Sipping coconut water by the beach. Gorging on fresh seafood. Drifting lazily down a mangrove forest river in a canoe with a singing guide. This is the life! Thanks to Cadbury Chocolate Philippines for treating us to this unforgettable trip. :)
What to do in Puerto Princesa, Palawan:
- Eat at Kalui restaurant. Best fresh tropical food of your life at an unbelievably low price.
- Skip the city tour. It’s a garden zoo and bakery thing which is okay but really nothing compared to the nature tours.
- Skip the underground river cave. It’s actually really beautiful outside the cave; see the first photo in this post. The cave itself is overrated. Unless you’ve never been inside a cave before, in which case, head to Sagada or Samar instead.
- The Sabang mangrove river tour is an absolute must-see. It’s underrated, gorgeous, and otherworldly. But slather on the mosquito repellent or wear pants and long sleeves. You may spot a small jeweltone-striped snake on an overhanging branch if you’re lucky. Score some fresh tamilok if you’re not squeamish— it’s delicious, like squid sashimi, except super soft. It’s not really a worm, it’s actually a kind of mollusk that lives inside dead mangrove trees.
Palawan, February 2013.