Flower Island: A Hidden Gem in Palawan
Stefan Arestis | Jun 17, 2016
As part of our travels discovering the gay friendly side of Palawan, we stumbled upon a hidden gem called Flower Island.
Flower Island is located an hour's speedboat from Tay Tay on Palawan island in the heart of a large pearl farm.
The island is small, with no more then 30 people living on it at any time and includes the Flower Island Resort.
We stayed in one of the large beautiful, spacious cottages, right on the beach with its own private balcony and hammock to relax the hours away, sipping on a buko with a stunning sunset behind you.
We mentioned those sunsets didn't we? Every evening...
SNORKELLING ON FLOWER ISLAND
Flower Island is surrounded by beautiful untouched coral reef, thriving with life. Snorkelling is incredible here and we loved every moment. You can just grab your equipment and head straight in from the beach or get a speed boat to go deeper and see more.
We saw so many beautiful tropical fish just existing with each other in the underwater world and the occasional turtle swimming by so effortlessly minding its own business.
VISITING A PEARL FARM NEAR FLOWER ISLAND
Flower Island is surrounded by numerous pearl farms, which are worth visiting. They are heavily guarded so you need to plan your visit carefully with them because the location of the farms is kept secret to minimise thefts.
The Philippines specialises in producing golden pearls. It's a very complex process, taking over 2 years to produce the “perfect” shaped and golden coloured pearl.
MEDITATION AND KEEPING FIT ON FLOWER ISLAND
Flower Island is the perfect setting for meditation: it’s just so peaceful with only a handful of people on there at anyone time.
In addition, there’s a stone path going around the island. A complete cycle around the entire island is around 1.7km / 1 mile. You can also hike up to the lighthouse in the centre for awesome 360 degrees views of the surrounding area.
THE PROFESSIONAL AND GAY FRIENDLY STAFF OF FLOWER ISLAND
Flower Island is very gay friendly and we definitely recommend it to gay travellers. The staff welcomed us with shell necklaces and big smiles. We felt completely at home as a gay couple, never faced with any awkwardness or prejudice.
They took this to a whole other level on our final evening, when they arranged a brilliant dance show, which included a topless performance from the local island boys!
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