Monday, March 20, 2017

Skipper Charter speed boats-El Nido-Palawan

How to get the most out of your time in El Nido, Palawan!
Speed boats take a lot of time traveling off your precious agenda touring lagoons.

Getting to El Nido is not a quick task. It takes 5 hours one way to get there, and another back. That takes a big chunk of time out of your precious holiday as it is.

Skipper Charters can get you where you want to go in less time. This gives you more time to explore more off-the-beaten-path beaches and lagoons! They serve El Nido, Linapacan and Coron, Palawan.

Getting to El Nido from the airport in Puerto Princesa city, already takes 5 hours by van or car! That's a good 10 hours round trip travel. If you only have a short time to vacation there, it amounts to 1 full play day gone. The traditional native bancas are slow and take up to one hour to get to the further beaches and lagoons, depending on the waves from El Nido town. It only takes minutes in the speed boats in total comfort and safety. You ostensibly could save up to 4 hours of travel time getting to and from places in a banca. That is precious time you could be already at 3 or 4 more places or just spend more time on a remote beach you discovered.

Open tours are for those who want to share a boat, meet new friends and still explore Bacuit Bay in comfort and style. For a reasonable fee of P3,000/head +P200 tourism fees, you get to explore over 8 islands in the entire day. A curated adventure that features the best of Bacuit Bay.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Day of dolphins underwater in the Sulu Sea - 04-29-2016

Another amazing dolphin encounter. I can't believe my luck. Enjoy!
There are tour operators who can take you out. They start at 6:30 AM from Baywalk. We have our own boat so we can go out whenever we want and we only live minutes away from where they are.

I am not affiliated in the least with the people below. I just copied it from my Facebook wall. Give it a shot, it's so worth it to see dolphins in their own environment.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

10 things every tourist in El Nido should know

Pristing beaches by responsible tourists
Marimegmeg beach, Corong-corong, El Nido

Or how to be a responsible tourist to keep a sustainable Tourism industry for years to come! This is great information posted on Facebook by Art Café, El Nido. I thought it's good information to share.

1. El nido has 45 islands with over a hundred white sand beaches, many lagoons, limestone cliffs, caves and long stretches of fantastic beaches on the mainland.

2. There is beautiful marine life with a rich bio-diversity.

3. The reefs are very fragile and it requires no touch, no step on and no throwing of anchors. Underwater photography need to be extra careful, not to damage.

4. Some areas are difficult to get in and the conditions can be challenging. Sometimes rough seas can make it more difficult. Make sure you are able to cope with these challenges.

5. No one should leave trash behind and everyone should pick up washed up garbage. Don't leave lunch leftovers on the beach such as rice, meat bones, fish, and crabs.

6. The town is underdeveloped with no water system. Water is not safe. Stick to purified water available in containers and in restaurants.

7. There are no sidewalks and streets are narrow. Everything is in walking distance, so do not use Motorbikes or transports within the town when not really necessary.

8. There are no parking areas for motorbikes or other vehicles.

9. There is no commercial bank (yet) and the only 2 ATM's are often out of money.

10. Help avoiding excess Garbage, by refilling water bottles, avoiding take out food in styro/plastic boxes, don't use straw, bring a bag with you always and say no to plastic bags.

Thanks for helping to withstand the challenges El Nido is facing and keeping the paradise pristine.

The beach shack on Marimegmeg beach, Corong-corong, Palawan

Monday, January 25, 2016

Quezon mini underground River

I just recently saw a post on my Facebook wall about a new cave called the Mini Underground River, in Quezon province.

From what I could tell from the various blogs and articles about it, the trip is approximately 2 1\2 hours away from Puerto Princesa city. It really is like a mini Palawan underground river in Sabang. It's in the Tabon Caves complex National Park and apparently you have to take a banca ride to get to either. Head to Quezon National Museum. You have to pay P20.00 to enter the museum, then another P20.00 for the Tabon Caves. It's P 800.00 for the round trip boat ride to the caves cove.

Beautiful mineral formations, though a smaller scale abound. During rainy season, it cannot be reached as the waters are too deep, and running too fast to safely traverse.

The stalactites are within reach, and tourists have done selfies touching them. If they want to make this famous and a livelihood for the locals, someone needs to step in from Tourism to help them with guidelines, and rules for the cave to protect it from human damage, either intentional or unintentional. To preserve this cave and its eco system as it is, please keep your hands off the mineral formations though!

A permit can be purchased and guides hired at in Quezon town at the Quezon National Musem . Here is an extensive travel blog about the other caves in the area as well.
"The artifacts recovered belong to different periods ranging from 50,000 years ago to the 14th century A.D. The most celebrated archaeological find is the Tabon Man, one of the oldest known human skeletal remains in the Philippines dating back to 16,500 years (14,000 B.C.). The oldest human fossil so far recovered from the Tabon Cave, however, is a tibia (bone of the lower leg) that dates back to 47,000 years (45,000 B.C.).'

"There are approximately 215 caves in the reservation, 38 of which have been established to be of archaeological and anthropological significance. To date, only seven caves are accessible and open to the public. Between 1962 and 1966, an archaeological exploration was conducted by a team from the National Museum headed by anthropologist Dr. Robert Fox in the caves of Lipuun Point and its immediate vicinity. It brought to light an astonishing concentration of archaeological cave sites containing substantial cultural materials with an extensive time range unsurpassed in the Philippines, and possibly equaled only in a few sites in Southeast Asia (e.g. Sarawak and southern Thailand)." Excerpt from blog.

Here is another blog abut the Tabon cave complex.

Here is a TV report about the mini caves. It is in Tagalog.

Mini underground river, Quezon, Palawan

"The picture with the title Mini Underground river, Quezon, Palawan was taken by the photographer Che 22 on 13 April 2012 and published over Panoramio. Mini Underground river, Quezon, Palawan is next to Tabon and is located in Province of Palawan, Mimaropa, Philippines" From this weblink

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