The island group Palawan in the south-west is the so-called gateway to heaven. Starting in the north in Coron, we were heading our way south over El Nido to Puerto Princesa, crossing postcard islands with stunning nature and untouched tradition. The Philippinos are aimed to be the happiest nation, living a simple and origin life.
One day after we arrived in Coron, a small island in northern Palawan, we made a 2-day-trip across the island to Ocam-Ocam. During our motorbike-trip, that lasts about 2 hours, we passed tarred and sandy streets through hamlets and quaint villages. The wonderful view is worth the trip by itself.
Duly arrived, we reached a palm-lined village with a beach behind it. Philippino wilderness and a crystal clear sea. We asked a local for an overnight stay and thereupon, they hosted us for two nights in one of their outdoor lofts and served us homemade dishes 'Philippino Style'. Ocam-Ocam was one of the most beautiful places in our journey.
Coron to El Nido by boat
In order to see the beauty of the surrounding islands, TAO Expeditions had the most interesting tour, which is absololutely recommendable. They work sustainable with the local community and the suffering nature.
On boat, we spent our days
by snorkeling, island hopping and excursions to white beaches. Our meals were prepared freshly by the philippine cook on the boat, the ingredients bought from locals at the daily island excursions. Every evening we aimed for another lonely island to spend the night
in small bambus huts directly on the beach.
The TAO-boattrip is especially for sailors an absolute highlight.
Trip-Tip: Book in advance and don´t forget pills against sea sickness.
It requires a journey to reach the island Siquijor, but its absolutely worth it. Arriving at the harbour, it is advantageous to explore the island by motorbike. The wide roads lead you through small villages and the untouched nature. Our home were the 'Sea View Bungalows', which offer a fair price and an unbelievable
sunset. Enjoy the best breakfast on the island in the 'Baha Bar' or just stop by at one of the street shacks and get some tasty fruits. The three waterfalls and the church San Isidro are nice for a short stopover. An absolute insider tip is the Bacong Beach, with beautiful stones and white sand. There you finally got to heaven.