Monday, January 12, 2015

Palawan 2014: El Nido

EL NIDO - PARADISE on Earth indeed!

El Nido is located in Northern Palawan. We traveled 5-6 hours from the City of Puerto Princesa, and it's all worth it! I have this El Nido hangover as of writing hahaha! We booked a piso fare via Philippine Airlines, inquired and reserved a room in MARIKIT PENSION ( Highly recommended) and tour package in Northern Hope ( Highly recommended) for this trip! It's not as expensive as I've thought. :) You just do research, read travel blogs and reviews  (as I always do) :)

Hello again, Puerto Princesa :)

We reserved seats in Eulen Joy Transport beforehand :) They have a small terminal/waiting area outside the airport. Just text/call them for reservation :)

We left at 8:30am in Puerto Princesa and reached El Nido at 1:30pm. :) We rode a tricycle to Marikit Pension. We rest for a while and strolled around the town :)

Our hotel/inn is located near school :)

We had a dinner in Squidoo :) 

Sorry, I don't have any pictures of food or menu of Squidoo. Just this. hahaha!
 Day 1: Start of island hopping! we availed TOUR A :) one of Northern Hope fetched us in our hotel and guided us to the port :)

Our tour guides :)

We are 12 pax in this tour :) we gained new friends :)
Small Lagoon :)

Helicopter island

Big Lagoon :)

We arrived at Payong Payong Island to have our lunch. The guides prepared a yummy lunch :) While waiting, we explore the island and took pictures! (of course!hahaha)

Yummy Lunch!

After lunch, we went to Secret lagoon :)

The popular, Miniloc Island :)

Last stop, Seven Commandos Beach :)

Day 1 tour ended and again, it's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! We changed our wet clothes and went to El Nido Boutique and cafe, one of the popular resto in El Nido town :)

We rest early that day for another awesome tour next day :)

Marikit Pension serves a yummy and full packed breakfast :)

We went to Northern hope office at 8:30am. We availed TOUR C for day 2 :) 

First stop, Hidden Beach :)

We had our early lunch in Talisay Beach. According to our guides, we should be early in our next stop to avoid high waves because it's an open sea :)

I'm Fishing, kidding :)

On our way to Secret beach :) Our guides were right, the waves are high!

Entrance in Secret Beach. It's kinda tricky before you reach the beach. You should swim in high waves to reach the beach because it's a open sea. My swimming skills was tested and infairness, it's tough. I didn't wear life vest because it's hard to swim with it. But, I advise to wear one if you're not able to swim. Don't worry, the guides will assist you :)

Team Tour C :)

Next, Matinloc Island :)

Last stop, Helicopter Island :)

It's was awesome day indeed!! El Nido has blessed by breath taking and wonderful beaches! :) We should try the Tour B and Tour D next time :) 

On our third and last day of tour, we availed the Inland tour (Tour E). We chose to go to Nacpan and Calintang Twin Beach. Northern Hope Tours provided us a tricyle/tour for that day. But before that, we tried the zipline overlooking the beach. I've been tried a lot of zipline but that was my first time to see the beach while I'm on the zipline!. hahahaha!

We trek for almost 20 minutes before we reach the activity area. Luckily,  there's no guest that time, or maybe because we are early. hahaha!

The crew assisted us to wear harness and helmet. Paid the fee of one way package and go ZIPLINE!!!

Oh yes, that's our destination, isn't that exciting? hahaha!

Zipline! :)
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Great view of Las Cabanas Resort.

After of zipline activity, we went down with this wooden stairs going back to the main entrance. 

Corong Corong beach :)

We passed by Las Cabanas Beach Resort. :)

Corong corong shoreline :)
We head to Nacpan and Calitang Beach. While on our way, we experienced heavy rain that's why it took a while before we reach the beach.

Nacpan beach :)

We trek for almost 10 minutes before we reach the hill to see the famous picturesque view of this :)

Enjoying the beach :)

Panorama view of Nacpan beach.

We had a yummy lunch together with our guide and enjoy the rest of the day. We departed around 2:30pm and reach El Nido town at 4:00pm. Took our dinner and stroll around the town to buy pasalubong :)

Before we depart on our last day, I went to nearby church to pray and also to take pictures :)

Bit goodbye to PARADISE ON EARTH and I will surely come back!!!!

Our 360 degrees video of El Nido's finest.
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- I suggest to book early to Northern Hope to avail discount like they gave us :) (clap clap)
- We tried in different restos in El Nido and it's quite expensive that why spent much in food (hahaha). There's a lot of eatery in town that cost less. You can also try it to less your expenses. :)

*(Van transfer) Eulen Joy Shuttle:  0926-6998700 / 0918-6534017 
*(Island Hopping Tours) Northern Hope Tours:  Ms. Neriza - 0927-7353221 / 0906-3768608 
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*(Accomodation) Marikit Pension : Ms. Magda - 0917-5483650 / 09399242806 

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Travel Date: September 24-28 2014