Philippines – El Nido

– FEBRUARY 13-15, 2016

The last of our major stops in the Philippines is the port town of El Nido.  This town has been heavily developed, much more than Port Barton, and this is where most tourists go on Palawan Island.  We arrived just after Chinese New Year, so the town had just emptied out the day before.  We saw a peaceful town with much more options to choose from for food, transportation, and fun activity bookings.  We really liked Ed Nido and it was also great to have Butch and B with us again to wrap up this 365 day adventure.

Here we enjoyed one of the Philippines favorite desserts in Halo Halo.  This dessert is a hodge podge concoction of shaved ice, sweet red beans, jackfruit, coconut string, coconut gel, palm fruit, crème caramel, flan, sweet ube, and mango.

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This area is famous for their group tour adventure options A, B, C or D.  We wanted to go on tour A, but we discovered that the sales offices actually all work together and book people to shared boats.  So you might be in a 8 person boat or you might be on a 24 person boat…you have no control over what boat you end up with.  We had no interest in 24 people on one small boat, so we instead booked a small boat for another private tour for just the four of us at only a few dollars more per person.

Unfortunately the waters on the north side of Palawan Island contain a whole lot of jelly fish, so we got stung on our first swim of the day (and our guide didn’t bother to tell us either…he was useless!).  But the later stops had little to no jellyfish, so we had some great snorkelling time on this day trip anyhow.

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Its time to head back to Vancouver now.  We have a flight from Manilla to Tokyo to Vancouver to get us back for a week of house hunting.  Its time to get our lives back in order and we are certainly ready for the real world again.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.