Surviving San Vicente

San Vicente in Palawan used to be unheard of long time ago. That is, for someone like me who is always in search of the next great beach ala Boracay in the early 90s. Buzz was created after the Philippine edition of Survivor had its location in this part of the last frontier. Geez, what is so special about San Vicente?

Straight out of Chinese film. If one is so lucky to be taking the flight to San Vic, one will be so mesmerized with the view from above. And I am not talking about the islands for the Honda Bay island hopping nor the long stretch of white sand. San Vicente, for one, boasts of pristine old growth forests with almost intact forest cover. Greens and greens of large mountains welcome one on the right side of the plane. There is a portion, though, that towering rock mountains dominate the area -and a little fog and bluish hue, one can imagine Jet Li and Zhang Ziyi flying out of those large structures.

Up in the air

The 14-km beach. Unadulterated. Fine white sand and gentle waves touching the shore. Secluded. When we were up in the air (thanks to a 6-seater plane), a part of the beach can be seen from the left side window. It may look like a small stretch of beach from afar but it looked endless when one started walking from Km. 0 – that entrance with a cashew tree on the side. The area is good for skimboarding, I must say. Bring out the skim boards, peeps!

Last I heard, a number of well-known personalities own some parts of the beach. Hope they won’t fence their side of the beach so that everyone can enjoy the long patch of paradise.

Welcome to the VERY Long Beach

The 5 hour drive from Puerto Princesa. San Vicente is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Princesa City. The long winding and bumpy ride was even monickered as taking the “abortion road.” Yeah, it was the bumpy but everything is so worth it.

Discover the shores. One of Discovery Shores' project (rumor has it).

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Ultimate beach lounging

Discovery of some shores.Table corals. Calm and crystal clear water. Secret beach. An area a couple of minutes from Port Barton is heaven with the beach all by yourself (until the developer eventually turns this into a tony hideaway). As for now, one can enjoy swimming with the fish, lying in the sand while counting the leaves of the beach tree or stare at nothing.

Not so stranded in Port Barton.

Port Barton is a famous drop off point for all island worshippers. It houses various types of accommodation – from the fan rooms to the A/C-ed version. And one can definitely not get hungry while in the area. One thing for sure, you won’t be bumping into a Pinoy tourist every ten steps walk on the beach. Yes, most visitors are from the colder countries. I must say, it is now our turn to see San Vicente. Way beyond the rewards, challenges and tribal councils.

The set of Survivor Philippines

A morning greeting after a 600-step climb in Caparii

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