We arrived from San Vicente, Palawan late night and found all our friends having a good time at Balay Tubay. There, we met Andy Alford for the very first time. The next day, we were out on his boat sailing in Bacuit Bay. And what a day it turned out to be!

Tired as we were, we were game for another day in the sun! We all met up at Sea Slugs Beach Bar, went on Andy’s dinghy, and geared ourselves up for a bit of a good time.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Lia has taken a liking to a stuffed turtle, and since Tutu was unavailable due to having been vomitted upon in the bus on our way to San Vicente, Lia had that purple turtle with her to serve as Tutu’s replacement.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

We went about taking photos of ourselves while waiting for the others to arrive.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan
And once we were all aboard, it was time to go.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan
Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan
I was still exhausted from that trip to San Vicente and hanging out with friends at Balay Tubay the night before, so I was just really sleepy.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Rej took the following photos with my camera while I and Lia were asleep.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Well, it was really windy, and as my friends used to tease me, “mahanginan lang, tulog na.”

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

I woke up just as we we’re approaching Pinagbuyutan Island, also known as Ellis Island.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

I’ve been in El Nido on and off for seven years but it was really my first time to be in Pinagbuyutan. I’ve always thought it was a private island and was thus, off limits.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

The island is beautiful. Mostly, it is all limestone, but the side facing Malapacao Island has a beach.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

It was exactly noon, and the sun was at its highest.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

It made for beautiful photos of the beach.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

I put on my Vitacon .5x wide angle converter and took some “artistic” shots with it.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

We mostly stayed on the boat. It was absolutely amusing that the guys did the food preparation and cooking while the girls just sat around chatting.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Our lunch was definitely sumptuous. I could say Lia was really raving about this food – all her favorites! Tomatoes, cucumbers, fish, rice, and bread too!

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

My daughter does not eat pork and beef, so she really had a grand time with regards to diet while we were in Palawan.

Some of us were swimming while the guys cooked.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Lia fell in love with that floater, she called it her own boat.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

We had with us some really beautiful people and it was such a joy to take photos of them!

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

After lunch, and some lazying around, we decided to go ashore.

Andy and I swam with the rope attached to the floater with Lia on it, dragging it to the shore. It also had a waterproof bag with my camera inside.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Lia loved that floater, err her boat, so much, she didn’t want to be on the shore. She insisted to get on it, and that I drag it back into the water. And that’s what I did. The rest stayed on the beach.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Yup, that’s Lia and me in the water over there.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Lia liked being on the boat more than being on the beach. Mostly, she loved tugging on that rope.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

By this time, it was already five o’clock.

We we’re headed back to El Nido town.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

And at first it was still sunny.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

This was Pinagbuyutan Island as we were leaving, the setting sun’s light upon it.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Lia and I were set on some nice pillows on the deck while music played from the speakers.

And we were trying to have a few more photos while the sun was still out.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

But the rain clouds were on their way too.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

And pretty soon, the rain was upon us. Lots of it.

Although by the time we got to town, the rain had passed. It was also dark too.

It was a really good day being out with friends and making new friends. A pity we weren’t able to go on more sailing trips after this because we we’re all just too busy trying to finish work. I was also trying to do as much as I could while I was there. I didn’t get to do half the things I set out to do! And I was there for two and a half months! There was also really bad weather in El Nido in my last two weeks there and that made taking photos so difficult.

P.S.
Thanks Andy! I would have never thought we’d be such good friends. 😛

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Here are some blogs of people who have also been on the island.

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