Welcome to El Nido!!! One of the most beautiful places in the world, constantly on top of lists of the best islands/beaches and after visiting, I now know why. It’s freakinnnnng amazingggggggggggggggggggg.
I finally step foot in El Nido, Palawan last April (yes, I know it’s taken a while; bear with me please hehe). My family and I flew from Clark to Puerto Princesa via PAL then hired a van to take us to El Nido which took around 5 hours. Smooth roads, no traffic, no hassle. We arrived around dusk so all we did that evening was checked it, found a place to have dinner and went to bed. Had to get a good nights rest for our first day of island hopping!
We stayed at Hadefe Cottages (located on the edge of Ca’alan Beach walking path) for 3 days and 2 nights. Every morning we were greeted with this amazing view! Great place, people were very friendly and helpful, highly recommend!
We stayed in the Big Family Cottage which was Php 1,800 per night, good for 4 people. They also have other smaller cottages/rooms starting at P1,000 per night, you can check out their other rooms and rates here: http://www.hadefetravel.com/cottages/page.php?id=rooms
Breakfast is also included; they have a nice wide open space for dining. They usually serve rice + egg +hotdog/fish. There’s also a selection of coffees that you can choose from. I really enjoyed eating breakfast with this view, so nice and so peaceful!
Tour C usually consists of the following islands/beaches:
- Secret Beach
- Star Beach
- Helicopter Island
- Hidden Beach
- Matinloc Shrine
We didn’t end up going to Matinloc Shrine or Helicopter Island (our choice) but we did pass by them. So many beautiful islands to visit, it’s hard to fit them all in in a day hehe. Continue scrolling to see more of the islands we visited:
Views for dayyyyys. I really loved this place. Also great for children since the water isn’t deep in the middle part. It does however get deep the further you go out so best to wear a life jacket it you can’t swim.
Most people stop over at Star Beach for lunch but when we went by it was full of people so the boatmen took us to another island close by. Can’t remember which island we stopped at but while our boatmen were prepping the food we had a quick swim. Food was so good!!! They grilled/cooked everything fresh on the boat. Craving for an island feast now, hehe.
Surrounded by beautiful limestones, I was in awe the whole time!
A wide open beach, perfect for relaxing. This was a out last stop for the day. We also went snorkeling here, the waters were deep so definitely wear a life jacket. The corals and fish were
- Always wear a life jacket in deep waters even if you know how to swim. You never know when you’re gonna get cramps!
- Check the weather ahead as the boatmen are more likely to cancel Tour C since the water is quite open and prone to “rough water”
- Wear sunblock
- Eat good food
- And lastly, always remember: YOU’RE IN EL NIDO. ELAX AND ENJOY!!!
Have you guys been to El Nido before? What tour did you take and which one do you think is the best? Let me know in the comment section before, would love to hear from you guys!