Lakbay Norte 2: Palaui Island

We woke up to a grey morning, and immediately, we started wondering if we will push through with the morning’s itinerary. Two hours after the original call time, we were out in the docks and boarding the banca (outrigger boat) for the nearly hour-long ride to Palaui Island.

Moe at Palaui Island
Moe at Palaui Island

Palaui Island

Lying off the coast of Sta. Ana, Cagayan is Palaui island, a protected area teeming with wildlife and timber. Though there is a small community living in the island, it is still largely uninhabited.

Palaui Island
View as we hike up to Cape Engagno Lighthouse

The island has a total of 20.6 kilometers of shoreline. This means gorgeous stretches of sand caressed by lapping waves from the blue green waters. The best view of the island is from the Cape Engano Lighthouse. As you go up the hill where the lighthouse is perched, you are treated to an amazing view of the landscape below, making you forget about the physical exertion and the boat ride to and from the mainland.

Cape Engano
Huge waves slamming on the island

Lying between the South China Sea and the Pacific meant that the ride to Palaui is one that is guaranteed to land in either your best or worst boat ride you’ve ever experienced list. Due to the strong winds from the amihan (northeast monsoon), the waves were rough, leaving us alternating between screaming (partly in excitement and fear) and shivering in the cold.

Faro de Cabo Engano (Cape Engano Lighthouse)
Faro de Cabo Engano

But as Dr. Bob Kelso once said, nothing worth having comes easy. That is one boat ride I’m willing to face again, if it meant having the chance to set foot in Palaui again.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 15 Comments
  1. Nearly an hour? I’d probably be scared! But that lighthouse is just gorgeous. I wonder if I can be brave enough for the trip. Would you know when’s the best time to visit?

  2. into my bucket list! thanks for sharing your experience with us…

  3. The 3rd pic reminds me of Batanes, ganda talaga ng Palaui, hope to set foot on this island one day.

  4. kainggit, bute pa kau narateng nyo. :) kame sa kabilang side kame nadaan. babalik kame jan ni Angel.

  5. I was here, I was here like 15 years ago. I got so damn scared crossing the waters and going to the island. There was no electricity then and there were just one family living there watching over the beach house (painted white) owned by a politician or someone that popular lol.

    Now I really like your blog. hahahah

  6. dyanie says:

    Looking at those waves, I can now imagine the boat ride! Scary! :D

  7. angel says:

    the lighthouse seems so elusive for me and gael. sana makita na naman siya sa aming pagbabalik :)

  8. ranes says:

    Every morning I love to walk along the sea shore waiting the sun to shine. How I enjoy watching the people riding on the boat they feel afraid because of the strong wind and waves and shivering in cold.I like being in my own town and thanks guys for promoting our best places in Cagayan, many travelers will love to experience staying here.

  9. Tripper10 says:

    The lighthouse is a little bit scary but im sure it has a lot of stories to tell..:)

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