Friday, January 30, 2015

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Lunch at Palo Alto's Private Beach

A beach strip backdropped with tall coconut trees and a lush forest greets our eyes as we cruised along the turquoise waters. After about 15 minutes of boat ride from the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, we arrived in this secluded private cove for our lunch. The beach is owned by Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast Hotel who has been very gracious in treating us with their first class accommodations, Underground River Tour and now this lunch at their very own private beach.

A temporary tent was set up by their friendly staff who went there ahead of us. Underneath the tent is a sumptuous spread fit for the kings--curried crabs, grilled pork liempo, grilled fish, adobong pusit and cucumber salad. Whoa! As a backpacker used to traveling on a tight budget, I could not believe this VIP treatment we got. Indeed, Palo Alto goes the extra mile in treating their guests like royalties.




Palo Alto's beach has a long stretch of fine, off-white sands. There are no development being made here yet and its cleanliness and laid back setting is very much to my liking. And since there are no other guests around, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it all to ourselves.



It started to rain after we ate our lunch. The waves also started to get rough, yet Nervin, Palo Alto's van driver, don't seem to mind and went for a swim. I got tempted in testing the waters so I followed him. Good thing I was in my rashguard and board shorts which I bought from Zalora. I regularly purchased travel gears and clothing from this dependable online shop and most recently, you can find plain and printed t-shirts on their pagehttp://www.zalora.com.ph/men/clothing/t-shirts/ .



The waters are warmed in spite of the rain. I took my time soaking my body and playing with the waves. I always find swimming in salt water therapeutic and the fact that I am doing it in this wonderfully secluded paradise made it another worthwhile travel experience.


We packed up just before 3 PM as we still have to go back to Puerto Princesa city proper. As we sail back to Sabang Port, I keep on staring at the pocket strips of beaches we passed along. I can't help but admire the island's natural wonders and felt fortunate that finally, I was able to visit and experience one of my life's dream destinations.    

(Our Puerto Princesa 2-night stay and Underground River Tour with Lunch were courtesy of Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast Hotel. Visit their OFFICIAL WEBSITE for room rates and best value tour packages in Palawan.) 

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