Sunday, November 04, 2012

4 Days Family Get-away for El Nido Island Hopping

2nd round of budget DIY family tour on my vacation
sunday to wednesday august 12-15, 2012

"There is an interconnectedness among members that bonds the family, much like mountain climbers who rope themselves together when climbing a mountain, so that if someone should slip or need support, he's held up by the others until he regains his footing." - Phil McGraw

My 10th family outing initiated, their 2nd domestic trip, their 1st islands hopping, 1st Palawan experience and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

The last part of my family get-away availed during cheaper sale of cebu pacific fares. I decided to choose el nido for the following reasons;
1. el nido is better than boracay
2. feel the most peaceful and beautiful nature spot of the Philippines with my family
3. I did not yet visited this place
4. el nido is not that expensive for a family trip
5. the best island tour I anticipated

Boracay island has been hailed several times as the country’s best beach destination, but according to a website, it only comes second to El Nido in Palawan. CNNGo, the travel news website of the Cable News Network, made a list of the “Philippines’ best beaches and islands” which was published in time for CNN's week-long "Eye on the Philippines" specials. El Nido ranked first in the list for its “majestic karst limestone formations, empty lagoons, marble cliffs, prehistoric caves and waterfalls.” 

el nido islands view from hadefe lodging

RORObus vehicle bound to el nido (aircon)

ROROBUS schedule from puerto princesa bound to el nido

CNNGo on Philippines top 10 beaches in 2012:
01. El nido (palawan)
02. Boracay (aklan)
03. Palaui island (cagayan)
04. Panglao island (bohol)
05. Bantayan island (Cebu)
06. Caramoan (Camsur)
07. Samal island (Davao)
08. Siargao islands (Surigao del Norte)
09. Santa Cruz island (Zamboanga)
10. Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte)

This another race against time, very short backpacking researched in somehow detailed manner has a compressed itinerary designed as follows: 

august 12 sunday:
1000H ETA Puerto Princesa Airport
bus bound to el nido
el nido at night

august 13 monday: 
el nido island tour A

august 14 tuesday: 
el nido island tour B

august 15 wednesday: 
bus bound to Puerto Princesa
1400H ETD Puerto Princesa Airport

TOTAL BUDGET : PHP22,380 (for 4 adults and 1 child)

going to big lagoon of el nido

huge limestone rock island seen on the viewing deck near snake island

El Nido is a coastal town in Palawan. El Nido is comprised of 45 islands and islets; limestone cliffs are also found here, which form a Karst backdrop similar to those found in Ha Long Bay, Krabi and Guilin. El Nido is a popular destination for locals during the long holidays of the Holy week, but until recently has been relatively known to foreign tourists. El Nido is more than just a stereotypical tropical paradise. Beaches, clear waters, jungle, steep limestone cliffs and stunning inlets make for one of the world's most beautiful seascapes.

snake island mini-trekking

snake island of el nido (during low tide)

our boatmates fellow tourist

RORObus schedule from el nido bound to puerto princesa

palawan tricycle


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