Thursday, January 26, 2012

El Nido, Palawan Island Hopping Tour C

The second part of my El Nido trip was Tour C which cost me 900 pesos with lunch included. I was surprised and happy at the same time that some of  the people I was with are those that I went with on Tour A. Though this time we went on a smaller boat. The boat ride was a little scary that day because of the big waves. I was with Spain and Brazil.




Our Captain and Brazil with the steering wheel.
We had a boat problem  after leaving  the island. Our guide and boatman forgot that there was a filipino on board and I could hear their argument at the back which made me very quiet. As you can see in this picture, wrong person was holding the wheel . . . that is because the wheel got detached for some reason and the boatman had to manually maneuver it with his own hands which he received a cut on his fingers too. We also had engine problems. This scared me for several minutes and good thing they were able to fix it . . . without the foreigners knowing it. 

Our first stop was at the Secret Beach.
So . . . where's the beach????

See that little hole over there??? That's where we need to swim into.  We were lucky the waves weren't that strong or else it would be dangerous as you have to get the right timing to get in there. My guide was a superman in the water. He brought me inside that tiny hole smoothly. But my heart was beating super fast because of the excitement and anxiety as you can see how deep it was and can feel the waves controlling you in some ways.

It was ALL worth it. It was my favorite place among all the islands that we went to. The sun was shining brightly over the secret little beach and you can see the crystal water and how it glowed. We did not get much photos here as we did not have any underwater/water resistant camera. Brazil just took a chance on bringing his digicam inside his ziplock. Behind me is the tiny hole we passed through.

We got busy enjoying the place. Would love to go back again and this time be prepared  with my camera.
We wanted to stay longer but Kuya Aleyo, our guide said the water was going up and it would be hard for us to get out. 

They call themselves . . . coffee, creamer and brown sugar he he he
The smoking area.

The view from the island we had lunch at. I forgot the name :)

On this island, there were fishermen with their families living there. According to our guide, they are illegally staying there because the island is a tourist spot.

Fisherman making his net.

Dried fish.

Kuya Aleyo and boatman preparing our food. All fresh.
Yum . . . the snapper and shrimps were sooo good.

A group photo before we leave the island.

Our next stop was Matinloc Shrine. Here it is said to be a heart shaped island from an aerial view.

According to Kuya Aleyo, miracles have happened here. His mom was even healed because she prayed here. He made me pray before we left. He said there's nothing wrong if a little prayer was given
 (I pray directly to God)


A photo museum

The place has been closed . . . for political reasons.  




We went up the rocks to see this gorgeous view

The surfer dude from Brazil.


Kuya Aleyo did this for my entertainment. He did it twice (again!) because I was not able to get the first one (again!)

Spain went for it too!!!

Boys will be boys!!!!
Philippines, Spain and Brazil!!!


ummmm . . . nice rock! it rocks!

This is where the turtles hang out . . . we snorkeled here
but unfortunately, the turtles weren't around. 

That little island over there is a good diving place.



Our last stop . . . The Helicopter Island. Kuya Aleyo said that it has been recently bought by  the Ayala de Zobels.
It has recently been used by Survivor France a few months ago. I think this is where they stayed.

It took me several times to make this. The waves kept washing it.


The waves here were very strong . . . and it gets deep. 

I just enjoyed the powdery sand. I love it here.

AMAZING! The tour, the people . . . the experience . . . and the word Spain and Brazil keeps saying!

I can't wait to go back again!!!


To view my experience on Tour A
http://ann-d-explorer.blogspot.com/2012/01/el-nido-palawan-island-hopping-tour.html

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17 comments:

kelangan matuto din ako mag somersault para pumunta ng el nido. hehe
good job girl!

wow. looks like you enjoyed el nido talaga. gusto ko nga bumalik don eh. haha.

drop by ka rin sa blog ko :)

http://www.thefrugalwanderer.com/p/palawan.html

Hahahaha sana one day...Chyng and Ybiang...we'll have one travel together :) mga lakwatsera!

Wow buti pa yung isang guy marunong tumalon ng pabaliktad. Yan ang wish ko hahaha...

galing no...pero kaya mo rin yan hehehe

Sana makapunta din kami sa El Nido. :)

mukhang mas okay ang trip na ito kesa dun sa Tour A! tama ba?

Actually I like both tours but if you have limited time, you can do a combination tour of A and C :)

wow noted! Maybe I'll do a combination na lang. sana may mahanap akong group na game din. :D

wow. that would be nice! tamang-tama, ayaw na sumama sakin ng boyfriend ko kasi nauubusan na sya ng pera sa mga lakwatsa ko. hahaha. pero ang ganda talaga ng el nido, number 1 destination ko sya until now. sayang walang direct flight from davao to palawan, kelangan pa naming dumaan ng manila or cebu. tsk.

I love Palawan as a whole though you're right . . . nothing beats El Nido for me right now. I just don't like it that they only have 12 hours of electricity though in Marina Gardens they have the generator on by 2pm

Davao . . . on my list to go to :)

When the low-cost buslines work the law of supply and demand just like everyone else.
hawaii helicopter tours

The place looks great. I want to experience the same adventure that you've had. Shipping Heavy Equipment

this entry made me wanna fly to palawan right now, however i have ti wait until november. will be visiting puerto princesa and el nido. oh... i cant wait!

was in El Nido 3 weeks ago...for those who plan to go to Palawan, just skip the Puerto Princesa tour and go straight to El Nido!!! Road to El Nido is almost 90% concrete now..

thanks for the update :) I agree...El Nido is way better....and Coron...you can skip Puerto Princesa....

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