If you are the techie-savvy, GPS-toting traveler, you won't find "Onok" on the map; instead, you'll find "Roughton Island".
That is because Roughton Island is the "official name" of Onok, the latter being a local nickname for this wonderful piece of real estate right in the middle of nowhere.
Fronting the main beach of Onok island is a massive reef, rife with a variety of soft and colorful corals that extend towards a sheer drop of about 80 feet, where large pelagic fish swim about ??" on occasion, you'll be lucky to encounter a school of yellow fins! The surroundings of this small islan ...
The Last of Philippine's Last Frontier.
Out of 44 islands we have marveled to 15 destinations including islands and sandbars in what I call, the Last of the Last Frontier -- Balabac.
With an estimated distance of 830 kilometers from Manila, Balabac can be reached 6 hours by land from Puerto Princesa and 3 hours by boat to the camping site in Candaraman Island which is situated in Sulu sea.
Punta Sebaring has the best beach I've seen by far and has the finest (powdery) sand (not coral sand). The water around Balabac is the best description of pristine waters; crystal clear and spotless ...
Today I discovered the other side of Onok Island. The part comprising of trees and air of peace. The part where I wished I stayed longer, because being alone in here makes me feel a lot more of myself.
My morning started with the other guests' voices. Chattering and shouting, indications of overjoyed and excitement. Though I woke up pretty late, I still feel I need more snooze.
I had my whole meals for the day in the dining area under the kitchen hut. I really felt isolated from other guests as they had their lunch on the other dining area. Thinking about separating me from the rest? Hah ...
Pitong iba't ibang uri ng pawikan ang narekober ng pinagsanid na pwersa ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Special Operations Unit at Philippine Marines sa Barangay North Mangsee sa Balabac noong Abril 6, 2017.
Ayon sa mga awtoridad, isang intelligence report ang nakarating sa kanila na may mga pawikan na dinala sa Salingsingan Island sa Barangay North Mangsee.
Hindi na inabutan ng mga awtoridad ang mga humuli sa mga pawikan ngunit tumambad sa kanila ang pitong nakataling pawikan. Agad na pinakawalan ang mga ito pabalik sa dagat.
Ayon sa mga report, kinakatay umano sa Saling ...
My excitement may be the only thing keeping my energy now. I woke up from a short but better than nothing sleep. I traveled for more than 12 hours just to get here. Eleven hours after my arrival, Onok Island still doesn't fail to amaze me. What more, I get to enjoy this island all by myself, well, so much for being the only guest.
I can't remember how many times I opened my eyes to check if it's already bright outside. I'm so looking for a fresh sunrise that I always fail to see in Manila. Excuse: I'm on midshift. Haha
I do remember though, my swollen and bare face making it outside to t ...
It was Friday at 3 in the afternoon when I came to Balabac. The sight was normal as other provinces except that there's a mountain in the middle. The residential area surrounds the ring of rock like bits of pieces. On the open area in the port, a skinny man welcomed me with his red motorcab. I didn't know Kuya Johnny, my host, is at this age, his voice and eagerness to chat made me think he's younger. He even has a facebook account. Haha He's also kind to pick me up even though my booking is a day later.
We drove in a few minutes to his house where he introduced me to his pretty (and younge ...