Palawan has always been one of my dream destinations in the Philippines. Having been there last week, I am glad that it surpassed all my expectations. Going to these remote islands makes you forget all the troubles the country is in. After all the smog, traffic, dirt and noise of Manila, Palawan lets you believe once again that this was how God envisioned our beloved country to be – beautiful, pure and pristine
from the very start.
Going to north Palawan, our group boarded an Asian Spirit flight which landed at the Busuanga Airport. This is a very small airstrip but it’s certainly commendable for having a clean toilet with a roll of tissue. I’d say this is worth noting considering the pitiful state of public restrooms which sometimes make you swear off travelling and leaves a bad impression of Pinoys being an unhygienic lot (so not true!!)
From the airport, we rode a huge outrigger boat. This I absolutely loved because the wind caressed my face and the open deck gave us a scenic view of the islands with their abundant greenery and the tourquoise blue waters underneath. It was so clear we can even see a school of fishes swimming
Thirty minutes or so later, we arrived at the place which would be our home for the next three days, Club Paradise. We were immediately given our welcome drinks (fresh fruit shake) and partook of a hearty lunch. The softshell crab in chili sauce was to die for and so were other seafood specialties like the grilled labahita, squid, and tanguigue. I munched so much that I forgot I had been poisoned by mussels weeks before. I would learn later that while fish and other treats from the sea were abundant in Palawan, the vegetables and fruits come all the way from Manila. That’s because agriculture is not a common industry in the province.
Afterwards, we settled in a nicely-appointed cottage which had a cozy hammock at the entrance and a breathtaking view of the sea and the mountains from the verandah. Most importantly, the beach was just a few walks away.
My roommate Zee was the greatest, and to think she’s only 22 years old! She makes these fancy accesories and jewelry which I couldn’t resist buying! Zee was also nice enough to take pictures of me with her cam and let me borrow her cellphone. I was aghast to know that there was only Smart, and no Globe signal where we were and so I was dissociated from my mobile for the next few days. There was satellite TV though and also internet.
The next few days were spent savoring nature at its best as we went boating through the island’s lush mangroves, swimming, snorkelling and engaging in a few adventure sports in the sea ( I thought the Ringo Tube was scary enough because I was attached by my lonesome to a rushing speed boat).My companions also told me that the waters were a haven for divers..too bad I wasn’t one. Even then, I was in love and in awe at the beauty surrounding me that it made me think I would definitely retire in the islands by the sea someday.
And what would a perfect vacation be without lots of laughter, dancing and booze going around? Make it a few shots of tequila please.Even though the whole place was too romantic and reeked of “honeymoon,” our group of predominantly single girls were determined to enjoy it the best way we can.
When you’re in Palawan, you don’t really need a man…lol.
For the few pictures I’ve salvaged, click here.
My remaining Philippine travel wishlist:
– Vigan, Ilocos Sur
– Banaue & Sagada
– Donsol, Sorsogon (for the whale-watching)
– Cebu (one more time!)