In the recent years, El Nido has quickly transformed from being a laid back tropical paradise into a bustling tourist destination. Words came out and quickly spread like a bushfire, then tourists flocked and businesses sprung. And the tropical paradise had a major facelift far from what it used to be. Admittedly, gone is El Nido’s offbeat vibe.
While all these development fueled the local economy and provided opportunities specially for the locals, here’s hoping that all these tourism activities are all for a responsible and sustainable environment. Without a doubt, El Nido is paradise and I wish it stays as is for generations to come.
I blame no one for El Nido’s fate. It is not proper to find fault on what have happened. Who wouldn’t fall for her? With 45 islands and islets that harbor some of the country’s best and fine white sandy beaches, beautiful turquoise lagoons, picturesque limestone karst cliffs and vivid marine life, El Nido is indeed a piece of paradise!
Are you among those that are enticed to visit or revisit this part of Palawan? If so, make sure not to miss these ten attractions that will surely imprint beautiful pictures of paradise in your head. Beautify your memory with these ten iconic attractions of El Nido bearing in mind to leave no trail. 😉
1. Snake Island
The snake-like sandbar that connects the small islet known as Vigan Island and mainland El Nido.
2. Bacuit Bay Sunset
The iconic Cadlao Island on the backdrop of panoramic sunset of Bacuit Bay! Lovely!
ESCAPE TO THE LAST FRONTIER | Bacuit Bay (El Nido, Philippines) Great to be back in El Nido particularly in this spot that offers amazing view of Bacuit Bay’s sunset in the backdrop of Cadlao Island. This one is in Barangay Calaan, a short walk along the beach from El Nido Poblacion. Priceless scene! #ElNido #Palawan #Philippines
3. Shimizu Island
The island named after the Japanese scuba diver that died beneath the water surrounding the island.
4. Helicopter Island
This island’s shape resembles a helicopter, they say.
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5. Taraw Cliff
A challenging but truly a worthy hike! Best view of El Nido!
ESCAPE TO THE LAST FRONTIER | Taraw Cliff (El Nido, Philippines) A 45-minute trek to one of the peaks of Taraw Cliff leads to this spot that offers a panoramic scene of Bacuit Bay. Quite a challenge but trust me, it is worthwhile. Taraw Cliff is located just in the center of the town. You can hire a guide for P500/group of 1-3 persons. Best as sunrise or sunset trek. Take extra care and precautions, do not trek without a guide and always listen to your guide. #ElNido #Palawan #Philippines #SonyRX #RXMoments #RX100M5
6. Small and Big Lagoon of Miniloc Island
That perfectly turquoise water is worth kayaking for!
ESCAPE TO THE LAST FRONTIER | Small Lagoon (Miniloc Island, El Nido, Philippines) Get off your boat and explore the lagoons with a kayak to best appreciate the beauty of Miniloc Island. Kayak rental is available on site at P300/kayak for two (or even three) persons. Miniloc Big and Small Lagoons are part of Tour A that costs P1,200 per person (whole day island hopping with lunch and use of mask & snorkel). You can work your charm to have it lower to P1,000. 😀 #ElNido #Palawan #Philippines #RXMoments #RX100M5 #SonyRX
7. Hidden Beach
Beautiful but not so hidden! 🙂
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8. Matinloc Shrine
Hike up the sharp and rocky cliff of Matinloc Shrine for this view!
9. Seven Commandos
An island with a long stretch of fine white sandy beach dotted with coconut trees, weird name but very tropical.
10. Nacpan and Calitang
Nacpan Beach boasts of approximately four-kilometer stretch of cream sand beach decorated with coconut trees. It meets with the smaller Calitang Beach on the southwest tip.