More often than not, unforgettable moments occur during first time experiences or encounters like the case of my encounter with a travel group of 11 island hopping enthusiasts from Panabo City and San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Philippines who were my maiden clients of the recently launched Island Vacations Travel and Tours based in Bucas Grande Island, Philippines.
Handling tourists is not an easy task especially for first time operators of a travel and tours business. Hence, I and my wife were leaving no stones unturned in preparing for the coming of our maiden client-visitors who want to engage in an adventure tour in Bucas Grande Island. While busy with our preparations, questions like what if they are super rich?…What if they are so demanding?…What if they are arrogant? really bothered us.
Then, the unforgettable moments of my life as a tour guide came on August 27, 2011 when a travel group of 11 arrived in the Port of Socorro on board the 11:00 a.m. trip from the nearest mainland port of Hayangabon in the mining town of Claver, Surigao del Norte. The group was composed of 9 personnel from a hospital in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines namely: Ms. Dina Jarabe, the travel group leader; Ms. Anna Fe Gaviola; Ms. Alona Fidelis; Ms. Ruby Minor; Ms. April Mae Rivas; Ms. Flordeliza Luable; Mr. Al Briones; Mr. Kevin Cartin Duco and Mr. Richard Seavera as well as the couple Mark and Cecil Go from San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Philippines. They came to the island town of Socorro to spend the 4-day respite courtesy of the 2-day public holiday in addition to the usual 2-day weekend break in Bucas Grande Island.
After the usual check-in procedures at the Island Vacations Country Inn and a brief rest from more than 6 hours of land trip and one-hour boat ride, we jumped off for our first destination, the Puyangi White Beach . . .
The group really enjoyed slogging on the white sand, swimming on the crystal clear water, taking photographs and dipping into the cool spring nearby. But we have to move out after two hours to catch the magnificent sunset at the vantage point of the island- the Kapihan View Park . . .
The visitors were really appreciative about the 360-degree sight of the surrounding islands and the seas but the scheduled star gazing session did not materialize due to occasional drizzles.
We left the Socorro Port at exactly 9 in the morning of the following day on our way to the much awaited island hopping adventure at the Sohoton Cove . . .
Taking time to experience adventure at the Magkukoub Cave . . .
We then proceeded to the Lagoon Tiktikan . . .
We dropped by at the Crystal and Bolitas Caves . . .
The Jellyfish Kingdom was our next target . . .
The trip was capped with a visit at the magnificent Club Tara Resort . . .
Unforgettable Moments – A Travel Group Encounter Lessons Learned
My encounter with a travel group had really served as an eye opener for me as a traveler and a travel guide. For one, it reinforced the notion that backpackers’ passion knows no bound. Judging from their undiminished energy while engaging in various adventure challenges in Bucas Grande, one cannot notice that they came from distant provinces. On the other hand, their visit made me realize how blessed am I to be born and raised in my island home. From one adventure challenge to another, each and every member of the group would confide to me how envious they were on the Bucas Grande islanders for not spending any penny to experience paradise on earth. In a nutshell, the unforgettable moments I spent with my visitor-clients were not mere ordinary segments of my life but more of encounters with other passionate travelers that I will always remember.
This unforgettable moments blog post is my 4th entry to the Blog Carnival of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers with the theme Unforgettable Human Encounters on the Road hosted by Marky Ramone Go of Nomadic Experiences.