There’s something about the island life that holds a big chunk of my heart. There’s no-fuss; it’s simple, carefree, idyllic, and if you find that perfect place to settle you’d be able to call home, well, paradise. Palawan Island in The Philippines is one of those places where I found it; unspoilt natural beauty and paradise on earth. The capital, Puerto Princesa, holds one of the new 7 wonders of nature in the world; The Underground River, and El Nido, oh boy when you discover El Nido you’ll forget that you’re human…
Play me first.
Flying high > Manila to Puerto Princesa
Packed lunch and had it here by the water, no one else but us.
A tricycle ride up the island. The driver noticed me oo’ing and ahh’ing, I didn’t ask but he stopped so that I could take a photo while looking down from above. Glad he did that.
A lookout to sea.
The drive from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. It’s around 5-6 hours but worth every minute.
Always look up.
Those smiles… J. Alfred and Ejay.
The view from my cottage to his, watching the sunset and local fishermen set out as the high tide rolls in.
Hammocks scattered throughout our resort. Perfect days were spent here, reading a book and afternoon siestas.
Stopping by and finding a secluded beach.
Greenery as you head into The Underground River.
The serene infinity pool facing the China Sea and Cadlao Island, at Cadlao Resort.
Our first day in El Nido. We hired a scooter, set out on the open road and drove around exploring the many different corners. A couple of bumps and bruises but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
He ran up and down the dirt road barefoot with nothing but an old tire, rolling it with a stick. He was shy at first; looking at me from afar. I spoke to him with my unsteady tagalog and he smiled an awkward smile telling me his name was Merculio and he was nearly turning four. He waved at my camera for my video diary and when I showed it to him he smiled his real smile; warm and full of life.
After a couple of hours at the beach we scooted back to our temporary home, passing by kids in uniform that had just finished school. One little boy ran beside our bike, I was a little nervous he was trying to hop on not knowing who it was. When I looked to my left beside me he quickly kissed the palm of his hand and slapped it on my leg then stopped running. I looked back and it was Merculio… The cutest thing I’ll always remember.
Soft and supple sand.
Arriving at a place to spend the afternoon, Nacpan Beach. We ate a seafood lunch and soaked up in the sun.
Underwater dreams. Coral deep in the ocean while snorkelling in-between island hopping.
Swimming in this deep blue sea. Bliss.
Postcards and polaroids from Palawan.
There are so many more memories to share and of course to keep.
I hope you find your atlas hands and create some of your own… Safe and happy travels!
Please share and let the world know about the beauty you can find here in The Philippines xx
All Photos: Aubrey Daquinag and Paul Serra for The Love Assembly