February 19, 2018

Exploring Camiguin and Palawan

Kayangan Lake, Coron


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Exploring Camiguin and Palawan
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A few weeks ago, Mike and I were in the Philippines to visit other places we haven't been to during our previous visits there. This included flying to the island of Camiguin, a famous volcanic island in Mindanao; the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Sabang; El Nido where several seasons of Robinson (Swedish Survivor was filmed) and lastly Coron with its various rock formations and shipwrecks from World War II.

Camiguin

A few travel magazines in Sweden have featured Camiguin as one of their favorites so Mike thought it would be nice to include it in our itinerary. Camiguin is a very small island so the most natural thing to do is to make a tour of the island. We rented a jeepney, started in the morning and finished in the afternoon, with a lunch break in the only seafood restaurant on the island πŸ˜‰ Unfortunately, we were not able to visit other small islands like Mantigue Island and White Island as I hadn't fully recovered yet from my flu. Camiguin is also famous for it's Lanzones Festival but unfortunately, it was not the right time during our visit. Below are some of the pictures from our tour of Camiguin.

Sunken Cemetery

Old Church Ruins, Bonbon Catarman

Bura Soda Water Park

Tuasan Falls

Giant Clams Ocean Nursery

Ardent Hot Spring

Mount Hibok Hibok

Taguines Lagoon

Walkway to Old Volcano

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

I've been a great fan of the Puerto Princesa Underground River since it was voted as the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2012 so it was self-fulfilling to have finally visited this site. We booked our tour from an online travel agency and was picked up at the hotel in the morning. It took awhile before we reached the Sabang Boat Terminal as we had to pick up other guests from their hotel and made some stops along the way.

Local jeepneys in Sabang

Upon arrival at the Sabang Boat Terminal, we (the four of us) waited for less than an hour although we didn't get bored as there were a lot to see πŸ˜‰ The rest of the group went either zip lining or did the Mangrove Boat tour.

Spiderman πŸ˜‰

Sabang Beach

Then we had lunch in one of the beach restaurants nearby after which it was time to take the "short" πŸ˜‰ boat ride to the Underground River.

Finally we are here 😍

To get to the Underground River, guests would have to take smaller boats, with maximum capacity of ten persons per boat. Life jackets and audio guides are provided as well as helmets so you don't have to worry "getting some unwanted blessings from above" πŸ˜‰

A rock formation inside the cave

Inside the cave

El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is famous for its limestone cliffs ... and they're everywhere πŸ˜‰

In 2017, El Nido ranked number four on CondΓ© Nast Traveler's "The 20 Best Beaches in the World". Being home to numerous white sand beaches, blue waters and limestone rocks, it is not difficult to understand why. As we only had one full day in El Nido, we chose to do the Island Hopping Tour A, although it is highly recommended to do all the tours if you have the time. Below are some of the pictures from our stay in El Nido.

Lots of boats are waiting for their guests in the morning.

Boats, El Nido

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

El Nido town proper

Restaurants by the beach

Coron, Palawan

Coron, Palawan

After enjoying our two nights stay in El Nido, it was time to leave and visit the other equally beautiful paradise in Northern Palawan, Coron. Getting to Coron from El Nido would require you to take the 6am fast ferry (boats departing later are slow and take about 8 hours) and after just two and a half hours, you will reach the Port of Coron.

The ferry ride is a journey itself as there are lots of rock formations to see.

Coron Port

Since we only had a full day here (just like in El Nido) we also did just one of the several island hopping tours available. I personally prefer the tour we did here than in El Nido since I was able to see a lot beautiful fishes especially during our snorkeling to one of the shipwreck sites. Below are some of the pictures from our visit to Coron.

Coron Island Hopping Tour

Coron Island Hopping Tour

Coron Island Hopping Tour

Coron Island Hopping Tour

Coron Island Hopping Tour

Kayangan Lake, Coron πŸ˜

Coron Island Hopping Tour

Sunset in Coron πŸ˜‰