From the Highlands to the Islands and everything in between. After being subjected to the thorns of art of Apo Whang-Od, we’re here again planning our next trip. Well, don’t plan, just book.
And one thing we know for sure is that we are heading to El Nido! We have made arrangements with the resort which was referred and recommended by my friend, Lemuel So.
We stayed at the Entalula Beach Cottages, a family-owned beachfront resort. The accommodations included free breakfast at their Cabanas. Not to mention, free wifi access! You can visit their website at http://www.entalula.com/ to check out their rates. By the way, 24-hour electricity is now available in El Nido. Before, electricity was only available for only a few hours each day.
If you are in a tight budget though, there are some hotels offering as low as Php. 700.00 per night.
El Nido is well-known for their beautiful islands and so you shouldn’t miss their island hopping tours. You can choose from Tour A to Tour D and even a combination of the four. Each tour is a whole day of adventure. Tours usually start around 9:00 A.M. up to 5:00 P.M. The price ranges from Php. 1,000 – Php 1,500 inclusive of Lunch. Just a tip: Do bring underwater cameras instead of DSLR. Though the seas around here are calmer compared to other island destinations in the Philippines, they do encounter occasional rains which may in turn trigger not-so-calm waves. And there are places in the Tours which may not be suitable for DSLR’s.
If you are fascinated with the rock formations of the islands, what more below? You will also be provided with the all-important Life-vest and Snorkeling gear. And you can also rent some flippers. Another tip: Do invest in aqua shoes. The fiancee and I regretted not buying our own pair of aqua shoes and thus resulted in a few scratches here and there.
Where to Eat?
Just a 200x tumbling from Entalula, is a Little Italian Restaurant named Altrove that offers Brick Oven Pizza. Move over Shakey’s, Pizza Hut, Greenwich, Lotsa Pizza and Mr. Mappy! We were lucky enough that we’ve got the last table before the line started because it is one of the most fully-booked restaurants in El Nido. And it’s really worth it to try their best seller Pizza for only Php. 400.00. It was absolutely fantastic!!! Genuine Italian food. As delicious as it gets.
While walking on the beach pa-sway sway pa, we stumbled upon a resto-bar named Pukka Bar. If you’re into live bands, then this is the place to be. They also serve meals which is a plus. Compared to other beaches like Boracay, the Night Life in El Nido is more Relaxed. Just the way we like it.
How to get there?
Does El Nido have an Airport? Yes. Unfortunately, only ITIAIR offers a direct flight from Manila to El Nido and vice versa. Unfortunately, the airline has bad reviews. That’s why many tourists are still taking the Puerto Princesa flights.
From Puerto Princesa Airport, you have two alternatives on how to get to El Nido. What we did was to take a Van Ride which is about 5 hrs travel and costs Php 600.00 per person. It was a good thing that the Entalula arranged the van transfers for us. Though there are regular daily trips to and from El Nido, it is still important to plan ahead. You may also take a bus to El Nido but that will take 8 – 9 hrs travel.
From the El Nido Terminal, you can just take a Tricycle to take you to your hotel or you can have an arrangement with the hotel about Van Transfer from Airport.
If you are planning for just 3 days 2 night visit to El Nido, it won’t be enough. You will surely crave for more days to stay there after experiencing El Nido.