Calitang and Nacpan beaches in El Nido
Nine years ago, a 20-year old young lady embarked on a very unusual journey - visiting a dear college friend in Puerto Princesa on her own. She endured the 22-hour boat trip to Palawan watching the movie Titanic on her cabin. The cabin was supposedly for four persons but no one seemed to occupy it but her. She wasted no time and explored the old ship and chatted with some of the passengers. The constant wavy motion of the ship felt so normal that when she landed her feet on land to meet her friend she stumbled. She spent 10 days of what she consider as a "freedom trip" - freedom from almost 16 years of formal school. She learned to hate trekking because of the Jungle trail on their way to the Underground River. She spent countless mornings savoring chao long and iced coffee from Rene Saigon's Chao Long. She ate tamilok. She ate fresh fish and red rice almost everyday. Experienced the rural life just like a Palaweno. That girl was the 20-year old me. And thank you Ira for letting me experience all of those things.
|less the crowd and the unimaginable fees|
Underground River tour - 50 pesos each (9 years ago)
There are many options to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa City. You can get there via a shuttle van or bus. A week before our trip, I reserved two slots on the 8:00 a.m. schedule of the Lexus shuttle van company through text (0912.100.2651). They booked me and didn't require us to make an advance payment. We arrived at Puerto Princesa airport at around 9:00 a.m. and took a tricycle outside the airport to the San Jose Terminal for 70 pesos. Of course we were late for our scheduled van and the sad part was that all of the seats were reserved for the 9:30 departure and the next available van will be at 1:00 p.m. We scouted for other vans but all of them were already for reserved passengers. And then someone told us that we should catch the Eulen Joy non-aircon bus to El Nido which will leave at 10:00 a.m. (we didn't know about the RORO aircon bus yet). We were just in time for the scheduled departure of the bus, we didn't even bother to ask how long will it take for us to get to El Nido. The fare was 300 pesos each person (250 pesos for students like me, woot!). The shuttle van would cost you around 500 to 700 pesos.
|San Jose Terminal - Puerto Princesa City|
|the epic 7-hour non-aircon bus to El Nido|
|sun - dust - drizzle - wind - sweat - |
|and they chose my window|
|define strength and balance|
|El Nido made easy by Ate Neriza +639399022216|
Inn, Tours, Transfers, everything
|1-month old Northern Hope Inn|
|Fan room for 2pax - 700 pesos|
|ensuite bathroom and toilet|
|Aircon room for 2 pax - 1,200 pesos|
Aircon room for 4 pax - 1,400 pesos
|Don't miss Midtown Bakery's eggpie!|
|some hotels have their own generator set - aahhhh|
|by the beach dining|
|maggi savor, gina salt at katinko ang pulutan|
|paggising may bagyo... ok tulog na lang ulit...|
I somewhat expected a rough ride on the way to the beach. But I didn't realize that the heavy rains the night before would make it really hard for us to pass the flooded areas. We were asked by Eric to alight and walk a few times for him to pass through the muddy road. I realized that passing through that road on a regular sunny day would mean heavy amount of dust from the road all throughout the trip. Bring your masks with you. Well a hanky would do.
|island hopping cancellation equates to beach bumming|
|not a vendor - he's on his way to fix a boat|
|the twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang|
|didn't exactly know which is which|
|maliligo o hindi?|
|my mom: Carla 'di ko na alam 'yung totoong kulay mo|
|Jay felt his shorts was a hindrance|
|reminds me of my childhood days...|
|and this one too...|
On our first and second day in El Nido we've experienced it all. The dust, wind, and drizzle from the 7-hour non-aircon bus trip. The gloomy, sunny and rainy weather. The bumpy and muddy tricycle ride. And having been to 4 different beaches in El Nido. But we couldn't ask for more. Really. And it's just the first two days! Island hopping tours next.