El Nido - Gateway to Paradise
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The road to El Nido was by no means smooth, but compared with the road to Port Barton, it felt like the Autobahn... Arriving in El Nido is literally awesome. There's a huge rock that dwarfs the village and provides the backdrop to a quiet little gateway, where you can hire boats and go island hopping for days on end. I arrived only with Henry, as we split from the Butcher and the Headboiler. The first day we went on a boat trip to the big and small lagoons. The archipeligo outlying El Nido are some of the most stunning islands on earth. The colors are truely amazing. Even with just a snorkel you can see a great deal of underwater life.
At lunchtime, we found a small island and had a cookout, with as much freshly grilled fish as you could eat. We saw a friendly monkey who came close enough to accept a banana. The rest of the day we crusied the crystal waters of the sea, found small islands to stop in and rest for a while before arriving back to land after sunset.
The second day Henry and I had a boat driver drop us on the remote and ruggedly handsome Helicopter Island (see photo). With a lunch packeted, plently of reading material and some rum, what more could a guy want (besides 2 girls on the island)?
El Nido, like other places in the Philippines, ended up pulling me in over the course of the next few days. Henry had to get going, but I decided to stay a few extra days. The locals and store owners get to know you and make you feel very comfortable. The hotel in which we stayed was perfectly placed on the beach with a large 2nd floor balcony where travellers met each evening to enjoy some beverages and swap stories. El Nido was a small, almost sleepy town that had a charm all its own.