If there’s a place on earth that can be aptly called Paradise, it is El Nido in Palawan, Philippines. A picturesque island that boasts of flour like sand, crystal clear waters, stunning sceneries and panoramic landscapes. Hailed as one of the world’s best beach destinations.
Frequented by both local and foreign tourists, its magnificent charm never fails to capture every visitor’s heart. You’ll be awed upon seeing the gigantic marble cliffs and limestone caves that are believed to be 200 million years old. The sights of its fabulous beaches and enchanting lagoons are sure to bring thrills even in the most listless of souls. Words are not enough to describe its unmistakable beauty that continually casts a magic spell to those who have set their foot here.
Located on the far northern tip of Palawan, it is 420 kms. away from the country’s capital of Manila and has a total land area of 465 square kilometers. It takes six hours of land travel to get here from Palawan’s capital of Puerto Princesa. You’ll never have an idle time as you can explore its 52 beaches, numerous islands, lush forests, mysterious caves and a great number of lagoons. Its name means “the nest” in Spanish after the swallow’s nest found all over the place and is used traditionally by the Chinese in preparing its famous bird’s nest soup.
It has a rich biodiversity. It’s a home for different flora and fauna. This includes marine mammals; a thousand varieties of corals and fishes; endangered species of birds and turtles; and some exotic animals.
Be ready for some real adventure and fun. El Nido promises to blow your mind and take your breath away.
Why go to El Nido?
There are countless reasons to go in El Nido. We’ll summarize it into three broad ideas.
1) Because you can be a witness to the sparkling beauty of a pristine nature
The islands of El Nido are unspoiled from any undesirable human activities. The virginity of the place remains intact and going here means seeing wildlife in its raw spectacle.
Amazing beaches make you want to take everything off and dip forever there. There are 52 of them, take a choice and make it your own private beach. Perfect for any family get together and bonding. Play and frolic along the seashore. Let your daughter build a sandcastle and feel like a princess for a day.
Its towering marble cliffs are a sight to behold. Rent a boat and be as close to this nature’s ageless work.
El Nido’s 45 islands and islets have their own unique beauty. Caves, lagoons and tropical forests are all within reach. It’s for you to discover and conquer.
2) Because it’s nice to see one of world’s most diverse ecosystem
This is where God’s amazing creatures meet and interact in a highly protected nature reserve. Be up and personal with peculiar creatures like the threatened Palawan Hornbill and
the Palawan Scops Owl. See eye to eye with the native Dugong or the Palawan tree squirrel. Get in contact with endangered turtles like Hawksbill and Leatherback
El Nido’s marine resources are also abundant with teeming colorful fishes and untouched coral reefs. The underwater is a kingdom of different species of the grilled ones and includes a variety of sea plants.
The local government has come up with preservation programs to fully protect its marine and environmental life. It makes sure of its preservation for the future generation to see and enjoy.
3) Because it offers luxury at an affordable price
If you’re a foreign tourist, your money has a lot of value here for its conversion rate gives you higher amount and purchasing power.
El Nido gives a one of a kind tropical vacation where everything is set in total grandeur with less prices. Accomodation is cheaper compared to the Caribbean, but the quality is equal or even better. You can stay in beach villas, overwater cottages and rented resort rooms.
Foods and fishes are abundant. Fruits, vegetables and food items can be bought in makeshift markets. Newly caught, fresh fishes are sold by beach vendors at bargain prices. If you love eating, there are restaurants, little bars and small eateries that flourish in the area.
The things to do in El Nido
1) Island hopping
Visit its cliff backed islands as much as you can. It’s an experience you won’t forget.
One of the famous ones is the snake island. Don’t worry, there are no snakes here, but a unique S shaped sandbar that connects the island to mainland Palawan. Walk your way through here and be wary of a rockfish, it can hurt your feet. You can also swim along its sides and upon reaching the end, trek up to fully appreciate the view of the trail and the entire beauty around
Lagen island is another must see. It gives a relaxing holiday in a very serene place. You can have a glimpse of the Bacuit Bay and a full view of the romantic El Nido sunset. Be an observer of the diverse wildlife in their own natural habitat. Highly modernized accommodations are available and offer different facilities like a massage cabana and spa suite. This island is highly recommended for lovers and honeymooners.
2) Underwater adventures like snorkeling and deep sea diving
A diver’s paradise with the country’s richest reserves of marine life to explore. The underwater paradise is a haven for different species of corals and fishes.
There are 30 known dive sites around El Nido. Majority is in Miniloc and Lagen Islands while the others are scattered near Apulit Island. They differ in ranges, from creeping slopes, reef flats to complete drop-offs. Visibility is clear to up to 30 meters down come the summer time when it becomes a lair for thrilled divers.
3) Fun activities like cliff climbing, cave exploration, lagoon adventures, kayaking, forest hiking and a lot more
When in El Nido, you can think of countless ways how to spend your vacation. Activities are endless if you just use your creative mind and imagination.