As much as I’d truly like to give you a virtual tour of this place, it’s just impossible. Words and pictures are simply not enough to describe the beauty of this place. But as one of my favorite tours in El Nido, I’ll try very hard to convince you to do the tour. El Nido is paradise in the northern part of main Palawan Island. When it comes to Palawan, you either go to Coron OR El Nido (at least before San Vicente and Port Barton was discovered). In El Nido, the tours to different islands vary by letters. You can either do Tour A, B, C, D or E – all of which are comprised of various beautiful islands with different benefits or beauties. Tour A is the easiest tour to go onto and it is also one of the must-not miss tours of El Nido. Just like all other tours, you can leave town at around 8 – 9 am, which is pretty good, since you will be visiting 5-6 islands. When I first did Tour A, I wasn’t able to get a lot of pictures and my camera sucked. So this time, let me tell you the story of how amazed I am by El Nido 2.0.
I don’t remember a lot about my 2010 visit to Shimizu Island. I think the only thing I remember was seeing a motor lizard somewhere. Or was that Payong Payong Island? Anyway, in 2010, I don’t remember anything special at Shimizu Island – except of course, that it’s in El Nido and it still has the signature blue green clear waters, limestone rocks and white sand. So, when we approached Shimizu Island in November of 2012, I was caught in quite a good surprise.
Yes, I realize this is posted under Snapshot Sundays. It’s not a Sunday. But I don’t care. Neither should you. Enjoy!
I looked at Robbie of the Travelling Dork, who was seated next to me. His headwear covered most of his face, but I could also see behind his sunglasses that his eyes were closed. I turned to Darwin of The Tracking Treasure. He was also very much asleep, which was kind of his talent, especially because he can practically sleep through anything. Finally, I looked at Byron of Peculiar Hours. Of course, he was sleeping too. You know, the problem with traveling with mostly guys is that they tend to sleep – wherever, whenever! It’s just crazy! I’m freakin’ wide awake and they can sleep as we roll over rocks, unpaved roads and muddy areas. I cringed as we ran over another rocky area. The dust flew by as a truck sped past us. I used my hat to block the wading blow of dust. It wasn’t going to help entirely, but it was going to prevent me from wearing make up of dirt over my face.
For many, El Nido is a haven that comes with a hefty price. When I first told my friends that I’m going to El Nido, the first thing they told me was: “Wow, ang yaman mo” (Wow, you’re so rich). I won’t lie to you and tell you that traveling to Palawan is cheap. It’s not. But the money you’re paying is definitely worth the experience you’re about to get. You see, Palawan is the island of beautiful beaches, clear waters, limestone rocks and karst mountains. Because of this, you are guaranteed a beautiful view right outside your hotel. And when your hotel is as charming as The Alternative Inn Bar and Restaurant, you know that the price you’re paying is worth the experience.
In 2010, I traveled by myself for the first time. For the first time. And in my first travels, I was lucky enough to encounter El Nido, Palawan already. Located at the north part of main Palawan island, El Nido is the haven at the tip of the island, 5 – 6 hours from Puerto Princesa, which is the main gateway to the province. While El Nido has its own airport, only one airline company services the airport and it’ll require a very small airplane. Thus, the air fare can be pretty steep. Instead, to get to El Nido on a cheaper budget, you have to travel many hours just to get to the beautiful islands at the north. Is it worth it? Yes. But would the effort be enough for the experience? I guess it’ll depend on your standards.