Secret Island Paradise - North Pandan Island
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Another impulse travel by yours truly - travelinabudget.
I woke up early and checked on the nearest ATM to withdraw cash for my beachscape, unfortunately the bank is OFFLINE! With my 2 girl friends, we still headed to Batangas pier with only P1,000 in my pocket.
"We will cross the bridge when we get there". Yes, this has always been our mantra whenever the three of us travel. But it is so hard not to worry. Luckily, there is an ATM in Batangas pier and BPI (my bank) went online. With 3500 for our individual budget, we took the 12 noon ship going to Abra de Ilog, Wawa.
After 2.5 hours, we arrived in the dusty little pier of Wawa and we immedietly took a van going to Sablayan. Vans are in first come first serve basis, so better get off the ship immedietely.
The van ride cost us P210 even more expensive than the ship (P160). But it's okay, at least it was airconditioned. It was a bumpy and rainy ride and we wished that the weather will turn out good on the next day. What's in the beach if there's no sun?
While on the van - enjoying the scenic route of Mindoro (beautiful hills, and palayan), I was already talking with Ate Chris from Pandan Resort. I booked a bungalow (P1,400) for our first night since there were no available budget rooms for that day. They required guests to take one buffet meal, so we took a full board meal (P780). Yes, it's a bit expensive but buffet is always a feast in the resort! And we were always contented with our dinner.
After taking our dinner, we went to our bungalow and slept under a mosquito net. There is no enough electricity so AC and fans are not available. Light bulbs were solar powered and the water from the shower is sea water. But fresh water is being delivered every afternoon from the mainland. So it's really back to basic. It was a bit hot and rainy but I slept pretty well because I was ssooo tired and full (from the dinner). I could hear crickets and birds from outside lulling us to sleep.
I woke early to catch the sunrise but it was cloudy. We toured the rocky side of the island. But rain was pouring hard so we satisfied taking a swim in the shallow waters, with the rain.
We then had breakfast. Breakfast isnt that good.
Pandan Island is a sanctuary for turtles and turtles are a common sight around the island. You could snorkel and watch them grazing the sea grass and if you have fish food, you can feed big fishes, too. And if you are a diver, you'll definitely know about this island because it is a nice stop if you want to visit Apo Island. Oh I wish we had extra money to rent a boat going to Apo Reef. Going to Apo Reef costs P6,000-7,000 :(
But it's ok, the island is beautiful and it seems we were the only people there. We toured the sandy shores and just did nothing. Pandan Island is really a good place if you plan to rest and enjoy a laid back life.
For the whole day, I just took pictures, floated on the water, laid on the hammock, sunbathe, played in the sand, talked and had girl bonding with my friends.
Time seems to run slow. And dinner again was served. Sigh, and I'm so busog again. After eating, we watched the stars and fireflies until our eyes got droopy.
And on the next day we left the paradise