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El Nido

March 14, 2016
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Can you think of a tropical paradise where hundreds of islands are covered with soft white sand and surrounded by azure water? Just imagine yourself in one of the dreamy islands, alone or with a loved one. Close your eyes and try to feel warm sun gently touching your face and breathe in the fresh ocean breeze.
Opening your eyes you notice shimmer coming from the surface of the South China Sea. The water is a clear shade of turquoise with hundreds of tropical fish and plankton swimming in the coral reef. On the horizon, there are only white clouds, lonely islands, and banca boats. Then, turning around and realize you are in a dream that has become reality. You’d look up and see the rocks dramatically hanging over the azure and palm trees, creating generous shadows for the wanderers like you.
No, you are not sleeping, this paradise is Palawan island in the Philippines. It is surrounded by hundreds of deserted islands that hide secret beaches and lagoons, underground rivers and caves, inland lakes and waterfalls that can hypnotize you with the sounds of falling water and beautiful birds singing from the trees above you. And now I would like to invite you to join my adventure in El Nido, Palawan.

Soon after we have landed in the airport of Puerto Princessa, the capital city of Palawan, we started a new six-hour journey to El Nido, the most picturesque place in the Philippines. We passed through villages, mountains, deserted beaches and lagoons until finally reaching the destination.

We immediately fell asleep knowing that we will start the new chapter of our adventure, island hopping, with the first rays of the morning sun.
The next morning we headed directly to the port where the banca boat was all ready and set to take us to the open sea.
The very first destination of ours was the Hidden Beach and I still think its beauty will stay in my memory forever. The banca boat sailed closely to a stone wall where the waves crashed on it. The captain said:

– Jump into the water and swim!
– Swim where?
– Just swim, you’ll see later!

As I floundered in the waves and cut my feet in the coral reefs, I noticed a narrow sand strip that has led me to a real miracle. It was a beautiful beach covered with white sand and calm waters of blueish and greenish shades surrounded with a rocky fence.

That day we also visited a Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine and a Star Beach. The Matinloc Shrine stood out among the others – a rich and beautiful private island with a gorgeous villa and chapel in the past has become a sad, mystical abandoned place today. Ruined by a typhoon and plundered by the fishermen it was abandoned by its owners. Would you like to know the story behind this place?

Tips:

Use 50 SPF sunscreen, the sun can be very aggressive.
Wear something that will fully cover your body.
I booked all my tours, transfers and stays with Northern Hope Tours and I highly recommend their services. They also served delicious food on the islands.
Use waterproof bags and cases. You and your camera will get wet.

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89 Comments

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) March 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Wow, what a lovely place to visit. I would love to get there myself one of these days.

  • Reply GlamKaren March 14, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    These photos are incredible! I want to jump through my screen and land in those waters! It looks magical!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

  • Reply littlemisscant March 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Can I move here? What a breathtaking view! I swear I am living in the wrong part of the world. I would trade prairies for beach in a heart beat!

  • Reply Ana De-Jesus March 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Could you just take me on your travels with you already? I love island hopping and it is a great way to explore all the microcultures. You are a great model too and such a natural beauty x

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Ana, I’d be happy to see you in my travels )

  • Reply Cara (@StylishGeek) March 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    El Nido is certainly in my beach bucket list! I have been to Palawan, but was not able to visit this place. I fear if I go there I will not want to come back home…LOL! It’s just so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your stunning photographs! I am glad you had a fabulous time in your travels!

  • Reply theclutterboxblog March 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Oh gosh your pictures are beautiful!! I love the caption!!

  • Reply RACHEL March 14, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Your pictures are breathtaking – I got goosebumps. I would never want to leave!

  • Reply Michelle Myers March 15, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Just majestic! These pictures are stunning and definitely make me want to plan a trip!

  • Reply Vicky March 15, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Always stunning! Love the scenery. Isn’t it nice to book with someone else and just sit back, relax and enjoy?

  • Reply blythea (Prime Beauty Blog) March 15, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Gorgeous location. Looks like a little piece of paradise. Although this pale girl would need lots of sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and major coverage to survive such intense sun exposure.

  • Reply Nikki March 15, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I love the beach! This is gorgeous! I would love to visit.

  • Reply Kait Hanson (@ByKaitHanson) March 15, 2016 at 2:01 am

    This is absolutely stunning! Wishing I was there RIGHT THIS MINUTE!

  • Reply jillconyers March 15, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Like everyone is saying, stunning photos. It’s the beautiful vivid colors that grab your attention.

  • Reply keatingbartlett March 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

    These photos are gorgeous! I want to go there so bad.

  • Reply Leah Herring March 15, 2016 at 9:59 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning. I want to go on vacation right now!

  • Reply cvnxena March 15, 2016 at 10:23 am

    wow this looks amazing! i am definitely getting holiday envy! the pictures are stunning as well, such vibrant colours!

  • Reply pickettfamily March 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Wow, I wish I was there! That is so gorgeous. I’ve never been, but I would LOVE it.

  • Reply Nicole Pharr (@pharr_away) March 15, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Oh my, what a trip! These photos are absolutely amazing!!!

  • Reply Chelsea March 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Just another absolutely stunning post!! Love reading your blog so much. You inspire me!! xo

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much! It is likewise

  • Reply tp keane March 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Such an amazing adventure and what a lovely little strip of sandy beach you found too. I love photos, so well done.

  • Reply onceuponadollhouse March 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    What a magical paradise! Your photos are beautiful and your tan flawless! XO.

    • Reply littlemisscant March 18, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      I totally agree!! I wish I could tan like that. In my defence I do “turn a colour”…Reds a colour! lol!

  • Reply Krystle Chaney Cook March 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Wow, Palawan island in the Philippines looks amazing. You make me want to go there right now. Fab pictures!

  • Reply Anonymous March 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    What a beautiful place and amazing photos! I hope to visit some day. Thanks for the tips.

  • Reply monicastable March 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I must visit someday but first I need that tunic…

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you, Monica! I realized that the tunic is a must have for the beach

  • Reply Dana Peller (@Pellerini) March 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    As usual, your photographs are stunning! I can’t believe how blue the water is!

  • Reply Deb Clem-Buckert (@debclembuckert) March 15, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Love the picture at the top. You look so full of joy!

  • Reply eyontz March 15, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Wow you’re making me so jealous right now!! It’s 80 degrees in Alabama but sadly we have no beach 🙁 Beautiful photos! xx

  • Reply Valerie Hansen March 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Wow your pictures are amazing , looks like so much fun….I would love to visit here!

  • Reply Brittany Lockwood March 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. That beach is absolutely beautiful!

    Southern Soul

  • Reply Megan McCoig March 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place. But oh my, it’s so beautiful. I love remote white sand beaches, they are my dream. Would love to visit. Lovely photos as always!

  • Reply Fatima March 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Love these tips! And I have to agree with you on having waterproof bags.

  • Reply beautythatlifts March 15, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful location love it! Great post too!

  • Reply Heather March 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Wow! That looks like a beautiful place! I love all of your tips. That food looks absolutely delicious as well 🙂

  • Reply Amber NElson March 16, 2016 at 12:40 am

    What beautiful photos. It looks like a place that I would like to be.

  • Reply CourtneyLynne March 16, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Omg so wish I was there!!!!! It’s still all cold and yucky here in NY. You have me craving the beach!

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy March 16, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I really would like to visit there someday, especially this Palawan island. You brought your readers along with you in your journey through your stunning photos.

  • Reply alexandria March 16, 2016 at 1:15 am

    I love seeing travel pictures with food. I’m becoming such a foodie. I adore that picture of your feet in the sand. I would love to just lay there all day. I don’t do water so… tanning is good for me.

  • Reply kancell724 March 16, 2016 at 2:15 am

    What really gorgeous photos. That blue of the water is just beautiful.

  • Reply Debra Hawkins (@wifeeclectic) March 16, 2016 at 2:21 am

    That first photo is absolutely stunning! I love reading about all of your travels!

  • Reply Amanda Love March 16, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Oh it just looks so amazing there. It reminds me of the Caribbean where I grew up. We have some amazing beaches and now I want to go back because I so miss the clear waters and sand and sun. 🙂

  • Reply laura londergan March 16, 2016 at 4:27 am

    seriously your photos are ridiculously amazing. they look like photos out of a magazine as they are just that good. the scenery is breath taking and looks like a great place to be

  • Reply Positively Stacey (@PositivelyStace) March 16, 2016 at 5:40 am

    You photos are beautiful! And I could seriously lounge around in the white linen coverup! Thinking about ordering it – perfect for summer and the pool.

  • Reply Kelly March 16, 2016 at 8:24 am

    That water is the most exquisite blue – it truly is an amazing place. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  • Reply Beth March 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    What a gorgeous place, your photos are amazing too. And that little dog on the boat just made my day!

  • Reply Emily Glover March 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, all of your posts and pictures make me want to travel so bad! Such a gorgeous place!

  • Reply felinebykatsaris March 16, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    this is such a great post, i love your photography. it is such beautiful place.

  • Reply Brianna George March 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Those are some beautiful shots. It certainly makes one want to move to the islands if you could play on the beach all day.

  • Reply Louise Bishop March 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Just reading your post made me want to run away from all responsibility and live on a secluded island with soft white sand and tan skin!

  • Reply Eileen xo March 16, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Your photographs are mesmerizing! Absolutely beautiful! I love your outfit and I would love to go on a tour through Northern Hope Tours! What a great trip!

  • Reply Nicole Torres (@DesignItVintage) March 17, 2016 at 12:00 am

    So beautiful. What an amazing and adventurous life you live. What an experience, that island is gorgeous.

  • Reply michele March 17, 2016 at 12:35 am

    The food makes me miss island life. The pineapple gets me every single time! Your photos always make me happy! They are beautiful!

  • Reply Hannah Adkins March 17, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Oh man it looks like you had an awesome time. It looks pretty close to paradise to me lol. That fresh fruit had my mouth watering. and how random was that goat? lol. Good times!

  • Reply Brittany Bergman March 17, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Oh my goodness, these photos are stunning!! The water is so clear and blue! I so wish I was there right now.

  • Reply beccadorr March 17, 2016 at 2:37 am

    How gorgeous! You’re definitely making me want to go on vacation. And I absolutely have to wear sunscreen when I’m in the sun!

  • Reply Because I'm cheap March 17, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Stunning photos! I’d love take in some islands with white sand beaches 🙂

  • Reply tiarasandtantrums March 17, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Your images are STUNNING! this looks like such a lovely vacation spot – or retirement spot! I’ve been to a couple of locations in Asia and they are always so lovely

  • Reply Christie March 17, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Oh man. These pictures are gorgeous! They’re making me so sad we’re coming out of Summer here in Australia. 🙁
    I think it’s time for a trip to The Philippines!

    Christie’s Take on Life. x

  • Reply emmapalmer11 March 17, 2016 at 11:42 am

    These photographs are absolutely stunning! It look so beautiful there.

  • Reply Krystal @ Sunny Sweet Days March 17, 2016 at 11:46 am

    You are giving me severe wanderlust! I have never seen water so blue. I love how peaceful it looks and that fresh fruit is AMAZINGGGG!

  • Reply Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories March 17, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Wow, I want to dive right into this paradise. My kids’ pediatrician is from the Phillipines, I’m going to ask him to sneak us in his suitcase in his next visit. As always, your photos are stunning!

  • Reply Maria March 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Wow these photos are absolutely breathtaking! Stunning… so wish to be there right now!

  • Reply seasidemermaid March 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    These are gorgeous pictures! It makes want to embark on traveling adventure…now. 🙂 – HilLesha

  • Reply Koninika March 18, 2016 at 1:22 am

    If this is your job I am in the wrong line of work. Travel journaling and blogging in the picturesque areas, writing about your experiences and being able to relive those moments ! You have the life to envy! Spectacular !

  • Reply felinebykatsaris March 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I love traveling to beaches and other tropical places. Your pictures are really cool too and the scene is gorgeous. xx felinebykatsaris.com

  • Reply Leah March 18, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Oh my, your pictures are always so amazing! Those cliffs and rocks are so cool! And the water, so blue! Lovely!

  • Reply Mariah March 18, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Oh this is wonderful! I love seeing all of these warm photos! Its a brisk 32 degrees F here today!

  • Reply toughcookiemommy March 19, 2016 at 2:01 am

    This location truly looks like paradise from your photos. It must have been so cathartic to feel the sand all over your feet and the sun on your face.

  • Reply Roxanne March 19, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Updating my passport and leaving now! Gorgeous pics and what a dreamy vacation place!

  • Reply Jeanine March 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Wow. Can we switch lives for a day or two? Seriously though, this looks amazing. These photos are just gorgeous and make me need a vacation asap!

  • Reply Debra Hawkins (@wifeeclectic) March 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Wow! The water is just so blue. I love the whole feel of these photos it is gorgeous!

  • Reply Wendy Tomlinson March 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Wow, that sand looks perfect. I love the little dog on the front of the boat picture.

  • Reply Greta Hollar (@greta_hollar) March 19, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    These photos are divine! I think I need some sand and sea in my life soon!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Reply Modern Day Girl Blog March 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    What lovely photos! It looks so dreamy. I want a holiday now!

  • Reply Jaime March 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Oh this looks like pure paradise! I am not one who is drawn to the ocean (I am a mountain/lakes girl) but this looks gorgeous!

  • Reply atlasheart March 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Gorgeous photos!! I’m moving to the Philippines at the end of this year and I can’t wait. Palawan is high on my list to visit first! 🙂

  • Reply sveeteskapes March 21, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Oh my gosh, paradise indeed, looks like such a fun trip and your pictures are gorgeous!! Reminds me so much of my trip to Thailand 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • Reply Rebecca K. Sampson (@RebeccaKSampson) March 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Gosh what a beautiful trip! Good point on the waterproof bags, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    Be the author of your own story,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

  • Reply Skye March 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I am a huge sunscreen proponent! Also be sure to reapply throughout the day 🙂 Lovely photos!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Definitely!

  • Reply Island Hopping in Palawan – Siniciliya March 22, 2016 at 9:06 am

    […] spent the first day exploring islands surrounding El Nido, my husband and I decided to travel inland on the island the next day. We knew that there were many […]

  • Reply Paula March 26, 2016 at 5:05 am

    The water is so beautiful, and I can only imagine what it must have felt like to jump in and swim. Your photos are so lovely 🙂 thank you for this glimpse of paradise.

  • Reply Joanna April 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Love following your travels, you and your husband are so talented! Looking forward to see where you head next!

  • Reply Jojo June 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    When I learned there was a White Sands Dune in New Mexico I was super excited. Now I am learning that white sand is actually common in a lot of places that I just never knew about! It is so beautiful! A long journey with a scenic route makes things better =)

    Is there a specific reason you say fully cover your body? I would assume that because it’s a beach, many people would be in their swimwear.

  • Reply Tamz August 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Sometimes I wonder why I still haven’t been to Philippines when I read these posts and come across such amazing pictures. The islands and beaches are truly the best in Southeast Asia. And awesome photos (which is now an unwritten tagline for your blog 🙂 )

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