Southeast of Palaui Island, facing the Babuyan Channel, there’s a fishing community called Punta Verde, which means “green point” in Portuguese.

If you want to trek to the lighthouse of Cape Cape Engaño, instead of getting there by boat, Punta Verde is the starting point.* There are two trails available: the mountaineer’s favorite is the Leonardo trail, which crosses hills and takes you deep into the forest, and the Lagunsad trail, the almost-mountaineer’s path, which is a long walk in the endless shore. Had the hobbit arrived early in Sta Ana, the hobbit would have conquered one of these walkathons.

If you aren’t trekking, however, you can check other surprises of Punta Verde: relax in the rapids of Baratubot Falls or snorkel in the shallow waters to find Nemo. @

We went to this side of the island after visiting Cape Engaño and dropping by the not-so-awesome Siwangag Cove.The trip lasted for about an hour and a half—too long for floating in the ocean—that I even think the planning of the boat’s route was quite lousy.


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