|The South Tubbataha Reef|
|South Islet with the remnants of a wreck in the foreground|
|The Brown Boobies and Red-footed Boobies roosting on trees on North Islet|
See my other travelogue "Off the Beaten Track in the Philippines"
Cagayancillo. Our next stop was the town of Cagayancillo, located on Cagayan Island, of the Cagayan Islands Group. Tubbataha, Arena and Cavili are in the municipality of Cagayancillo, itself part of Palawan. We anchored near the rocky and forested Dondonay Island, and the next day reached Cagayan Island in Barangay Talaga, the only safe approach we could find for the Santa Maria. From there I walked and rode a carabao cart to the town proper, about 5 kms away. This hospitable and charming little town has an old Spanish fort on a hill and an old church, notable for its inner walls decorated with shells.
|The Cagayancillo Church decorated with sea shells|
|The walls of the Cagayancillo Church|