El Nido – Natural Beauty and History
El Nido is probably the most popular place for tourists in the whole province of Palawan. Aside from the stunning natural beauty of the place, it also is one of the most historical places in the Philippines. It is said that El Nido has been inhabited by humans as early as 2680 BC, or even as much as 22,000 years ago. With over fifty white sand beaches, extensive marine life, lagoons, and a number of endangered animal species, this is a true paradise.
There are several set island hopping tours you can do in El Nido catering to all tastes. Some tours are scuba diving tours, seafaris, party boats – you name it. When you have the beauty of El Nido within your grasp, it’s pretty hard not to have a good time. Some people aren’t comfortable with scuba diving, so exploring El Nido by boat is just as good, if not a better way to absorb the beauty of the place.
When you are in El Nido, or anywhere in Palawan for that matter, you simply must try scuba diving. There is no better way to discover El Nido or the rest of Palawan for that matter than underwater. If you have never been scuba diving before don’t worry, I had not been scuba diving either until going to Palawan. If you use a reputable and PADI accredited dive resort like Submariner Diving Centre, this takes away any apprehensions you may have about scuba diving.
Paradise in Town
Even the main beach in El Nido town proper is awesome. When you are on the main beach of El Nido town proper you look straight out across Bacuit Bay towards Cadlao Island and this sets the scene for what to expect from the rest of El Nido. Then turning inland, less than one km from El Nido town center, is the Canopy Walk. This offers breathtaking views of Bacuit Bay from Taraw Cliff. The jagged limestone cliffs are a feature of this and it offers a totally different perspective of El Nido compared to that of which you get from the water by boat.
There isn’t much point in talking too much about El Nido as I simply cannot do justice with words. You need to see the place in photos and videos to fully appreciate the beauty of the place. Below are some of my photos and you can also check out one of the many videos I put together of this simply breathtaking place. If you did want to read more, check out my blog about Palawan.