The Philippine archipelago comprises 7,107 islands located in the center of an area called the “Coral Triangle” which includes portions of the waters of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. The area is referred to as the “Coral Triangle” due to the large number of corals in the area. This is an area of tremendous importance because it is recognized as the global center for marine biodiversity.
Taytay has an old fort from the Spanish Colonial times. The town is about 3 hours by van from the capital city of Puerto Princesa and is well worth a quick stop. Tourist often stay here for a day on their way to El Nido town.
A spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean captivated us with the waves crashing against the shore with such ardor, you could almost feel the might of the great body of water before us. At that moment, Baler welcomed us. I felt at peace. My siblings and I had a taste of the renowned Baler surf the very next day.
The exhilaration of having conquered the mountain was totally worth all the challenges of the climb. The climb was truly was truly an unforgettable experience. I would be delighted if I was invited to climb Mt. Udok again; and I can assure you, it’s a climb worth taking.