El Nido is about 420 km (260 mi) southwest of Manila and 238 km (148 mi) northeast of Puerto Princesa which is Palawan’s capital. It is a first class municipality and managed resource protected area. Last year (2014), Palawan emerged as No. 1 in the Top 30 Islands of the World poll by US magazine Conde’ Nast Traveler. Thanks to the famed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (who was one the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2012) and of course their beaches and famous island destinations as well.
We went here prior to Palawan being number one though at that time Puerto Princesa Subterranean River has been named as the New Seven Wonders of Nature. The trip happened in March 2013, less than a week after I got married. Our supposed to be honeymoon but with friends. Lol.
Our flight was in the morning, we arrived at the Puerto Princesa Airport around 9:45 AM and welcomed by Ate Grace with a banner. Haha.
For a hassle free travel, we booked everything with a travel agency. They arranged our itinerary for El Nido and tour to the subterranean river. We were dropped by Ate Grace at Charing Terminal (San Jose Bus Terminal). We ate our take out food from Mc Donald’s while waiting for our van to El Nido.
To get here you have to fly to Puerto Princesa Airport. El Nido has an airport too but only private and expensive charter flights use it. Aside from vans (fare is P600/pax) there are also daily trip schedule for buses (both air-con and non air-con). Fares are 550 per pax (air-con) and P450 (non air-con). They leave on time so better be there ahead of your schedule trips.
Prior to this trip my husband isn’t feeling well. That explains his grumpy photos in
most of the pictures. Going back and fort to our wedding suppliers, wedding errands and stressed took a toll on him. I already had him checked by a doctor to make sure it wasn’t dengue (dengue at that time is uso). Dengue has been ruled out by the doctor, so we still joined our barkada trip. Bad wife (I knowrr). 😛 Had I known the road from PPS to El Nido was that bumpy I will personally beg off and not push through with it. The whole time I’m worried about my husband being not comfortable. He still has high fever. The road was rough and the driver wasn’t helping by driving as if it was a smooth road.
11:45 AM Our van left for El Nido.
11:15 AM We had a quick stop over to change tire.
2:00 PM Stop over in Brgy. 2 Roxas. Lunch time in Bottega Restobar and Spa. The place is overlooking the beach.
3:30 PM Another stop over in Taytay, Palawan
5:00 PM Finally arrived in La Casa Teresa Beach Resort, our home for two nights while in El Nido
At that time La Casa Teresa is newly opened so during our stay the place isn’t that organized. But I still recommend it for its affordable price. Anyway as for us we’re not staying that long so basic amenities suited us. It is located along the quiet, cozy, and long beach of Logadia, Corong-Corong and about 2 kilometers or 3 minutes ride by tricycle from the town proper of El Nido, Palawan. To know more about them you may visit their site.
Our tour package does not include lunch and dinner, both were charged to guests on the first day so after resting for a while my friends went to Aplaya to check and take out food for dinner. Me and my husband were left behind so he could rest after that gruelling 6 hours (more or less) of travel from PPS to El Nido.
When we asked where’s the place to eat/buy food, we’re told to check Aplaya in downtown. Just few minutes from where we’re staying. They opt to walk since tricycle drivers were asking for high price, 30 PHP each!
To end our night we had dinner just outside our room and had our first glimpse of El Nido’s famous sunset.
Itinerary and expenses for the whole trip is on a separate post. You may click here.