Palaui Island is only a few hundred meters off the northeastern tip of Luzon. Though it is theoretically swimming distance from the mainland, the island's features are so distinct from anything in Luzon that it might as well be in the middle of the Pacific. In fact, Palaui's volcanic rock — very different from Luzon's limestone — leads many to believe that the island sprung out of the ocean and was never a part of the mainland. This uniqueness and remote atmosphere make Palaui a photographer's dream destination.
The island is a sanctuary for 90 species of migratory birds and its waters are a protected marine reserve, giving plenty of opportunities to shoot wildlife (with cameras of course). It has an abandoned lighthouse perched on a cliff that is an intriguing subject in itself and also serves as a perfect vantage point for spectacular shots of the sea and coast. And photographers and non-photographers alike will be awed by Palaui's ruggedly breathtaking landscape.
This tour will take you through Palaui Island's most scenic areas and biologically rich sites. The pace will be relaxed, giving you time to compose your award-winning shots. Your trip leader will be an experienced photographer and will be happy to give you suggestions should you want them.
Activities and trip highlights:
- Photograph spectacular island sceneries
- Explore coves, cliffs, mangrove forests, coral reefs, and other amazing island features.
Day 1: Arrival at St. Ana
We meet at the Tuguegarao airport and from there take a 3 hour drive to Sta. Ana where we check into our quaint beach resort. After lunch we take a short ride to the pier where we get our first glimpse of Palaui. An outrigger boat takes us through a thick mangrove teeming with birds and fish. The beach is lined by rock formations and a coastal forest. At dusk we sail back to the mainland and return to our resort.
Day 2: Photographing Palaui
Just off the shore of Palaui is a marine reserve. The coral reef is shallow and great underwater shots can be taken without SCUBA equipment. After snorkeling, we proceed ashore to begin our hiking exploration. We visit a mangrove with brightly colored crabs and tropical fish and hike through a rainforest of exotic plants. We walk along a rocky shore where low tide creates small pools with temporarily trapped fish. At the heart of the hilly island is an unexpected sight: a patch of flatland planted with rice. Beyond this is a windswept meadow with a view of the open ocean. We then arrive at a cove, at one end of which sits an old lighthouse atop a cliff. As we sail back to the mainland, just when we think we can give our eyes and cameras a break, we pass by stunning rock walls that jut out from the sea to form Palaui's impressive eastern coastline. The night is spent back at our resort.
Day 3: Homeward bound
We spend a relaxed morning appreciating the beach and our final view of Palaui before driving to Tuguegarao City to catch our flight back to Manila.
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