It was the day when typhoon Falcon is ravishing the northern part of Luzon. Before going to the airport, I was actually expecting our flight to be cancelled, but (good thing) it wasn't. We were delayed for more than an hour, and there were some late routine checks on the aircraft before we're able to board and took off. We’re finally airborne at around 11:00 AM and after about 40 minutes, I got a glimpse of the amazing islands in the northern part of Busuanga. It's truly breathtaking!
The sky is a bit clear in this part of Palawan. Which it great! :)
I've experienced turbulent plane rides before and I thought I'm already used to it. But this time, it's totally different. There were frequent bumps and sudden drops of different depths. If you're on that plane, I know you'll also get scared.
While slowly nearing Busuanga Airport, the weather turned bad, really bad. There were big clouds hovering the islands, it's zero visibility and total darkness outside.
Then, we were advised to get ready for the final approach.
However, after a few minutes we haven't landed yet. The pilot then announced that he had aborted the landing due to bad weather condition in Busuanga airport. He told us that we will just go to northern Busuanga where the weather is better and will wait until the it improves in Busuanga airport and it’ll be safer to land.
After about 45 minutes, he tried to land again, but to no avail. The weather didn't cooperated. Haizt!
The pilot announced: "We will go back to Manila, because of the bad weather condition in Busuanga airport"
I was so disappointed. I won’t be able to see Palawan? Haizt!
Even so, I understand that there are situations that are beyond their control. With the worsening weather condition in Busuanga, it's a sharp decision to just go back to Manila instead of risking the lives of everyone by forcing the plane to land. Our pilot should be commended for that. Salamat po!
So, we landed in Manila safely after spending 3 hours on air.
Technically, our flight was CANCELLED. We were advised at the counter that we can re-book our tickets at any date within 30 days. Oh no... I can't... I have to be in Palawan today, my friends are on the next flight. If I will not be able to go there today, I will have to do a solo trip. That would be costly (I thought…). Hay...
So, I asked if I can be accommodated on the next available flight. Good thing there's an available seat for me. I rushed to the boarding gate, just in time before it closes. I hopped to the shuttle bus that brought us to the plane. I finally met with my friends - who were already inside the plane.
Again, an awesome aerial view of the islands of Busuanga greeted us. I am hoping this time that the weather had improved.
Another 1 hour inside the plane. For the 2nd time, a very turbulent ride - but much better than what I experienced on my 1st flight. Luckily, the weather had improved and we were able to land this time. Thank God!
Manila - Busuanga (1st flight) ~ 1 HR
Wandering around Busuanga ~ 1 HR
Busuanga - Manila ~ 1 HR
Manila - Busuanga (2nd flight) ~ 1 HR
TOTAL Flying Hours ~ 4 HRS
This is the longest flight I ever had. Hahaha!!! Was it worth it? Definitely YES!!! I had a great time in Coron. I will tell you on my next posts!
This is a 3D/2N trip to the world famous tourist destination in our country, Coron Palawan. Happened last June 19-21, 2011, this series chronicles the places we visited, the activities we did and the people we've met on this wonderful adventure. To date, is the 28th province on my list.
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