El Nido | Tour C Part 5: Ipil BeachMonday, February 04, 2013Ryan Mach
Ipil Beach was dominated by young and energetic holidaymakers that lazy afternoon. You could see them having swell time by simply lazing on the sand, reading books and listening to music. I think our arrival on the island might have momentarily disturbed their reverie. Like beavers peeking out from their lodge, they looked at us with faint interest and once the engine had died, they went back to what they were doing, doing nothing, that is.
Beautiful Tree, Interesting Bloke
I was looking up at a tree, admiring its beautiful flowers, when a young foreign guy approached me and started telling me about the monkey he spotted earlier. Whether he's just pulling my leg or wanted to while the time away by talking to a complete stranger, I had no idea. But his unusual discovery seemed authentic.
"Spotted two monkeys right there," he told me enthusiastically, pointing at the nice-looking tree.
"Hid away, I guess. Took some photos though on my iPhone."
"I wish they'd show up again," I said, hopeful.
"Yeah, I guess they got shy or scared."
I saw our guide waving at us, a signal that our stay on Ipil Island had come to an end. Going back to the boat felt like a very difficult ordeal. Our island hopping tour was over, which meant my vacation was going to end too. My fellow tour-hoppers seemed to mirror what I was feeling as we're fast approaching Bacuit Bay. Everyone looked rather downcast.