|El Nido, Palawan|
El Nido is a small fishing village north of Palawan, Philippines. To get to El Nido, you will need to take an hour plane ride from Manila or take a six hour van/bus ride from Puerto Princesa City. Since we were already in Puerto Princesa, our only option is to take a bus or a van. Six hour bus ride is a bit much especially if you are riding a bus through muddy rough roads. We decided to hire a van instead. It costs 8,000 pesos (USD 181) one way but after haggling with the driver, he agreed to 6,000 pesos (USD 140) but wait there’s a catch—we will have to hire him again on our way back to Puerto Princesa city for the same price and he asked for 50% advanced payment for the return trip.
We stayed at El Nido Beach Hotel for USD 55/night with free breakfast. It has a great view of the ocean and the massive limestone cliffs. I can’t imagine a much grander view than this.
|Mr. Montgomery owner of Hawaiian Boat Tours|
|Friendly staff of Hawaiian Boat Tours|
Our First stop is Big lagoon. It is where a scene in the movie 'Bourne Legacy" was filmed.
First thing I want to do when I saw this beauty is to jump off the boat and swim but the tour guide told me to stay on the boat and wait till we reach a shallow part. The water is amazingly vivid and inviting and oh so full of marine life!
|Boat stuck on a reef in Big Lagoon|
It reminds me of the movie "The Beach". It is surrounded by massive limestone cliffs.
We then proceeded to Shimizu Island to have lunch. So while we are having fun snorkeling, the whole staff were cooking lunch.
|I imagine mermaids living here|
|Hole in Small lagoon|
You will be rewarded by this awesome view inside the lagoon. Have fun swimming in this crystal clear water of Small Lagoon!
Our last stop is Seven Commando Beach. The final destination after a long day of island hopping.
|Inside Small Lagoon|
|Seven Commando Beach|
It was such a fun day and I wish I can do it all over again soon!
We want to thank Hawaiian Boat Tours for a day of fun! If you guys decide to go to El Nido, you can check them out. Their contact number is: (63)926 716-2792