Palawan, Philippines: A Photo Diary Of Island Paradise
Are you planning a trip to Palawan, Philippines?
It can be a challenge traveling through the Philippines, especially somewhere like the province of Palawan. It’s definitely not like Thailand, Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia, which has an established tourist/backpacker trail. The Philippines is made up of over 7000 islands. You often have to take a plane, a boat, bus, van, and jeepney to get to where you need to go. For the Philippines, I believe it’s the opposite of the saying “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”. It’s definitely about the destination because the journey can be challenging!
Here is a photo diary from my time on Palawan, which is an island province on the western side of the Philippines. It is the least developed part of the country and probably one of the most stunning places you will ever visit. You can see from my photos that it is truly about the destination.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, though. Electricity only runs for parts of the day in certain parts of the island, sometimes as little as 6 hours. I didn’t stay in fancy resorts when I was there. I stayed in very simple guesthouses and took cold water bucket showers because there wasn’t any hot water. Some resorts had generators to heat the water but honestly, it was so hot it wasn’t necessary. I had the intention of shutting off and going off the grid. If that is what you are looking for, Palawan is perfect. With very little access to electricity, there’s not much else you can do other than hire a boat driver, explore deserted islands, read books, and chill.
A secret spot where my friend Becky and I posted up by ourselves for an afternoon
I could easily chilled out here forever
I think Giligan went here too!
Someone is clearly happy
7 Commando Beach near El Nido
Island hopping tour from El Nido
Check out the color of the water!! Hello paradise!
With my Palawan boat guide Angelo
Making a pit stop in paradise
Stopping for some coconut
About to look at some stalactites and stalagmites at the Underground River
A monitor lizard at the Underground River