Having 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 natural treasures hidden in it – rarely visited underground caves in the lush evergreen jungles, mountains showing their verdant peaks and waterfalls. We rented vintage Honda Scoopy mopeds and left the town towards the new adventure that was waiting for us. Behind every turn of the serpentine road, cutting through the carpet of exotic plants, we were granted breathtaking views, that existed only for the two of us.
Our first destination was the Nagkalit-Kalit Falls located a few miles away from the main road, that can be reached by a beaten trail through a small village and the tropical forest beyond. In the distance, there was a river to ford nine times before we would reach its source, the beautiful Nagkalit-Kalit waterfall.
We chose not to hire a local guide and I followed my husband, as the trail was leading us in many different directions. The day was hot, and everything seemed to be exhausted from the burning sun with no breeze to lighten its fiery breath. Having reached the next river ford I saw a cow enjoying the freshness of the mountain river.
– “Oh, how I’d love to swim in the river now”, I said to a stranger who was also looking at the cow
– “You may, I am sure the cow wouldn’t mind your companionship”, he replied
After a 40 minute trek through the tropical forest, finally, I heard water splashing onto the rocks. As I walked further the noise increased steadily and I saw the beautiful Nagkalit-Kalit Falls and a welcoming natural pool filled with crystal clear water that was a real reward after a long walk. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay any longer as we wanted to enjoy the beauty of the last rays at the Napcan Beach.
This beach is famous for its charming beauty, long-lasting waves that become golden at the sunset, and embrace the wide seashore with melted gold. We sat down on the warm sand and enjoyed peace and serenity of the moment, watching the last rays of the sun hide behind the mountain.
The next morning we went to the open sea again. This time, it was unfriendly and hostile, showing its temper, challenging and testing us. The waves were rising, but the captain assured us that our wooden Banca boat has been through storms and we were safe. We accepted the challenge as we felt like we were experienced sea dogs as the waves grew increasingly large. As we reached the first lagoon, the voyage once again became peaceful and pleasant.
We were able to visit the Big Lagoon, the Small Lagoon, the Secret Lagoon, Simizu Island and the Seven Commandos Beach.
This was the last day we spent in the Philippines and I am very grateful to Northern Hope Tours for their boutique-like concierge service while I stayed in El Nido. They were true professionals in delivering all travel services I have booked through them, including land transfers, accommodation, motorbikes rental, tours A & C.
Once you have completed your itinerary in Palawan, you should try Island hopping at Hundred Islands National Park.
Location: El Nido, Philippines