It felt like summer… in December. My friend and I embarked on a not-so typical trip. An expedition around Palawan’s remotest islands – moving from one island base camp to another. The idea sounded exciting as Palawan is recognised in the past years as the world’s best island. (Read: Conde Naste’s Palawan, the Philippines: the most beautiful island in the world; Travel + Leisure’s The World’s Best Islands; CNN’s The Philippines’ best beaches and islands) Imagine, turquoise clear waters, abundant marine life and untouched nature. The thrill is endless and the itinerary mostly unknown.
This was nothing new to me as I had read about it in The New York Times 4 years ago. Since then, it had been on my bucket list. Dreams indeed do come true. (Read “An aimless sailing trip off Palawan in the Philippines“, 9 March 2012)
The Coron to El Nido route
Arrived in Coron in the morning for the 8.30 am departure of the boat. (Note: this was not recommended as explorers needed to be there the night before to attend the briefing.) We quickly filled our dry bags with our most important stuff (think, what would be the last five items you’d bring with you when deserted on an island). The rest of our luggage had to be kept in a storage at the boat. We met our expedition leader at the Tao office in Coron. It had taken us 30-40 minutes to get to town from the airport. We then headed to the port. In less than 15-20 minutes, we were out sailing. Five days of extreme adventure, doing nothing enjoying every bit. One important tip: always bring a mosquito spray, water and sunscreen.
A work in progress.