Travel Guide: Palaui Island, Cagayan

Backpacking usually involves slow-traveling overland by bus or van, following a continuous route through a country or region.  This travel style can be particularly cheap as you’ll spend less money on flights or by availing a tour package from your favorite travel agency.

It’s always been a dream for me to visit Palaui Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Good thing, Tour Leisure Adventures is offering a Palaui Island with Callao Cave (Side Trip) Tour Package for only P3,000. Palaui Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan is one of the most underrated paradise located off the northeastern tip of Luzon. A National Marine Reserve which is a haven for different species of plants and birds. Its beauty is raw and unspoiled. Palaui Island was used as a location for the famous reality US TV show Survivor (Survivor Blood and Water and Survivor Cagayan).

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My Palaui Island experience was indeed a test of patience and endurance because of the nearly 15 hours journey just to get to this beautiful island. The Port of San Vicente in Santa Ana, Cagayan, situated between Palaui Island and the coast of Luzon, is the jump-off point for crossing the channel to Punta Verde (Point Verde) on Palaui Island, or heading to Engaño Cove, a little further to the north.

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Our fist stop was Cape Engaño which is the northern point of the island where on the summit of the hill lie the ruins of Cape Engaño Lighthouse. Engaño Cove is a small cove southwest of the lighthouse where supplies for the station were previously landed. Today, small vessels can find good anchorage in this protected cove, except by northwesterly and westerly winds. A trail and a 229-step concrete stairway from the cove leads the travelers to the lighthouse.

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Trekking and ascending Cape Engaño to reach the lighthouse is quite an experience. I’m so fortunate to catch the stunning view from Cape Engaño. I think it’s a great way to escape your busy city life.

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From a distant, Crocodile Island, a small uninhabited island looks like the head of a crocodile. Currents can sometimes be strong in this area so extra attention and care should be considered by travelers who wants to explore its marine life.

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It’s called Crocodile Island because of its shape which resembles of a real crocodile features. For me, it’s more than that. It’s enchanting beauty casts its spell on me as I discovered it has lots more surprising things to offer. So while in the island paradise of Palui, make sure to make an experience truly astonishing and worth keeping. Don’t miss the mesmerizing beauty of Crocodile Island.

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One our way to Anguib Beach which is our final stop, we were welcomed small nameless islands, mangrove forest and a perfect weather. I feel so blessed for this wonderful creation. I was kind of overwhelmed actually. I couldn’t believe I was here.

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Draped in a blanket of green that cascades into half a mile of white sand beach, the longest stretch there is in the entire island, Anguib Beach stands out with its unique blend of spectacular seascape, cool private villas and warm Cagayan hospitality.

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Callao Cave is one of the limestone caves located in the municipality of Peñablanca, Cagayan. The seven-chamber show cave is one of 300 caves that dot the area and the best known natural tourist attractions of the province.

To reach the cave, you have to face a hundred and eighty four-stepped battle. My knees almost surrendered and I’m drenched in sweat. It was crazy!

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Callao cave brags jaw-dropping scenes at every corner. Even more impressive than its size, though, is its natural beauty and fascinating history. Some areas of the cave are thought be over million years old and there are plenty of unusual fossils to discover too.

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We sailed around from island to island then I would get wet with sandy feet. Trekked and ascended uphill, visited a lighthouse, discovered unnamed island and mangrove forests, caving in Peñablanca and taking good photos makes my Cagayan Adventure one of my greatest solo travel adventures.

 

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