El Nido is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is about 420 kilometres South-West of Manila and about 238 kilometres North-East of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital. It is known for its white sand beaches, coral reefs, limestones cliffs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago.
El Nido is now ranked #1 Conde Nest Traveler’s list of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World”. CNN International has called it the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines for its extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.
We flew via Philippine Airlines from Manila to Puerto Princesa our gateway to El Nido, Palawan. The flight took us about 65 minutes. Once we disembarked I saw an impressive view of Puerto Princesa sunrise out on a plane window. A thrilling journey in the quest of a beautiful sunrise.
We stayed over for one night in a small inn in Puerto Princesa close to the airport before heading to El Nido, Palawan the following day. We took the van which we booked ahead and arranged with the driver to pick us up at the inn. The van transfer from Puerto Princesa to El Nido cost about Php750 each. You can rent the entire van all to yourself but a bit pricey or share with other passengers if you are in tight budget but be ready, you packed like sardines in a tin.
A trip going to El Nido was a roller coaster. The zigzag road, the countless twists and turn of the driver trying to maneuver the unpaved road while texting, got me butterflies in my stomach. I wanted to snooze but I couldn’t, the long and winding zigzag road kept me awake and the beautiful scenery along the side of the road. After 5 to 6 hours roller coaster ride we finally arrived in our destination.
I was totally enchanted by the beauty of El Nido. Who wouldn’t be? El Nido is a dream destination for everyone who would like to experience a paradise within paradise away from the city’s busy life. The tranquility, the beautiful scenery of a small town, lush trees and nature all around.
We stayed over in Greenview Resort in barangay Corong-Corong on a quiet beach just 3km from the town. I would highly recommend this place for everyone who would like to visit El Nido. The place is cozy and on the beach. The cabana are nice and cozy with excellent value for money. You can get a room for about Php700-800 a night.
What to do in El Nido:
#1 Watch the sunset of Corong-Corong, El Nido
The sunset in Corong-Corong was spectacular. There truly is nothing like watching the sun set over the sea, coupled with comforting stillness. Oh my oh my…the world is truly amazing.
El Nido is a beautiful paradise by hopping from one islands to another to see white-fine sandy beaches, limestones cliffs, jade-colored lagoons and sand bars. This is one of my reasons why I visited El Nido. I wanted to see the jaw dropping beauty of the paradise. So I took the Tour A & C arranged by Greenview Resort. Tour include a lunch of mouthwatering grilled fish, pork, chicken, rice, fruits, fresh salad and ice-cold drinks on one of the picturesque beach.
#2 Island Hopping:
Tour A – Centered on Minloc Island and the two lagoons, Shimizu Island the 7 Commandos Beach
SWIMMING IN SMALL LAGOON to get here you need to swim through a small cracks or riding in a kayak. Snorkelling would be fun too. The color of the water is absolutely turquoise blue. The lagoon enclosed by a beautiful black rocks formations that revealed its stunning beauty.
GET STUNNED BY THE ROCK FORMATIONS OF SHIMIZU ISLAND known as Zimizu Island. It is an island located off the coast of El Nido. The island boasts a cream-colored sand beach. Shimizu is an uninhabited island. There’s no resort on the island and there’s no source of electricity or fresh water. According to the locals, the island named after the Japanese scuba diver who died near the island because of insufficient oxygen in his tank. The main attraction of the island is the narrow stretch powdery white sand and the beauty marine life just a couple of meters from the shore. Clams and school of colorful fish are just around the waters of Shimizu.
CRAWL IN THE SMALL HOLE OF SECRET LAGOON to enter the Secret Lagoon one has to wade through waist-high surf then crawl through a small hole in the mountain face. It has a pristine sand hidden from sight by large formations of limestone cliffs.
IN AWE BY THE BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND CLARITY OF WATERS OF THE BIG LAGOON as you enter the mouth of the lagoon, you cannot help but be awed by the beauty of the limestone cliffs and clarity of the color of water.
RELAX IN THE SEVEN COMMANDOS LONG WHITE SANDY BEACH last destination after a long day tour. Seven Commandos named after 7 remaining Japanese commandos who lived in the island as stragglers after World War II. The Island has a long white sandy beach lined with palm trees.
Tour C Secret Beach, Matinloc and Helicopter Island.
VISIT THE MYSTERIOUS MATINLOC SHRINE this is an abandoned shrine with statue of the Virgin Mary and many other religious items. Getting to the top of the limestone structure is the best view of the nearby islands. The view is breathtaking!
TREAT YOURSELF TO PICTURESQUE VIEW OF HIDDEN BEACH tucked away behind the high walls of stone, it was named hidden beach, simply because it is a beach hidden between two beautiful rocks with a nice picturesque entrance.
HELICOPTER ISLAND this island looks remarkably like a giant helicopter sitting in Bacuit bay. The island is home to a few beaches.It has a beautiful white sand beach stretching to some 300 meters.
El Nido is truly a paradise from its high ecological nature, blue crystal clear waters, jagged rock formations, lush forests, you will miss a lot if you’ve never been to this paradise.