Hot, Hard and Beautiful – The Islands of Caramoan When we left Matukad Island, the heat of the sun and the atmosphere of the will-rain, will-not rain skies was inspiring me to finally get into the water. I love the beach, I do, but in order to swim, I was very picky about the moments I’d go in. Choosy? Maybe. But when we parked over some low-rise corals in front of what looked like an expensive island resort, I didn’t really have to be coaxed out of the boat. The Hunongan Beach Resort is an exclusive and expensive beach resort owned by the governor Luis Villafuerte (I think). This beach resort is where the Survivor staff would stay whenever they shoot the series. While we were parking, a white helicopter landed on the beach resort and we looked on, curious to see why the helicopter would be there at that time. Was this a sign that Survivor would be shooting again soon?
I woke up for the nth time to the heat, the sweat and stickiness of the atmosphere. I looked around and stretched my head out. It looked like we were still pretty far out. I frowned. My ass was in pain. How much longer did we have to experience this boat? I complained in my head. I checked the time. It was only 9.30am. We still had about 30 minutes to go if it was correct that this boat ride was only 1 hour long. It wasn’t. Coming from a 9 hour bus ride and a one hour van ride, and a long day at the office before that, I could definitely say that I was tired. Yep, very tired. I even raced from my Makati office to the Cubao bus stop in 40 minutes just to make the 9pm scheduled ETD only to wait still for about 30 minutes before actually leaving. But I’m an optimist. I love beaches and there’s just something about this trip that seemed very familiar, but kind of…vague. It might be because the last personal trip that I took was in February. And the last time that I had done something this different was, well, kind of a while now. It’s true when they say that the best are those the hardest to get
Remember that show that everyone used to watch because it seemed crazy to go all Lost on an island, only to fight for that one immunity idol? Well, everyone used to love it. Apparently, many still do because it is currently on it’s 26th or 27th season. Now, that show took some time in the Philippines to shoot their 25th season. And boy, was the first episode enough to get me wanting to go there. But all gems are hard to reach. This is probably why Caramoan was a perfect choice. And for adventure/beach lovers like me, it was a dream to get there. Unfortunately, that dream is definitely hard to reach. How do you get to the Survivor islands of Caramoan?
After having done both Tour A and C TWICE, I was finally ready to explore a bit more of El Nido – to Tour B, the less recommended, but still impressive tour to the caves, the elusive Snake Island and their beautiful Pinagbuyutan Beach. The tour ordinarily costs P800, but because I have great haggling skills (okay, the hostel did), I only paid P700. Unfortunately, this rate is still utterly expensive, because it did not include snorkels. I had to rent snorkels at the hostel which cost P50. And because I left my environmental fee receipt with Robbie who had left already, I had to pay for another. So much for budget traveling. We left the town at around 9.30am. Since none of my friends would be around to join me, I thought I’d be going alone. However, it turned out that 3 of my hostelmates would also be joining Tour B – apparently, because I convinced them to (I still don’t know when I did that, Lol). No matter. At least I knew someone on the boat. The tour started with Entalula Island.
Every tour in El Nido has some kind of resting place where every tired traveler ends up either asleep or so exhausted they’d rather go back than spend another minute on the beach. If there’s such a thing as beach overload, this is what the last beach of every tour always experiences. In Tour A, that beach happens to be one of the most beautiful beaches in El Nido with a gorgeous sunset – perfect for the final part of Tour A. Two years ago, this was where I found my heart.
There’s really nothing more fascinating about secrets. That’s why Gossip Girl was a hit – because everyone wanted to know the secrets of the most popular kids. And that’s why Pretty Little Liars is so interesting. Can they keep their strangest secrets? Everyone has their secrets. In fact, I have had one too many mishaps in my life that I’ve kept a secret from friends and family. Apparently, however, I’m not just the one with a secret. Even NATURE has secrets as well.