9th Dec, 2012

Trip to Philippines: El Nido

Finally some free time to catch up with the blog! This post is about one of the best trips I have made in my life. Not only because of the place we visited but because of the people I went with: my sister, sister’s boyfriend (now her husband), and my brother came all the way from Spain to visit me in Seoul. After one week in Seoul, we decided to fly to the Philippines and visit El Nido.

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From left to right, Javier, Ana and Curro in Manila.

DSC00486Although its islands are among the most beautiful in the world, the capital of the Philippines,  Manila, is quite an underdeveloped capital, with much poverty and  not so many nice places. Fort Wayne is one of its few tourist attractions.

From Manila, there are two airlines that fly to El Nido: ITI and Seair. These flights are quite expensive (around 6,700 PHP) and not recommended for people afraid of flying, as the airplane looks quite weak and it will bounce a lot during the flight. The other option (much cheaper) to get to El Nido is to fly to Puerto Princesa and from there take a long bus ride to El Nido most of the time on unpaved roads (not recommendable for a family trip).

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The plane that would take us from Manila to El Nido. It is operated by Seair and can only fit around 15 passengers. There are only 2 (or 3) flights a day.

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Inside of the aircraft.

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Doing the ckeck-in to El Nido.

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This is the airport at El Nido. The best way to go from there to the resorts is by tuk-tuk. You will have to bargain the price with the drivers though.

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With Javi on the tuk-tuk.

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El Nido is a very small town that lives mostly of tourists, fishing and agriculture.

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Art Cafe’s main entrance. Art Cafe is the main meeting point for tourists in El Nido. There you can have a refreshment, a meal, or even book your flight back to Manila, like we did. There is also free wifi available.

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Some of the views that you can enjoy in El Nido.

DSC00817Diving is another activity that you should not miss if you have the chance to visit this place.

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It is amazing how clear the water is here…

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No Photoshop here. This is just how water looks in El Nido.

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The Hidden Lagoon can be visited on one of the many organized trips around the nearby islands. Totally recommended.

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Nothing like this beautiful sunset to say goodbye (or better, see you later) to this beautiful country 🙂

 

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