Flat tyres going to El Nido
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After a few days in Puerto Princesa it is time to move on. There are 3 buses a day from here to El Nido. There is the early bus, the very early bus and the stupidly early bus. Leaving at 5 am, 7 am and 9 am. I will be aiming for the one leaving at 7. After my last bus travel I am convinced that the bus will not really be leaving at 7 - sure it left on time the last time - but that only means that I got on the one bus leaving on time in the
So I don't get to the bus terminal before 6.57 convinced I will be one of the first people to board the bus.
At seven sharp the bus leaves - this can not be happening - buses leaving at time twice in a row in the
After a few hours some of the passengers leave the bus and there is an open seat on the backbench. I get it. It is actually more comfortable for me because there is lots more legroom back here than on the other seats in the bus. Of course there is some problems with the backseat - you cant really look out of the windows without looking through the top part of the windows which are all coloured class to protect against the sun - and every time the bus drivers over a bump you will jump in the seat - and there are a lot of bumps on this road. And when you hit the major bumps in the road you will jump from the seat and hit the roof - all part of the daily entertainment when travelling overland.
The trip is pretty uneventful - except the mandatory puncture - it is not that hard to understand why the buses constantly puncture on these roads.
On the last bit of the trip the landscape changes - out through the left windows of the bus you can see many small islands. They are all part of the Bacuit Archipelago the main reason people travel to El Nido. Everybody will go island hopping between these islands. And it looks great even through the miscoloured windows of the bus.
When I get to town I walk down the street to find somewhere to stay - and I get a small beach cottages right at the beach with a small porch and everything. This looks promising and it is empty so I got the place all to myself no one to disturb the peace. After getting settled I have just enough time to go and have a look at the limestone cliffs surrounding the entire tiny town and then heads of to the sunset over the see with the islands in the background.