I fell inlove with the perfect scenery in El Nido, Palawan
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Day 1 - MLA - PP- El Nido (Saturday)
My boyfriend and I left Manila Via Pal at 8am bound to Puerto Princesa for our 7days tour. I was so excited that I felt butterflies in my stomach when we boarded the plane. It was 2 years ago when I visited PP, Sabang and Port Barton with my officemate,I had so much fun and so many unforgettable experiences. This trip was totally different as we head straight to El Nido, when we arrived at the airport we asked one of the tricycle to bring us to Fort Wally Terminal and paid 120.
After an hour of resting, we went out to check the town and look for a place to have our dinner. We dine in SQUIDOS and spent around 900. We went over our budget since I am celebrating my 27th birthday. We ordered mixed sea food, calamares, 2 curry rice, mineral water, 2 beers and chocolate creppe. The serving was generous and the calamares was so yummy. The ambiance in squidos was very relaxing. They also have a plasma tv where you can watch the football game while eating. After a bottle of beer we decided to go back to where we stayed and dozed off.
Day 2 - Tour A (Sunday)
Our tour was not set to start until 9am so we decided to eat our breakfast first in a small canteen near Rickson's resto & bar.
Day 3 - Tour B (Monday)
Again we had our breakfast in that small canteen - we ordered Cornsilog and Tapsilog for 120 (the food was not great, hehhehe). This time we started the island tour at 8am as we wanted to be back early so we can attend the 5pm mass. Our first stopped was in PANGULUSIAN Island which is a good spot for snorkeling, SNAKE ISLAND - where the sand bar was connected to another island, CUDUGAN CAVE - ISLAND - this was where we had our lunch, (we paid 100 for the entrance), Kuya Jun told us that Cudugnan Cave was one of the islands in El Nido where a pot of gold was found, we skipped the Cathedral Cave as Kuya Jun said that it was not that safe since the tides were a bit strong.
Day 4 - Tour C (Tuesday)
This time we went somewhere to eat our breakfast since Morky was turned off with what we had the previous day. We ate our breakfast somewhere near the church. We had 2 cups of coffee, 1 Cheeseburger and 1 Egg w/ cheese for 110. We also bought 10 bottles of san miguel light since that was our last island hopping tour. I was hoping to buy a kilo of pork but they said that we have to go to corong-corong where the public market is located, but we didn't have enought time to go there as our tour started at 9am. Tour C was the most expensive in all the tours in El Nido as it was the farthest. The first island that we went to was TAPUTITAN island where we traveled for less than an hour, we stayed here longer, we drunk our cold beer and ate our lunch, then we head to MINILOC SHRINE - the heart shape island, we also snorkeled in STAR island, then our last stopped was in Helicopter island where we consumed the beers with Kuya Jun and our bangkero.
After 3 days of island hopping, we said our goodbyes to Kuya Jun, Aljun and our bangkero. I can't praise them enough as they were so helpful and very kind to us. Kuya Jun told us that he has his own boat for island hopping and I bet his rate is a lot cheaper than what we got. I promised him that I will post his number and recommend him to my friends who are also planning to go to El Nido. (Here is his number 09059542153 and just tell him that you were recommended by Mitch).
Our last night in El Nido was spent in PUKKA bar where we had 2 bottles of beer each and then we transferred in Seaslugs. We ate their Ham and Cheese pizza which was so yummy, Morky then had 1 more beer and I had infinite. Before we sleep Mark told us that he already booked us in fortwally for our trip to Puerto Princesa the next morning.
Day 5 - El Nido to Puerto Princesa (Wednesday)
At exactly 7am, the van was infront Inggo's Inn to picked us, and as we left El Nido, I felt really sad and I really wanted to cry. I became so attached with the place that I promised myself that I have to go back again.
We arrived in Puerto Princesa around 2pm, we decided to stay in Bakpackers for a night. The fan room w/ private CR cost 400 only. After we settled, we went to Jollibee to eat and bought some food in the Market. We bought half a kilo of shrimp for 140 and 1/4 talakitok for only 70.00 for our dinner. Kuya Danny our contact in PP also dropped by to confirmed our Dos Palmas tour the following day. After fixing our next agenda, we went backed to Backpackers, cooked our food and slept.
Day 6 - Dos Palmas Tour (Thursday)
Kuya Danny fetch us at 6:20, drove us to NCC Mall where the shuttle was parked. The shuttle traveled for 30 minutes to St. Lourdes port where the Dos Palmas Boat was waiting. It took us an hour by sea before we reached Dos Palmas. We were greeted by their staff and then they served our welcome drinks. We were also instructed to go to an area near their resto for the orientation. I find the orientation helpful but honestly the approached was somehow insulting. I don't know if It was just me who felt that but when I asked my boyfriend about it he also felt the same. I even told him that maybe it was just because of the staff's approached.
We paid 1,800 for this tour. It includes transfer, lunch, free use of their kayaks, snorkeling gear and shower (w/ no water), free inet, and unlimited water/tea/coffee. They charge 50.00 for the towel.
AT 5:30 we were back in the city, we went back to backpackers, cooked the shrimp and packed our bags. Then we transferred to J-Lais pension. We got the ac room w/ a queensize bed, cable tv, airport transfer and breakfast for only 1k. We were supposed to go to Kinabuch and baywalk but due to lack of sleep, I fell asleep right after eating dinner.
Day 7 - Bakers Hill, Mitra Ranch - flight back to Mla (Friday)
We were woke up by the receptionist at 7am to have our breakfast, then after eating we went to the market to buy seafoods as my brother reminded me to bring lobster, crabs and etc since the price is way cheaper than in Mla. We then bought 1 kilo of lobster for 450, 1 kilo of crabs for 200-300, 1 kilo of tuna for 200 and 1/2 kilo of danggit for 105 then everything was wrapped and placed in a box since we traveled via plane.
After buying our pasalubong, we went back to J-LAIS, took a shower then hired a tricyle for 3 hours for 250. We first went to BAKER'S HILL where we ate our lunch (the baby back ribs was delicious), then we went to MITRA RANCH, and lastly to Baywalk.
Palawan will always be my number destination here in the philippines. Hopefully, I would have enough savings so I can go to Coron.
I wouldn't be tired of going back to my first love which is Palawan...