Well I never thought I would be here. This was never even on my radar screen. But for a call from a friend of mine, I wouldn't be:
While there I rented a car to do self-exploration as I like to do. I'm glad I grew up in the mountains area driving standard transmission at times, because this is what it was like here.
At the north eastern side of the island you are greeted with some great ocean views:
And a reminder you are on the northern tip of the island;
This area of the island offered the best views of the ocean I experienced on this trip.
The colors of the water and breaking surf provided a serene setting. I was quite amazed to have this place to myself this morning. I know this is a remote area of the island, but it seemed like it would be a great attraction to draw many to make the drive. Anyway, I wasn't complaining as I love these moments to myself.
I hesitated to come here, actually. As beautiful as it is, there is a small hidden danger here, or at least I perceived. This area of the island is very close to the terrorist area of the Philippines. There are armed terrorist groups that patrol the waters between Borneo and the Philippines and are notorious for kidnapping hostages to promote their cause.
I kept my eyes out for boats that portended dangers while there. I saw nothing of consequence in that regard. I expect the probability of a land incursion by these groups is very small, so likely any fears I had were greatly misplaced. But when you're there alone, crazy things can go through your mind.
So peaceful here. This was one of the most memorable moments I had on the island.
But my time here was disturbed by one thing. I noticed this guy lurking in the trees:
I'm not sure what it was but I made a point to take a picture then back away. I'm in his habitat after all. No need to provoke or disturb.
I spent about an hour and a half at this northern point. After sucking up all the scenery, it was time to depart. But where to next? I came across this sign as suggestions:
Wow! I don't think I can drive to these places from this island.
Ok, guess I'll go to the Orangutan sanctuary instead: