EL NIDO, PHILIPPINES — ENCHANTING. Or maybe PRISTINE. Rather PERFECT. Is there really any better way to describe this tourist-magnet?
Maybe none. So we would understand should you find yourself looking for the perfect words to describe when you see this paradise. To be amazed by its limestone cliffs, crystal-clear waters, pristine and beautiful lagoons, and scenic islands is just but not a natural thing. El Nido is not among the world’s best islands to explore for nothing.
We missed returning to this paradise since 2014, when this writer’s dad passed away in 2014; and El Nido was, and always is, the perfect place to be in, being just a two hours away from Taytay town, our hometown, and where our parents used to live.
For an island boy, appreciating El Nido’s beauty wasn’t a natural thing. It was just a norm until moving to Manila in 2009. Nine years later, seeing beautiful places like El Nido becomes a moving experience. Since it will take us a few more months, or years maybe, till we pay a visit the town again as we’re busy ticking off new places from our bucket list, we decided to take an Instagram tour, and see what other people are loving about El Nido.
FIRST THE BEACHES. Its white-sand beaches scattered all through out the islands that composed the town. They speak of beauty and joy at the same time. They speak of how fantastic it is to live on Earth, the only planet where 75 percent is composed of bodies of water.
The town proper is best viewed atop Mount Taraw, the best mountain peak to be at while in this side of the Earth. Hiking the mountain is a must-do when visiting this island town. Local tour guides will be more than willing to bring you up there without much expense.
SUNSETS. Who wouldn’t love them? In El Nido, sunsets speak of beautiful day that has been and asks you to expect a wonderful night ahead. If you choose to spend the night at the town proper, make sure to grab a drink or two or dine by the town proper’s main beach. There’s a lot of stories to weave while waiting for the sun to be eaten by the mountains and the seas.
This summer, make sure to pay El Nido a visit if you haven’t been on the island. Swim in its clean waters. Hike up Taraw, and its beautiful mountains, and make its limestone cliffs as your next Instagram posts’ backdrops. We’re yet to post more personal posts about El Nido as it is close to our hearts. We will definitely buzz you up once we decided to have an impromptu island visit. Till our next post. Carpe Diem!