The thing about going home after several months of working away is that you can finally slouch on a couch, stretch your arms wide open and distress all the toxic vibes that can potentially manipulate your spirit to dive in a pool of negativity.
Fortunately, my sister and her husband came home for vacation this June so we all got to bond together during my leave.
I really like it when everyone is present at home. It feels so comfortable. Even if everyone is really noisy and it’s crowded, and most of the time we’re fighting, it feels so normal, like one weird way of showing how we missed each other.
A little information about Palaui: It is actually a group of islet strategically located between Pacific Ocean and South China Sea. It’s verdant interior is filled with coconut trees, mangroves and rattan which makes it look like a jungle when seen at a distance. The beach is predominantly composed of fine and cream colored sand with clear to blue-green water. Furthermore, it became prominent in 1994 when it was declared as a National Marine Reserve, and in 2013, it was further popularized by the American reality TV show: Survivor.
We started our trip at around 4 am in the morning (via private transport) and it took us around 6-8 hours to reach our destination. Note that this is depending on the speed and stop overs. Same time applies for those who wants to commute from Ilocos. As per research however, it takes about 12 hours of travel time if you’re coming from Manila.
According to some friends, there are several home-stays around the area but when we reached the place, we only found one resort that was located at Anguib Beach.
Ps. Don’t even try to ask me why it was called: Anguib Beach Resort. lol.
People said that the highlights of going to Palaui are as follows; Snorkeling, Island hopping, Trek to the falls, Sightseeing and Swimming.
As for the boat lease to reach the islands, there are several packages to choose from and rates vary depending on the destination.
Note: all prices are standardized here.
As for us, since we were already at Anguib beach, we took the 3-island tour package comprising of; Cape Engaño, Crocodile Island and Punta Verde. This was worth Php. 3,500. You may also visit pinaysolobackpacker to know more about the updated rentals.
I would highly recommend that you visit Anguib Beach Resort and Cape Engaño. As for the rest, I think it was overrated and nothing was really interesting there.
Ps. This is just my personal opinion.. you may still venture for yourself because to see is to believe, right?
Anguib Beach is blessed with tranquility. It has a long expanse of white sand bar which is visible during low tide (8AM-3PM) and becomes deep enough for swimming during high tide (3PM-8AM). It is also favored with calm water so it doesn’t really scare you to swim far.
Ps. I also love that they have nets for volleyball here because I really enjoyed playing. Haha, hoping we’ll be ‘pro’ next time.
There are four distinct lighthouses in Northern Luzon and one of which is Cape Engaño. Like the rest, it is mainly made of solar technology so it automatically operates on its own.
It’s an easy trail going up to the lighthouse so you don’t have to worry. Our guide said that it takes about 229 steps to reach the place. Nevertheless, it’s all worth it because the hill offers a majestic view of the whole Palaui Island.
Note that you are required to hire a tour guide in this place. Rate: Php. 300/ 4 pax, additional 100 for every other more.
Overall, the resort and other amenities may be a bit pricey but it doesn’t much disappoint. The thing is, we were able to unwind over this quick weekend getaway and I was able to taste salt in my hair again!!! Haha. I don’t know but this will always bring me excitement and thrill. It will always feel like home- love. love. everyone.