palawan

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the palawan island is one of the highlights of the philippines and less touristy than famous boracay so it was kind of an obvious choice

unfortunately the before-mentioned weather spoilt everything, so after a couple of days of waiting / eating / waiting / sleeping we decided to do a boat trip around honda bay quite near to puerto princesa.

everything is government regulated so tricycle fairs and even boat charter fees are overpriced, regulated and non negotiable... it's really ridiculous and tourist unfriendly. nevertheless there was a window of not raining so we went out with a small boat with fighter jet volume engine.

quite nice ride through the islands in the bay and we hopped out on snake island, an island with a beach strip formed like a... drum roll... snake. found some star fish, other tourists on snorkeling mission and strolled down the beach.

after a few minutes the clouds got a bit darker, a few more minutes we were in the middle of a really crazy rainstorm. sand winding in my face, my flip flops being blown away and poor lightweight chona was close to encounter the same fate.

we made it back to the beach cabins, kind of survived the bumpy ride back to the mainland and, freezing, were happy to get into the cold shower to warm up.
jaeWALK says:
aww bad timing...

i think the prices are regulated by the local government to protect tourists, because if it weren't regulated than by all means these boat men, drivers etc will jack up the price even more specially if you are a western tourist. take it from me, its better that way than to leave it all in the hands of the small-time businesses themselves.
Posted on: Jul 19, 2008
JeAr says:
too bad, i'm sure u'd have enjoyed ur trip more had the weather not been like that... oh well, i'm going to palawan in may, and i still have high hopes about my trip :)
Posted on: Feb 14, 2008
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