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Sunday, May 29, 2016

El Nido, Palawan

In the late 1990s, El Nido is a well known tourist spot in the Philippines, mostly for the affluent and for those who are willing to spend much for their travel and leisure. The hotels and airline cost those days direct to El Nido are too costly. Nowadays, due to the road pavements from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and the booming business of affordable inns and hotels, every traveler who wants to explore the beauty of the place can go there at a lower travel cost.


Big Lagoon

El Nido is a remote town with the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines, as I must say.  It is like you are in a different country as most of the tourists are foreigners (around 70-80%). The limestone cliffs and the landscapes are breathtaking; El Nido is indeed a paradise for beach lovers.





Travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido is around 5 hours (227 kms). It is more advisable to take this land travel during day time since the roads are narrow and curvy, aside from the fact that the drivers of the van/SUVs are driving fast.  If you are not a comfortable of long land travel, you may take the direct flight to El Nido via Air Swift (a charter company for El Nido resorts).  In the town of El Nido, there are many affordable inns and hotels near the coastline where all boats for island hopping tours are docked.




El Nido Town Coastline


Like the testimonial of other travel blogs, there are 4 tours in El Nido (Tour A,B,C and D) but the highly recommended tours are tour A and C. You will have to allot the entire day to complete one tour and you may finish all of the tours if you stay in El Nido for a week. Lunch buffet (with sea food) is usually part of the island tour package. According to local legends, the Matinloc beach in El Nido (part of Tour C) inspired Alex Garland's novel The Beach, which was written while the author was in El Nido <source: Wikipedia>

Must bring items are your snorkeling gear, beach shoes, SPF lotion, waterproof bag and water proof camera (in case you want to take underwater pictures).
Island Hopping




Star Beach


Secret Beach

Big Lagoon

Small Lagoon

Small Lagoon

Small Lagoon

Shimizu Island

 
Shimizu Island

7 Commandos

7 Commandos





The locals at El Nido are courteous and most of the tourist guides already knew different types of languages.  There are available scooters/motorcycles for rent aside from the tricycles or van if you want to tour the entire town.

Other tourist drop off points in the mainland are the Las Cabanas beach (15 minutes from the town proper) and the Nacpan beach  in Sitio Calitang (50 minutes away from El Nido town).

Nacpan Beach








The twin beach - Nacpan and Calitang Beach









Roadtrip to Nacpan


Las Cabanas

Las Cabanas





Lally and Abet Garden Resort in El Nido

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