This year’s winter break for me is going to be in the Philippines. I’ve been wanting to go there for a long time, so I am happy that it’s finally coming true! It’s also one of the few countries in the world that is visa free for Nepalese passport holders (tourism purposes) which is just great because nobody likes going through grueling visa process for just visiting a country. 😉
It’s the thousands of pristine islands that attract me the most about Philippines and sure enough I’ve planned to spend all two weeks in what is called the “last ecological frontier” of the Philippines, Palawan. It’s the biggest island in Philippines and is famous for its wild natural beauty.
My boyfriend and I are going to fly out this Saturday morning from Warsaw on a very long flight with stopovers in Amsterdam, Guangzhou and Manila from where we’ll finally board a domestic plane to Palawan. Planning has been very fun like always. It’s the anticipation that builds up from months which I enjoy just as much as the actual travel. I think I’ve done a fair amount of research on the island to know what to expect, and have come up with the itinerary.
Day 1 Arrive in Puerta Princessa, the island’s capital in the evening
Day 2, 3 Island hopping tours in Puerta Princessa, including to the famous Starfish island
Day 4, 5, 6 El Nido on the Northern most part of the island. We’ll do some island hopping tours and kayaking here. We’re also thinking of a day trip to Nacpan beach to catch the sunset! 😀
Day 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 I’ve left them unbooked to allow some time for going with the flow. Maybe we’ll catch a ferry to nearby spectacular Coron, but not sure how feasible that will be. We’re open to ideas.
Day 12, 13 Port Barton, camping on a small, pretty island. We’ll spend the days in leisure.
Day 14 Departure flight from Manila to Warsaw with a 13 hours stopover in Guangzhou where we’ll do some sightseeing and Chinese food sampling 😀
I’ve seen on the weather reports that it’s going to be rainy with thunderstorms for almost our whole stay here, but I really hope it won’t last for whole day. I really do not want to miss the turquoise water which shows the best on sunny days. After all the beach and islands are exactly what we’re chasing from halfway across the world on this trip! I and my boyfriend both love being on/in/around/near water.
I’ve almost finished packing and I’m more than excited to see the gorgeous country that the Philippines is. Please note that we’ve five days unplanned, so if you’ve been to the Philippines and specifically Palawan, feel free to leave suggestions! It’d be great to hear some recommendations if you have any, for Palawan or for the Philippines in general. 🙂