Everyone has heard or read of the beauty that is Palawan but nothing prepares you for it when you actually lay your eyes on it's islands. Initially, I really wasn't into going there save for the fact that it was another place to visit but the excitement wasn't there. Maybe it was the fact that I was dead tired of the many things happening in my life when this trip happened but I was just meh about it.
So I went there a day after my sister and Mom flew in and I was by myself at the airport wondering why people even go to the airport really early when they could check in at a nearby hotel and sleep comfortably. Eventually I found a spot and forced myself to be a cat and just sleep in any way or form.
Side note: NAIA Terminal 4 needs to start thinking about the passengers. It is one of the smallest and most uncomfortable terminals I have ever seen. Absolutely no thought about the comfort of the passenger was given.
Finally, after an uneventful check in and flight which I slept through, we landed in Palawan. First thought that came to my head was, "oh! It's like Batanes; small and beautiful."
|Shades: Komono / Scarf: H&M|
Upon arriving, they gave us welcome drinks which I welcomed with open arms. I was also quite impressed that they knew who I was. Seems the front desk does her job well and researched on the incoming guest which I took as a good thing. My Mom and sister were getting ready for their island hopping and I finally got to sleep. Upon waking up at around 3pm, I felt hungry and decided to roam around. It seems Coron is a tiny place and you could simply walk around and not get lost because it all circles around. However, being the wuss that I am, I took a tricycle.
Sidenote: Their tricycles do not look like the ones in Cebu or in Manila. I guess each province has a way of personalizing their own tricyles.
The next day, we finally went beach hopping and all I can say is that it is not an overstatement that Palawan is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see. Batanes is to land as Palawan is to sea when it comes to AMAZING and BREATHTAKING VIEW.
My Mom, sister, and I had fun exploring thanks to our trusty tour guide, Harold who took good care of us the whole time. He even got me to snorkel in the deep waters which I have only done once in my life and with my brothers who I trust with my life.
I was only able to stay for roughly 2 days in Palawan but I know that I will definitely go back to explore more of it's beauty. It's actually not pricey and the people are very friendly. You also get to stay connected in most areas so you can still stay connected to the outside world while reveling in the beauty and serenity of the place. Best of both worlds I gotta say so make sure you visit this gem hidden away in the Philippines.
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