This was a different summer for us! Instead of going to the usual Boracay, we went to the beautiful El Nido, Palawan! We were also done with the “party phase” anyway! Given that, we decided to have a peaceful and relaxing anniversary-summer trip together with a small group of friends! When it comes to traveling, I don’t like going to places where people usually go. Hipster as it may seem, I just think that there are other beautiful places to explore, more than the usual! El Nido is actually one of my dream places. I have been eyeing on it ever since 2011 and finally 2015, I made my dream come true! The sun, the white sand, the beach and good company – a quiet summer, definitely a summer to remember! 🙂
It was a pretty long way to go for you to reach El Nido itself. Aside from the Puerto Princesa flight, there was a 5-6 hour drive to El Nido! Never liked the idea of long car rides but this was an exception! We stayed at El Nido Cove – which is actually a sister company of the El Nido Luxury Resorts. This was at a remote area, 20 minutes away from town so you can really expect that relaxing vacation, far from the buzz of the town! Loved everything about El Nido Cove: friendly and accommodating staff, great view, the beach, the pool, the view! Everything was there already.
This trip got even more special when Patrick and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary there! We never gave material stuff for our anniversary since we believe that treasuring moments are better than things. Relaxing at the beach, island hopping, snorkelling, swimming and kayaking were all we did then, which equal to our very sun burnt selves :)) For our anniversary, we had a private island hopping tour and had lunch at a private island in the middle of nowhere! (Ahhh, I just love how we were able to enjoy the view and each other’s company!) Another highlight of the trip when Patrick had a romantic dinner set-up for us! I was expecting that we were going to have dinner with our friends, but he talked them into surprising me as well! The El Nido Cove staff really treated us like VIP during our whole stay there and not just our anniversary! It seemed like we really got the taste of their luxury resort already!
As much as I wanted to stay there longer, I couldn’t 🙁 We’re back to reality with lots of work and other priorities on our plate right now. Fortunately enough I have two to three upcoming trips back to El Nido, Palawan later this year! One for work and the other two trips for friends! Stay tuned with some more of my travels! Now let the pictures speak for themselves :p
Availed Tour A during our early stay which included Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon and Seven Commando. Tour C on our last full day with Hidden Beach, Secret Beach and Helicopter Island as part of the itinerary! 🙂
Kayaking at Small Lagoon.
@ 7 Commandos beach. Ahhh I love how clear the water is <3
On our down time we play board games! Lookie at my letter stash, sneaked to take this picture, hihi!
@ Secret Beach
Stopped in the middle of the ocean around Matinloc for our lunch!
@ Hidden Beach where Patrick followed me everywhere with a freaking jelly fish on his hand -_- HAHA
Helicopter Island has got to be one of my favorites! Quiet, not much people, white sand, and clear blue water – AHHH I MISS THIS 🙁
Cheers for more years together!! It’s been a long roller coaster ride but it’s all good!
Big thanks to everyone who made this summer trip special! Thank you El Nido Cove for having us!
Hopefully another El Nido blog post late this year! <3
P.S. Thank you for being so patient with me with regard to my posting. I’ll make it up to you guys and will post more about my personal experiences! It’s been a tough week but I am glad that everything’s all settled down. Stay tuned for more adventures! 🙂