So you may have heard that El Nido, Palawan is such a beautiful place. But what exactly is its attraction? Why do people talk about it so much? What draws these throngs of people to El Nido? There must be something that makes El Nido magical to so many.
However, once you really find about the reasons, you won’t wonder why El Nido is really a place worth going back to again and again. Here are the reasons why they kept coming back:
Miniloc Island’s Big, Small and Secret Lagoons
These lagoons of El Nido are well known. They are almost synonymous to El Nido. These captivating lagoons are all found in Miniloc Island. The Big and Small Lagoons are named aptly relative to their sizes. Both are amazing lagoons and worth exploring. And if you want something more adventurous check out the Secret Lagoon. You have to go through the small hole in the karst formation to see the beauty inside.
Seven Commandos Beach
This beach is one of the most popular beaches in El Nido. White sand beach and turquoise waters perfect for snorkeling – this is the perfect place to chill out whether you’re alone or with a group! The name is believed to have come from the story of the seven Japanese soldiers who took shelter here during the World War II.
The island was named after the Japanese explorer who discovered it. Gorgeous beach and beautiful limestone cliffs – a perfect backdrop for your pictorials.
Cudugnon Cave is definitely a must see because it’s a significant anthropological site. Thousands of years ago, it was a sacred burial ground. Ancient jars, pottery, and jewelry from the Sung Dynasty was found inside the cave. They are believed to be belongings of the people who travelled from the land bridge from a long time ago from Borneo to Palawan.
The Cathedral Cave’s entrance is an opening on the limestone wall formation. You can explore the cave using a small boat or a kayak. The tall entrance and the cavern inside is likened to a cathedral interior hence the name.
Entalula island is a small quiet beach and it’s a popular area for picnics or chilling place in between island hopping. It’s a smallish island but still very enchanting. There are small caves in the island which you can check out too!
Pinagbuyutan Island is one majestic island. Tall, towering karst formations will greet you when you are approaching the island. Aside from the beach, you can also explore the coconut groves there too.
No, this island is not infested with snakes. Like the Helicopter Island, it is named because of its shape. There’s a sandbar in the island which is shaped like a snake. However, it’s underwater during the high tide. Try to visit the island when the waters are low so you can walk on it. Also, don’t forget to check the view deck on the island which offers a 360 degree view around it!
Its name is actually Dilumacad Island but it’s more known as Helicopter Island because why? because this island is shaped uniquely – like a helicopter! So when you are approaching the island, make sure to take a photo of the helicopter shaped limestone cliffs! You can also have a picnic on this island while enjoying the view!
Aside from the beach, people come here for the waters that are teeming with marine life. This is a great place for snorkeling and appreciating what’s under the sea.
Matinloc Island has so many spectacular sights. You can start with its secret beach. Why is it called a secret when we’re boldly discussing it here? Good question! Actually, the secret beach is not easy to get into. Not because of a secret pass code, but a secret entrance. The access point is not visible at first glance. You have to look harder and you will see a narrow hole underwater which you have to swim into.
Within the island, they also created a shrine for the Blessed Virgin Mary for the devotees.
From afar, it’s easy to spot Cadlao Island as it is the biggest island in El Nido. You will also find the highest peak of El Nido in this very same island. Cadlao island is very majestic not just because of its size but also it’s beauty. While there, take time to enjoy the shores of Nat Nat beach also. Do make sure to explore Cadlao Lagoon also while you are visiting the island.
Not from far Cadlao Island is Bukal Island where you can enjoy its clear blue waters. This is also where you can do a bit of swimming and snorkelling.
Yet another one of the pretty beaches in El Nido where you can relax. White sand beaches and clear waters where you can kayak.
Nacpan and Calitang Beaches
if you’re on the mainland, make sure to check out the Nacpan and Calitang Beaches also. These two beaches are within close proximity to each other so make sure to check both. Go further south of Nacpan and you will find Calitang beach. Climb the hill on Calitang to check out the view of the island from above.
While it can be quite an effort to go to this beach(a bit far from the other attractions in El Nido and there will be some uphill climbs), Duli Beach is quieter and more peaceful than the rest. It’s not the easiest place to get into but seeing the beach is really very rewarding.
For a different kind of sightseeing in your vacation, you may want to see Nagkalit- Kalit Falls. However, you will need to trek to go to this place. It is an easy trek but you will cross several rivers so be prepared to use the proper footwear. Nagkalit-Kalit Falls may be the highlight of this but do take time to enjoy the beautiful scenery you will pass by during the trek also.
As you see, there’s just too much to see in El Nido! So many beautiful wonders – but the only “wonder” you’ll be worrying about now is wondering how to visit them all! Check out the island hopping tours in El Nido on how you can see for yourself the wonders of El Nido!