Growing up on Disney Channel Original Movies taught me that an ideal vacation consists of sun, sand, Hawaiian shirts and a fresh tropical drink. I don’t know why, but they made lying on a beach towel on a white sand beach overlooking clear blue water and sipping fresh fruit juice look so appealing to me back then. My concept of an ideal vacation has changed over the years, especially now that I’m working. Now, I’d gladly take a night home alone spent marathoning Parks and Recreation over a night out of social interaction.
So when I was told that I’d be spending three days in Palawan with complete strangers, my game plan consisted of avoiding other people. Finally, I thought as I checked the itinerary for free time. Some alone time so I can spend watching anime unbothered.
Those plans were dashed as soon as I arrived at Puerto Princesa. Our itinerary, while relatively chill, was also made in such a way that we ended up sticking as a group almost the entire time. It took all but two minutes (aka the travel time from the airport to our hotel) for me to realize that my ploy to avoid human interaction would be futile.
Thankfully, the folks at Canvas Boutique Hotel made me feel right at home with their hospitality (we came home to a snack spread every night). As its name suggests, Canvas is a space with walls meant to be blank slates waiting to be filled. The entire hotel was decorated with unique murals inspired by Palawan culture and folklore, done by artists Electrolychee, Nice Buenaventura, Hannah Liongoren, Tof Zapanta and A.G. Saño.
No joke — reading about them encouraged me to go out and see what Puerto Princesa has to offer. Though we stopped at a lot of tourist areas during our tour, I found a couple of activities that I’d consider going back for.
With that, I present these introvert-friendly tour suggestions for anyone who’s looking for some peace and quiet in and around Canvas Boutique Hotel.