I gave up 3 months of traveling because I suddenly became busy with work and money. I didn’t get to enjoy my summer which was such a rare case for this travel blogger. But I’m not complaining as much; managing how to travel to 4 countries and 8 local destinations within 8 months was such a feat that I had to take a break – even from a vacation.
Sta. Ana, Cagayan, Cagayan Valley Region
June 10-13, 2011
photo by Jerome
But when the opportunity to drop by Manila for 10 days passed by, I knew I had to go somewhere else so I could remember how it felt to be on the road again. Fortunately, I was able to join other Pinoy Travel Bloggers to an excursion in Palaui Island, an island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan province. A rash decision was made and it donned on me that I was setting foot on the northeasternmost part of Luzon.
Lighthouse of Cape Engano
I was initially planning to create a teaser post and just publish different pictures of our Palaui island trip. But it seems I couldn’t restrict my thoughts of sharing some highlights of our adventure in the Cagayan Valley region.
Highlights of the Palaui Island Trip in Cagayan
What with the total travel time almost reaching up to a day already! My buttocks felt so numb after the bus ride but I’ve gone accustomed to these long trips. I’ve already endured a long trip from Manila to Sagada, a 36-hour traverse from Cebu to Siem Reap, and even 12 hours killing time inside a mall. There’s no way the I’d give up on the trip because of the time travel.
van in Sta. Ana
Manila to Palaui
Total Travel Time: 19.5 hours
Bus from Manila to Tuguegarao: 12 hours
Van from Tuguearao to Sta. Ana: 3 hours
Boat from Sta. Ana to Palaui Island: 0.5 hours
Trek to Cape Engaño: 4 hours
*Eating and stopping in between commutes are not counted.
View of Dos Hermanas Island
The view of the island of Dos Hermanas was such a beauty that I wished that we had more time and funds to spare to visit the place. Still, admiring it from afar was enough for the day.
Dos Hermanas Island
Being able to join The Pinay Solo Backpacker and the Lakwatsero on their supposed trip together was already a great opportunity to experience. How come? Their first attempt to find the lighthouse of Cape Engaño took them 9 hours of trekking and they didn’t even reach the famous tower!
Read the full accounts here:
Offbeat Travel: Palaui Island by The Pinay Solo Backpacker
Finding Cape Engaño Lighthouse by Lakwatsero
trees on the beach.
Seeing sights along the way that are beyond the usual beach sceneries remind me how much the Philippines has to offer when it comes to destinations that we have readily available.
meadow during our trek in Palaui Island
Cape Engaño Lighthouse
I’ve only been to a couple of lighthouses and I’m still developing the desire to visit each and every tower in the country. I felt the relief from my companions when they finally reached this side of the island.
the lighthouse, finally!
The Weather Cooperated
Prior to this trip, I didn’t really mind the weather as much. Rain or shine, I knew I would still push through. Only problem was that it’s already the wet season in the Philippines and this island was located between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It’s also near Batanes island wherein typhoons are aplenty.
We were thankful that we were met by a beautiful weather that I finally had time to soak up the sun and lounge on the beach even for a little while – something I was longing for during summer.
Palaui Island Cove
Travel Blogger Companions
Having a good set of companions really made the situation far better. When you know that all of you have the same passion for traveling (and some even beyond), you don’t have to seek for explanations or request for approval from each other.
with Gael, Angel, Jerome, Darwin – Pinoy Travel Bloggers at the fence in Palaui
photo credit: Jerome
Gael kept on asking if the view was alright. She wanted to make sure that everything was worth it and that our climb wasn’t put to waste. Angel, our responsible leader, was ever-accommodating; apologizing every now and then for not having enough food or drinks during the trek. They had NOTHING to worry about; this was the their trip after all. Witnessing how concerned they were of our welfare was a testament of their kindness.
All of us had day and night jobs, but we still made time and we didn’t have to force each other on this adventure. It just goes to show that words are too trivial especially when one settles to complain – something that neither of us newbies (Jerome, Darwin and I) did.
another one for the yearbook.
photo by Gael
Going to a distant place made me understand how I missed traveling. Only 3 months of being away made me realize that I need to get out of the office cubicle more often.
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