I arrived in Puerto Princesa Airport alone at 7pm. I was supposed to be with a friend but Cebu Pacific changed his flight schedule the next day without him knowing. During the flight, there’s this guy that looks really familiar and I know I got it right because I knew he was coming. I just didn’t know we were on the same flight! Guys, meet Jordan!

The plan was to explore El Nido first before Puerto Princesa. I was looking for a van that would take me to El Nido. Unfortunately, the last van departed already. I kept looking and luckily someone was willing to hitched me up for P500. While waiting for our van to leave, I saw three people discussing over something. I approached them and they have the same scenario as me. One was a solo backpacker from Manila and the couple are from France. We all went together in a tricycle to go to a bus terminal. We paid P300, if I remember correctly.

We left at 8:30PM and arrived 3AM in my El Nido Hostel. The whole ride was bumpy and awful I almost vomited myself. So here are amazing scenes from my El Nido Trip. Enjoy!


Spin Designer Hostel, El Nido, Palawan


I booked my TOUR A ahead before coming here so I don’t need to bring a lot of cash and for hassle free booking. This tour is composed of visiting the following:

  • 7 Commando Beach
  • Small lagoon
  • Big lagoon
  • Shimizu Island
  • Hidden lagoon
7 Commando Beach
Kayaking at Small Lagoon, El Nido Palawan
A cave inside the Small Lagoon, El Nido Palawan
Snorkeling at the Big Lagoon, El Nido Palawan.

Big Lagoon, El Nido Palawan

Lunch at Shimizu Island

Going out of this small hole at the Hidden Lagoon
Entrance view at Hidden Lagoon, El Nido Palawan

The next day, it’s time for Tour C. It includes visiting the following:

  • Helicopter Island
  • Hidden Beach
  • Talisay Beach for Lunch
  • Secret Beach
  • Matinloc Shrine
Helicopter Island, El Nido Palawan
Hidden Beach, El Nido Palawan
Lunch being prepared in the boat

Secret Beach, El Nido Palawan

(C) Rod Roales, Edited with my preset. Secret Beach, El Nido Palawan
Hiked at Matinloc Shrine, El Nido Palawan
Hiked at Matinloc Shrine, El Nido Palawan
Hiked at Matinloc Shrine, El Nido Palawan

The tours all ended at around 16:00-17:00. I bid goodbyes to every island I visited. And as I looked back, the palm trees waved their goodbyes too! It has come to my realisation that beauty comes alive and magnified when we start to take a different perspective, when we we step back and appreciate the bigger picture. These moments are exactly what I came here for — great adventures! Truly, it’s more fun in the Philippines!



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