Here’s our latest budget travel blog about El Nido, Palawan! In this travel guide, you’ll find sample itineraries, breakdown of expenses, and recommendations on hotels and tours. When I was a child and conjured up an image of a tropical paradise in a daydream, this looked exactly like this world.
In 2012, I traveled solo for the first time in my life. I still remember how scared I was before the trip. With only a small backpack, a Neil Gaiman book, a thousand dollars, and a will to get out of my comfort zone, I boarded the plane to Bangkok.
They found me at the common area, playing bingo. Yes, bingo. “We’ve been waiting for you downstairs,” my new friends said. “We thought you were in your room.” Alas I was not. I was in the company of fun-loving backpackers from around the world, each of us meticulously arranging our
Note: This is an old post. Last updated in 2013. Dining is a big part of travel. Food is an essential part of any destination. The same holds true for El Nido. Although this humble town tucked in the northern tip of Palawan does not have a distinct, world-famous cuisine,
We were in the mood to bask in the sun that morning. El Nido wasn’t. It was sweet and sunny when we left our hotel. Despite the heavy rain the night before, we kept our optimism on the way to our destination. As I sat inside the van, I thought, “This
A more updated version of this article can be found here: El Nido Travel Guide As our boat glided through the waves into the Big Lagoon of Miniloc Island in El Nido, Palawan, I couldn’t help but think about how much I needed this break. The limestone cliffs that surround
We called ourselves S Club 7. We were a group of three guys and four ladies on the beach. We couldn’t help but relive our younger days when the airwaves were filled with melodies of boy bands and pop groups. We wanted to shoot a remake of S Club 7’s
El Nido, apparently, has many secrets. We thought the Secret Beach of Matinloc Island (Tour C) was the only concealed beach that we were gonna set foot on in this trip. But Miniloc Island has a secret, too. After exploring the Big and Small Lagoons, and having lunch at Payong-Payong
They were the first to speak. “Where are you from?” asked the gentleman. “We’re from Manila,” Leo, one of my friends answered. “How about you?” “We’re from Denmark,” said the lady. They were Rene and Kate. He’s a surgeon, and she’s an anthropologist. They had been traveling around the Philippines
I was starting to enter a state of depression as I tried to zip up my life jacket forcefully. “My tummy is getting in the way,” I self-deprecated when I was asked what the matter was. It was the third life jacket I tried and I really needed one because