I'm planning to go in the majestic place of Palaui Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. From the time I started my travel blog, I really want to explore this lush green of island flaunting of glorious white sands and scenic forested mountain landscape that surrounded with blue-green water. The island is really a must destination that need to visit for adventurer like me.
Folks, I have good news and bad news about the Palaui Island. The good news is....this beautiful island took the 10th place on CNN's 2013 World’s best beaches. I read the news on CNN website. The other good news it will become the next location of the British reality television series, SURVIVOR. The bad news is....Palaui Island is off limit to all visitors/tourist for the show shoot. The news is posted on Inquire news website.
If you're a fan of the Survivor, the season 25 which named “Survivor Philippines” and the season 26 was called “Survivor Caramoan,” were shot here in the country. Survivor is returning back in the Philippines for the season 27 and 28. I guess it will be titled "Survivor Palaui and "Survivor Cagayan." What do you think guys? These new seasons will feature returning cast members paired with family or loved ones.
Anyway, as far as I know Palaui Island is within the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport and is declared a marine reserve. So why the local government allow this international tv show to shoot in the island. I’m pretty sure locals and environmentalist groups already expressed their objection against this event.
I understand this project will give jobs to locals and provide a good impression to all foreign tourists that Philippines had this kind of beautiful island. How about the biodiversity of the place? Did they consider it? There’s a possible environmental impact of the show in the island.
According to the news, the filming already started and will last for about 6 months.
I'm really sad abut this news because I need more than 6 months before I can visit the Palaui Island. I really want to see the beaches of Cape Engaño, Siwangag coves and the 120-year-old lighthouse sitting on top of a hill at the northern edge. I also want to see the white beaches of Anguib and Pozo Robo on the northeastern tip of the mainland. I don't just want to see only its photos, I want it for real! Haist..I really need to plan immediately for my Palaui adventure after the Survivor shooting. See you on my next adventure.