Palaui The Paradise Island of the North
Palaui is considered as the largest Island in the Country with 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) at its longest and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) at its widest and moderately high. Little is known about the Island, which is located at the northeastern proximity of Luzon. However, for travelers, there is a lot more to discover.
The place has an amazing landscape, caves and the breathtaking sight of the blue sea. Palaui was declared as a National Marine Reserve in 1994 making it a haven for different species of plants and birds. There are no resorts or hotels on the island and camping or home stay are the only options.
If you truly want to escape far away from the city and experience raw beauty of nature, Palaui Island is definitely a must-visit.
How to Go There:
- The easiest route would be booking a ticket via Cebu pacific Airline. Flight from Manila to Sta Ana Cagayan would only take around an hour. You may also opt to enjoy a bus ride via Victory Liner or Florida bus from Manila to Tuguegarao or Sta Ana Cagayan. This on the other hand will take around 12-14 hours.
- From Tuguegarao take a bus or Van and ask to Sta Ana Cagayan (3 hours)
- From Sta Ana you can take a tricycle and ask them to bring you to San Vicente Port. Travel Time is 12-20 minutes.
- From San Vicente port, Palaui Island would only take around 20 minute via boatride. You may ask the tourist office in the area how to go around the Island.
There are no Hotels or inns the island, so tourist can camp at Punta Verde Palaui Island. You may contact Nature Village; they have overnight tent accommodations for only P250/head. They will provide the tent that comes with mattresses and pillows. You may also bring your own tent and camp there, but charge is the same. They also have cottages for P1000/night. As an alternative, you may also contact Ate Elsa, she has rooms for only P250/head just outside Nature Village – Source: thelostkids.ph
Here are the different places included in the tour. The boats in the are have their on fixed rate and boat rates:
Long Distance (8 passengers allowed)
- Cape Engano – P1800
- Anguib Beach – P1500
- Siwangag Cove – P1500
- Puzurubo – P1800
Short Distance (8 passengers allowed)
- Crocodile Island – P500
- Punta Verde – P1000
- Pugo Moro – P500
Here are some of the best shots taken by the travelers touring around Palaui Island:
Source: thepinaysolobackpacker.com, wikipedia.org, thelostkids.ph