El Nido, Philippines 12th June - 17th June
Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
98Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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It was another mission to get to El Nido with a mix of flight delays, changes and then a 5 hour bus journey (that also got delayed by 2 hours) to get to the beach! It was pretty much a 2 day journey broken up with a nights stay in a hotel on the way. Pheeew!!
From all the research we had done on the Philippines…El Nido was supposed to be the best spot to go to so we booked to stay there for five nights. Actually it was just quite a small beach town with a nice view from the beach & not a lot else to do. It was nice scenery – but Boracay Island where we were the previous week was so much better!!!!
Unfortunately the weather was not that great as it was rainy season so it rained every evening without fail, but it also rained all day for a few days as well
We hired kayaks for the day as there were various islands to get to around the area so we paddled for about 1.5 hours and there we some fantastic views along the way.
We stopped at one of the beaches and rested after all that paddling. It's harder work than it looks! We had a swim & some lunch. It was so nice to have an entire beach to ourselves with no one else in sight for hours.
After a while though we headed back as there were some big grey clouds close by. The water was REALLY choppy on the way back and the clouds crept up to us closer and closer. Luckily we got back to El Nido beach and got a beer in before the storm started :-)
Was such a fun day, though the day ended up very drunk, aching shoulders and sunburn
Food & Drink
Burgers are certainly popular here…every other food stall/restaurant sells them. It does seem to be a culture of junk food…to eat healthily is much more expensive. There were lots of stands selling home cooked food…but it was all cold so we didn’t try any of it – the locals seemed to like it though!
Favourite Local Dish: Nido Soup AKA Birds Nest Soup
New Tastes: Birds Nest Soup – We have been waiting to try this for a long time as have been seeing it everywhere. It’s a delicacy in many areas of Asia. A certain type of bird lives in the cliffs and makes its nest out of its saliva which hardens.
It’s usually expensive as it’s collected very high up by rock climbers, which is dangerous work. The nests are broken up and then put into soup. The one we had was a creamy taste – like mushroom soup without the mushrooms
In the area around El Nido there are lots of cliffs so this made the soup in our price range at just $5 a bowl. We have seen it for much much more.
International McDonalds Meal: No McDonalds
Local Beer: San Miguel
Casa Cecelia – Room with air-con, cooked brekkie every day, no WIFI. It’s about 1 min walk from the beach. $45 a night. Was ok, but there are definitely cheaper options once you get there if you don’t book ahead.
Meals: $1 - $5
Water: $1 for 1.5 litres
Alcohol: $1.50 - $2.50 for a beer
- 5 hour bus from Puerto Princessa to El Nido was $15 each
- Short distance in a motor tricycle is $1
- Kayak for 6 hours was $20
Average Daily Spend per person: $35
Transport there for both of us: $140
Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $475