Palawan was the last stop on my list of island hopping. I knew I would be seeing Pinterest looking places on my travels- but when you actually see these places in person, it's an unexplainable feeling. I'm usually having to pinch myself. The untouched beauty of this island is simply pure paradise. There's just something so magical about limestone cliffs surrounded by crystal clear water. I felt like I was in a national geographic travel magazine.
How do you get to El Nido? It's not quick or easy, but definitely worth it. I flew from Manila which was about an hour plane ride into Puerto Princesa Airport. After arriving at the airport, you need separate transportation to get you to El Nido. I took a van which took about 6 hours. You can take a bus, car, van, or boat. If you decide to take a local bus, make sure it is equipped with air conditioning (or aircon as they call it) before heading out for the long drive. Also be sure to stop at an ATM before getting into El Nido as there aren't many options for taking out money once you get there.
El Nido offers different tours of the islands including Tour A, B, C, & D. I did some researching and came to the conclusion Tour A was the most popular choice. Tour A includes the Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, and 7 Commando Beach.
The town of El Nido
Rent a motorcycle and head north on the main road for about 45 minutes until you hit Nacpan Beach. This beach was as if I was living in a postcard. The gorgeous, clean sand and perfectly blue water will have you reaching for your camera at every corner.
If you go to the Philippines, I highly recommend taking a trip to El Nido!