Earlier this summer, my girlfriends and I planned a trip to El NIdo, Palawan. It was a bit tricky getting a flight from Manila to El Nido, so we flew in to Puerto Princesa City instead and took the 7 hour van ride from there. Trust me, it's worth it.
We arrived at the town of El Nido past dinner time, checked into our hotel and wandered around the main street for a good meal. I must say I was disheartened to find out that El Nido town is crowded and poorly planned. The bay also seemed to be a parking lot of hundreds of boats, instead of it being a pristine, white sand beach that we see on photos.
We woke up the next day right on time for our first boat trip, Tour A. The boat was small, basic and had a loud engine. As we drove further away from town, the water started getting clearer, and unexpectedly, I was simply blown away by everything that surrounded us.
|El Nido's waters are rich with biodiversity|
7 Commando Beach
|Sumptuous feast prepared by our boatman, Kuya Mar|
Kuya Mar (right) and his nephew Danrae (left)
|Sunset from El Nido Bay|
|If you're craving for Italian food, Trattoria Altrove is the best on the island|
|The Alternative has a diverse menu, good ambiance and music|
|Special thanks to our photographer Abi Paco who shot and edited all the photos used in this blog|
“Sorry, Maldives... We love you, but we've got a new flame.”
- Conde Nast Traveller, 2013