Reminiscing the Last of The Last Frontier

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Sunrise in Punta Sebaring
Punta Sebaring in the southern tip of Bugsuk island offers a panoramic view of sunset.
Cruising in Sulu Sea
During summer, this part of Sulu Sea is calm and its changing hue is an eye-candy.
Cruising in Sulu Sea
During summer, this part of Sulu Sea is calm and its changing hue is an eye-candy.
Cruising in Sulu Sea
During summer, this part of Sulu Sea is calm and its changing hue is an eye-candy.
Cruising in Sulu Sea
If you're lucky, you'll chance upon the playful dolphins that roam around the waters of Balabac in early morning.
Pulau Batu
In between the mainland Balabac and Onuk Island is a small and uninhabited island, more of a rock, that lies on the shallow and clear water of Sulu Sea. Locals call it Pulau Batu or Nasubata.
Onuk Island
A small island surrounded by shallow and clear turquoise water, Onuk Island is best experienced on during low tide.
Comiran Island
The chunks of red corals on the beach make the sand look pinkish. Comiran island, the Pink Beach of Balabac!
Comiran Island
The chunks of red corals on the beach make the sand look pinkish. Comiran island, the Pink Beach of Balabac!
Cape Melville
The southern tip of mainland Balabac Island is Cape Melville where one of the few remaining Spanish-era lighthouses is located.
Cape Melville Lighthouse
With its remoteness, Melville Lighthouse is one of, if not, the hardest to reach Spanish colonial lighthouse in the country. Others hail it as the most beautiful, the grand dame of all the lonely sentinels of the Philippines seas.
Cape Melville Lighthouse
Cape Melville Lighthouse was first lit in 1892 to guide ships traversing the waters of Southern Balabac particularly those crossing the sea that separates Palawan and Pulau Banggi of Malaysia.
Candaraman Island
A 207-hectare privately owned island that boasts of fine white sand and beautiful hues of turquoise water surrounding it.
Simple Pleasure in Bugsuk Island
Riding a "bogo", a motorized boat without outrigger, is part of lives of the locals but a simple pleasure for us.
Punta Sebaring
The northern part of Punta Sebaring's beach during high tide.
Punta Sebaring
They say this beach can fit two soccer fields, I say even three during low tide! The sand – white as sugar, fine as powder, soft as cushion! The water – warm and calm on summer, roaring during monsoons.
Punta Sebaring
It beats Calaguas, El Nido, Boracay and even Maldives. I am certain, this is my favorite beach in the Philippines.
Sunset in Paradise
This is where you will see the last sunset in the archipelago... and nature made sure to save the best for last.

I didn’t really know what was up for us in Balabac when we ventured there in 2014. My sole intention was to see the old lighthouse in Cape Melville. Never did I imagine that the place will move me so deeply.

Situated on the southernmost tip of Palawan, Balabac is a group of 31 islands and islets scattered on the rich water of Sulu Sea blessed with unspoiled fine sandy beaches, endemic flora and fauna and vivid marine life. With its remoteness, the place has preserved its beauty. It is generally offbeat and remote… it is the last of the last frontier.

May this reminiscence fill the longings and the gap that separates me and my beloved paradise.

For more information about the place, check out my Travel Guide to Balabac Islands.

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