Friday, June 16, 2017

8 Days of Summer in Paradise

Since I was born in summer on an island, I decided to begin the best part of my life in El Nido (read: paradise) for a week. Dubbed as "the most beautiful island in the world", it is one pit stop you will want to extend or never want to leave. 

Seeing El Nido with my own eyes - the incredible landscapes and beautiful turquoise waters - by the end of my first day there, it was over. I was sold. It was love at first sight.

The camera cannot capture what the naked eye can see..

Bacuit Bay

Small Lagoon

Nacpan Beach

Bacuit Bay

Bacuit Bay

Places I have been while I was in El Nido (check my IG for more photos/videos):

  • Small & Big Lagoons. Kayaking around and getting El Nido's "badge of honor" - a nasty deep coral cuts on my toe and a few light coral scrapes under my foot.
  • Secret Lagoon, Miniloc Island
  • Entalalula Island
  • Snake Island. Overlooking the S-shaped sandbar (best seen during low tide) that snakes across the water, connecting the island to the mainland.
  • Seven Commandos Beach. Where you can ignore everyone else at the end of the day and just do whatever the hell you wanna do. Been here twice.
  • Las Cabañas Beach. El Nido's best place to catch the sunset. Been here 3 to 4 times
  • Nacpan Beach. Where you will realize that life is pretty amazing
  • El Nido Cove Resort, Lamoro Beach
  • Helicopter Island
  • Fishing Village
  • Talisay Beach. Where I  bagged my 2nd El Nido's "badge of honor" - got nipped by a fish twice and wounded both my legs.
  • Hidden Beach. An unseen beach unless you go further in between two rocks.
  • Secret Beach. A piece of paradise concealed by the cliffs and can only be accessed by swimming through a narrow crevice.
  • Paradise Island. El Nido's best spot to scuba dive
  • Duli Beach. Heaven seems a bit closer here.
  • LiO Tourism Estate. Another best to catch the sunset

Other best places to eat/hangout:

  • Jarace Grill - fresh seafood and beach front dining PLUS a taste of crocodile crispy and crocodile sisig
  • Sava Beach Bar - this is kinda high end beachfront bar. Been here thrice
  • Maremegmeg Beach Bar - while waiting for the sunset in Las Cabañas. Been here 3 to 4 times
  • Mezzanine - the loungey resto boasting views over the bay of Bacuit and its islands. 

Also, when it comes to island hopping in El Nido, if you want to experience the best, Pardz boat is perfect for it. Manned by 2 crew - a captain and a helper, Pardz can accommodate up to 16 guests. The crew know all El Nido's best kept secrets, from hidden lagoons to remote beaches & diving/snorkeling/kayaking sites. They cook delicious grilled foods for their guests too! Contact: (+63) 09303740994