Palawan

Tao Philippines Sailing Expedition: The Palawan Adventure to End All Adventures

Posted on July 14, 2017

The portentous weather of a passing storm delayed our departure from El Nido in northern Palawan, the pencil-thin Philippine province repeatedly lauded by glossy travel magazines as the #1 best island in the world. The clouds finally surrendered to the midday sun, spotlighting a scenery that I thought only belonged to the realm of dream sequences or desktop wallpapers. A deserted islet lay before us, fringed with coconut trees sprouting from talcum-white sand and embraced by water that glimmered inRead More

The Funny Lion: The Coolest Boutique Hotel in Coron

Posted on July 10, 2017

Developed by the same young-at-heart team behind Amorita Resort and Momo Beach House in Panglao Island, Bohol, The Funny Lion is one of the newer additions in Coron, Palawan by the One-Of Collection boutique hotel group. Located in the quiet outskirts of Sitio Jolo, the brand-new establishment stands out as a relaxing retreat for both couples and families wishing for a private nook away from the hustle and bustle of the town center. It’s only a 10-minute drive by van orRead More

Panja Resort Palawan: The Most Scenic Getaway in Puerto Princesa

Posted on May 10, 2017

Being the gateway to Palawan – heralded the world’s best island in recent years by travel publications – Puerto Princesa is no doubt experiencing a tourism boom with the city getting busier and busier. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway within the city, then Panja Resort Palawan (pronounced pan-yah) would be the perfect pick for you. Away from the bustling city center, the boutique resort sits on a hilltop surrounded by refreshing greenery and sweeping views of Puerto Princesa and Honda Bay.Read More

Balabac, Palawan: An Island-Hopping Guide

Posted on March 30, 2017

Looking for deserted islands to play out your Survivor fantasies? Off the southernmost tip of Palawan is Balabac, a remote municipality comprised of 31 islands and islets, dotting the Sulu Sea between mainland Palawan and Borneo. This faraway corner of the archipelago, which can be reached in 10 hours by van and boat from the nearest commercial airport in Puerto Princesa, remains untouched by mainstream tourism – a paradise for those looking for a truly off-the-grid adventure. The island group isRead More

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Spectacular Scuba Diving in Honda Bay with Cooper’s Beach Resort

Posted on December 27, 2015

On our tour of northeast Puerto Princesa, one of the resorts we visited was Cooper’s Beach Resort. I was surprised to discover that they offered scuba diving in Honda Bay, as I’ve gone snorkeling a few times before on the popular island-hopping excursions to Pambato Reef and Luli Island, which left me unimpressed by the visibility, condition of the corals and variety of marine life found there. So I assumed long ago that Honda Bay doesn’t offer great diving, perhaps due to itsRead More

67th Heaven Holiday Resort: The Finest Beach Retreat in Northeast Puerto Princesa

Posted on December 23, 2015

After the festivities of the Puerto Princesa Underground River Day, the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office took me and the other bloggers who remained after the media tour to the less-visited northeast coast of Puerto Princesa, along Honda Bay. Named after the kilometer marker where it is situated, 67th Heaven Holiday Resort is one of the more prominent beach resorts that sparsely dot this desert shoreline. A cluster of native-style bungalows, rattan hammocks and, curiously, a Swedish-style sauna make up the resort grounds, frontingRead More