Saturday, October 29, 2011

this sleepy town - el nido

El Nido is a sleepy town... but not for long. progress is catching up. when i was there majority of the small by-the-beach inns were under renovation. but as much as one would notice the ongoing constructions, it remains a sleepy town at almost anytime of the day. 
the narrow Serena Street must be the busiest street but busy in El Nido means seeing ten people crossing path hopping from one travel agency to another. Rizal Street has the most number of those booking centers majority offering the standard tour package rates.
amidst the growing tourists in this part of Palawan, you won't see people or kids begging. most them  simply doing their daily chores and errands. treating tourists like they were just one of the locals. this makes El Nido an ideal tourist destination. 
i believe that what keeps El Nido from the massive tourists bunch is a good airport to cater bigger aircraft. but a year or two from now, the airport will soon be rehabilitated to cater medium-sized planes which will open its gates to local budget airlines. i say it won't be a sleepy town for long.

how to get there:
>>>from Manila:
option 1: Domestic airlines fly daily from Manila to Puerto Princesa (1-hour flight)
option 2: Direct flight from Manila to El Nido via Seair (as of this post, direct flights are not available).
>>>from Puerto Princesa to El Nido:
option 1: Take a van trip from Fort Wally Van Organization to El Nido (6-hour road trip).
option 2: Take the regular bus trip from the Puerto Princesa Central bus terminal (7-8hours road trip)
>>>from El Nido van terminal:
option 1: take a tricycle for a short ride to your hotel or to the main beach area if you did not reserve for a hotel.
option 2: if you are willing to walk, the main town area is just a walk away. but i don't recommend this if you have big backpacks and if you have a limited time in El Nido. (15mins walk)
>>>for Tour A:
several travel agency along the main streets of El Nido offers standardized tour packages which includes island hopping and lunch.

island: Palawan island
province: Palawan
gateway: El Nido Coast

GPS location:

11^ 10" 46' N
119^ 23" 16' E


Raft3r said...

i like sleepy towns
wala masyadong dayo
may privacy kahit pano

Giselle said...

id like to see it before it gets too busy. it looks so quiet and peaceful. love the last photo!


I suddenly miss Palawan. Hope to be back soon...and visit El Nido. Happy weekend, Idol!

Traveling Hawk said...

The landscape is magnific and the little town looks great for tourists!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

the laid back life in the province is what i like the most! i would love to spent an week in el nido soon!

Chyng said...

question: ano ang latest time of departure ng van ng fort wally? may 2pm?

looking forward to that bigger airport soon! effortless na!

SunnyToast said...

El nido-close to nature and sleepy town..such a perfect place to get away with the hassle and bustle of city life:)

Photo Cache said...

I'd probably not see this version of it. If and when I get a chance to go, it may already be a bustling touristy town :)

lakwatsera de primera said...

I agree with the laid-back feel of El Nido, I like the community here, wala pang mga girly bars (maliban doon sa isang (dodgy disco place), walang masyadong touts gaya sa Boracay at wala ding mga bata na namamalimos, o nag aalok ng dodgy "massage" and to think world-class yung beaches nya.

Edmar Guquib said...

I so love the photo documentations... It reflects the simplicity of living in this town..

Unlike most blogs which only feature the sceneries and landscape, I like how you show what's behind the main event.. Kung sa showbiz it is called "off cam." Very nice.

docgelo said...

mabuti naman walang pulubi sa el nido.

sakaling bullet day (balang-araw) makahanap kami ng panahon (at budget) at madala ko pamilya ko dyan, babalikan ko ang mga posts mo syempre.

ps: like el nido, i am sleepy too on a relaxed sunday afternoon, zzzz! :)

alicesg said...

Looked like a nice village to just relax and enjoy the day.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Many previous visitors would probably say in the future "El Nido was much better when it was quieter" but that's always the flipside to development. With an airport soon replacing the old, torturous land journey from Puerto Princesa - many tourists would indeed turn sleepy El Nido so wide awake.

Heart of Rachel said...

It looks like a nice place where you can unwind and relax peacefully.

I think I prefer the idea of a sleepy town compared to a crowded and commercialized town.

gillboard said...

parang feeling ko di ko kayang iwan yung ganyang lugar, kung dyan ako nakatira.

specially kung bahay ko yung nandun sa 2nd picture.

Jam Santos said...

how to get there:
>>>from Manila:
option 1: Domestic airlines fly daily from Manila to Puerto Princesa (1-hour flight) option 2: Direct flight from Manila to El Nido via Seair (as of this post, direct flights are not available).

Seair flights to El Nido were discontinued.. Direct flights are available via Island Transvoyager Inc. :)

Josiah said...

Hindi kaya nagkasabay tayo ng punta sa El Nido? nandun ako nung Oct 24-26. :)

Pietro Brosio said...

What a beautiful village in the green, so pleasant!

tina said...

i would love to see this sleepy town soon! :)

Looking forward to that airport ;)

Borneo Falcon said...

With such beauty, it will soon be a vibrant town one day

Ed said...

sana maabutan ko pa toh habang wala pa masyadong tao ang El Nido. next year dapat makapunta na ako.

roman leo reyman said...

I hope the locals will keep El Nido as it is now.

nuts said...

I hope I could visit El Nido too.. and wish that the place stays as a sleepy town for at least another decade.

Jenn said...

Love El Nido town. It's rustic charm has won my heart 7 years ago this post makes me miss it even more... The limestone backdrop against the sleepy town is just magical.

Roaming Couple said...

ganda talaga ng El Nido! thanks so much for this post! we're going there next month after the elections.:)


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