Soon, the food is poured out of the bamboo cooking pots, we share a delicious meal and offer our compliments to the proud chefs. The organic leftovers are gathered in banana leaves and buried.
We are in Bucana, a fishing village perched along the mouth of a river in the El NIdo District of Palawan Island. We have already spent a few days exploring this beautiful coastline with its archipelago of unpopulated islands rising dramatically from the sea. Island hopping for tourists is a mainstay of the local economy and we hear that obtaining a license to operate a tour boat can take years. As everywhere else, it helps to know the right people.