Scouting for a spot is as challenging as looking for the most affordable fare and accommodation albeit not forfeiting comfort, safety and fun. After all, finding value for your money is identical to looking for a needle in a haystack with our current economic order.
The invitation of my housemate to visit the southern side of Palawan (he comes from Narra, Palawan) fashioned a distinct excitement. While the mainstream is preoccupied with checking the north, the southern side puts up with a smaller amount of tourists downpour. With less tourism programs on hand, we decided to urge our way down south.
|A group picture after a short visit at the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm|
Unlike our previous trips, my companions brought some school supplies for the Tagbanua tribe. The Municipality of Aborlan granted the Tagbanua tribe their ancestral domain making them a conserved community. I was dreaming for topless Tagbanua women and loin clothed men, but I met cool Tagbanuas with cellular phones, instead. We left the school supplies to the chieftain for their distribution, said our farewells and exchanged thank you. From the tribe, we made a short trip to the Aborlan Talakaigan River Park and informed that the municipality is saving up for its restoration and hopefully for tourism. But there is one thing that makes this municipality a big hit: the resorts (like the Camille del Sol Beach Resort) are up for sale at a can-be-arranged-rate.
|Aborlan Talakaigan River Park|
|Market of Narra, Palawan|
After thirty minutes of almost perpetual beautiful landscape we arrived in Narra, Palawan with almost no hint of exhaustion. Narra, Palawan (formerly called Panacan) was created by the National Resettlement Rehabilitation Administration (NARRA) in 1954 to distribute land to previously landless people from other parts of the country. Many settlements were established from the time of President Magsaysay and the place soon called NARRA. With its populace focusing on rice farming, it has since come to be known as the RICE GRANARY OF PALAWAN till today.
Thursday, April 21, 2011, all geared to check the first island of the four islands in our list, the Malunao Islet in Aborlan, we left Panacan on a fishing boat (instead of the usual trigger boat). The Tourism Department of Aborlan prepared a hefty lunch of crabs, grilled yellow fin, tambakol, other fish species and agar-agar at the stilt in the islet of Malunao Aborlan and gave me my first sand bar experience.
|Stilt houses on the islet of Mulanao, Aborlan, Palawan|
|The best way to harvest agar-agar for lunch and explore the islet of Mulanao|
|On our way to the Islet of Mulanao. This is the entrance/exit of Aborlan, Palawan Port|
|A low tide escapade at Mulanao, Aborlan|
|A kodak moment...|
|Arena Island: a marriage of relaxation and adventure.|
|The Isla Arena Resort: captivating and preserving|
|The sunset is as captivating as the island itself|
Estrella Falls is also a recipient of the
Hall of Fame for the Cleanest
and Greenest Inland Body of Water (River Category).
|The place is ideal for picnic and just the thing for cooling down.|
Even when the sun is up and scourging, Estrella Falls is always ready to offer a refreshing getaway.