PROTECT OUR NATURE --- GREENFINS
It was very interesting to read the notice that had been posted by greenfins, next to the port. Let us hope that we can do our bit and obey their suggestions. If you don't see the sign for yourself please follow these guidelines.if you are diving.
Do not step on the coral
Do not stir the sediment
Do not touch or chase the marine life
Do not feed the fish
Do not throw things in the sea
Do not buy coral and marine life as souvenirs
Do not support shark fishing
Do not use a spear gun
Do not anchor on coral reefs
Do not get marine life, dead or alive
Do not use gloves
Wear a life jacket at the surface
Use a mooring buoy
Report environmental violations
Participate in conservation projects
EL NIDO CEMETERY
If you walk along the path that takes you around the headland you will reach the cemetery. Directly across from the cemetery is Makulay Lodge, run by a Frenchman. Not really my cup of tea, sleeping next to the cemetery. I noticed that the cemetery is almost full to bursting point and i wonder if there are plans for a new one.
THE AIRPORT RUNWAY
If you take the road 6 or 7 kms north of El Nido you can see the runway at El Nido Airport. The runway comes right up to the road and must be really interesting standing there when a plane arrives or takes off.
THE MUNICIPAL HALL
You will find the Municipal Hall in the center of town and although i don't know for sure i suspect that it is less than 10 years old. In the front of the hall stands the statue of the country's greatest hero, Jose Rizal. I have written about Jose Rizal several times so i will not repeat myself here.
EL NIDO TOURIST OFFICE
We passed by the tourist office at 9.30 am and found the doors open and the place deserted,but too be fair there is so much information at the hundreds of agencies that it is not really necessary to visit this government office. There were no brochures or maps lying around. There were a couple of posters as you enter the gate which points out possible attractions, but overall give this place a miss.
FANCY A SPLURGE---HERE IS THE OFFICE
El Nido Resorts own 4 resorts in Bacuit Bay, all of which costs 100's of dollars a night . They are located on Miniloc Island, Lagan Island, Apulit and Pangalusion Islands. You can book on the internet for around 4400per person or pass by their office in El Nido which is in Rizal Street
PEOPLE WATCHING AT THE ART CAFE
This is a great place to have breakfast and watch the bangkas load up with tourists before they depart for the day's island hopping. The El Nido Art Cafe has managed to expand their business and now own a block of land next to the beach, where they have constructed a deck where tourists can relax while they eat their breakfast.
GOODNESS GRACIOUS, JESUS IS HERE !!!
I came across these tarpaulins while wondering around El Nido. They inform us that there appears to be an image of Jesus on one of the rocks on one of the islands. Never met anyone who has seen this yet!
I have seen many tips on VT regarding wall graffiti so i thought i would add this. Although El Nido does not have much to offer i did find some graffiti on the alls of the alleyway that leads to the beach next to Lally & Abets. I certainly was not impressed.
- Arts and Culture
Every second shop in El Nido seems to be an agency of some sort selling bus tickets, boat tickets, diving etc...I would recommend using the agency of El Nido Art Cafe & Boutique as the couple who run it are very professional and have been in business for almost 20 years. They seem to be the only ones who can arrange tickets for flights to and from Manila.
TOUR A, B, C, OR D
The boatmen and agencies have you by the balls as you have to choose one tour and there is no combining different islands or beaches from two different tours. This is strictly enforced so if you are interested in visiting the lagoons and caves you must take two tours on two different days. I have been to many of these places over the years and i would recommend tour A as the lagoons are something special, clear water and you can see all the way to the ocean floor. I have been inside the Cathedral Cave on tour B and the echo is amazing. I happened to be with an Australian who played his didgeridoo inside to wonderful effect.
I did see one outfit advertising a combined tour of A and B in the one day.
The Art Cafe offers kayaks for rent at 700 if you take tour A with them.
All agencies offer the same 4 tours at the same price which is controlled by the tourist office.
- Diving and Snorkeling
EL NIDO BEACH
In 1990 i could walk from my bungalow and jump in the sea, but these days are over as there are so many boats and the sea is not so clean. In fact on my recent trip there i did not see a single person in the water. However it is still good for photography as it ids so picturesque.
THE NARROW STREETS OF EL NIDO
El Nido was just a tiny village when i first went there in 1990 but now it is a bustling tourist town. Unfortunately the place grew without any planning and the streets and alleyways are too small for cars going in two directions and many streets are one way and parking is not allowed.
THE LESS PLEASANT PART OF EL NIDO
The beach, island hopping and nightlife are great but what about the lives of the local people. Many live in squatter ghettos that are surrounded by the hotels. The people live there in squalor with no running water, dirty conditions and very crowded. Most tourist don't get to see that side of El Nido
PICK UP A MAP
We are about to make a trip to El Nido, the first time for many years and i came across this map that i downloaded. It is extremely helpful when trying to figure out where to stay as one can do some research on the internet and find the exact location of each of the resorts/ guest houses etc.