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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido January 30th 2018

Ich weiß gar nicht so richtig wo ich anfangen soll. Wer hätte gedacht, dass Palawan zu meinem absoluten Highlight mutieren würde? Am 22.1.18 hatte ich den Flieger von Cebu City nach Puerto Princesa genommen und war spät am Abend gelandet. Die Stadt war nicht sonderlich attraktiv und ich lief im Dunkeln zu meinem Hostel. Am nächsten Morgen lernte ich 3 Malaien beim Frühstück kennen und gemeinsam fuhren wir mit Rollern durch die Stadt. Ich hatte von einem Gefängnis gelesen, in welchem die Gefangenen arbeiten und leben, aber nicht in Zellen, sondern auf dem Land. Ohne Kontrolle passierten wir den Eingang des Iwahig Prisons. Arbeitende Männer winkten uns zu, während wir mit den Rollern über die Schotterwege fuhren. Wir wurden von Insassen in Zivilkleidung, sowie einheitlichen Shirts, je nach aktuellem Sicherheitsgrad, begrüßt. Das war alles sehr imposant. ... read more
Port Barton Hostelcrew
Einsamer Strandspaziergang
ich komme wieder!

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido February 7th 2017

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 ... read more
Kayaking in the lagoon
Coconut Shop
Scenic rearview mirror

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido January 14th 2017

Herve made a very wise decision of getting accomodation just before (rather than in) El Nido. El Nido is the final destination for many tourists and the place from which many island hopping tours depart. It is a noisy, crowded place and our experience for one night was just plain hideous (noise, dog gangs, bad food, karaoke and discos...and drunk tourists. Kind of a Filipino Kuta). But Corong Corong is great...we had serene sunsets and good accomodation (both at Desert Rose Hotel and later at Avelina cabins). We met interesting people and most importantly we went on 2 magnificent canoe rides...our own little island hopping but away from the crowds. We had secluded sandy white beaches all to ourselves and the water was the clearest, most aqua blue water. We swam at Los Cabanas which would ... read more
Swimming on our own little beach
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swimming in Los Cabanas

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido January 9th 2017

We arrived in El Nido after a slightly bizarre minibus journey that took about 5 hours and involved an hour of waiting and driving in circles round Puerto Princessa picking up people, then a mini revolt when the driver wanted to cram an extra 3 lads with big cases and rucksacks into an already packed van. People power won and another bus was thankfully summoned. On our bus were 4 Israelis one of whom played football for Tel Aviv and they were all super friendly, the driver drove fast and managed to make up for the lost hour at the start. The countryside was beautiful, all lush green jungle, heavily forested hills, rice fields, small thatched villages, stunning glimpses of coastlines, people working with and riding buffaloes and then as we approached El Nido it started ... read more
Coron Coron Beach
El Nido
El Nido

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido January 8th 2017

David here... The minivan from Port Barton was hot and cramped with every seat taken, as is normally the case. We arrived after a 5 hour journey into El Nido at the bus station, just outside town. Our first impression was amazement as the backdrop to the main road was a big cliff face, more like Austria or Switzerland than the Philippines. It was a short walk to our hotel which we nearly missed as it was set back a little from the road and was surrounded by building work, much like every hotel we've stayed in on this trip. The Raje Residence is a little family run place that had fairly small rooms but they were clean and had all-day electricity and air-con. The main reception area was the family living room so everytime you ... read more
El Nido Island Hopping 2
El Nido Island Hopping 4
El Nido 1

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido November 28th 2016

Geo: 11.1804, 119.395Up at 5:45am for a wonderful, calm kayak at sunrise through the Big Lagoon. No monkeys, but many beautiful bird sounds, and we spotted the leopard eel like Ann and Mike have. It was totally enjoyable.After brekkies, showered and packed.At 9:40am on the dot, we left El Nido, with a good-bye song. We had an easy trip back to El Nido. In this case, we went to the town pier. We were then driven in a van through town (lots of small streets, through the market with many stalls) to the airport. It was hot in the airport open-air waiting room, but there was a bit of a breeze. The flight was on-time and fine.Transfer from terminal to terminal was easy, despite the horror stories we had heard. We got our bags, found a ... read more
Leaving El Nido
El Nido airport
Leaving El Nido

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido November 27th 2016

Geo: 11.1804, 119.395Hot and still this morning. After brekkies, I went to the "secret" lagoon … a couple of coves away, it is a collapsed cave. There is a small (fortunately smooth) entrance that once passes through, just big enough to sit down and push yourself through, emerging into a small pool, surrounded entirely by karst limestone walls. The water is cool in the morning, so I floated about until it was time to leave (and getting crowded). We took the speedboat back. Paul arrived from snorkeling shortly after me. It said it wasn't' very nice … in fact, it looked like coral had been harvested there. Strange place to snorkel. I spent the rest of the morning reading and trying not to nap, while Paul went out to swim with the jackfish again.We did the ... read more
On the way to the Secret Lagoon
On the way to the Secret Lagoon
On the way to the Secret Lagoon

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido November 26th 2016

Geo: 11.1804, 119.395Sunny and windy most of the day.In the morning, Paul intended to go snorkeling on a tour but instead went to the secret lagoon, which he said was very cool … he just wasn't prepared for it. At 10:30, we took the outrigger (about 35 minutes) to the El Nido Lagen Resort. This resort has more of a "hotel" feel … there are a few over-the-water cabins, but most rooms are in a two-story building around the pool. (There's a pool.) The kayak area seems to be entirely behind the breakwater (which was really doing its job today). But from the resort, you can hike up, up, up, then down, down, then up again over to another beach. The hike takes one through the forest. A large group was going over, but Paul and ... read more
Secret Lagoon
Secret Lagoon
Secret Lagoon

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido November 25th 2016

Geo: 11.1804, 119.395A great day – stormy at times and always overcast.After brekkies, we joined the 8:30am tour of the Big and Small Lagoons. We took a speed boat through the Big Lagoon, which starts as a narrow passage through tall karst towers – very shallow – then opens into a wide lagoon, deep water, surrounded by tree-covered cliffs. One of the bare cliffs had what looked like were once stalagmites clinging to the walls, no longer growing, of course, because they are now exposed to the elements, but otherwise hard to explain. The only thing that sort of spoils the vibe are the kayak rental companies … but, because of bad weather off the Philippines, the crossings from El Nido were cancelled, meaning that we more or less had the lagoon to ourselves.After leaving the ... read more
Big Lagoon -- on speedboat
Big Lagoon -- on speedboat
Big Lagoon -- on speedboat

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido November 24th 2016

Geo: 11.1804, 119.395Happy Thanksgiving!We woke early and read in bed for a while. Then we took the laptop for coffee, and, eventually, brekkies. After brekkies, we took the double kayak out to explore the two nearby coves. This is such a beautiful island – very jagged rocks, with trees flowing like rivers, and a few pristine beaches at the base of the rocks. The islands are all undercut from the tides … some have two layers of under-cutting, as if the seas used to be higher. The water is clear, green, and perfectly warm, so the small splashes from the waves washing over the bow were comfortable, not unpleasant. The wind picked up while we were out, but it was still lovely. At 11am, we (and one family plus two couples) took the outrigger to a ... read more
Bentalula Beach
Bentalula Beach
Bentalula Beach




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