“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
Let’s talk about El Nido, Palawan – Philipines.
Last October I took a vacation to El Nido, a tourist destination in Puerto Princesa – Philippines. Travel smoothly from KL – Manila but I had to move to another terminal to switch the plane to Puerto Princesa. After 1 hour, we finally landed at Puerto Princesa airport. First impression about this city: I love this city. Not too crowded and many sides of the city still look old fashioned.
We rented a shuttle to El Nido for PHP600 / person. Finally after 4 hours, we arrived in Palawan, a beach area which is also very close to the hills. The front of our hotel is up a hill, whereas the back of the hotel is already waterfront. Many simple stalls near the hotel, as well as Tricycle riders (traditional vehicles) plus green hills. We stayed at a simple hotel called Sheryl May Inn in Palawan El Nido (Rizal St, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines). Price is also affordable, around IDR 250,000. Its location on the side of the road, quite clean (because I will do many activities outside the hotel, so to me this hotel is enough for me).
How beautiful El Nido!
I started to explore El Nido the next day. We chose the most recommended package: Tour A. Each tour package (A, B, C, D) has different destinations around 4-5 places in 1 package including lunch, safety vest, and you can borrow equipment diving if you want to dive.We visited several locations namely Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Corong – Corong Beach, Papaya Beach, and Shimizu Island.
I can not write much about each location, but I hope these photos represent my amazement when I visit El Nido – Palawan. If you want to try the whole package, maybe you need a 1 week stay in El Nido, closed with some other tourist destinations in Puerto Princesa.
After 2 days at El Nido, we returned to the city center (with shuttle). We had 1 day to walk around Puerto Princesa before we flew to Manila the next day. In Puerto Princesa we stay at the Marianne Home Inn hotel. In contrast to the previous hotels in El Nido, good quality wifi in the Marianne Home Inn, probably because the location is in the city center.
That night, we visited Puerto Princesa baywalk. We walked past traditional markets to make it easier for us to find Tricycle drivers. We had dinner Jollibee (Fried Chicken from Philipines) after which we headed to Baywalk with a tricycle – with GPS fixed on. Less than 10 minutes we have reached Baywalk. Many seafood restaurants with plenty of food and beverage menu offered. Here you can also taste balut (dabbled duck embryo). Balut become extreme food sold freely and can be enjoyed by anyone (as easy as we find hotdog or street food). The last night in Puerto Princesa closed with dinner again at a seafood restaurant in Baywalk. Enjoyed that time!
Interesting points from Palawan and Puerto Princesa:
1. In general, different currencies make some goods and also food cheaper. Yay!
2. El Nido became one of the favorite tourist attractions. Unfortunately there are no hotels in every island, so the only way you stay in a hotel is by the beach. Even with the beauty of the island, you can not rent an exclusive hotel. This is one way to sustain the island.
3. Lots of food choices. Street food and other delicacies.
4. Transportation is quite easy. You are easy to get Trycycle driver with affordable price here.
So guys, Am I missed something about El Nido? You have a fun story about El Nido. Please comment below to let me know.
Next month, I will take a trip to Macau & Hong Kong. For some photos of my trip and daily life, feel free to follow my Instagram or click by hashtag #AyuChasingTheSun. Can’t wait to share my best moment with you all guys. Thank you for reading this. See you again in another stories. #BigLove