I was lucky enough to book flights for free using my Cebu Pacific GetGo points. One of those flights was bound for Puerto Princesa, Palawan, my target — to explore the southern-most part of the province, Balabac Island.
Wikipedia has such a short description of this town. It simply says, “Balabac Island is the southern-most island of the Palawan province in the Philippines, only about 50 kilometres (31 mi) north from Sabah, Malaysia, across the Balabac Strait. Administratively, the island forms the main part of Balabac Municipality and is divided into 14 barangays. Balabac Island is home to various endemic species. It is the home of birds like the grey imperial pigeon (Ducula pickeringii), Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), blue-headed racket-tail (Prioniturus platenae), and the Palawan hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei). The Philippine mouse-deer, a subspecies of the greater mouse-deer (Tragulus napu) can only be found in this island. The Molbogs, a Muslim ethnolinguistic group, is concentrated in this island. Their livelihood includes farming, fishing and barter trading with the nearby Mapun and Sabah market centres.” It listed the 14 barangays and that’s it! That’s what the whole page contains . Yeah, I just literally copied and pasted the page 😀
Well, that’s probably long enough. For me, I only have few words for this place, “Astonishing!” “Stunning!” “Surreal!” “Refreshing!” “Paradise!”
Photos below are taken in Onuk Island, a privately owned island in Balabac. One has to get a permit from the owner, who happens to be the town’s mayor, in order to visit the island. Even tour packages do not guarantee that you can enter the place.
I hope your eyes will have a feast on the following photos, cause I had ! 🙂 Apologies if some photos might look almost identical, I just can’t stop myself from pressing the shutter in every move I made 😀
Moooooore stilts shot!
One would probably have a good ZZzzzzZZZZzzz in that hammock.
Main reason why I didn’t feel afraid while sailing without lifevest (and the fact that I don’t swim cause I CAN’T) is this clear, shallow-looking water!
I have every intention of going back in Balabac! There are still lots of islands to explore. And perhaps, I can ride a boat bound for Sabah! haha! just kidding! 😀