El Nido lies by the beach, just five hours north by van from Puerto Princesa, and it’s known as the starting point for exploring the beautiful Bacuit archipelago. The archipelago is composed of limestone islands that offer countless beaches, each of them perfect for a postcard. With very high expectations and a little bit lesser moral due to the rain, we decided to book a boat tour to see some of these islands. Picture this, it’s 8 in the morning and you are having breakfast before your trip starts while the never rain continues to pour—that was our morning. Bravely, we marched to the harbor and got on the boat, rain jackets at the ready, to find that the rain had stopped and that a shy sun was peaking through the clouds. Could it be true?
We sailed off and after merely 35 minutes, we were enjoying one of the most beautiful oceans I’ve seen. The water, illuminated by the now powerful sun, was turquoise and light blue and it contrasted with the black rock of the islands and the native trees that covered them. We visited the big and small lagoons of Maniloc Island, both on the boat and snorkeling when the boat could not go in any further. The coral and the life around it were beautiful and the warm waters of the South China Sea were inviting. After a few hours of snorkeling and sun, an onboard grilled lunch of fish, shrimp, chicken, mussels, and fruit was much appreciated. We ate on the beach under a big tree and life could not have been more perfect.
Chefs de cuisine
See you in Vietnam!
We spent the rest of our time in El Nido relaxing on the beach and indulging with seafood dishes and the ever-present San Miguel beer. But the weather changed again and it brought the rain once more, and it was time to return to Manila to pick up our passports and Vietnamese visas. We made the decision of leaving the Philippines two weeks earlier due to the poor weather, and move on to the hopefully drier Vietnam. Philippines, however, didn’t seem to want us to leave and we had a few bumps on the way, but we’ll leave those for later…
Perfect ending to a perfect day