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Published: September 24th 2017
Sunset with supper
El Nido from bucket list to reality…
So a few years ago I saw a photo taken by a professional, of this place I had never heard of, called El Nido. I had to look up where it was and then it was added to the bucket list.
I’ll be honest, I was put off for a while because the transport links weren’t great, having to take two flights and a six hour drive. I recently learnt that it’s now just two flights – one to Manilla and one to El Nido, and pretty quickly I had my trip booked! Being in Asia already made it quite accessible for me.
The “airport” in El Nido is awesome. It’s hardly an airport to be honest! One runway and a small shack where we were greeted by singers and tea and snacks. Baggage claim was a bench under a tree and there were tricycles ten meters away to drive us along the bumpy road to El Nido.
Slightly chaotic by tricycle but at the same time endearingly Asian. The tranquility and beauty lies beyond the hub of El Nido itself.
I jumped in a tricycle for
150 Pesos and got a lift to Las Cabañas beach for sunset and dinner. It was a great first move if I say so myself!
I spent a couple of nights in El Nido and took a day trip out to see the surrounding caves and lagoons. The most notable thing was that tourism is taking off - the photos of magazines and instagram do cut out all the other thirty boats docking to see the same areas. That's why I was delighted to set off on the Tao Experience (next blog) where I was much more isolated and in remote areas! El Nido was a great place to stop for the supplies such as water shoes, drybags and rash vests. I enjoyed my day trip jumping on and off the boat to see stunning azure waters and kayak in lagoons. However, the best was yet to come on the islands of Palawan.
On another note...for your entertainment:
It’s the kind of thing you’d expect in Bridget Jones…. but it happened to me yesterday in El Nido, Palawan – the Philippines.
So my room has a tiny corridor behind it,
across which is the bathroom that I share with one other room. I took my key with me, went and had a shower, and when I returned to get into my room, the door was shut… and the key did not work! I would appear the key only works in the front entrance and not from the corridor.
So there I am, in a small pink towel trapped in a tiny corridor. I tried the lock again and again and knocked loudly on the door to the other room. Nothing.
So my next move was standing on the toilet and yelling out of the window! It was an unlucky spot because it was mainly over a roof without much foot traffic. I yelled a lot, and then saw a fellow tourist hanging his laundry on the balcony. I yelled again! Finally he caught my attention and I said “hi, I’m stuck!” I told him the hostel name and he said he’d be there asap!
About five minutes later they had opened my room and opened the door to the bathroom! There I was in my pink towel, very grateful and trying to introduce myself but my face
was probably the same colour as the towel!
Hilarious! Luckily I wasn’t trapped for long
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