It’s no surprise that just barely 2 months from my last visit to Cape Engano, I return to this island with my two kids, Nikki & Red & my mountaineering buddies. One simply cannot help but fall in love with the place, the feeling of being disconnected from the world.. no electricity, no 3G connection and roughing it out on the beach. The only connection you get is between you and the Creator.
It takes some patience to drive all the way to Santa Ana, Cagayan as the roads going up north is uneventful, 640+km of long flat roads and not much scenery to admire. I guess it only gets interesting once you reach Dalton Pass which is a zigzagging stretch traversing the Sierra Madre in the Nueva Ecija & Nueva Vizcaya provinces. I say it’s interesting because it’s either you go along the pace of the slow-moving trucks & busses or take on the challenge in over-taking them in this semi-trecherous stretch. On the road, try out the Aling Kikay’s Pancit Cabagan.
We spent 3 days camped on the beach of Cape Engaño which gave us so much time exploring the island of Palaui. Mornings gave us the chance to wake up to the cool breeze from the sea and sound of the birds as they basked in the morning sun and hunt for food while the late afternoons gave us sunsets unspoiled by the pollution of the city.