The Cooking Boatmen of El Nido

The Island Hopping Tours of El Nido, Palawan are highly recommended. It is the reason why tourists from different parts of the world book wants to visit this enchanting gem of the Philippines. There are four tour packages to choose from. I was able to try Tour A and Tour B last August. I am eager to try Tour C and D on my next visit.

It is no secret that I really love to eat. Island Hopping activities can be very tiring that’s why I am always anticipating for the lunch part πŸ˜› While most Island Hopping tours operators in the Philippines bring cooked lunch, I can say that El Nido tours are different and more special.

Island Hopping in El Nido (Tour A)
A Rainy start of an Island Hopping Tour in El Nido

I remember clearly my first Island Hopping Tour in El Nido (Tour A). It rained hard while we were on our way to the first stop. Although the waves were  aggressive, I know that I am in safe hands. I even took a photo of the boatmen who were really in control.

They can handle it!

After visiting the Big and Small Lagoon, we went to Shimizu Island for lunch. The sun did cooperate this time that’s why I was able to take a number of photos. It is also a perfect time to bond with my tour mates as we exchanged stories. So were are the boatmen? Well… they transformed into chefs!

What’s smokin’?
The transformation starts here
Let’s make this BBQ lunch more appetizing
I don’t want to destroy the design
Squid
Ihaw-ihaw

After one hour, the boatmen turned chefs finally gave us a go signal that our BBQ lunch is ready. I didn’t use the utensils and ate my meal the Filipino way a.k.a. Kamayan. Ang sarap-sarap kayang kumain sa beach sa ganitong pamamaraan πŸ˜€

Someone’s excited to eat πŸ˜›

I managed to go back to the table three times. I am no longer surprised with the size of my stomach afterwards.

Special thanks to the Boatmen-slash-chefs of El Nido for making every Island Hopping Tour special for the guests! I can’t wait to go back for Tour C and D!


13 Comments

  1. Iza said:

    Haha! ALIW!! :))

    September 11, 2012
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  2. ohh goodness! Amazing skills! Kinabowg lng ng boatmen ung tga spiral buffet haha! πŸ˜€

    September 11, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      O diba? Anong panama ng Spiral buffet dyan teh?! =P

      September 17, 2012
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  3. nadia said:

    Such talented boatmen! The happy look on your face can tell us how good the food was πŸ™‚

    September 11, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      I can say it really shows! πŸ˜€

      September 17, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Miss it? I have another post coming up about me eating Pochero and Squid in Cebu πŸ˜›

      September 17, 2012
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  4. Wow! Ang sarap ng food! This is what I missed in El Nido back in 2009. I didn’t know the boatman can actually cook for me. So nagbaon lang ako ng galeng sa carinderia. LOL Amd when it wa stime to eat sabe ng bpatman, Ma’am asan na po lulutuin naten? Toinks.

    September 12, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Woot. So dati pala kanya-kanyang dala ng ipapaluto? Astig hehe buti na lang ngayon sila na mismo namimili at nagluluto πŸ˜€

      September 17, 2012
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  5. Gael, ngayon automatic mga boatman na ang mamamalengke ng lunch. πŸ™‚

    What I really love about the lunch eh talaga may food presentation pa πŸ™‚

    September 13, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Effort kung Effort talaga sa presentation! πŸ˜€ Sarap tuloy kumain hehe buti napikturan ko agad

      September 17, 2012
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  6. Milet Miranda said:

    Hi Mica,
    I booked a flight to Palawan next year. It would also be a solo travel to El Nido and I will do it for the first time! I’m glad I found your blog! This is a GREAT help! πŸ™‚

    September 16, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Hi Milet! I’m glad to have helped you through my El Nido posts. More to come! Hehe and have fun on your solo trip. πŸ˜€

      September 17, 2012
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