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I had wanted to do another island hopping tour while I was in Palawan, and so, when I found out my new Icelandic friends were doing tour C (there were four different set tours that everyone offered), I invited myself along. It was an incredibly fun day, with much better weather than the last. We explored a secret beach where you had to swim in scary waves through a little jagged rock entrance to find a secluded paradise. We did handstands in the sand...

We all felt like shit that morning. The night before our hostel was burglarized. And there was nothing we could do about it. We still went on the tour we had planned for. But it was raining for the first half of the day. We were wet and miserable. We all wanted to give up, go home. We just wanted to check out of our hostel and move on, forget about El Nido. ...