Vacation time again! And you know what that means? Exploring new, interesting places! And do you know where’s interesting to go now? Where else but El Nido, Palawan!
Sure, probably you’ve heard that El Nido is such a beautiful place but do you know why? What makes it so attractive to many people? Why do people keep coming back to this gem? Here are some bits and pieces about El Nido and why you should visit it now:
Abundance of forests – El Nido is not just all about beaches and seas, it’s also a field of green. Rainforests, mangroves forest, beach forests, semi-deciduous forests, and forests over the limestone rock formations – it’s a whole lot of greenery out there. If you want to break away from the concrete jungle that you live in, go to El Nido and check the forests! Enjoy the fresh air and commune with nature.
Flora and fauna – And with these expansive forests, beaches, and water, expect biodiversity. El Nido is home to numerous animal and plant species. It is also home to several endemic, threatened, and endangered species. Also, El Nido has 3 major marine habitat and its seas have more than 800 species of fishes and and more than 100 species of corals. The diversity of such one place is amazing when you think of it.
El Nido is a diver’s dream. It’s no wonder why divers all over the world recommend El Nido as one of the best diving spots. For those who have yet to start, there is a Dive course/tour you an avail of too. So it’s not just a vacation, it’s also an opportunity to learn something new!
Sightseeing like no other – But of course the beaches and the islands come in mind when you say El Nido! There is so much to see in El Nido and we will give you a rundown of the several sights you may see during your vacation:
Lagoons Galore – You will not just see open lagoon in this vacation, but so much more! There are several lagoons in El Nido where you can visit during island hopping. Big Lagoon tops the list, and yes it is really big. So that’s means a whole big lagoon for you to explore! And where there’s a big lagoon, there’s also a Small Lagoon. Don’t underestimate its size though, this lagoon is still such a beauty to behold! And then there’s one, that’s a secret – the one you have to really make an effort to enter. It’s access point is not obvious at a glance, you have to enter a small hole in the rock wall to enter it. So check it out and be part of the secret!
Caves – Caves are beautiful sights too, most especially when you learn about the history of Cudugnon Cave. Jewelry and pottery from the Sung dynasty was discovered inside the cave. It is believed that they belong to the people traversing the land bridge of long time ago between Borneo and Palawan. Very interesting right? Quite in awe to think that so many people have passed through El Nido since the ancient times.
Another cave that you will find interesting is the Cathedral Cave. Interesting entrance as it’s like a tall opening amongst the rock wall, and inside a cavern that’s often compared to the insides of a Cathedral.
Islands and beaches – Helicopter Island is one of the most eye catching islands in El Nido because of the shape of its limestone cliffs (you guessed it right – a helicopter!). Prepare your camera as you approach the island!
With all the destinations, you can choose to relax at Seven Commandos beach, named after the Japanese soldiers who hid in this island during the World War II. This is a perfect place to just chill, swim, or perhaps do a picnic.
Another beach worth noting is the Star Beach, the water is excellent here and so its surrounding marine life. You can snorkel around the area to enjoy the wonderful world underneath the waters.
Another secret you must explore aside from the secret lagoon, is the secret beach of Matinloc Island. It’s not for the faint of heart but when you do conquer it – an amazing beach awaits you! You have to swim through a hole to enter this secret beach. Some may find this easy but for others, most especially those aren’t really swimmers would find this quite a feat.
There are more sights to look out for and this is just a few of them. There’s so much more to see in El Nido than this article can cover!
Activities – El Nido is not just about admiring the beaches and other sights – it’s for active people too or those who want to do a bit of adventure during their trips. One should take advantage of the amazing surroundings to do a number of exciting activities!
As mentioned earlier, diving in El nido is a great experience because of the rich fauna. There are several fiving tours in El Nido you can avail for this, even for non-certified divers! So no one misses out actually! Take advantage of this and see what El Nido has to offer aside from the beautiful beaches and sights!
And for the brave – we have cliff jumping! A tour offers to bring you to several cliff diving spots in El Nido. Feel the exhiliration! And you’re not just jumping from any platform, you’re jumping from the beautiful limestone formations and towards the beautiful, turquise seas of El Nido!
And if you are the type of person who likes a more relaxed type of activity – fishing may be the one for you! There’s actually a fishing tour package for this. You are brought to deep waters for fishing.
And these are the several reasons why you should visit El Nido now! Sights, sand, and seas? What more could you ask for? It’s a traveler’s dream – perfect for sight seeing, relaxing, and doing some adventures! Come explore the wonder that is El Nido now!