San Vicente, Palawan: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Day 1)
|Aerial View of San Vicente's 14-km Lomg Beach|
|The Long Beach|
Later that same day, some of my friends started to back out (unapproved leaves, etc. etc.) It was sad because we won't be complete for this much-awaited trip. Before the day ended, we were able to get a ticket for my friend who had the wrong booking.
September 19, Thrusday, the start of our journey. We convened at the NAIA Terminal 3, boarded the plane only to find out that one of our friends did not make it. Sad again. It was as if we were on "The Weakest Link."
It was sunny in Manila, and we landed safely at the Puerto Princesa airport a bit delayed. it was sunny there, too! We met Charisse, my friend from La Tiara Tours who took care of our van arrangements. Since we were a big group (originally 13 pax but went down to 10), we decided to rent a van instead of taking the public van shuttles at the San Jose Terminal. But for those who wish to commute, you may check out Lakas ng Trip blog for detailed instructions on how to go to San Vicente, Palawan.
Since we were only 10 in the group, and the van was spacious enough to fit in 14 people, our trip was comfortable leaving more legroom for us. Our trip was smooth and fast, with Kuya Ramil, our driver who is also from San Vicente, at the helm.
There are two routes to San Vicente: the shorter yet muddier Itabiak Road, and the longer Alimanguan Road. Kuya Ramil chose the former.
|Entrance to Itabiak Road|
|A carved portion of the hills with "psychedelic patterns" at Itabiak Road|
|Our van braving the muddy roads of Itabiak|
|Ok, we couldn't do this alone. Need help!|
|The homey Picardal Lodge|
The inn has seven rooms made of local, indigenous materials. Rooms are perched on a hillside, so expect to climb up the stairs if your room is at 5, 6, and 7. Exercise! Each room has a veranda with a view of the verdant trees or the sea.
|The stairs to room number 3|
|Stairs to rooms 5, 6, and 7|
|The veranda of rooms 5, 6, and 7|
|Ok, how high were we?|
|Our veranda at room 7|
|Bay view while it was raining hard|
|The receiving area/cafeteria|
We decided to go to the long beach after eating lunch. Our driver, Kuya Ramil went home to his house and went back to the inn to fetch us. San Vicente's 14-km long beach is the longest in the Philippines, stretching from Barangays New Agutaya, San Isidro and Alimanguan with islets in between. Barangay New Agutaya was about 15 minutes away by car from Picardal Lodge, and it is the nearest point of the long beach from Poblacion.
|Long Beach at Barangay New Agutaya|
|A closer look at the long beach's sand|
|Boyet's beachfront property|
|Toni, Bhey, Yours Truly, Tita Lennie, Jen and Tiara|
|The other side of the beach|
Our assigned chef for the day, Uly, went to the market to scout for something to cook for dinner. At the market, he found some fresh fish and he decided to cook it sweet and sour style. Francis was so gracious to let Uly use their wood-fired stove.
|The public market|
|Uly's Sweet and Sour Fish|
Purok Rosal, Poblacion, 5309 San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines
La Tiara Tours