I spoke to my distributor from LA one time. He said "New York may have its skyscrapers, India may have their Taj Mahal, but the Philippines have their Palawan... where the architect is God". It sounds very profound because I'm exposed to multiple caves, beaches and natural wonders in the Philippine manifold- I am desensitized.
Its still my first day in Pangulasian Island- it is vastly different from Miniloc island where I typically stay. It is ultimate luxury. Miniloc had more wildlife but Pangulasian had more amenities. They spoil us here.
The flight was hard to book. We're from New York so we don't have the time to literally go to the bank and deposit pesos to their bank account. And wiring money from NYC to Manila will cost around $33. We also had qualms sharing our credit card info (like literally filling up a sheet and sending it to people you've never met).
All the hassle of booking a flight was worth it when we arrived in the ITI hangar. This was where the pampering begun. We were attended by a lady named Ruth. Incredibly attentive- she kept speaking to me in English then she was pleasantly surprised when I spoke in fluent colloquial Tagalog.
The ITI plane was new and the flight was very comfortable. It's new, It's unlike the one I rode back in 2012. When we arrived in the airport in Palawan, we were greeted by singing ladies who are probably the most Instagrammed women of Palawan and some local treats like suman and puto were served.
We rode a jeep to the docking area which was 5 minutes away on foot-that made Dan chuckle a bit. We were ferried to Pangulasian island in a private and relatively new boat. It was definitely none of those rickety boats in Boracay.
We were greeted with cold towels, fish leaf necklaces and an orientation of the island. We were told regarding its history and conservation practices which unfortunately are not practiced by many in the rest of the Philippines.
I was simply awed by the service, the amenities, the food (expensive in Philippine standards P330 for a salad). It was worth it of course. Dan recommends the Grilled Squid Salad.
Beds are amazing. The room is packed with things you might possibly need. Insect repellants, insect repelling incense, umbrellas, foot wash for the sand, complimentary hats, water bottles and even fruits.
Our first day in Pangulasian Island definitely ended on a good note. Stay tuned for our other adventures.