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?
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.