About El Nido
El Nido was originally a small town, established as a getaway to the famous Bacuit Archipelago. Populated by various businesses catering to tourists and restaurants and hotels every 100 meters, El Nido in itself is not a quiet island anymore. But there are around 45 islands around El Nido where you can go for a day trip and enjoy the surreal beauty and absolute solitude. You can also camp on these deserted islands but you will have to carry all camping gear and your food with you.Best Time To Visit: November to AprilHow To Reach: Fly from Delhi to Manila and take a domestic flight to El Nido from Manila. Once in El Nido, you can connect with fishermen or even the concierge of your hostel or hotel and get transportation arranged if you wish to camp in one of the adjoining islands.Things To Do: Diving and snorkelling are the most popular activities to do while at El Nido; you can explore some of the deserted islands nearby; you can also trek to the Taraw Peak and the Makinit Hot Springs. For those who are looking for some mischievous fun, a trip to the Nagkalit-kalit Falls is highly recommended. And for those who want to just relax, there are plenty of masseuse available all over the island!
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El Nido Boutique & Artcafe
This boutique and resto in one is a recommended stopover for lunch or dinner when in El Nido. The boutique sells fine Philippine handicrafts and shirts with unique designs. The upper floor is allotted for the resto which serves hearty breakfast, bread, omelette and other Filipino dishes.
We came here after Big and Small lagoons. The lagoon is named as such because you have to squeeze yourself to get into it. One by one, we try squeezing ourselves into that hole leading to the lagoon. The view, as expected, is beautiful. It’s like being in a secluded place paradise. It’s amazing and puzzling at the same time how this place used to be a cave. We spent a few minutes there, talking, swimming, and floating? Yeah, that’s the best thing to do with your life vest on!
The abandoned Matinloc Shrine is located in one part of Matinloc island. Its emptiness adds an intriguing feel to the place. There's a group of limestone cliffs in the island which one needs to climb to see a spectacular 180-degree view of some parts of Matinloc island. Just be careful as the rocks are sharp and steep, one wrong move and you're in bloody trouble. For me though, this was one of the best highlights of our El Nido island hopping.
The unparalleled beauty of this secret piece of paradise is beyond words. Getting inside Secret beach will require on to swim through a small hole with sharp rocks waiting under and above you. It is challenging, yes, but the stunning view and experience you'll get once you've successfully went inside is priceless.