Out of all the things you can possibly put in your itinerary in El Nido, the one you should never miss out doing is island hopping tour. El Nido is known for its collection of scenic islands bordered with picturesque skyscraping limestone cliffs, with beaches characterize by dazzling fine white sand and azure blue waters. A number of lovely caves can also easily be explored, though some will make you swim or crawl just to get there. The lagoons which are delights on their own are so enchanting they will make your jaw literally drop in awe.
Corong Corong Beach, El Nido, Palawan
A beautiful morning smiled upon us the day we decided to do our island hoping tour. Because we woke up rather late than we intended to and we don’t want to go on empty stomachs, we rush to the neighboring stores to get some last-minute provisions and end up meeting new friends, Ate Sol and Kuya Gerard.
Newly weds and spending their last honeymoon day in El Nido, they asked us if we wanted to go with them for island hopping tours to lower the expenses of renting the boat. We ask about the price and they told us it will be P1000/pax for a combination tour of A and B. Since we thought it was a good bargain (Tour A is originally priced as P700/pax and Tour B as P800/pax making it P1500/pax in total) we decided to go back to Stunning Vistas and have our tour cancelled. Kuya Roel, the boatman, told us it was not possible to cancel anymore since our food for lunch was already prepared. He then gave us a counter offer of P800/pax for the combination tour A and B, which we gladly took. We just asked the newly weds to go with us instead and the deal was finally made.
Me, myself and I
My one and only sister Jois
Our new found travel buddies: Ate Sol and Kuya Gerard
The honey bees Jois and Jeff. ^_^
It was exactly 9AM when we started out on our tour. Kuya Roel and Kuya Ger (our boatmen) chose to bring us to the Tour B islands first because these islands are farther compared to Tour A.
Since we visited 10 places all-in-all during our Island hopping tour in El Nido, I decided to make it a series of articles and feature 2 places per post to highlight them. You might notice variations in colors and quality on these pictures since we used 2 different cameras, an underwater and a DSLR. ^_^
PARADISE = white sand, clear blue water, tropical trees, lovely scenery
It was almost 20 minutes after we started sailing when Kuya Roel pointed out our first stop which was Pinagbuyutan island. As soon as we hopped out of the boat, our bare feet met soft talc-like sand with shards of corals in them. Coconut trees which are commonly found on tropical islands such as this, were abundantly lining the beach providing shelter from the occasional blazing heat of the sun. The water, in its tranquility and stunning mixture of azure blue and turquoise, was so inviting that we couldn’t resist wading into it as we lazily made our way to the sides of the beach.
Jeff as Robinson Crusoe. ^_^
Nakakaloka todo emote ko tapos may singit pala sa taas. Wahaha!
Since we’re all photoholics in the group we spend a lot of time taking crazy pictures. So please forgive me if I bombard you with some of these photos now. LOL!
Philippine’s next top models?!? Chossss..
Photo shoot on an abandoned hut.
Mawawala ba ang jump shot?
A small abandoned hut was the only man-made structure that we found on the island. We had a grand time taking survivor-like vanity photos on this little hut before Kuya Roel told us that we need to pack up. I wouldn’t have minded staying in this island longer but we need to visit 9 more places so we reluctantly bid this island goodbye.
Cathedral Cave Island a.k.a Pinasil Island
Approaching Cathedral Cave
Cathedral Cave side view
Our next stop was Cathedral Cave, a cathedral-like cavern that has an impressively high ceiling situated within Pinasil Island. An opening in the peak of the cave gave the dramatic natural lighting to its cool interiors.
Since the waves were pretty strong when we went there and the only way to get to the cave was to swim through it or kayak your way into it, we decided that we will just leave the cave exploration for another time. We were not good swimmers after all and we don’t want to risk getting slammed to the rocks because of the waves. We also don’t have any kayaks to use since we didn’t ask Kuya Roel and Kuya Gerard to bring one. So after taking some photos we immediately left for the next island.
Anyway here are some pictures and videos I found on the net to give us all an example of what it looks like inside.
Photo credit to Cruising Under Power
Video credit to The Longest Way Home
EL NIDO ESCAPADES. Dec 5-8, 2011. This is a series of articles featuring our escapades on El Nido: the island hopping tours, the food trips, the trekkings and everything that we experienced in this enchanting paradise called El Nido.
+ PART 1: Prelude to Paradise
+ PART 2: Pinagbuyutan Island and Cathedral Cave
+ PART 3: Cudugnon Point and Snake Island
+ PART 4: Pangalusian Island and Secret Lagoon
+ PART 5: Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon
+ PART 6: Shimizu Island and 7 Commando
+ PART 7: Acoustic charm of Balay Tubay
+ PART 8: Trekking to Nagkalit-kalit waterfalls
+ PART 9: Finding solitude in Napsan Beach
+ PART 10: Art Cafe
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