Few months before this trip I applied for a 3 day leave so I could attend a friend’s wedding only to find out it was moved after my leave got approved. Not wasting any change, SimangGala and I decided to look for an interesting place to go until we came across a blog about Palaui Island. Right then and there we agreed to go and started planning. Since it wasn’t really well planned, only 3 of us went. It was early Thursday morning when we went to Florida Bus Terminal to catch the 3AM bus going to Tuguegarao. For some reason the bus left 4AM since the 5AM bus was cancelled.
We were supposed to look for the cheapest place to stay, fortunately SimangGala’s half brother lives in Tuguegarao. That’s few hundred pesos off of our expenses. It took us 13 long hours to get to our destination. Next time I would take the plane. Haha!
In Tuguegarao, we were picked up by SimangGala’s relative in the terminal.
We were brought to a well known panciteria serving Batil Patong. Excited as always when it comes to food, not knowing how big the portion is we immediately asked for the Special one.
Batil Patong is Tuguegarao’s own version of stir-fried noodles served with an egg topping and a side serving of egg drop soup. This is also served with loads of onions, chicharon, sliced pork, cabbage and beef strips. This dish won’t be complete without soy sauce, chilli and Calamansi.
We were surprised that you have to make your own mix to top off the dish. Clueless of what to do, we watched how the locals did it and voila we now have our very own Pancit Batil Patong. Delicious! Devine!
We couldn’t move after finishing the entire dish. So after eating, we decided to call it a day and went straight to Brgy Bagay where we stayed for a night. And yes it’s FREE!
Since we need to leave early the following day, we decided to rest. To no avail, we couldn’t sleep. We decided to just play cards while drinking coffee and chitchatting.
While playing, one of my friends commented on my foursquare post telling me that his friend who I also know was in Tuguegarao. I immediately sent him a message telling him of our whereabouts and our plan for the next couple of days. Luckily he decided to join us. From 3 we’re now up to 4. Yey!
It was 3 in the morning when we woke up. After drinking coffee and taking a bath, we went to the van terminal going to Sta Ana Cagayan.
Still very early, we decided to buy Hot Pandesal. Yummy!
The van left at exactly 5 am. It took us 3 hours to get to our destination; we were sleeping almost the entire time.
In Sta Ana Cagayan, a friend who was suppose to join us asked us to go straight to Dampa Seafoods and Restaurant to ask for his Aunt and Uncle to ask for help to get to Palaui.
We were surprised to be given free breakfast. After breakfast, some of us decided to go to the market to get some supplies. Since there is no electricity/market in the island, it’s best if you buy or bring anything you need and make a checklist to avoid missing anything.
Before leaving Sta Ana, we were offered yet another FREE treat, this time, Lunch.
Colorful way of getting around the town. This is what they call Quadcycle.
The sun was out so we thought it would be a calm and smooth ride going to the island. Apparently not, this reminds me of the boat ride going to Calaguas. Rough! To add to that, we don’t have life jackets. Haha! This explains why we don’t have many pictures taken while on the boat.
It took us almost an hour to get to Engano Cove. Due to its shape, the water facing Engano Cove is generally calm. Right after setting foot on the island, we went straight to the island marker and took some photos.
With Simang Gala
Not ready yet to set camp, we left our stuff near the camping area and went to Cape Engano Lighthouse.
View of Palaui Island on our way up
Ate Maya, a local resident.
View of Dos Hermanas from the Light House
More Pictures taken from the Cape Engano Light House
After making some few conversations with Maya, she offered to bring us to the waterfalls. We never saw any blog post about the waterfalls so out of curiosity we decided to go. To get there we passed by Leonardo’s Trail.
The rain started to fall on our way there which according to Maya is better so we could enjoy the water. It was refreshing and at the same time relaxing.
Maya offered to show us where they are staying and to show us some of the souvenir she created herself.
Back in the campsite, we pitched our tent and prepared for an early dinner.
We had Bicol Express and Adobong Pusit. Yumyum!
After dinner, even before sunset, we then had some few tequila shots.
Colorful Sunset at Cape Engano.
We slept really early because of the heavy rain. We just couldn’t imagine how we survived the long cold night waking up all drenched in rain water the following day. It was such an experience. We somehow managed to secure all our important belongings dry and safe.
Very early in the morning, we tried to dry up all our wet clothes while preparing breakfast. Thinking about the heavy rain last night, we thought we won’t be picked up by our boat. With all smiles we saw the boat from the horizon moving closer. We offered them food but they seem to just ignore us.
730 AM, till we meet again. We rode the boat going back to Sta Ana.
This is yet another memorable backpacking/camping experience.
Follow the story on my next entry as we visit the beautiful NANGARAMOAN BEACH.
- Palaui Island (simanggala.wordpress.com)
- Cagayan 4-Day Backpacking Trip (manonglakwatsero.wordpress.com)