Island Hopping in El Nido: Tour B

Taking a glimpse of El Nido’s beauty through the TOUR A package just made me crave for more! It is the reason why I took TOUR B the next day. Also, I am addicted to doing activities in chronological order.

That morning, Kuya Larry booked the TOUR B package for me via Clydenike and Guenkean Tours. I arrived at the booth at 8:30AM (too early!) and had the opportunity to talk to some of the locals. It is another busy yet productive morning for tour operators as tourists continue to flock to the beachfront to prepare for another island hopping day. Some were preparing for diving lessons.

Golden Island Senyorita mode in El Nido
Golden Island Senyorita mode in El Nido

I asked the lady in-charge in the booth on who my co-tour mates were. I also had the chance to talk to some people about Katrina Halili, who was born and raised in El Nido. She also owns a nice farm there and her family owns Residencia Katrina.

Later on, a Korean couple arrived. Then a Filipino solo traveler. A Filipino family followed. Woot. We’re ready to go!

Mark: Ako nga pala si Mark.

Me: Ako si Mica

Mark: Picture na tayo!

Basta Pinoy, instant friends na! We exchanged stories on why we are taking the tour alone. I found out that Mark is too preoccupied with work and it is his first time in four years to enjoy the beach again. The Korean couple introduced themselves to us. Their names are Su and Suk. Easy to remember, right?

The youngest member of the group turned four years old that day. His name is Raq. His parents are from Puerto Princesa and they went to El Nido to celebrate his 4th birthday. The first part of the tour is a bit tricky (again) due to the strong waves. The water splashed to our faces right away, but the little boy didn’t mind. He seems to love it!

Arrival in Pinagbuyutan Island
Arrival in Pinagbuyutan Island

Our first destination is the Pinagbuyutan Island. Kuya Mark (tour guide), convinced me and Mark (LOL) to try snorkeling.

Mark, my instant friend :D
Mark, my instant friend πŸ˜€

Both of us can’t swim, but Kuya Mark assured that he will take good care of us. We stayed in the island for almost an hour and I enjoyed snorkeling in the area. The rock formations in one part looks surreal. The coconut trees made the island look more appealing.

Cathedral Cave
Cathedral Cave

The next stop is the Cathedral Cave (a.k.a. Pinasil Island). We went there for sightseeing and picture-taking. The boat can’t enter and we were deprived to swim there due to the weather. Also, I don’t really think any of my co-tour mates would love to go there that time. I heard some stories about it though.

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Turtle Island – I wonder if it moves at night. Toinks.

And woot, there’s the Turtle Island!

Swim while waiting for lunch
Swim while waiting for lunch

Time for lunch! We spent almost two hours in Cudugnon Island, where the famous Cudugnon Cave is located. Just like in Tour A, the boatmen transformed into chefs as they prepare for our Barbeque lunch. We took the opportunity to swim and enjoy at the beach. My friendship with Baby Raq started from there.

“Ate, langoy tayo!”

“Sige, halika!”

An ideal Family Getaway, right? :D
An ideal Family Getaway, right? πŸ˜€

He followed while wearing his turtle-designed salbabida and lifevest. His parents followed and we exchanged stories about Palawan. I also asked for instructions on how to get to Port Barton. They also informed me about Port Barton being the top tourist destination of Palawan in the 80’s. We also had the chance to talk to Su and Suk (Korean couple). It is their second time in the Philippines. Last year, they went to Boracay. I told them about my very short Seoul trip last April and I just confirmed that Dara Park is the most recognized 2NE1 member. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! πŸ˜›

The Birthday Boy with his birthday cake :)
The Birthday Boy with his birthday cake πŸ™‚

Before eating lunch, we went to one part of the island where Baby Raq can blow the candle in his birthday cake. We became instant party guests! Happy Birthday again to you, Raq! I’m sure this event will retain in his memory. I can still remember how my 4th birthday turned out πŸ˜›

Happy Birthday, Raq! :D
Happy Birthday, Raq! πŸ˜€

Of course, we didn’t miss the chance to explore the Cudugnon Cave. We entered through the hole and I felt ancient upon entrance (what ancient?! toinks). I’m just glad that my new camera is okay and I was able to take decent pictures. I even saw a bat sleeping.

Inside Cudugnon Cave (I'll upload a better photo soon lol)
Inside Cudugnon Cave (I’ll upload a better photo soon lol)

I heard that some locals used to hide there during the war and some treasured were found there. I then remembered about the Tabon Cave, which is located in the Southern part of Palawan. Must visit soon!

It started to rain again, but that didn’t stop us from touring. Nothing’s gonna stop us now!

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The Vigan Island/Snake Island is the finale of TOUR B and I can say that this stop is my favorite! Beautiful mangroves welcomes its visitors with bonggang hello.

We first went to the Snake Island View Deck to fully appreciate the view. Captivating El Nido talaga!

Captivating El Nido!
Captivating El Nido!

The sandbar. I want to make rampa sa sandbar #conyomodelol. More and more tourists arrived. We decided to stay longer and take the opportunity to spend more time enjoying the beach by swimming and playing.

Mangroves do help so handle it with care
Mangroves do help so handle it with care

Now I appreciate mangroves and staying in the middle of the sandbar makes me appreciate this trip more. I am glad I went to El Nido. I’m just thankful!

Our trip back to the town proper lasted for an hour and I remember feeling really tired.

Early dinner date with the birthday celebrant at The Alternative
Early dinner date with the birthday celebrant at The Alternative

Baby Raq went to The Alternative Inn to visit me and we had early dinner there. So sweet! I also talked more to his parents about Puerto Princesa and Palawan in general.

Acoustic set at Sea Slugs Bar & Restaurant
Acoustic set at Sea Slugs Bar & Restaurant

Later that night I met up with Mark at Aplaya Bar and Restaurant for dinner (again). We went to Sea Slugs Bar and Restaurant for a few drinks and listen to the acoustic band. Just like the first night, we parted ways as friends.

Definitely not alone in El Nido. Thanks! :D
Definitely not alone in El Nido. Thanks! πŸ˜€

One of the things that I truly appreciate in this trip is the good side of traveling solo especially in a place like El Nido. You are not alone.. not at all.

EL NIDO TOUR B costs around Php800 with lunch. Water is not included.

For Tour Inquires:Β Clydenike and Guenkean (+639124068874).

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16 Comments

  1. flipnomad said:

    ansaya ng bday nung bata, sa el nido ginawa… Me cake pa… Thats true, when you travel solo, youll never be alone unless if you choose to… So many people to meet along the way.

    August 19, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Swerte nung bata hehe πŸ˜€ I’m glad to be a part of his 4th birthday celebration.

      August 21, 2012
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  2. Hi Mica, I just stumbled into your lovely blog. Nice posts about El Nido. My husband and I were there last December and did the same spectacular island hopping you did. It brings back fun memories. You have nice photos and narratives.

    August 21, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Thanks for visiting, Marisol! Just saw your blog and I love your photos! Looking forward to reading your El Nido travelogue soon πŸ™‚

      August 21, 2012
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  3. rdsean said:

    i’ve yet to conquer this island.. such beauty.. πŸ™‚

    August 21, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      I highly recommend! πŸ˜€

      August 21, 2012
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  4. doi said:

    never been to el nido. sana makapunta ako dito someday πŸ™‚ kala ko may love story ka na ikwekwento sa nameet mo. ahihihi. cute nung bday celebration ni Baby Raq πŸ˜€

    August 27, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Kita tayo sa Cebu soon πŸ˜› I’ll go as soon as matapos ko lahat ng dapat tapusin dito πŸ™‚

      August 27, 2012
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  5. Lakbay Diva said:

    hmm… i’m wondering if i’d do this tour b…

    September 21, 2012
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  6. miguel said:

    thanks for sharing ms senyorita! helpful for my solo trip this dec

    November 1, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      No worries! Glad to help πŸ™‚

      November 3, 2012
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