Loving the laid back lifestyle in El Nido

It’s been more than 24 hours since I last used a computer. For me, that’s quite a feat. Though frankly, I think I ran up quite a bill on mobile Internet charges. It feels good to be on a holiday during a trip. Since I started travel blogging, each one of my trip started feeling like a great piece for the blog, not a vacation. I needed to take it slow and just sit back, relax and take in the beauty of the world around me. El Nido is the perfect place for that.

El Nido, Palawan
My workstation in El Nido.

El Nido, Palawan is in most Filipino’s dream destination. It was also part of mine, and I never really thought I would one day be here. Of course, Seair played a big part to make it happen — we were given return tickets to the island for free. Seair offers seasonal flights to El Nido, twice a week. We took the Wednesday flight out of Manila, and we’re taking the Sunday flight back.

We have almost five full days here in El Nido. We landed at 9am yesterday morning, and on Sunday, we’re leaving at 5pm. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in El Nido: you can take a dip in the cool waters around the island when it gets too hot, you can snorkel and marvel at the marine life around the archipelago, you can sunbathe at the beach until your skin turns a very alarming shade of red, or you can just lounge and listen to the gentle lapping of the waves on the shore as you enjoy the feel of the sand between your toes.

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It was here in El Nido that I finally find out what “small sleepy town” means. The island and its people are so laid back, it’s hard to resist the urge to go and do everything to do since you don’t know if or when you’re going back this way. There is no need to rush, and you find yourself slowing down to match the pace. I could get used to this.

On the way back from island hopping earlier, with my legs on the side of the boat, waves tickling my feet as we cut through the water, I feel so blessed to be born in the Philippines. My country isn’t perfect in many ways, but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 9 Comments
  1. Micamyx says:

    Wah I want to go there! Katrina Halili’s hometown lol

  2. dyanie says:

    sarap ng buhay! i want to go there too! waaaah!

  3. ajay says:

    You’re in El Nido town then? One of my dream places to go to. More pics pls! :D

  4. nina says:

    magnetic_rose: It is!! And that coming from a non-beach-y person like you is a lot! :P

    Micamyx:hahaha, yun talaga ang naalala no? XD

    Dyanie: Go! Super worth it sya :)

    Ajay: Yup, we’re staying in El Nido town. Can’t afford Miniloc and Lagen :P

  5. Cat says:

    Oh…nina. I want my ashes cremated and spread all over the waters there. LOL. Man, that looks SO relaxing. It looks like a scene from The Beach (w/ DiCaprio)…that oh-my-God-does-this-place-exist-on-Earth type of paradise.

  6. giselle says:

    hey, looks beautiful out there. i bet the view is better than KK? hopefully i get to go there soon. miss yah.

  7. rs26 says:

    hi, could you recommend some nice but affordable accommodations in el nido? not necessarily a hotel. a simple, basic lodge will do. i’m planning a long stay (a week or so) over there soon and don’t want to overshoot with budget stuff.. thank you!

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