Coron, Palawan: My realizations from traveling solo for the first time

Solo travel to Coron, Palawan

As I’m writing the first draft of this article, I am drinking coffee from a veranda waiting for the sunrise in this paradise. Yes, no other word aptly describes this place – its clear lakes, green lagoons and tall borders of limestone karsts, seas thriving with corals and colorful fishes and shipwrecks open for exploration. I […]

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El Nido Travel Guide: Backpacking in a P7000 budget

Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan | budget-friendly El Nido travel guide

So here’s a budget-friendly El Nido travel guide, i.e., how to travel to El Nido, Palawan, with about P7000 for 5 days. Contrary to popular belief, vacationing to El Nido can be as cheap as in any other provinces in the Philippines. I’m not really sure why there’s a public perception that you need P10,000-P12,000 per person or even […]

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To one of the world’s best islands: El Nido, Palawan

Snorkeling in El Nido

Last June, we went on a vacation to El Nido, Palawan. El Nido is one of the most famous attractions in the Philippines. Does it live up to expectation? We’d already booked the tickets to Puerto Princesa a year before, so you can say that it was a year in the making. It also coincided with my birthday, so […]

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Balabac, Palawan: A memorable summer

Punta Sebaring in Bugsuk Island, Balabac, Palawan

Balabac, Palawan, gave us a novel summer experience. I’m not just saying that to stir up hype or exaggerate. It’s different from the usual summer escapades, for many reasons. You’d be surprised to know that the amazing beaches we discovered are only one of these reasons. This is despite the many stories and controversies surrounding Balabac, […]

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A Guide to Island Hopping in Balabac, Palawan

Balabac island hopping - Candaraman Island

Balabac has so much to offer in terms of island hopping experience. There is a total of 31 islands in Balabac, Palawan. Many of these are home to communities that constitute the 20 barangays in this municipality, and many still that offer pristine beaches for those seeking off-the-beaten summer destinations. Hali shot too many beautiful […]

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Balabac, Palawan: Travel guide to the Last Paradise (Updated 2019)

Balabac Palawan travel guide feature

Yes, a Balabac Palawan itinerary and travel guide! Last 2015, Hali and I were exchanging stories with a 60-year-old fellow traveler, who then told us we should visit Balabac. For the uninitiated, Balabac group of islands is a relatively unknown summer haven for backpackers seeking unspoilt beaches and preserved local culture. It is located at the southernmost tip of Palawan in the […]

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