An Idyllic Palawan Escape by Pepe Samson

An Idyllic Palawan Escape by Pepe Samson

All travelers will agree: as you explore more, your bucket list gets longer. Oftentimes, you get to a destination for the first time, armed with an itinerary and loads of energy, and you find yourself already planning a trip back on the flight heading home. This has never been truer with Palawan—perhaps the Philippines’ best keeper of secrets, and indeed, one of the best places I’ve been to.

As one of the most sought-after Philippine destinations, it’s amazing how Palawan can still give you that sense of tranquility. But if you’re like me who would choose the “road less traveled” anytime—in this case, the beach less frequented by people—you would be delighted to discover that you can still further disappear and get away from everything. Floral Island Resort, a private island getaway off the coast of Taytay, Palawan, is a 1-hour boat ride from the mainland, a magical hideaway offering travelers a unique Palawan experience. Limestone rock formations? Check. Coral reefs? Yup. Pristine waters? Of course. White sand? Absolutely. Hundreds of tourists taking selfies? Hell no!

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