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From where I stood, I could see the sun paint the clouds pink as it began to kiss the horizon. The Poor Traveler was walking with friends to the beach and our excitement was just overflowing with each step towards the shore. As the sound of the waves stammering the name of the sea got louder, the thought of watching the sunset in El Nido gave me chills. It wasn’t long until I realized that it was not going to happen. One of the cliffs along Bacuit Bay was blocking the sun. Still, we sat on the sand and glued our eyes to the skies as blue turned to pink.

The El Nido Town Proper lies along El Nido Bay, next to Bacuit Bay, which is dotted with several islands that create a stunning view. I had been to many popular beaches in the country and many times I got bothered by boatmen offering tours and rides. It didn’t happen in El Nido. We were just there watching the sea and the skies and the sand, and enjoying our time. This beach is part of Barangay Buena Suerte, one of the four villages that make up the town’s poblacion.

While the sun was starting to call it a night, I removed my slippers and felt the sand and the waves on my feet. The sand was not as fine or white as that on Panglao Island in Bohol or Boracay but it was good enough for a tourist wanting to bond with nature. The view alone made me want to move to El Nido for good. It was that beautiful. As it started to get dark, we decided to walk and look for hostels where we could spend the next couple of nights.

From the shore, we got a good glimpse of beachfront hotels/hostels. Many times we stopped and inquired. We skipped the others as we knew they were too costly for us just by looking at them.

The view of the nearby islands added to the ambiance of the restaurants lined up along the bay. Tables were set up on the beach in some areas. Candles were lit. Music were turned on.

As we checked out one restaurant after another, we realized that most of the customers in the area were foreigners. In fact, we found ourselves the only Filipino tourists wherever we went. European words — English, Danish, German, French — filled the air.

El Nido Poblacion Beach
El Nido Poblacion Beach

When we reached the farthest restaurant where the flag of Denmark danced with the wind, we decided it was time to pick the place to have dinner at. We walked back a few steps to another restaurant and sat at a table behind a chalkboard with Happy Hour written on it. Tonight, we shall eat and drink and get drunk. And we shall get lost in the familiar yet strangely foreign embrace of El Nido as the pink skies get swallowed by the dark.

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wow. why didnt i find this blog a long time ago. i have been planning my trip to Palawan since last year and oh my i’ve learned a lot reading from the poor traveler. i thought el nido is just for the rich but now i know i can go there from puerto princesa. i’m captivated by the pictures you post. hope you could post more options as to accommodation and if it is possible to camp or sleep on tents by the beach. anways, thank you so much for such helpful blog. rock on!

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I love your photos. its like inviting us to visit El NIdo

Shirley Garcia Mico

Malapit na kitang puntahan El Nido kaya wait ka lang heheheh :’)

Gene Padua

One of the best places I’ve been to in the Philippines!! When I was there, many of the guests were Europeans and very few Filipinos…

Leah Acosta Cabantac

the beaches and lagoons here are stunning.. one of the best places.. i ♥el nido.

Mercedita Valera Rivera

Oh, I always love to see sunset especially on a beach.

Miraflor Maca

How and ilang gabi at araw? Im planning and looking for a best package for 4 pax this coming may bday gift ko para sa akin.

The Poor Traveler

Hi Miraflor, I’ll be writing about the rest of the trip very, very soon, complete with directions and budget. Watch out. :)

Tranimal Tran

I was there a week ago and it is my second but not the last time.

The Poor Traveler

Oh yes, I also swore to be back as soon as possible. :)

godfrey a. gaor

give me the details about el nido palawan 3 days and 2 nights with airfare thanks…..