Friday, April 26, 2013

Cowrie Island (Honda Bay), Palawan - Philippines

For our first stop during the Honda Bay tour we went to Cowrie Island to rest, swim and take our lunch. The tour guide from Wild Rock Tours was kind enough to cook our lunch so we can go swim and catch starfish and a few clown fish. We might even find nemo here :).

Cowrie island is relaxing its as if you'd never want to leave the island. I love their Buko halo - halo and Banana Mango Shake. For those who can't swim the sea is calmer in this area and there is a net line to guide you.But I still urge you to put on your vest and go to the deeper part to see the magnificent coral reef formation and school fishes swimming under your legs, really tickling.

The island has white to light brown sand, there's not much rocks on the shore so you can walk around. but wear your aqua shoes when you swim because of sea urchins that may be under the sands. A few snap shots again for better visualization.

Outrigger canoe at the pier

Paparazzi shot from Seychelle

Puerto Prinsesa Subterranean River National Park - Palawan

Visiting Palawan wouldn't be complete without a visit to Puerto Prinsesa Subterranean River National Park previously known as St.Paul's Subterranean National Park. As of 2012 it belonged to the New Seven Wonders of the World ( therefore, I'm down to 6 more that I need to visit @_@).

You have to book early if you want to visit the cave since they only allow around 1500 person per day, to of course preserve the location. It's truly an enjoyable 1 hour tour, you get to see a lot of formation when your inside. A reminder to all who wants to visit the underground river "Do not open your mouth if you're looking towards the ceiling of the cave". There are a lot of bats inside the cave, they may drop a bomb that could land inside your open mouth.

Here's a sneak peak on how beautiful the place is, sorry for some blurry shot.

On our way to the underground river, the sea's a bit of fighter!

Saw the other boat where Elly's mom and dad were in.

Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan - Philippines

I guess this would be one of the best places to visit here in the Philippines. Palawan, unlike Boracay is less crowded, there's not a lot of people who stops you when you're walking to offer you stuff. You could walk around tourist spot quietly and enjoy the scenery. But a friendly reminder from the Palawe├▒os, "To Take Only Pictures and Leave Only Footprints". 

Together with my balikbayan Aussie bestfriend and her family we explored Palawan for 3 days and left with a heart full of joy, a memory of the beautiful place and tons of photos. So here are few snapshots, sorry if there are goofy shots hehe we can't help but kid around.

aerial view of palawan
Aerial view of Palawan

Puerto Prinsesa Airport

Because I love CRABSSSS!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay Island, Philippines
Boracay Island, Philippines

Finally, visited one of the most famous beach in the world the "Island of Boracay". It was when my best friend (elly) who is now living in Australia went for a vacation here in the Philippines. We bonded, talked a lot, catch-up on the last 4 years that we haven't seen each other and explored Boracay. So here are some sample photos that reflects how much fun we had and the beauty of the white sand beach that Boracay is famous for.

Photos : All Rights Reserved to Tigran Corpuz

During our island hopping trip we stopped at Puka Beach. Where it is famous for Puka Shells.
It's a beautiful island, but please do not buy buko juice here its a bit expensive (it costs about 100PHP or USD $2.40).

outrigger canoe
Outrigger Canoe