Paradise is the perfect word to describe El Nido. Imagine a place where you can find rock formations like in Guimaras, caves like in Cagayan, blue lagoons like in Siargao, marine sanctuary like in Bohol, snorkeling sites like in Anilao, exclusive island resorts like in Cebu and the best of all white sand islands like in Boracay, - this imagination is brought to life by El Nido. A Philippine destination that will definitely last in your memory forever.
I've read blogs saying that it's too dreadful to go to El Nido due to different bad experiences so to ease up the travel I decided to book a van from Puerto Princessa Airport then straight to El Nido town. Never mind of the cost. Yes, it was a long ride since its a 5-hour journey considering the last 2 hours was rough road. Nonetheless, it never became an issue because I am frequent traveler and I know that in the end of my trip, I will be rewarded with what I came for. Reaching the town of El Nido, we were picked up by a medium size boat at the port and traveled for 30 minutes to the Dolarog Beach Resort. On our way, a Dugong breached and waved its fin while my eye almost popped out with excitement. It was unexpected!
|El Nido Port|
We arrived at around 3pm in the resort and we were already limited to do much activities so we took time to explore the island. We found interesting sea creatures by the shore. There were urchins, jellyfishes, school of small catfish, crabs, starfishes and the magnificent view of Pinagbuyutan Island.
|School of Catfish|
|Oh There's Nemo!|
|Sassy and her starfish|
|The usual view in El Nido|
We also bum around the resort and stayed at the pool side. Not to mention that the water in the swimming pool is composed of salt water from the sea. It was a good afternoon swim while relaxing myself with a Piña colada.
It was dinner time and our first time to taste the Dolarog Cuisine. I've read many reviews from a website saying that the food they serve was horrible! Well, I'm proving them wrong. I was overwhelmed with the dishes they served. They prepared different viands of food - carbonara, marlin, adobo, fresh salad, crepe and squash soup - more than enough to satisfy ourselves with a good meal.
After dinner, I strolled around and found my self underneath the coconut tree watching the swimming pool change its mood. Before I went to sleep I dropped by at the entertainment area and read some books about Palawan.
|Swimming pool at Night|
This is only the start of my amazing vacation in El Nido and I hope you can come back again to check out my blog about the 2nd and 3rd day of my vacation that will concentrate more on the Lagoons and Snake Island Tour.
Until the next destination,
P.S - I hope this blog gives justice to Dolarog. Sir Edu (Italian Owner) was very kind to me, I don't know why people misjudge him.