El Nido Things to Do

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    Wander to the night matket

    by shavy Written Feb 8, 2015

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    As we walk around in town after passing through the church, this night market is just next to it. The market sells everything, from apparel, leather to house ware. We're looking for souvenir but we didn't found here. There are no prices hanging on, but feel free to ask. They have a lot of shirt as souvenir from El Nido, bargaining is also needed. Local t-shirt is a little too much, is a nice shirt with El Nido in it but you need to haggle if you intend to buy one

    Night shop
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    Booking a tour....looked for the price to Servant

    by shavy Updated Feb 8, 2015

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    Before our trip to El Nido I have done a lot of research for island hopping. I know the prices they are almost the same everywhere. I came into someones blog that recently travel to El Nido, and he went to Servant tours for his island hopping. And this tour office is cheaper than the other as what I've read on his blog

    Before we came to the office, I've booked already our island hopping in the hotel where we staying, but I haven't paid yet. We wander around in town, and we came to this office. I remember the name, so I went inside and see the price hanging on the board from A to D. I asked how much they charge for tour A and B and she said P800, I said it is true what I've read on the blog. I said to her hold on I'll be back

    What I did, I went back to the hotel, it is 500 meters away. I cancel our tour for next day, I said to her we found a cheaper price for 800, but I apologize. She said, we work with another company that's why our price is P1200 for tour A and P1400 tour C

    Below a photo of regular price of island hopping from A to D. Tour C is most expensive than the other, because is the furthest one. But here at "SERVANT TOURS", tour A cost 800 peso and tour C 1000, if you booked your trip here , you can save a few box

    So I went back to Servant tours, I booked the tour A and C. "Be aware, going on island hopping for the first time, there is an P200 environmental fee. This amount is valid for 10 days". But I think none of visitors staying in El Nido for more than a week.

    For the price we pay of P800 for tour A and 1000 for tour C we have lunch, towels, bottle of water, snorkel gear in the price.

    Shop around before decided to book an island hopping. Besides, all tours are the same. You will see the same view and food. Maybe the expensive tour will have a better boat, but certainly not a luxury boat.

    Servant tour office Regular price of island hopping
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    St Francis Assisi Parish in El Nido

    by shavy Written Feb 8, 2015

    We wander around at night time on Christmas, the church was nicely decorated, very attractive with Christmas lights. Of course I was curious to see inside but it is closed, and I thought I'll come back the next day, but we didn't make it here

    Is a Catholic Church located in the center of the Town of El Nido. This monument such as other church in the country has unique style with smooth plaster wall. Next to the church there was a nightly market. When staying in town, do not be surprised if you heard the bell ring on Sunday morning between 4-5 am in the morning from this church. It can awake everyone's in town

    A church in town
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    Lunch time in Talisay Beach....Tout C

    by shavy Written Feb 7, 2015

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    We stop at Talisay Beach for lunch, is very nice beach with white sand. Same as tour A buffet lunch included in the price. We will be here for another hour, our local guide preparing the food and while we can swim. The place is too crowded, I wondering where there all this people came from?. During our sail we haven't met any boats on the way

    My question is, did they have also a rough ride this morning? Well, after this trip we still have a long way back. But anyway, despite a rough ride we weren't regretted, the view during the island hopping of tour C is well worth!

    Lunch buffet
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    The Secret Beach...........Tour C

    by shavy Updated Feb 7, 2015

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    When our guide said, that the passageway to the Secret Beach is pretty small, we didn't believe him. Because the boat can't get closer to the hole we can't see how small it is. We jump out the boat is about 20 minutes swim to the hole, the sea current were too strong, so we're try to swim as fast as we can otherwise we are washed away. After 20 minute we reach the hole. Indeed it is very tiny hole!

    The worst thing is, everyone wants to get in the same time to this tiny hole, and there were some people from inside want to come out. So what happens to avoid the traffic, one of the local guide watch the hole. Okay where inside, the underwater surface were too rocky, we try to cross to the side where the white sands are. I don't understand why they call it Secret Beach. Probably because of the tiny whole entrance.

    Inside the Secret Beach The small hole below the rock is the entrance
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    Another awesome beach to enjoy

    by shavy Written Feb 7, 2015

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    We arrived to this beach to get to Matinloc Shrine, we have time enough to swim, it was too hot, the sun turn to this side. To cool off went to the water, our guide still waiting the other group. We suddenly split up when we arrive inside, they probably went inside the Retreat house. We didn't go inside, because we're more interested to climb the rock for the awesome view

    I see some visitors try to have sit behind the rock to avoid sun. The crystal water is adorable and it something I can't resist. The surface also very rocky, so be careful when swimming here, be sure wearing your aqua shoe. This is our last stop of tour C. From here is more than hour back to El Nido town. Back to the boat and hopefully it wasn't so rough anymore like earlier in the morning

    Beach in Matinloc island
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    Climb the top of the rock in Matinloc island

    by shavy Written Feb 7, 2015

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    As our local guide said, if we want to have the beautiful view, we'll have to climb the top of the rock. When I look at it how? I didn't see a stair, but when I saw people coming down, then I saw where to climb. There is no stairs but there's walkway, so we followed till we reach the top.

    My impression when we're on top was WOW! on top there is not enough space for more people. I saw other tourist climbing, so we took the photos and make space for the other. I could stay there for long and gazed the viewpoint. We saw our boat down there standing in clear blue water. Is so amazing the view up there

    The view from the top
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    Matinloc shrine.....Tour C

    by shavy Written Feb 7, 2015

    I have not aware that we could find church in the island. I saw everyone's arrived here are already tired, this was our last stop. We didn't go inside the church but we do climbed to the top of the rocks. Because our guide said, we can have an awesome view up there.

    I was curious about the place why is abandoned? our guide explain: this retreat house used to be an active place for medical missions and masses were being done here during the 80s, later on the Matinloc Shrine was abandoned because of its location. I'm sure there is more a story to tell about it, but I was tired too and I didn't bother to ask more

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    Tour C island hopping

    by shavy Written Feb 7, 2015

    Of our second day we took the tour C. This tour can be canceled anytime if the weather not so good, because the boat sailed in an open sea with not much cliffs around. The weather that day is very windy and we really have a rough ride. Tour C is much more further, the view is also beautiful as tour A. These are the stops: Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Talisay Island (lunch area), Secret Beach Helicopter Island Matinloc Shrine

    The first stops took us an hour from El Nido, there were only 4 couples totally were 8. We have two Russian couple in group, due to rough ride one of the woman was scared and she really cry, our boatmen have seen it, he tried to slow down but is useless. During this trip we're completely wet!, so protects your camera and cellphone in a waterproof plastic bag.

    Pristine water
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    The luchtime at the beach

    by shavy Updated Feb 7, 2015

    Around noon we stop for lunch, we're staying for about an hour. While our local guide preparing the food we're able to do some swimming or snorkeling. The buffet lunch is included in the price. There were a few choice of grilled fish and meat and for dessert there were fresh fruit

    Here is the place for everyone to stop for lunch . As we see, it is really boat traffic on the water. The meals are really good and delicious, all fresh made by the boatmen and guide. This guys really taking care of their people, there were enough food for the whole troops. So very satisfied of the meals!

    Lunch buffet included in tour A
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    Seven Commandos Beach last stop of tour A

    by shavy Written Feb 7, 2015

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    After so many stops on the way, it was a very long day on the water, seems everyone in the group were already exhausted but we still in good fit to enjoy the last stop. This beautiful beach is hard to resist. This is the last stop of tour A, we have 45 to 1 hour time to spent on the beach before going back to El Nido

    This apparently the nicest beach to swim where you can easily walk into water no rocks, purely white sand with turquoise water, benches and palm trees around. If you walk a little further there is a small shop selling refreshment, but we didn't walk too far, behind the cottage, there was a guy sell coconut for P50, so we enjoy sipping it

    Seven Commandos Beach
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    Sea traffic....during island hopping

    by shavy Written Feb 7, 2015

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    We know before coming here that December month can be very busy. But this is the time of the year were able to come. Tour prices are remain the same even though is peak season of the year. Shopping around for tours are highly recommended!. Tour price is similar to each other start from P1200, but if looking around there will be cheaper than this

    Looking to all those colorful boats in the water are incredibly beautiful but terrible. Sometimes we have problem going out through were tangle to another boat. Sometimes it takes awhile to get out, that's why there were always two local in the boat, one is to do the maneuver while the other one has to look for tow rope. It isn't so simple, the water is too crowded with boats

    Kayaking is also availble
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    Karst rock formation

    by shavy Updated Feb 7, 2015

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    The island hopping will also showed how the rock formation in the areas are naturally form. During on and off the boat, pay attention to the rock, some of them will be in amazing form.

    This magnificent rock formation will look awesome on its own or with subjects in the picture. We were in awe of the various rock formations created by the waves splashing through them. Those rock were naturally form in the area, there were many of them to admire

    This looks beautiful
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    Choosing a tours...Tour A is very popular

    by shavy Updated Feb 7, 2015

    We booked two days island hopping. A and C is one of the nicest island to see, the weather in December can be sometimes bad, so they remind us that tour C possibly can be cancelled if the weather not permitted.

    We start our first day at tour A. We're with 4 couples and one guy totally we're 9 people in the boat. During the tour you'll see rough limestone cliffs make up most of the geography of the islands in Bacuit Bay. Just enjoy the ride boat and scenery, get the camera ready all the time because there were always nice view around

    Limestone in Bacuit bay
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    Island hopping.... tour A stops

    by shavy Updated Feb 7, 2015

    It'll take about 30 minutes boat ride before reaching our first stop. We could spend 20-30 minute snorkeling or swimming, but here the sea current were so strong, so it wasn't for me to snorkeling. I just enjoying the scenery of the limestone and the sand beach

    The cliffs were beautiful and the white sand around is absolutely nice. You can have all the space on beach, here is not so crowded comparing to other places in Philippines. Only one thing, need a boat get here, hired a private boat can be possibly if you willing to pay the high rental

    One of beautiful rock formation White sandy beach
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