|View of Isla Walang Lang-aw from Eagle’s Nest|
The next day, I made an early morning, lung-busting hike, with many rest stops, along a trekking trail to the island’s highest point called Eagle’s Nest. Along the way, I was on the lookout for wild boar (baboy damo) and wild chickens which, the resort staff said, hid in the woods.
|The resort as seen from my vantage point at Eagle’s Nest|
Upon reaching the top, I got a panoramic eagle’s view of the surrounding islands including nearby Isla Walang Lang-aw (Island Without Trees). A treehouse and a viewdeck is located here. For a brief moment I felt like Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. After about an hour, I retraced my way back down to again be part of Swiss Family Robinson.
After lunch, we, together with other guests, booked ourselves on an island-hopping tour (US$20 per person). Our boat ride took us past numerous islands with thickly-vegetated, sea-and-wind-sculpted limestone cliffs and white sand beaches. We stopped over on 3 of these islands (Tapadyan Island, Liatui Island and Isla Walang Lang-aw) were Tellie and I went swimming and snorkeling and did some trick photography.
|Trick photography at Isla Walang Lang-aw|
Back at the resort, we, as well as the other guests, were treated to another boat ride, this time a sunset cruise on board the resort’s 55-ft. long trimaran (with its all-convenient toilet). We sat at the spacious front area, sipping drinks as we awaited the sun’s setting . We weren’t disappointed as the sun set on the horizon, amidst a clear, cloudless night sky.
|On board the trimaran|
|Sunset at paradise|
Upon our return from our sunset cruise, we returned to our cottage to freshen up and were served dinner by candlelight, albeit in a different setting: by the beach. The restaurant’s tables and food were set up along the beach and, while dining, we could hear the sound of the waves hitting the shore.