When Filipinos, people who live in a country of 7,107 islands and countless beaches, consider a place to be the epitome of tropical paradise, you know it must be something special. Palawan is exotic, even for Filipinos. Its geography and richness of flora and fauna are exceptional in a country that already has its fair share of amazing natural beauty. Nowhere else in the country can you float down a river flowing through an eight kilometer tunnel of karst or kayak amidst towering islands of sheer limestone walls that rise directly out of the sea. And yes, Palawan's beaches will make you wonder why you ever bothered with anything less perfect.
- Take a boat deep into the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
- Hike from the mountains to the sea through breathtaking limestone karst landscapes and forest ecosystems
- Kayak and skin dive amidst El Nido's limestone formations
- Explore El Nido's many islands, each with its own distinct features.
Day 1: Sabang.
The group assembles at the Puerto Princesa airport and travels together to Sabang. We take a paddle boat through a mangrove to learn about this rich ecosystem. After having our fill of seeing monkeys, tree snakes and various birds, we walk to a secluded beach where we enjoy our first Palawan sunset.
Day 2: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
We hike through a beautiful jungle trail that passes through karst formations and caves to arrive at the mouth of the famous Underground River. We take a boat deep into the river's tunnel, marveling at the unique environment and its many interesting formations. In the afternoon we walk to an ocean-side waterfall and, if we're lucky, watch sea turtles surfing waves.
Day 3: El Nido.
We spend the morning traveling to El Nido. This gives us plenty of time to appreciate the scenery of inland Palawan. At El Nido we take a hike up one of its rock mountains and get a spectacular view of Bacuit Bay and its islands.
Day 4: Kayaking El Nido (*).
After taking some time in the morning to learn how to handle a sea kayak, we spend the whole day paddling amidst rock cliffs and sandy beaches. Every now and then we go ashore to better appreciate island features and to do some skin diving.
Day 5: The best of the El Nido Islands (*).
We load our skin diving gear onto an outrigger boat and set off to experience the wonders of the various Bacuit Bay islands. After a day of spectacular beaches, rock formations and lagoons, we reluctantly go back to El Nido town for our last night in paradise.
Day 6: Travel back to Puerto Princesa.
Sadly, our adventure is at an end and we bid farewell to El Nido to drive back to the Puerto Princesa. Though our Uncharted Adventure ends when we arrive at the Puerto Princesa airport in the early afternoon, those who wish may spend some time seeing the city's attractions.
- (*) Day 4 or 5 backup: The Secrets of Mainland Palawan.
- In case the weather does not cooperate and we are unable to go out to sea on Day 4 or Day 5, we have an excellent backup plan: we hike to discover the little-known gems of the mainland such as rainforests, caves and hot springs.
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