01.03.2005 - 01.06.2005 0 °F
One of the 'must-see' places on my list is El Nido, which is on the northwestern tip of Palawan in the Philippines. El Nido showcases Palawan’s geology and diverse wildlife with its limestone formations that are over 250 million years old. The limestone cliffs tower over the pristine waters with its innumerable species of tropical fishes and corals, and three species of endangered sea turtles. Also, its forests are host to more than 100 species of birds, thus making El Nido one of the most important sites for biological diversity.
The unrivaled beauty of El Nido rests on its massive collection of limestone islands, bordered by powder white sands, with cliffs jutting from translucent waters. We stayed at the Lagen Island resort and had an amazing time exploring the resort and the islands nearby. What I love about El Nido are the endless activities - whether its an early morning fishing trip, a hike or a picnic on a nearby island, kayaaking in the lagoons, or just lounging by the pool, there's so much to to do.
Kayaking in one of the crystal clear lagoons
I took this photo at one of our island-hopping excursions to a nearby island. We had a beach picnic with bbq, rice and other delicious Filipino food. After lunch I was so stuffed that I needed a siesta.
CBS in its 5th season of the Amazing Race chose Lagen Island as the 11th pit stop in its race around the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Race_5 This brought plenty of attention and fame to El Nido, but has not spoiled the island's serene and idyllic beauty. Its definitely not touristy in El Nido, in fact, its an ideal place to honeymoon or to hang out with family and friends. I know my family and I had an unforgettable trip there. We stayed at the resort on Lagen Island so I can only speak of our experience there. There's also another resort nearby on Miniloc Island (which I think is smaller and older, so I've heard).
Our stay on Lagen Island was fantastic! The staff was very friendly and courteous, the food was delicious (the resort is all-inclusive - food, activities, everything!), and the resort was very well-kept. I would suggest staying at one of the water cottages which are built on stilts over the water or at one of the beachfront cottages. Definitely take your time exploring El Nido and all that it has to offer - 3-5 nights is ideal since it will give you plenty of time to take in the beautiful surroundings and relax. http://www.elnidoresorts.com/index.htm
Some of Lagen Islands recognition's:
2007 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – Finalist for Investor in People category
2007 Smart Travel Asia’s Top Leisure Resorts Award for Lagen Island Resort
2007 Travel + Leisure’s (US edition) “Our 15 Favorite Green Hotels”
2007 Island Magazine’s Blue List
2008 Green Hotel Recognition Award from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
2008 Travel + Leisure (South Asia and Australia) “Our 15 Favorite Green Hotels”