2014 saw me last post on the 30th of October, something about the sunsets in front of our resort, which we called The Last Beach Cottages, at the very end of Caalan Beach. Shortly thereafter, we encountered numerous issues with the resort, the property owner, and the owner of Hippocampe Beach Cottages, that made us decide that it was better to just let the resort go, live a peaceful life, and move back to the other side of town, back in Corong-Corong Beach. The month of November saw us working on putting together the sunset bar that we called 1209 Sunset Beach Bar in Corong-Corong Beach and opening in December 15th. I will post on that some other time as, believe it or not, I haven’t gone around to taking any proper photos of the bar.

What I have been busy with though is island hopping. I finally went on Tour B! After nearly 8 years! And have been fortunate enough to have some pretty pictures of our favorite island in Bacuit Bay – Pinagbuyutan Island.

I wasn’t supposed to post these photos but, on Facebook, there are a lot of photos of me taking photos.

If anybody ever wondered what I was actually taking photos of – here follows.

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

What I love about Pinagbuyutan Island is the coconut grove and the field of green grass. On the day the following photos were taken, we just had some days of bad weather, strong winds, and big waves, so much so that the Coast Guard cancelled all island hopping tours for four days. On this day, the Coast Guard was so confused as to whether they were allowing island tours or not, it was yes and no every few minutes all morning, until about lunch time, when they decided it was okay to go out.

We went out with the boat to nearby Pinagbuyutan Island. Just that. It was still very windy and we didn’t swim or snorkel. We just walked around and enjoyed the absolute serenity of the place. It was beautiful.

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

The moon has already risen and the sun was setting. We left the island at half past five, just in time to make it for the sunset at our bar.

Two days later, we were back. We did Tour A the day after, and wanted to do Tour C too; but the Coast Guard wasn’t allowing boats on the Tour C route yet so we did Tour B. I haven’t been on Tour B in a loooong time, and I was glad we did. It was such a sunny day with clear skies and relatively calm wind.

And coming from Lagen Island, we had a view of Pinagbuyutan Island from the other side.

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

This time we were in the company of other boats and other tourists also doing Tour B. We even had ice creams from a vendor selling Cornetto ice cream cones on a paddle boat.

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

One by one they left, leaving me and my group in the island, taking naps on beach towels in the warm light of the setting sun.

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

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