Asia is known for its pristine white beaches like the ones in Malaysia, Thailand and of course the Philippines. All over the archipelago of the Philippines, one can find unexploited natural white sandy beaches from north to south. Dive and vacation destinations abound in this country. There is a particular spot in this country that was listed among the world’s natural wonders. One of the places that are frequented by foreign and local tourist alike, is Coron Island in Palawan.
Coron is a wedge-shaped limestone island (which is very common in Palawan), with few of its coastal areas being covered by mangrove forests. It has seven lakes, famous of which is the nationally-acclaimed cleanest lake in the Philippines, the Kayangan Lake. It also has a number of islands with white beaches and clear blue waters perfect for snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and shipwreck diving.
Coron is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. The municipality of Coron from Mount Tapyas view deck to Coron public utility vehicle terminal covers part of Busuanga Island and all of the nearby Coron Island. Both islands are part of the Calamian group of islands in northern Palawan. Coron on the other hand is also a popular diving destination. The aquatic views from the sunken Japanese warships off Coron Island are listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world.
Our Palawan Getaway last March 2012 started when we arrived at Puerto Princesa Airport from Mactan Cebu International Airport via Cebu Pacific Air. We have chosen Cebu Pacific’s flight not because it is a budget airline nor they have an excellent service but purely because we want to maximize our trip in Palawan. Cebu Pacific’s only flight from Cebu at 11:00 AM put them strategically on top from the rest of the airlines. Most especially if you want to maximize the places you want to visit in your trip like going to the Underground River because they have a cut-off time of the day for the last trip going to the cave which is at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
Anyway, we arrived at about 12 noon and immediately went to Ka Inato Restaurant for our lunch so we won’t waste any time, knowing that it will take 1 ½ hours going to Sabang, where the Subterranean River National Park is located. Our tour guides Alex and his partner Jessica, who owns the Paradise Village Travel and Tours, brought us to the place for it is not just along the way going to Sabang but they said that it is also one of the best in Puerto Princesa. I will be talking more of our experience with them in a separate post and for the meantime you can visit their Facebook Page for promos and updates.
So indeed, Ka Inato lives to what many have said in terms of food preparation, the taste and the prices are affordable as well. I usually don’t recommend anything unless I am satisfied with it but because we all have different taste buds when it comes to food so all I can say is for you to try it then let me know about your experience.
Our trip to Palawan takes off at 11 (that was 12 March 2012) in the morning without a glitch. There’s only one direct flight living Cebu bound for Puerto Princesa in the morning and the only flight of Cebu Pacific but they have a daily flights. There are other carriers plying to Palawan but their flights are in mid-afternoon. And if you are going to maximize your time in a day it would be better to leave Cebu late in the morning so you still have enough time to roam around in the afternoon.
Since we are going to visit the underground river, we opted to choose Cebu Pacific’s flight because of the cut-off time in visiting the subterranean river. There’s no more motorized boat that will sail beyond 3 o’clock in the afternoon for safety reasons. They are trying to avoid disturbing the habitat of the bats when it is now there time to move out from the cave. The trip from Sabang Port going to the underground river is about 45 minutes and that also will depend on the sea current since it is facing the West Philippine Sea (some call it South China Sea).
The flight was smooth until we reach Palawan and touched down at Puerto Princesa Airport. But before we even depart Mactan Cebu International Airport we noticed some unusual thing on the domestic departure schedule board at the main lobby. The picture on the left says different from what you can see on the right side. (Take note of Cebu Pacific’s last flight – 5J 227)
We are worried at first when we finished checking in for our flight and saw the departure schedule that doesn’t coincide with our boarding pass. We asked the airport personnel first before planning of going back to Cebu Pacific counter but to our surprise, they said that we just have to ignore it because it happens very often. Instead, we just follow what’s in our boarding pass and in the final boarding destination electronic board. I was a little bit disappointed considering that MCIA is the second major international airport in the Philippines.
The title itself says it all. This is one of the islands that you can see in El Nido and it is indeed looks like a helicopter.
It really resembles as a helicopter shape yet it is also commonly referred as the whale island.
Yet it is actually named as Dilumacad Island that has a considerable stretch of white sand beach and you can also find an underwater tunnel right at its northern tip.