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Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan By September 27, 2012 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

This is a map that we got from our Peace and Love Resort where we were staying. On this map (click here to view large size), you can see Poblacion on the left side and “Beach 1”, “Beach 2” and “Beach 3” in the middle. If you talk to the locals, these beaches have their own names, but since this is a map that we took from our German-owned resort, the beaches are only labeled by number.

Peace and Love Resort, San Vicente, Palawan

Just like in Boracay where they have Stations 1, 2 and 3, with the best sand being at Station 1, the best and finest sand can also be found at Beach 3. And Beach 3 is where we told our motorcycle drivers to take us to.

Here are some aerial shots of Long Beach from the official website of San Vicente, Palawan.

And this is an aerial shot of the beach where we found ourselves that Saturday afternoon. Except that the sand was of a yellowish color.

Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan

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Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Photography By September 22, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Shortly after lunch at Entalula Island, we noticed that rain clouds were fast approaching. Afraid that the rain clouds will get to us and spoil all the fun with all those photo ops, we quickly boarded our boat and headed to our next destination – Simizu Island.

We, somehow, outran the rain clouds and found the beach, sunny and completely empty! All the other boats filled with tourists have also already boarded their boats in pursuit of another sunny destination and we had the entire beach all to ourselves for the rest of the afternoon.

Lovely still wanted to go to Vigan Island (also known as Snake Island) on this trip but we spent hours doing all kinds of things much to the entertainment of our other friends Janice and Lors who were just there sitting under the shade of trees, that before we noticed it, it was already four in the afternoon.

Here is a panorama of the beach: 

SimizuIsland_Panorama

Simizu Island, named after the Japanese diver who died in an underwater cave exploration, has always been one of my favorite destinations. I cannot count how many times I have been here, though I was surprised that I did not see a lot of photos of it when I went through my archives.

The island is popular for 1. picnic lunches on the beach, and 2. snorkeling and fish feeding.

Indeed, when I first snorkeled here in 2005, it was absolutely breathtaking! The sheer number and variety of fish were overwhelming. Through the years though, the effects of the El Nino phenomenon, coral bleaching, and extensive tourism have taken its toll on the coral life on this island, and that first snorkeling experience became just a memory that have never, even to this day, been replicated. I would now say that the best snorkeling experiences can be had at the snorkeling sites in Coron (North Cay Island, for example) and Balicasag Island in Bohol; lowered expectations for El Nido.

Snorkeling in Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan
Snorkeling in Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan
Snorkeling in Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan

My very first camera was a Pentax Optio WP point-and-shoot camera that I bought in 2005. It was waterproof and I could take it to depths of 1.5 meters. I took it with me on every beach trip until 2010, when it took its last underwater video in Balicasag Island. I found these photos (above and below) and video clips from my May 2007 visit to El Nido.

Snorkeling in Simizu Island, El Nido, Palawan

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