We were the only visitors during the first time we came to this white sand beach in the early 2000’s. Part of the Coron Island loop tour even back then, Banol Beach was our lunch stop for the day. It was practically deserted with no human-made structures in sight. Resting after our exhilarating snorkeling experience at nearby Skeleton Wreck, we got to enjoy lunch, packed for us by our resort, under the shade of the trees. The serene scenery all around us made for an ideal afternoon rest.
This wasn’t supposed to be. Within minutes of leaving the pier at Coron our motorized outrigger and its 18 passengers and crew were fighting a surprisingly rough sea. On a sunny and almost cloudless morning. In April. After almost an hour of bobbing up and down the turbulent waves we were wondering if the boat might fatally tip over. Continue reading Bulog Dos: Island-Hopping in the Calamianes
The temperature these days in Metro Manila are approaching unbearable levels. About the same time three years ago it was just as steamy on our way to a pristine location in the Calamian group of islands in Palawan. We were baking in the early afternoon heat when our outrigger slowly glided past clear waters, where corals of various sizes, shapes and hues could easily be seen, into a beige sand beach on the island’s western side. Continue reading Malcapuya Island: Coron’s White Sand Beauty