The last frontier (and my last adventure)

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So. My internship is finished, time for another vacation!

 

Four months ago, when I still knew what my hometown looked like, I made up my mind on what I had to see in the Philippines, and there were three places that I just did not want to miss. Two of them I have already seen and they were amazing: Banaue and Bohol. Now it is time for the third: Palawan. It is the stretched island that lies as a bridge between the Philippines and Borneo.

 

Palawan is known as the last frontier, and it will also be my last adventure in this country. It is a rough land of mountains, cliffs and largely unspoiled jungle. Palawan is really different from the rest of the Philippines; you can find many animals, like monkeys and anteaters, that are absent on the other islands.

Island ahead

 

I arrived with heavy rain in Puerto Princesa and I was afraid I would not be able to continue to El Nido because of the weather. But I met a funny French guy who introduced me also to many other people and in the end we were going to try to go to El Nido together.

 

There are many beautiful places on Palawan, but really the whole island is an attraction. I saw some of its landscape during the eight hour bus journey to El Nido and it is just amazing, especially from the roof of the bus! Later on, other travelers showed me pictures of their bus, that fell over. It could have been mine, while I was sitting on top. I guess there is a bus falling over every second somewhere in the world.

 

El Nido.

jagged islands

 

Do you remember that scene from Jurassic Park where they arrive by helicopter at the dinosaur island, with dramatic music behind it? Spielberg could have shot it in El Nido and it might have been more beautiful. El Nido means The Nest and it is a little town perched on the beach between the sea and high, sharp cliffs. It is the base from which to explore the Bacuit Argipelago, one of the real treasures of the Philippines. Well, whole Southeast Asia perhaps.

 

Island-hopping is what you have to do. The islands have rugged shapes, with razor sharp edges, cliffs, hills and secret white beaches and lagunes. We visited the big lagoon on Miniloc Island, which you can only enter at low tide, and the small lagoon, which you can only enter swimming through a little hole in the wall. A completely hidden world suddenly opens up behind sharp rocks. If I would have been a sea monster, this would have been my home!

 

These lagunes are perfect natural swimming pools.

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(Well, not 100 % perfect because I was attacked by a biting fish!) We swam into a cave, went snorkling above the corals and found our own private beaches, all in one day! Bacuit is like a kindergarten for grown-ups, and at the same time one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. The sea scape is amazing.

 

Everything was perfect. There was a rainbow visible above El Nido when we returned, and we watched the sun go down between the islands. Ten strangers who knew eachother for only a day were suddenly big friends. The next day I did nothing but laying in my hammock and  drinking cocktails. Where else if not here?

Jeroenadmiraal says:
I have to think very hard for a moment... I think I stayed at a place called "the alternative"
Posted on: Aug 20, 2010
TravellinChic says:
Wow...now I really want to see El Nido :) Where did you stay there?
Posted on: Aug 11, 2010
FLiTz says:
very well written. You really enjoyed our country huh. =]
Posted on: Mar 13, 2010
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view from El Nido
view from El Nido
Island ahead
Island ahead
jagged islands
jagged islands
view from El Nido
view from El Nido
Banwa backpacker pension. Nice coz…
Banwa backpacker pension. Nice co…
On the roof of the bus to El Nido
On the roof of the bus to El Nido
El Nido
El Nido
El Nido
El Nido
Off to the islands
Off to the islands
Bacuit archipelago
Bacuit archipelago
Bacuit archipelago
Bacuit archipelago
jagged islands
jagged islands
jagged islands
jagged islands
jagged islands
jagged islands
big lagoon
big lagoon
big lagoon
big lagoon
off to a little beach
off to a little beach
Islands
Islands
jagged islands
jagged islands
Island ahead
Island ahead
Island ahead
Island ahead
nice beach
nice beach
Paradise!
Paradise!
view from El Nido
view from El Nido
view from El Nido
view from El Nido
sunset in El Nido
sunset in El Nido
El Nido
photo by: tj1777