April 21, 2014

   

Taytay – Hidden Gem of Northern Palawan

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When you think about visiting Palawan, the first three places that come to mind are the popular destinations that include Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. Seldom do we hear about people going to other places such as Taytay.

Taytay is another idyllic town near El Nido. The word “Taytay” means bridge and some says that it was derived from the word “Talaytayan” (native word) for few pieces of wood strung or arranged together to serve as a bridge. Taytay bay features several islands with unspoiled virgin forests, white sand and crystal clear waters.

On a boat you can go to Apulit Island one of the most beautiful islands in the bay and it’s just about two hours sailing from Taytay. Apulit Island is one the developed resorts that offers a romantic getaway for couples and a serene hideout for those who are seeking refuge with nature.

Taytay, Palawan

Taytay is also an old Spanish town founded in 1623 and one of the popular and well maintained remnants of the Spanish colonization is the Taytay Fort. Taytay Fort or Fuerza de Santa Isabel was built around the 17th century and still stands today and is recognized as one of the popular landmarks of this town. It was said to have been built primarily to defend the Spanish Mission from hostile tribal groups.

There are lots of activities that you could indulge yourself in aside from the usual beachcombing and sunbathing. Some of the popular activities include island-hopping, snorkelling, swimming in the hidden lagoon, kayaking, Irrawaddy Dolphin watching in Malampaya Sound, swimming in the refreshing Canique Waterfall and hiking at Mount Capoas. Mt. Capoas is the third highest mountain in northern part of Palawan about 1,030 meters above sea level, located along Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape.

There are lots of cheap hostels in Taytay like Bahay Tuluyan, Casa Rosa, Danifel’s Guest House (also offers island hopping tour to nearby island of Taytay) and Dilis Beach Resort. Take note that the town experiences electricity outage from time to time.

Getting here is not that difficult. Most tourists go to Taytay by road. From El Nido, it is about one and a half hours by bus or van. From Puerto Princesa, it is about 4 hours by bus or van. Private hire vans are also available in Taytay to take you to the next part of your journey.

Have you been to Taytay, Palawan?

Feel free to share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below.

Photo Credits (Flickr Creative Commons): Taytay by ironchefbalara

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