Friday, April 19, 2013

Travel Diaries - In the Paradise of Palawan

As promised, I'm excited to share my recent travel adventure. It's not everyday that I leave the city and explore the best of the 7,107 islands of my country. Over the past years, I've explored the beaches in the islands of Boracay and Batangas. I'm happy to report that I've reached another great island in my country. Palawan made it to my list of dream fulfilled.

For the benefit of my foreign blog friends who are not familiar with Palawan, here's a piece of information.

Palawan is located in Southern part of the Philippines. It is situated between the Sulu and South China Sea. This long and narrow island is further comprised by several group of islands namely, Calamianes, Busuanga, Culion, Balabac, and the famous, Coron that housed us for four days. Palawan is best known for its pristine beaches, white sand and its unexplored mountain ranges. Unlike Boracay and other famous beach spots in the Philippines, there are only a few hotels, accommodation facilities and infrastructures in Palawan. Some areas even don't have a constant and reliable supply of electricity. So if you are expecting some night life and booze, I guess you went to the wrong place ;) Palawan is still crossing the borders of tourism development and preservation. But seriously, I hope Palawan wouldn't turn as another Boracay. Except for the rough roads, I can settle with the limited infrastructures and technology of the place.

A short plane ride will take you to Palawan. We were booked via Philippine Airlines (PAL), my first time! I'm loyal to Cebu Pacific for all my economy flights. However, when I stepped in PAL's plane I felt the obvious difference. PAL is just way better in so many aspects.


Would I consider shedding out additional money to experience PAL on my next flight? I'll think about it ;)

PAL landed us safely to Busuanga, where Palawan's tiny airport was located. We traveled by land for about an hour (exhausting) and was later transferred to this


I lost count on how many times I rode this motorboat while in Palawan. We spent another hour in the middle of the sea. We were transported to our home over the last four days.


 We were literally housed in the middle of the sea!

We lived in Kubo sa Dagat (Nipa Hut in the Sea) for four days. Though to be honest, I have initial reluctance of staying here. But to my surprise, I survived!

Here are more pictures from Kubo sa Dagat


Off we dock!


I immediately explored the entire place


I believe 90% of the entire place was made from the sturdiest local wood. 




Most of the rooms are adjoined by a wooden bridge. 


Another great room that is picture perfectly adjoined from the reception area.
This was taken in the middle of the afternoon. 

This spot looks perfect even during the early morning when it's low tide.




I wake up with this view everyday.

We slept in this bed


 Since the curtains are always blown away by the strong wind, the owners stitched some sea shells to keep the curtains in place.

I spent  most of the my time here.


 Wish I could take this home


Another interesting piece, a rocking chair made of thick and heavy wood.


This is life!

I will never forget Kubo sa Dagat. It's so far the most unique vacation house I've been. How could you forget sleeping in a house in the middle of the sea? As you sleep, you can hear the gentle flow of the water beneath each wooden tile. Summer air may not be that conducive, but the entire view of the sea and the mountain ranges compensates.

In our short stay at the Kubo, we have housemates who are foreigners. Despite having an all Filipino vibe, I discovered that Kubo sa Dagat have gained significant number of clients from European countries, mostly French and Spanish. Aside from the serene and unique experience, Kubo sa Dagat offers meals that complement the taste and preferences of Westerners. Upon asking some colleagues who arranged our trip, an overnight stay in the Kubo amounts to Php 3,000 (around $75) a night. It may look expensive but the entire package includes the room, complete meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and airport transfers. Kubo sa Dagat also offers other activities such as island hopping, snorkeling and kayaking. In our case, we were fortunate to receive discounted rates and free consumption of all amenities.

In case any of you will become interested in trying Kubo sa Dagat, here are some tips that can hopefully make your best experience.

Bring additional supply of food for snacks. Pack some chips and biscuits for your gastronomic survival. As you can see, the place is in the middle of the sea and snacks are not included in their package.

Avail of the island hopping adventure that comes in a little hefty price of Php 1,500 (around $37.5). Be sure that you are equipped with all your toiletries, though the house provides few sachets of shampoo and soap. They also provide bath towels that can be changed on a daily basis. You just have to personally approach their staff.

Aside from your sunscreen protection, also bring mosquito repellant lotion. I had my own share of minor insect bites during my last night.

Lastly, be sure that all your gadgets are fully charged before you move in the Kubo. They have solar powered electricity but the staff tend to regulate the consumption. There's only one outlet to charge all electronic devices.

This is just Day 1 of my Palawan adventure. As much as I want to continue writing, I need to get some sleep and recover from some unexpected allergies. Watch out for my succeeding Palawan posts :) 

14 comments :

  1. i went to palawan last january... paradise!!

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    1. Indeed! Did you blog about your experience?

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  2. Ooh that resort looks great! I've been to Palawan, but on Puerto Princesa so we stayed in a hotel in the city. Would love to go to Coron one day! :)

    Hope you're having an awesome time! Can't wait for the rest of your travel posts. :)

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    1. Consider it in your list Leah :) Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. I just found your blog and love your writing! I love to travel but I am home bound for a time, so love to see and hear of your adventures.

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    1. Hi Sue! Thanks :) Do you have a blog too? I checked your profile and was lead to an empty page. I'm interested in your own travel adventures too

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  4. I feel I am ready to put Palawan down as my next relaxing holiday.

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  5. What an adventure and such a beautiful and relaxing place. Love that rocking chair, the sweet curtains with the shells, and of course your beautiful view.

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  6. What a fabulous place to visit. I would be right where I love to be in that beautiful room! I'm so glad you got to travel there and share photos with us. I mentioned you on my blog this morning! Sweet hugs my friend and namemate!

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  7. refreshing! :D looks great. sana makapunta din kami ASAP.

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  8. Diane, that IS the most unique vacation house I've seen. Ang ganda naman! :)

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  9. I want to vacation there! How wonderful, and what lovely photos! :D

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  10. It may look isolated but I would love to stay there because you would have a perfect R&R. ;) How do we book?;)

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