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The best way for any newcomer to familiarize themselves with the layout of a town is to explore it on foot, and El Nido town, sometimes just referred to as the Poblacion, is no exception. Always Growing, Always Building The constant construction in such a small area is bound to have some negative side effects. In the peak season of 2018, the construction noise in the daytime is only surpassed by the thick concrete dust in the air. This is NOT a great place to

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With such large distances between the Philippines and the western world, TIME is typically the most prized resource when traveling there. This is also the case when traveling to even more remote locations on Palawan island, known as the Philippines “Last Frontier”. The two most remote of destinations on Palawan are El Nido and Coron, and tourists are often faced with having to choose between the two. This article will go over some of the similarities and differences between El Nido and Coron, and talk

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As of 2018 there are now four daily trips to Coron from El Nido and vice-versa. This includes two morning departures via fast craft (6:00 AM and 8:20AM) and two “slow boat” trips leaving at around the same time. Where to Buy Tickets Tickets can be purchased thru agents at just about any tour desk in El Nido, or you can go directly to the pier and purchase from the ticketing office. The price is not affected by where you purchase. I was

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If you had limited time and only had the opportunity to do one activity at one destination in El Nido, it has to be kayaking the big and small lagoons. While named separately, they are only separated by a single, towering wall of rock that extends well below the surface, into the deep blue. Their entrances are in different locations, which helps avoid overcrowding. On the early June day that I arrived at the lagoons, there was a significant swell to the sea and a

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Here is a quick guide to the famous El Nido island hopping tours. While it is fairly easy to find pictures of all the amazing places in El Nido, there is not a whole lot of information about what an actual day on one of the tours is like, or what type of activities are on each of the stops of the tour. They are certainly not for everyone. The Inland Tour The Highlight: Staying land based Other Activities: Hikes, beaching While very tempting in

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This amazing place, is said to have been the source of inspiration for British author Alex Garland, as he is said to have lived in El Nido in the 90’s while he wrote his novel “The Beach” The book was then turned into a 2003 movie, set in Thailand with Leoardo DeCaprio playing the lead. well that’s what they say… This destination does not disappoint but, you are going to have to work for it! When you’re cruising along in the tour

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In another blog post, I complained about Seven Commandos Beach being a waste of time on Tour A. I promise you that is only because every other stop on Tour A is on Miniloc Island and traveling to Seven Commandos first, burns lots of time. Seven Commandos beach is actually quite the place! What to know: Its part of the mainland. Yup, Seven Commandos is actually just on the other side of the big mountain peninsula as el Nido town. If that mountain wasn’t

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Likely Stops: Small Lagoon Big Lagoon Secret Lagoon/ Hidden Beach 7 Commando Beach Some tour companies refer to Tour A as the kayaking tour because exploring the lagoons by kayak is the highlight of the day. I highly recommend talking to your tour operator beforehand and finding out the availability of kayaks for your group. Necessities you may forget: Dry Bag, Cash , Hat You will be away from the shelter of the boat for MOST of this tour, getting in and out of the water.

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*Updated June 2017 Philippines / Palawan / El Nido Previously known as one of the best scenic hikes in El Nido, the Twin Beach hike is now no longer possible. This rocky peninsula offers signature views of the twin beaches after a short vertical hike up the trail, but the land was purchased by a private developer in 2016. The developer has plans to build a luxury resort on the grounds. Protests to the sale and the building have come in the form of squatters attempting to

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A can’t miss destination in El Nido. Philippines / Palawan / El Nido About a 45 minute tricycle ride away from El Nido Town, located northeast along the coastline, is a place that’s not so secret anymore. Nacpan and Calitang form the twin beaches, but have more recently been referred to collectively as Nacpan Beach. Getting There Just about every tricycle driver, on any given day in El Nido Town is willing to take you to Nacpan beach; and for the standard rate, they will

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Philippines/ Palawan / El Nido Dilumacad does not mean helicopter in any language. The island was nicknamed for its shape from a certain vantage point and the validity of that nickname has been contested ever since…. but ‘Helicopter’ is what stuck. Me? I think it looks like a sea creature with its top half sticking out of the water, perhaps even a dinosaur or a large fish I suppose that I can imagine it representing the shape of a big military transport helicopter, but the lack

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Philippines / Luzon / Palawan Lets face it, people go to El Nido for the Island hopping. When you do a Google image search for ‘Philippines’, vacation photos from El Nido are the most abundant result; the majority of those photos were taken on board one of these famous El Nido island-hopping tours. Here is a post on how best to prepare for these all day adventures in the islands, so that you wont be left high and dry. What to bring An Underwater Capable Camera It

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