Palawan

San Vicente, Palawan: Motorbiking from “Long Beach” to Irawan Beach

Posted on June 11, 2013

The immaculate beaches of Irawan and Nagtulay in Brgy. Santo Niño, San Vicente, Palawan From the beach paradise of Port Barton, I was able to hitch on a bangka to San Vicente town with government social workers. The northern coast of San Vicente is lined with six long stretches of undeveloped white beaches dotted with sleepy fishing villages. What’s being marketed by tourism pundits as Long Beach – allegedly “the longest beach in the Philippines” at 14 kilometers in length –Read More

San Vicente, Palawan: Tropical Pulchritude of Port Barton

Posted on May 29, 2013

Turquoise waters, sapphire skies and fecund foliage all come together at Port Barton, Palawan. Located between the tourist hotspots of Puerto Princesa and El Nido, Port Barton – a modest barangay (village) in the municipality of San Vicente – surprisingly receives only a trickle of tourists, catering mostly to backpackers looking for some solitude and relaxation. Even during the “super peak” season of Holy Week when I visited, there were barely any tourists and many rooms available. Supple sands hugged by jungle-cladRead More

Culion Island, Palawan: The Legacy of Leprosy

Posted on May 14, 2013

Culion Island was once the site of the world’s largest leper colony. After three days in Coron with Coron EcoLodge, I took a side trip to Culion Island in Palawan. During the American Occupation, people across the Philippines afflicted with leprosy, then an incurable disease and once thought to be highly contagious, were separated from their families and forced to live in isolation in leper colonies. In 1906, the biggest colony was established in Culion Island, Palawan. By 1931, thereRead More

Exploring Coron with Coron EcoLodge! [SP]

Posted on May 14, 2013

Coron EcoLodge – stay at the heart of Coron town! Coron EcoLodge invited me to revisit Coron, Palawan to experience their new accommodation located at the heart of the town. I was picked up at the airport and brought to the boutique hotel centrally located in Coron town along Real St, a short walk away from all the restaurants, markets, souvenir shops, boat piers and banks. They have clean and cozy standard A/C rooms, good for two persons, are at PHPRead More

El Nido, Palawan: Paradise Found

Posted on January 4, 2012

This unedited article is for a commissioned travel featurein Travel 3Sixty magazine of AirAsia, January 2012. The map was beautifully colored in… Then on one of a cluster of small islands I noticed a black mark. An X mark. I looked closer. Written underneath in tiny letters was the word ‘Beach’.                – Alex Garland, The Beach“Slow and steady,” I muttered to myself, drawing perseverance from the small brown snail beside me inching itsRead More

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Posted on September 7, 2010

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. Before the discovery of a Mexican river in 2007, this underground river was reputed to beRead More