the boats. The outriggers provide balance and keep the boats from capsizing.
Typical of the sturdy fishing boats that go out to open seas, these are the types used by fishermen from Zambales who got out to fish for a living in the West Philippine Sea. These are also used for tourism including transporting people to diving or snorkelling areas. Similar boats are used to take people to the staging area for the Underground River in Palawan. Afterwards, they transfer to smaller, non-motorised bancas for the river tour.

More on these bancas soon!

Trip to Baler

I have yet to post a few more articles about my trip to Naga City,Camarines Sur and yet here I am traveling again, this time to Baler, Aurora. I have made it a point to travel to at least one new destination every year and this year it looks like I will be traveling to at least one new local destination and perhaps one new place overseas. So I will be concluding March by sharing this photo of two bancas (the type with the outriggers for balance) I took earlier this morning during my stroll along the beach.

These boats are used by fishermen though they can also be used for transportation along the coast. These are the non-motorised type so it takes some skill and constitution to paddle these vessels especially when the waters are choppy.

I promise to post more about this trip soon including sharing photos of arches and the dam roads of the Canili River Reservoir and the Diayo River Reservoir in Maria Aurora town.