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.
Open hut @ Nature Village
From Tuguegarao City, a 3hours Van Ride to San Vicente Port however we had to make a stop at the Market to buy supplies then rented a tricycle (they call it TRI-C ) for about 10 min travel to San Vicente Port.
By the time we reached the port, rain was then pouring. We had a quick snack, totally forgot the name, it was a minced cabbage mixed with egg and was wrapped in a flour then deep fried. Munching while waiting for the rain to stop while our bangkero settled our Day Pass at the Port's Office.
The itinerary I designed for this trip was that for Day 1 we will sail to Crocodile Island then off to Punta Verde for the night and for Day 2, we'll hike to the hidden falls then Light House, Snorkeling at Cape Engano then beach bum at Anguib Cove.
Due to a non stop rain and waves crushing near Crocodile Island, both parties agreed to visit Crocodile Island on Day 2 instead for safety reason.
It was about 4:00pm when we reached Nature Village, our shelter for the night. Camping was our first option when we planned this trip however the charge for camping is the same if we use the Village's Room, we opted to rent instead.
Note: I believe visitors can pitch their tent near the Phil. Navy Office. I saw a wide space good for camping, just ask the locals for permission
Fees @ Bayanihan Hall
The Bayanihan Hall of The Nature Village has a room (1 room only) with 3 beds (complete bedding), a Kitchen, 2 separate restrooms for male and female, 2 separate shower rooms for male and female, a wide lawn perfect for pitching tent and hammock. Equipments for snorkeling were also available for rent.
The entire village do not have electricity however the Hall is run by Solar Power and since it rained the entire day, we had limited supply of electricity.
What Palaui can offer to its visitors
Typical lifestyle can be seen within the village. Fishing is the primary source of living. I haven't heard any music during our entire stay in the area and in the morning, you'll hear children's laughter while playing outside, one thing I missed when I was in the province. The beach along the coastline is not good for swimming due to the sea bed is not perfect for it.
Reading the Palaui Map posted at the Hall, Palaui truly indeed offers a lot... I mean a lot to its visitors. If you seek thrill in the jungle of the island. 2 Hidden falls were recorded with wild animals like monkeys and migratory birds. If you are into underwater treasure, Palaui will never fail you. Diving sites were named where vast corals, fishes and underwater creatures can be seen.
True indeed, Palaui is all about raw beauty.
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