Some Kind of Wonderful is El Nido

Some Kind of Wonderful is El Nido

We are extremely fortunate in that anywhere we maybe in the country, the beach is but a few hours away. The folks of El Nido, however, are not merely fortunate, they are infinitely blessed. White sand beaches and limestone cliffs are the stuff of ordinary to them. But to visitors who have but a few days to breathe in its salty sea breeze, El Nido is, quite simply, heaven.

With towering limestone cliffs in its midst, El Nido is a coastal town strewn with hammocks and beachside bars. Its surrounding islands are the perfect playgrounds for a thousand and one adventures. Kayak the lagoons of Miniloc Island. Swim with the fishes off Shimizu Island. Take a peek in the otherworld of Dilumacad Island's underwater cavern.

Seven days are not enough to explore El Nido's many wonders – let alone three days and two nights – and there are more than seven ways to discover its many secrets.

The most obvious, of course, is to take a boat and hop from one island to the next. One route takes you to the coves of Entalula Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, and Snake Island as well as the caves of Cudugnon and Cathedral Cave. Another gives you a preview of El Nido's many beaches from those at Bukal, Ipil, Nat-Nat, and Paradise to the beautiful lagoon of Cadlao. If you must go up Matinloc Shrine, take the boat and pass by Hidden Beach, Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, and Star Beach as well.


The kayak is another mode of transportation that you might want to try. Though this is for the stronger of might. The Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon of Miniloc are better explored via kayak, so are the 7 Commandos Beach and Papaya Beach which you can paddle towards from Corong Corong.

Hiring a tricycle will get you to points near and far. Options include a jaunt to Nacpan Beach with its breathtaking views or a ride to Marimegmeg Beach to take in the sunset.

All that wandering will get you famished. Fortunately, you are not bereft of dining options.

Trattoria Altrove at Hama Street reportedly has the best pizza in El Nido. Everything is good.

Ran by a French expat and his Filipina wife is Squidos, which accounts for the restaurant's French with a Pinoy twist menu. This is also located at Hama Street, and the owners are almost always there and more than willing to exchange friendly banter.

Dine al fresco at Sea Slugs Beach Bar and Restaurant which has an extensive seafood menu. Shrimp,squid, crab, and fish, they have it. It's at Barangay Masagana, and reportedly has good wi-fi service.

If it's Italian fare you're after, then go to Mezzanine at Serena Street. If it's Mexican food you want, then saunter over to Lonesome Carabao Lounge in Pops District. But if it's a Pinoy feast you are hankering for served on giant banana leaves, then hop on to Boodle Fight Restaurant in Corong Corong. There you'll find your hunger satisfied, getting you all psyched up and ready for another round of adventures.



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