||The Philippines archipelago refers to over 7000
islands located in the Pacific ocean about 3 1/2 hours
southeast of Japan and 4 hours west of Guam by jet
airplane. The main island is Luzon, where the capitol of
Manila is located.
This boat is typical of the bancas used in the Philippines-- a simple outrigger boat with a small (about 5 horsepower) motor, with the propeller connected directly to the shaft (no transmission). Bob and I struck a deal with Ernie when we first arrived in the P.I.-- we paid him for the boat, he supplied the motor, and we dove for "free" as often as we wished-- though we always gave him a generous tip. The dives Bob and I made there at the Capone islands numbered in the hundreds over a five year period.
See a bird's eye view of one of the Capone islands.