Sunday, December 14, 2014

Post card from the Philippines: El Nido, Palawan

El Nido


I've been to quite a number of countries. I've even established a reputation as a "Europhile" for being an avid visitor of the continent. Sure, I've made some rounds of my own country before I've embarked overseas, but those travels were limited to the most accessible provinces from Manila -- that is, Northern Luzon (Ilocos), a couple of business trips to Boracay, and so many coverages in Cebu and other nearby cities where there's little chance to really look around. Sadly, I have to admit, I am a stranger in my own country.

Two years ago, I've decided to give Europe a break and decided to check out South Korea. Then Japan. Then I willingly let my friends drag me to El Nido in Palawan when air fares were offered at a bargain.

Palawan was recognized by CNN and Conde Nast, among many other institutions, as the destination to check out for 2014. And it was not without reason.

I really have mixed expectations when I decided to push through with this trip: quite excited because for once, I'm not a solo traveler as I'm beach bumming with friends; for another, I've heard so many raving reviews about the province. But having seen Boracay beforehand -- the most overrated tourist attraction in the Philippines -- I kept my expectations at bay.

But as soon as we got off from the six-hour van ride from Puerto Prinsesa airport, my jaw dropped at the sight of limestone cliffs and turquoise waters from the beachfront resorts at El Nido town proper. And there was more on the following day, when my friends and I plus a Japanese tourist that we met along the way went on a day-long boat ride that took us to six islands close by. I was in awe. I couldn't believe I've skipped this beauty for more expensive travels outside of my country.

White sand beaches, clear waters, beautiful marine life, delicious sea food, breath-taking views, and more. I don't know what else to say about the beauty that is El Nido.


Photo above shows a view of the beach from an unnamed island in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

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Nomadic Boys said...

Can't WAIT to visit next month. Whereabouts did you stay there?