Onuk Island which apparently is privately owned by the mayor and his family which in order to gain access, one has to personally ask for permission from the Office of Balabac Mayor. This personal request must be accompanied by a formal letter of request. Balabac LGU has a satellite office in Puerto Princesa located at Pajara, Brgy. Sta. Monica in front of Bible Baptist Church. Once you gain permis ...
sion, you're now ready to walk along the beach of what consider as the most heavenly island of Palawan (if not the entire Philippine Archipelago).
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Ahh! The beach! Is there a better place to unplug and disconnect from our harsh realities? The thought of the soothing sounds of the waves crashing on the shoreline somehow can make you forget real life. For a few minutes I stare at my laptop wallpaper, which is a photo of a postcard-perfect paradise in the remotest part of Palawan. How I wish I could just teleport away to the island! I remember how the whistling songs of the Orioles and the warm rays of sunshine would wake me up every morning during my camping trip to the island a year ago. I would slip out of my tent right away to enjoy a qu ...
As I write this guide, I am a lot more and acutely aware of how generous God have been in creating Palawan. Refreshing my memory of my brief but enriching experience in Balabac Island the provinces southernmost townbrings back in hyper-focus the grandeur of our provinces natural wonders. I dare declare, no wandering soul restless, searching or contented can resist Balabacs charm and beauty.
Have I got your interest and curiosity piqued yet? Well Ive also got some visual aid for that. Heres a quick scroll-down over the main island attractions in this gem in southern Palawan.
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...