El Nido is a truly magical place, with limestone cliffs falling vertically on white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. It has more than 50 beaches, many of which are secluded, although the Nido runs the risk of becoming dying, not so much because of the number of visitors, which never seem like many because it's so long and difficult to get there, but because of the tours' poor organization. All agencies offer four tours with uninspiring names like A, B, C and D. All the boats leave at the same time, and the most popular tours can have bottlenecks. You should read the review of the two tours I did, A and C. Alex Garland wrote "The Beach" while living there, and decided to move to Thailand to prevent being rolled out, but like the story, I don't know if he succeeded. Diving is also a popular activity with over 30 dive sites for varying levels. I didn't dive, but the people I met told me it was alright, but there were many better places in the Philippines.
This is one of my favorite islands in the Philippines, but I could name many. Malcapuya has a fantastic sandy beach and there are no hotels, hostels or houses to spend the night. It is a perfect place to forget about civilization and spend a day with complete relaxation and enjoyment. It has some small bamboo houses where you can sit and eat while admiring stunning scenery. It is perfect for relaxing and unplugging.
The National Park Puerto Princesa Underground River, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and one of the new natural wonders of Humanity is a unique underground river that flows into the ocean, and although UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in the year 1999, is now in its most popular time because it has been named named a New Natural Wonder of the World, which triggered the tourism and makes getting a seat without a booking is a thing of luck. The maximum number of visitors per day is 900, and if you get there without a reservation you are put on a waiting list, and the next day at 8 am you go there to see if you are lucky.The days I was there everyone could get in, I'm not sure that they respect the maximum number because from 8am boats are coming with 8 passengers towards the river every few minutes. Once you disembark at the beach, you get on a small canoe, maximum 4, and a rower / guide takes you inside the cave to paddle for an hour or so. The cave is illuminated so that comes first in the boat has a powerful source connected to a car battery, and the guide tells him where light to explain the different types of rock formations. The cave is full of bats and swallows, and force you to wear a helmet type of work, if you know that there have been cases of attacks like "The Birds" by Hitchcock or to protect you from the usual shit thereof. Depending on the time of year the river water goes from being completely transparent or brown depending on the rains, the river lead directly into the sea when the cave ends, it is affected by tides.
Almost all agencies in El Nido offer the same tours at the same price, which means that you can find up to 10 boats at the same place. My recommendation is to get more people to fit in a boat and do a private tour . The boats depart at 9 am and return at 4 pm, and it is best to leave as early as possible to avoid the heat. The tour that is the most popular is to visit: Secret Lagoon, small lake, Laguna Grande. When we arrived at the big lagoon there were already 15 boats anchored, so we told the guide that we wanted to leave and come back later. It was a great idea because we got to it and it was empty we were exploring it for a while, one with the boat, others, snorkeling, and there are many small caves and a big lagoon. We went back after lunch and there was almost no one, lovely. We also visited the beach-Payong Payong and Simizu Island, where we ate. The end of the tour is on the island of 7 Commands, where you can have a coconut from a tree, play volleyball, or just relax.
They are about 1000 steps but it is well worth it. Another thing to do in Coron, Busuanga, is to go up to see the sunset from this beautiful hill. It's a great view, it is very fresh, and you can hear a silence broken only by distant ships or other visitors. The sunset is beautiful and seeing a star will make you happy! See more on ... Www.Trips.Dsldiesel.Es / Coronet /
I have many times fire shows on the beach from around the world, but no doubt the White Beach is the best I've ever seen. Up to 3 Filipinos burning balls and playing along with the music all the while performing spectacular moves and that seem quite dangerous.
Action Divs is a small dive center that focuses more on quality than quantity. Roscoe, Simon and his team are very friendly and they are experts in the field, so they chose the best diving sites each day depening on the weather and on the sea. It is right no the beach, so it takes only five steps to get up to Bangka. Traditional Philippine boats, and most of the dive sites are in 5-10 minutes by boat. They dive every day at 9 am, 12:00 and 15:00 h, and on request they also do night dives.
Mount Tapyas was my 6 year old daughter's first hike; and I've never seen her so energetic. She climbed like just walking a straight path! She even climbed down to wait for me because I'm the one having a hard time catching my breath.
The only downside is the ruined convenience store which is full of graffiti- it almost looked like a public rest room.
From the town plaza, you can walk your way to its jump-off. There's a huge cross at the top; and to get there, one must endure 720+ steps. We're a little late upon reaching the cross. Next time, we'll try hiking early morning to catch the sunrise.