Blogs from El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, Asia - page 2


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

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido November 23rd 2016

Geo: 11.1804, 119.395Our van was supposed to meet us at 7:30am, but it didn't show up until 8:30am. (We learned later that the driver was supposed to be done after driving a group this morning but was called back to drive this van to El Nido.) We let him know that we needed to be at the El Nido airport by 2:45pm, and he thought that was no problem. There were three men in the van when we started (one from Turkey; two from US). We stopped to pick up a French couple from a small hotel in the outskirts. Then we stopped at the bus terminal for our driver to do some paperwork. Then we stopped at a station to pick up another person. Then we stopped to add air to the tires. And then ... read more
To El Nido
To El Nido
To El Nido

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido June 20th 2016

After a not-so-long but personally-as-forever-perceived absence I am back on my dear travel blog. Honestly speaking, I have been swamped with work lately - which means I am working for THE MAN now - and did not have much time and energy to write and/or reflect on my thoughts and experiences. Priorities are priorities and travel will always be mine, so let's take a little time and tell you the tale of my last trip. Its supposed to be a good one as it contains most of the things that we like to hear about in 2016: jungles, beef skin, calamansi juice, a marvelous trippy underwater world, bubble gum techno, and last but not least, a zombie on a bus. To give you a little context to this story of beauty and despair, let's start from ... read more
El Nido
El Nido
Puerto Princesa

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido June 18th 2016

Great beaches! Will write more later..... read more

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido June 16th 2016

Week 10 : Palawan EL NIDO Enfin les vacances tant attendues ! Départ à 13h 45 du bureau pour un vol à 18h. Ce n’était pas de trop car les philippins n’aimant pas dire qu’ils ne savent pas, indiquent parfois des mauvaises directions. Sortie du métro, je demande comment aller au terminal 4 et le garde m’envoie au terminal 3. Heureusement que j’avais de l’avance. Mon vol confirme le retard traditionnel des avions philippins. A Puerto Princessa (capitale de Palawan), je me rends directement au terminal de bus pour prendre celui direction El Nido, " Le nid " (en espagnol) qui tire son nom des nids d'hirondelles de mer comestibles trouvés dans les falaises de calcaire qui bordent le site, aujourd'hui servis en soupe à des prix exorbitants. Avec 7h de route de 21h à 4h ... read more
El Nido - scooter (2)
El Nido - scooter (3)
El Nido - scooter (4)

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido June 10th 2016

Philippines 5-23-2016 Toi bay bang Airasia den Palawan luc 7:15AM. Toi du dinh muon xe di trong 2 ngay o day nhung ho cho muon xe va doi giu Passport, toi khong chiu nen muon xe co nguoi lai khoang $90/ngay de ho lay va toi phai ngu vi toi qua ngu it. Toi di den Sabterranean river National Park co Underground River, the world wonder. Truoc khi toi den day toi khong biet gi nhieu ve river nay, cave thi dung hon, nhung khi den day moi biet no la natural wonder, Rat nhieu du khach den day. Hau nhu du khach nao den Palawan deu den day. Rat dong du khach dang cho de di thuyen dua den cave cach port nay khoang 2km. Cave nam phai Tay bac cua dao Palawan. Tren duong ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido May 15th 2016

We left Coron at 8am on another boat, this one a lot smaller. Had a bamboo stabilizer on each side. Max capacity 20 passengers. 6 hours. Glad I picked up a book from the hostel. Tornado Down. I was able to finish the book during our ride on the small boat. We took a 15 minute tricycle ride to Corang Corang. Our hostel, PH Dormitels. Their logo, "Cheap but Clean". Private room with air con, a fan, and a private bath. 20 feet away from the beach. Quite nice and clean, minus the trail of ants on our wall. But what do you expect when traveling in a third world country. They didn't bother us so no need to bother them. There was only one slight issue... The island suffered from brown outs, "a reduction in ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido April 8th 2016

Friday 8th April 2016 We were collected from our hotel at 11am and climbed aboard the Daytripper mini bus. This was very comfortable and even provided us with some water and dried banana. The journey ahead of us would take between 5-8 hours and we would be driving north along the coastal road to El Nido. The journey was uneventful but did offer some amazing views of the sea and inner jungle. We stopped a couple of time for food and toilet breaks, but most of the time we slept. After only 5 hours of driving we arrived in El Nido and was dropped off at our hostel, ‘OMP’ (Our Melting Pot). We were welcomed by the guy on reception who seemed very happy that we had stayed at their sister hostel in Manila. He showed ... read more
Gemma on the front of the boat heading out of the lagoon
Kayaking in the lagoon
Gem finding her boat

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido December 16th 2015

I had a really laid back day in Manila relaxing by the pool and sleeping in an incredibly comfortable bed. I had a very early morning flight to Puerto Princessa in Palawan then caught a bus straight to El Nido as soon as I got off the plane. It was a nice ride across a beautiful island. I arrived in El Nido mid afternoon and settled in. There were a few Finnish guys staying at the same place that I checked in to so we hung out at our beachfront cottages having some beers and watching the sun set. We met a Croatian couple who joined us for a really nice seafood dinner and then had more beers at the beach bar. We also found a local gambling establishment with some really fun games. I came ... read more
Local gambling and beers with the Fins and Croatians
Enjoying some serious beach time
Palawan sunset

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido September 23rd 2015

The Philippines is a strange country in that there are over 7000 islands that make up the Philippines as a whole. Each Island tries to boast of something different for the tourist market going from mountains, hiking, beaches, diving and yet they all seem to have that one common denominator which is that the people are poor. It is heartbreaking when you are walking down a street whichever Island that you are on and you see a young child in rags with arms stretched out asking for money. However there are some small towns that this is not affected by this and it seems to be places that the community gets together and helps each other. Anyways my next stop on the amazing world adventure was Palawan. Along the way through Philippines, many people had mentioned ... read more

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