Anguib cove is no longer part of Palaui Island, however this cove is included on the list of "Must" visit place when in Sta. Ana. From Crocodile Island, one has to wait for high tide in order for the boat to pass through shallow part of the open sea where corals are visible.
It was already 3:00pm and still the tide was not that high. Our boatman, decided to proceed however using a different route, we went far ahead (moving away from Sta. Ana coastline) to ensure the boat's propeller won't touch the corals below. The waves were a bit strong at that time, a bumpy ride I could say.
Reaching Crocodile Island from Cape Engano, our boat need to circumnavigate which took us an hour or two, (I believe ) to reach the place.
The island looks like a crocodile's mouth from a far. As our boat came closer, the smell of salt water and "malansang amoy" welcomed us. The entire island is barren and the shoreline was composed of crashed corals while the back portion (facing the ocean) has fine brownish sand.
Like a Stone Cladding Surface
The Crocodile - shaped rock has a wall like stone cladding surface and so brittle. One can climb up to this rock where you can rest at the top flat ground.
This island is not ideal for camping by the way because the shoreline on both sides disappears during high tide and the flat ground at the top of the rock cannot hold any peg for your tent and since it's situated facing the ocean, strong wind is mostly experienced.
We rested and took our late lunch in the island while waiting for High Tide for us to cross going to Anguib Cove.
Woke up early the next day, prepared our packed lunch. The sky was so clear by the time we started the trek, paid a visit at the Navy's Office for registration (showed the Day Pass, no fees collected) then went to another house for another registration (For Hired Guide Purpose, no fees collected)
We crossed a short bridge before reaching the fork (Leonardo and Lagunzad trail). Leonardo's Trail was considered a difficult trail among the 3 trails going to Cape Engano and for us to reach Baratubot Falls we need to trek on this trail.
The first time I heard about Palaui Island was when it was featured by CNNGo. Ranked 3rd among The Philippines' best beaches and island.
According to CNN "This isolated island is a natural secret -- only the brave and persevering bother to visit. Glorious white sands surrounded by volcanic rocks on one side kiss blue-green waters on the other. Palaui is all about raw beauty. But it takes some work to get there."
I got fascinated though curious to what this island offers to its visitor. Luckily, me and my friends were able to purchased a discounted fare from Cebu Pacific and saved ourselves from a 13 to 14 hours of Land travel.
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