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Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Breathtaking Nacpan Beach

After the most exciting first day of our El Nido trip, which was exploring the beautiful place through the Island Tour A (The 7 Commandos, Shimizu Island and The Lagoons), we went to bed with a smile on our faces. Before hitting the sack, we all agreed to discover Nacpan Beach ourselves the next day!


I have read a lot of wonderful things about Nacpan Beach during my research. I didn't hesitate to share it with the group. Although they were a bit doubtful about the place since we all have to travel by land in a tricycle, they didn't argue much with my suggestion because the trip is wayyyy cheaper than doing another Island Tour. I'll talk about our budget travel in a separate post. :)


We were told that the food at the restaurants near Nacpan Beach are expensive so we had someone cook our packed lunch for us. We were all set for our 2nd day of adventure and had our mind prepared for the bumpy ride. LOL!




Nacpan Beach can be reached by land through a motorcycle or a van transpo that can be rented through several travel agencies. However, we opted to rent Weng and his tricycle because it's the cheapest transportation that we can get. :)


It was a fun ride because we get to talk a lot inside the tricycle. I tell you, we can just talk about crazy things under the sun, laugh our asses out and not mind the dusty road and the bumpy ride. :D Not to mention the beautiful views that we see along the way.


Hurry Weng! The enemy is coming! LOL!

Since we're having fun during the road trip, we didn't realize that we're on the road for more than an hour already. Then we saw the signage! We're too close! We can hear the sound of the beach already!


After an hour and a quarter tricycle ride, we arrived at Nacpan Beach. This is what awaited us:






Totally amazing and breathtaking - that's how I described how we all felt when we arrived at the beach. The place isn't crowded and the sea waves are really big. It's my first time to see a beautiful place like that. I hope it will remain that way in the years to come.


I was so enchanted with Nacpan Beach that I forgot about it's Twin Beach - Calitang. I have to see that beach when we get back. That thought dawned on me when we were on our way to our last and final destination - the Las Cabanas Beach and our final look at the sunset in El Nido.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

El Nido Island Tour Part 3 (The Lagoons)

And the Island Hopping Tour continues...


Off we went to the Secret Lagoon after we had our sumptuous lunch. We had to swim to a small hole to reach the lagoon. Voila! It was indeed a secret lagoon! :D








After which we went to the Big Lagoon. This time we were not allowed to get off the boat. We just glared at the beauty of the big limestone cliffs surrounding the lagoon. Too bad the batteries of the cameras we brought were empty we were not able to take some more pictures of the last 2 lagoons. Sigh. The tour guides allowed us to snorkel at the coral reefs outside the Big Lagoon. We saw some more fishes and coral reefs.

Just so you know how the last 2 lagoons look like, here are images I got from Google:

courtesy of yohanibrahim.com

courtesy of shyonfoot.com

Last but not the least was our stop at the Small Lagoon. Here we had to swim and enjoy the last of the tour. There was a small cave at the very inside of the lagoon. It was a bit scary but still a good thing to experience.

The tour took the toll on Irene and myself. We were just exhausted while heading back to the boat. Although tired we were still laughing our ass out as we were chatting with the tour guide and swimming at the same time. It made the swim all the more slow. Our co-passengers had no choice but to wait for the slow swimmers. :D

As our boat was heading back to the town proper, I keep reminiscing the beauty of the tour that I just experienced. Even though exhausted, I am still looking forward to see some more of El Nido.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

El Nido Island Tour Par 2 (Shimizu Island)


After an hour of snorkeling, the tour guides brought us to Shimizu Island. It was a beautiful white beach. The cameras and the "cam whores" were all set! LOL!








While the guides were preparing for our lunch, we took as much pictures as we can! :D That's the reason why we were not able to snorkel at the nearby coral reef.










Lunch is served, finally!





Did I mention it was Mae's birthday? She's got international birthday guests! LOL!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

El Nido Island Tour Part 1 (7 Commandos)

There are several Island Tour packages in El Nido. The price increase for the tours just came in effect a week before our scheduled trip so we had to pay more for the chosen Island tour. We chose Island Tour A which is worth Php 1,200.00 per each plus the the Php 200.00 environmental fee. I have done my research before our trip so we were all aware of the price increase even before we left for El Nido. We can't complain much about it. We were just excited about what was in store for us in the tour.



We arrived at the town proper before 9 o'clock in the morning. The boat booked for us hasn't arrived yet. As we waited, we took more photos of course.




After about 30 minutes of waiting patiently, we're all on board on the boat with other tourists for our first El Nido island hopping tour!




We were just in awe of the beautiful stretch of the turquoise-green waters of Bacuit Bay. The limestone cliffs are not only seen on the town proper but it's on the islands as well. They're fascinating, so beautiful!




Our first stop was at Seven Commandos Beach. It was named after the 7 Japanese commandos who lived on the beach after World War II. 



We're so excited and we just can't hid it! LOL!


 We had our first snorkeling escapade at the side of the cliffs. We had to convince Mae to overcome her fear of the deep waters so she could enjoy snorkeling with us. After a few minutes, she conquered her fear. 


It was my companions' first time experience to snorkel and I could tell they enjoyed it. If we only had an underwater camera, my boyfriend would have taken pictures of the beautiful marine life in that sanctuary.