El Nido to Coron in 5 days by water
27.02.2017 - 27.02.2017 28 °C
5 days aboard the Palanwenya. An incredible journey with 23 like minded souls.
One of the best organized trips I've ever been part of. We start out on the Palanweya, our transport for the next 5 days. There are 23 of us from 10 countries plus 8 local Filipino crew members. The first day we navigate the Islands around El Nido. We are excited since we gave up travel to these Islands to spend time in Port Barton. We circle Cadlao Island and stop for lunch at a beautiful beach on Helicopter Island. Lunch is out of this world and we soon realize the food will be a gastronomic delight. Red rice (nicknamed Philippine power), fresh tuna steaks, freshly caught squid, pumpkin beans and other greens in fresh coconut curry, mango jicama and local greens salad. We stop a couple of times to do some snorkelling but it is not up to Port Barton standards. We spend the evening at a remote site on Miniloc Island. The Palawenya moors in deep water offshore and we have the choice of swimming to shore or getting transported by kayak through a narrow opening into a little lagoon with sandy beach. I decide to swim and am rewarded with a choice of accommodation. I choose a little thatch hut on the beach. Soon we are all set up. We have a mattress and pillow brought in from the hold of the boat, and our own sack containing bedsheets, pillow case, and mosquito net. There is no power, no running water. Shower is a barrel and ladle we pour over ourselves. Soon night falls, we are served rum and fruit juice cocktails and another gourmet dinner. There is lively conversation as the 23 of us get to know each other. Four couples from France, Holland, Austria and Don and Kathy from Canada. Five single females - 2 from Brazil, one from Italy now working in Dubai, one from England living in Australia and one from London. 10 males 3 brothers from Ireland one working in Manila and his two brothers on a 2 week break from college, two brothers of Philippine/ Mexican background living in the US, an Australian, a German, one from Finland, one from Manchester, and myself. It is like a little United Nations. Most are well travelled and we share experiences we have had in different parts of the world. All are young adventurers. Our trip leader is a fun loving likeable local named Oli.