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El Nido, Palawan: Now that is the whole spectrum of colors

April 1, 2010

Incredible is the word to describe this tourist destination on the north-west side of Palawan. The stage is a bountiful backdrop of limestone cliffs with splashes of green hues from the foliage. Different shades of blue from the sky to the sea complete the picture of this natural masterpiece. The remoteness and inaccessibility of El Nido give it is character. The poblacion is pretty much a sleepy town with a backpacking vibe.

To get to El Nido, you have basically two options. You could fly direct to El Nido airport which will cost you approximately 6-8 thousand pesos each way depending on season.  The second option and best alternative is to take a relatively inexpensive flight to Puerto Princesa then take land transportation (either bus or van) all the way to El Nido. It’s a good 5-6 hour drive; a good three hours of which are on dusty, seemingly sand roads.

Cloud dusting

Boom! A few clicks before hitting El Nido town you will recognize the unmistakable limestone cliffs.

As you are snaking your way into town progress is very imminent. The town market is now a cemented structure with order in it. Hama street just parallel to the town beach is more densely occupied now. Shops of different commerce abound: restaurants, bars, internet cafes, liquor store, massage spa, and more!

With regard to accommodation, a decision must be made if one wishes to be in the company of others or in isolation. If isolation is the order of the day, then stay as far away from town as possible. However, if meeting new friends is your thing then one must stay at a place in-town.

There are quite a number of places to stay in-town. The price range varies from as little as 300 pesos a day to as high as 8,000 pesos per night. The better deals can be had for about 1,500 a night in my opinion. Here’s a tip: Don’t get an air conditioned room. Aside from being out most of the day, electricity in-town is out from 6am till 2pm.

I personally prefer a place that is outside of town. A major plus would be if you could still head to town easily if you wanted to. Makulay Lodge fits that bill. The very simple yet elegant inn is just on the next cove at Calaan beach.

Makulay Lodge

Main Area

visual treat

Here's another one

Once you get your digs, the best thing to do is head out for some island hopping. The tours operating have got standard packages with pre-determined destinations that come with lunch. I will let the photos do the talking for now.

Cadlao Island

Big Lagoon

Limestone Formations

I want that cove!

Nothing but blue skies

The sun's coming down

Fantastic color hues, perfect way to end the day

2 Comments leave one →
  1. sharone permalink
    April 16, 2010 2:56 am

    wow beautiful…ONE DAY will visit matter where i am

  2. Ernie Lizada permalink
    April 21, 2010 12:45 am

    W O W . A real paradise.

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