The Philippines is a beautiful country full of gorgeous natural views and extremely helpful, people. To call El Nido paradise on Earth would be an understatement! While it was difficult for me to list down everything that's great about it- trust me that list is too long and would take me pages to complete- I have listed down 5 things which should be on top of your list if you are visiting El Nido! If you are a working woman and have limited time on your hands, these travel tips could come in handy!
1. Stay on a secluded private island
El Nido is expensive. The travel to and from any mainland to El Nido will cost you a bomb! But to make sure that you make the best of your vacation, I highly recommend living away from the mainland. El Nido has more than 1500 islands, most of them still unexplored! Many of these islands are government property and are used only for tourist purposes. However, there are a few islands which are owned by hotels and make for extremely comfortable stays. Our hotel: Seahorse and Mangrove Resort was located on one such island. It was almost 45 minutes via boat from the mainland! The travel every day from and to the mainland was beautiful and I couldn't get enough of the sights! The hotel staff was courteous and helpful. They helped us book the island hopping tour!
2. Go Island Hopping!
As I mentioned, there are more than 1500 islands in El Nido. The government has divided the islands which can be accessed by tourists in 4 groups which can be visited using one of the tours A, B, C and D. Since we were there only for 3 days, we opted for Tour A which included- Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Seven Commando Beach, Shimizu Island and Secret Lagoon! The hopping tour prices are moderated by the government. While the tour operators provide drinking water, snorkelling gear and life vest, it's also recommended that you wear a comfortable set of swimwear, apply loads of sunscreen and purchase a pair of snorkelling footwear from the local El Nido market.
3. Have a seaside breakfast
Every morning we hopped on to a boat which took us from the hotel to the mainland where we spent the rest of our day. We had amazing and scrumptious breakfast at one of the many amazing beachside cafes all overlooking the El Nido port. It was peaceful, calm and kept making us wanting more!
4. Go kayaking!
While the sea may be rough during a couple of months, there are certain areas which are marked off as safe for kayaking and snorkelling. Make the most of it! I tried kayaking for the first time and I loved it.
5. Watch the sunset!
I cannot stress the importance of this enough! Watching the sunset every day became a kind of ritual for us as we would return from the mainland to the hotel every evening. I will stop here and you can look at the picture! I am sure it will drive home the point!