El Nido, Philippines

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** EL NIDO, PHILIPPINES **

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    Jacoria
    18 Nov 2019
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    El Nido was the highlight of our trip to the Philippines. We stayed at the Mansion Buenavista and breakfast was heavenly daily! The best pancake I have ever had, best bacon I’ve had, the butter was so succulent, and the eggs so fresh. I don’t eat mango, but I ate the mangos here.
    The owner and his staff where beyond phenomenal, showed us around, gave us local tips and tricks, even gave me a ride in his motorbike to town when I was scared the the first night to walk by myself (I’m terrified of dogs, and there a lot of stray ones in the Philippines). However, I now know they are harmless and hungry.

    The only transport in town is motorbike rentals (500PHP/Daily) or tricycle rides (300PHP from airport or 50PHP to town).

    We island hopped and did Tours A and B.

    We had an amazing time on the Private Tours.
    We snorkeled coral reefs, sunbathed on beautiful beaches, and swam in the small lagoon, kayaked, and snuggled inside caves (there is a small opening to snuggle through in order to see the cave).

    Our captain, cook, and tour guide were all great both days.

    The EhhBoy was the perfect boast for me and my sister, we had a blast. We highly recommend a private tour over group tours.The food was good and diverse, and we will definitely be back to do this all again soon!

    The El Nido paradise team was accommodating after I lost my debit card and allowing me to pay fully via PayPal.

    After two days of island hopping we decided to rent motorbikes and head to Nacpan beach a 45 minute ride from El Nido. We actually passed it and went 10 minutes out of the way ?, but we were able to see more of the island so it was worth it.

    While at the beach I got an hour massages for $400PHP, ice cream for $80PHP, and lunch for two for $300PHP. Everything is super cheap and good!

    We stayed for hours, and I was able to watch the sunset as I drove back into El Nido town! Make sure you’re ready for off tossing because the road to nacpan is not smooth, but I enjoyed the bumps it reminded me of dirt roads during my childhood.

    All in all this has been the best travel experience yet. The culture, the people, the beauty, and the adventure. You cannot come to the Philippines and not visit El Nido.

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    Corinne O.
    20 Aug 2019
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    So many things to say about El Nido. There are so many things to do here. Getting here was a challenge at first. You can fly into Puerto Princesa for about $45-$60 however, you will then have to take a van to El Nido which will take you all day to get there (approximately 8 hours). We took the fastest option which was to fly straight to El nido. We went with Skyjet which does not fly directly to El Nido, but to San Vincente airport, which is 2.5 hours away. Our flight ended up getting cancelled because of bad weather, so we went straight to the ticket counter of an airline called AirSwift, and booked a flight for about $150 per peron for the following morning. This is the only airline that flies directly into El Nido.

    in El Nido we stayed in the Buko Resort, which was about 25 minutes away from the airport. Everyone there was so friendly. The price was about $250 per night and is considered a luxury hotel. We were greeted with a welcome drink and a fresh cold towel. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The rooms were very spacious and located on the beach. The shower and bathrooms are both outside which is something Iiked. Additionally, they offered massages that were amazing and they came to your room to do it. Breakfast was really good and filling. They also had a bar with great food and cocktails.

    My favorite part was the island hopping. El Nido is known for its beautiful beaches and lagoons. You can book and shared tour for about $24 a person but note that you will not be alone you will be on a boat with at least 15 other people. Or you can do a private tour. We booked a private tour through our hotel for about $80 person. We loved the private tour because we had a boat with just the two of us, and it included transportation to the boating dock, free lunch (we chose seafood) and the best part is you can tell your captain where you want to go. We chose tour A which is the most popular one, which meant large crowds. however, since we had our own boat we told our captain to go to the places in the tour where there were the least amount of people and that’s what he did! With a private tour you do what you want. I would recommend the small lagoon over the big one. They are both the same but the is lagoon had sooo many people there. Also El Nido is one of the more expensive islands due to its popularity, and the wifi is pretty slow at times.

    All in all, you cannot go to The Philippines and not come here. I loved it!

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