Palawan, Philippines: A Photo Diary From Island Paradise
Travelling through the Philippines, especially somewhere like the island province of Palawan. It is definitely not like Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia, which has an established tourist/backpacker trail.
The Philippines is made up of over 7000 islands. If you are travelling around the country, you will have to take a plane, a boat, bus, van, tricycle, and jeepney to get to where you need to go. With the Philippines, I think it’s the opposite of the saying “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”. It is definitely about the destination because the journey in the Philippines is often very challenging!
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Below is a photo diary from my time travelling in 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 (at the time in 2012), 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. 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.
Things have changed a lot since my visit in 2011.
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7 Commando Beach near El Nido
Island hopping tour from El Nido
Check out the colour of the water!! Hello, paradise!
With my Palawan boat guide Angelo
Making a pit stop in paradise
Stopping for some coconut
Someone is happy
A resort near Port Barton
Same resort. You bet I relaxed here
Gilligan was here
En route back to Puerto Princessa
About to look at some stalactites and stalagmites at the Underground River
A monitor lizard at the Underground River
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