My college roommates and I planned an out-of-town trip while all of us were in the Philippines (too bad one could not make it at the last minute). Since it was also my birthday week, celebrated my 40th with them and my love.
We decided to go to Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan.
We landed in Puerto Princesa on the first day of the new year. We were greeted with a warm welcome at the airport.
After taking a quick lunch, we embarked on a five-hour trip by land to El Nido. On the way, we stopped by to get some pictures with the sunset.
At the shack where we had lunch, we were the only Filipino group. Was glad to see that the island is getting some love from foreign folks.
Boat tours were still cancelled the next day so we went to Canopy Walk which was a few minutes away from town. Even if there was light rain, we enjoyed the ‘walk’ because of the great view.
We had lunch as Squidos which was one pf the original restaurants in the area.
We went to Las Cabanas in the afternoon to hang out and to hopefully get a view of the sunset.
Boat tours were finally allowed the next day. We decided to go to as many islands as we could.
First stop was Helicopter island.
Next was Hidden Beach. As the name implies, the beach was hidden behind rocks so we had to take a little bit of walk in the water through waves to get to the shore. It was worth it.
We then went to Matinloc Shrine for a quick stop before lunch.
Secret Beach was up next. Gabriel and I decided to skip it since it requires swimming through a small opening, which was a bit tough due to strong waves.
At the Small Lagoon, we rode a kayak to explore the area.
At the Big Lagoon, since it was high tide, we took the boat to look around. It was also an opportunity for everyone on the boat to take pictures of the tour’s highlight.
Our last stop was Seven Commandos. By then, the sun had set but we still had time for some swimming and photos.
We took the five-hour ride back to Puerto Princesa that evening. We were up by 4am the next day for an early morning tour to Underground River. We were the first to leave at the port!
By 10am, we were done! We had lunch at Ka Inatô before we headed to the airport for our flight back to Manila.
Thank you Aldhel, Rhona, Mark, Joaquin, Lucas and Gabriel for a wonderful week in Palawan (and for the pictures!) 🤗😊