The Island Of No Return (Saili [...]
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The Island Of No Return (Sailing the Philippines)


Location: Culion Island
Latitude: 11.81000000
Longitude: 119.95000000
Published: 26 May 2024

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Once upon a time not so long ago, there was a small island in the Philippines no sailor would dare venture to. Because despite it's beauty, Culion was known by many notorious names; The Island of The Living Dead, The Island of Pain, The Island of No Return.
The citizens of Culion were not criminals, but they were feared and they were prisoners, sentenced never to leave the island. And while times have changed, the story and the island are far from ancient history.
Beneath the tropical façade of a quaint fisherman’s village lies tales of an ancient disease, ingenuity and survival.  A place so complex and curious that we simply couldn’t just sail by.


WE’RE JASON AND NIKKI WYNN. A couple of explorers, modern-day documentarians, and cultivators of curiosity.

We’ve been chasing our curiosity around the world on wheels and keels since 2011. Why? Because curiosity is the key to unlocking life. It pushes us outside our comfort zone, softens our assumptions, and helps us embrace the great unknown. The more we let our curiosity lead the way, the more we discover about ourselves and the world around us.

Things We're Most Curious About...

Our home is also our transportation and we spend weeks away from civilization and sometimes land. So self-reliance and sustainable living are a must. We've learned heaps about renewable energy, managing waste, creating safe drinking water and foraging for food. We carefully manage our resources and we’re always looking for new and better ways to do so.

People are busy (even on remote islands) and travelers are a dime a dozen. It takes time to talk to strangers, and even more time to have a real connection. Going the extra mile to get to know someone is a commitment.

Which is why these are our most treasured experiences. Setting off into the world with curiosity as our guide and nature as our compass. We talk to strangers and accept hospitality without fear or reservations. Both giving and receiving.

These are people who are doing things differently. Forgoing the mainstream, seeking freedom and living on the margins. Creative, unique and inspiring people who challenge our ideas of home and community.

Our journey is ever-evolving but the mission remains the same: #CultivateCuriosity

Timestamps if you like to Jump Around:

00:00 Curious Culion Island
00:35 Sailing out of Coron, Palawan
04:44 Anchoring Lessons Learned
06:56 Internet On a Boat
08:33 Dinghy to Land Can Be an Adventure
10:06 Meet our Culion Local Guide Pastor Hermie
10:31 First Philippines TRIKE Ride
11:13 Backyard Coffee Farm
12:07 Traditional Filippino Coffee Roasting & Processing
14:17 New Banana Variety
15:04 Part 2 Divided Worlds
16:25 Nursery for Leper Babies
18:03 How Leprosy Was Spread
19:04 The First Leper Nurses
20:42 Eagle Stairway Tribute
23:02 The Cure for Leprosy
23:40 A Thriving Leper Community
27:19 Spanish Fort and Historic Church
29:06 Grocery Run & Back to CURIOSITY
30:11 The Beauty of Learning Through Travel


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