El Nido, Spanish for “the nest”, is a small island 238 km northeast of Puerto Princesa. It boasts of majestic limestone cliffs, lush vegetation, white sand beaches and turquoise green waters with a wide array of marine life. It truly is the epitome of paradise. <3
From Puerto, we took a tourist van to El Nido. Travel time was around 6 hours. We left Puerto Princess at 9:30am and arrived at El Nido at around 4pm. After checking in, we decided to tour the island.
El Nido is very laid back. It reminds me of the old Boracay. It doesn’t even have an ATM machine so be sure to bring cash.
The hotels and pension houses are affordable, P800 – 1,500 per night. The food was a bit pricey. We ended up spending around 300php per meal.
There are 4 types of tours in El Nido, each ranging from 900-1,500php inclusive of lunch.
- Small Lagoon
- Big Lagoon
- Secret Lagoon
- Shimizu Island
- 7 Commando Island
- Snake Island
- Pinagbuyutan Beach
- Cudugnon Cave
- Cathedral Cave
- Entalula Beach
- Matinloc Shrine
- Hidden Beach
- Star Beach
- Helicopter Island
- Secret Beach
- Bukal Beach
- Pasandigan Beach
- Cadlao Lagoon
- Paradise Beach
- Natnat Beach
This is the coastline of El Nido – the pick up point for island tours.
For our first day, we picked Tour A. Tour A is centered mainly on Miniloc Island. First stop is two lagoons, then a scrumptious lunch on the beach, then next is the hidden lagoon and then finally 7 Commando Island for some refreshing halo-halo. Don’t forget your sun block! The islands may be beautiful but the sun is as fierce as ever. We had to reapply after every stop to avoid getting burned to a crisp.
The best thing about the small lagoon – kayaking! You can discover the surrounding areas in your kayak while basking in the sun.
This tiny hole is what you have to go through to be able to get inside the Secret Lagoon. It reminds me of The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s like a secret slice of paradise contained within these limestone walls.
This where we dropped anchor to have lunch. Shimizu Island is one of the best areas to go snorkeling in as they have a wide array of marine life. It’s like Discovery Channel in here. Just be careful of the occasional jelly fish >.<
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I wasn’t able to take a photo of the delicious lunch prepared for us since I dived right in, but it looked something like this ^__^
7 Commando Island
7 Commando Island was our last stop for the day. We lounged around for about 30 minutes while eating halo-halo before heading back to main land.
All in all, it was a fantastic day! The Philippines is truly a beautiful country. We have so much to be proud of. Even the Canadian tourists we were with kept on saying that although they have travelled around the world, the beaches in Palawan are among the best they have ever been to.
It’s more fun in the Philippines!
Go live a Truly Wealthy life!