Today I’m hosting a beautiful photograph from Palawan taken by Jyotsna Ramani from Wander With Jo Blog.
Jyotsna is an avid globetrotter who loves to jot down her adventures on her blog. In hopes of inspiring people to travel. With an ever growing bucket list and a never-ending wanderlust, she is almost always on the move. To keep track of her do follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Photo Story: Palawan, El Nido and the coral reefs
I still miss these absolutely clear blue-green waters and limestone formations of Palawan in the Philippines. El Nido in Palawan is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places I have ever been lucky enough to visit. Its natural beauty is depicted very well in this picture.
I could do an island hopping day every day on the stunning islands of Palawan. Sadly you usually get up to 4 different options.
On these island hopping tours, you get to snorkel, catch fish, eat fish (Yes sometimes what you catch), explore caves or hike up to viewpoints (like the one shown in the picture). It is indeed disheartening to see that the corals in Palawan are dying – Instead of colourful coral reefs you would expect in a scenic place like this, most are brownish. This is caused not only by tourism but also global warming. So when you are in the Philippines be careful as to not step on the corals.
Apart from this, Palawan’s beauty can still encompass you easily. There are so many undiscovered coves, lagoons and beaches. It is usually crowded in the peak season but Palawan is huge and has a lot to offer for any traveller. Distances between islands and to cities are not easy and taking one of the longest ferries of my life – around 12 hours, was really tiring and back breaking experience. Sometimes, the only alternative is taking a flight, which is too expensive.
I would like to go back to the Philippines as it surely takes a time to explore the lovely beautiful expanse of the country. From chocolate mountains to beach parties – there is something for everyone. When they say “It’s more fun in the Philippines” – I would say that’s the aptest tagline I have heard – Believe it!