Blue Skies, White clean sandy beaches are some of things that you notice once you’re vacationing in Palawan. We were there last March but I’ve just started to write about the experience as I pore through all the pictures we took back then.
Our visit was a “whirlwind” experience. True, we stayed 5 nights and 4 days but it seemed like we stayed for just a day! We were up before 5 each day and was in bed not earlier than 11 in the evening. There was simply too much to see and absorb. We arrived at the Palawan International Airport before noon that first day and was picked up by our hosts from the Hibiscus Garden Inn. We had lunch at Chicken Inasal which was just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Around 1 pm, we were off to our first tour which was around the city. We visited, among others, the Palawan Crocodile Farm, the Mitra Mansion, a handicraft factory, the oldest Fort in the city which name escapes me and much more. The second day, we were off to the internationally famous Palawan Underground River where we rafted inside this huge dark cave with the water level literally just inches from the top of the boat we were seated in. I was particularly concerned about this since I just bought my Nikon DSLR and was afraid our fragile craft would slowly sink along with the gear. Of course, my fears were unfounded and we enjoyed the the rest of this deep dark realm of bats and other nocturnal creatures.
The next day we went island-hopping. This was also when we had a chance to swim and marvel at the sight of feeding fish just beneath our feet. Truly a marvelous sight to behold! Unfortunately, my camera was not waterproof so I did not capture the moment in digital format but the memory will forever be etched in our minds! The whole day was spent on 4 islands we visited. The two bigger islands were called Pandan and the other is called Snake Island. These are some of the photos I took then.
Our fourth day was spent at the famous Dos Palmas Resort which was quite a ways from Puerto Princessa and obviously dwarfed, in terms of size, the islands we visited the previous day. If you remember, this was the same resort were kidnappings took place in May of 2001. If you’re interested in the story behind this international incident, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dos_Palmas_kidnappings. Obviously, no such untoward incident occurred when we were there and these are the photos I took that day.
All good things must come to a close and sadly, we had to say goodbye to Palawan. However, we shall return soon if not sooner to once again experience the beauty of its scenic spots and the charming hospitality of its people. Perhaps next time we’d run into each other… Just be sure to say hi!