Wind: 20 - 25 knots
Having left behind the Philippines and its wonderful, warm and friendly people, we had a day at sea today as we sailed north towards Taiwan. A day at sea provided a good opportunity for our guests to catch up with sleep, sort out their photos, read a book and enjoy the onboard lecture program.
The day started with a lecture by Malcolm Turner entitled ”Adapting Islands and Coral Reefs to a Changing Climate”. Malcolm has decades of experience in managing the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, from the coral reefs themselves, to the islands, coralline cays and the many species of seabirds and marine animals that call this massive ecosystem, the largest living organism in our planet, home.
As the morning went by we sailed along the Batan Islands, a volcanic archipelago which holds Philippines most northerly volcanoes. We enjoyed the beautiful sights of the islands as the weather deteriorated with winds picking up, increasing swell and rain. During most of the afternoon we experienced a Beaufort 5, with winds ranging between 20 and 25 knots.
At 5 pm the expedition team held the daily Recap & Briefing where Mick explained the plans for tomorrow in Hualien, followed by a couple of us on stage for the last recap of the voyage.
It was then time for the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail, where Captain Luksa had a chance to bring on stage and publicly thank a good number of the Silver Discoverer’s crew for their good work and efforts and of course also to wish our guests farewell, as this voyage is coming close to its end. After the Cocktail our Executive Chef Pia and Restaurant Manager Robert invited our guests for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.