BY RICKY MONTECILLO
May 14-27 2016
It was a life long dream to go to El Nido and what better time to do so but on this special occasion, our wedding anniversary.
The moment we land in El Nido Airport, we were in awe. The tiny airport looked more like a Bed and Breakfast place for its cozy native character.
Deplaning from the Twin propeller Air Swift aircraft, you immediately see the islands and limestone hills rested in Bacuit Bay. From the airport, we took the trike to El Nido Poblacion. The Tricycle cost 150 pesos for the two of us and our luggage.
A small town, the Poblacion is filled with Pensione houses, small Inns and a variety of stores. We had lunch at Seaside Restaurant situated in the El Nido beach front. The place has a front seat view of the beach and Cadlao Island. We had a fresh grilled lapu-lapu and grilled squid all for under 500 pesos and that includes 2 San Miguel lights.
We checked in at the El Nido Overlooking Resort. It’s a quiet classy resort about 15 minutes from El Nido Poblacion. A small road takes you up to the resort. El Nido Overlooking has only 4 villas. It’s as private as one can get. The room we got had a dining area, kitchen and the bedroom with spectacular view of the bay and the nearby Taraw peak. We paid about 6500 pesos and it was well worth it. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Taraw Canopy walk. After settling down my wife and I headed to the Canopy walk by tricycle. For 400 pesos each we hiked through an elevated bridge walk and hanging bridge to a high point of the Taraw Peak. There you get a birds eye view of El Nido town, the Bacuit bay and the nearby Cadlao Island.
Having more time to spare we took the suggestion of our guide to go to Corong-corong, Maremegmeg Beach for the sunset. It’s the best and hippest place to see the beautiful sunset! After a couple of margaritas and daiquiries we wobbled back via trike to our villa at El Nido Overlooking.
We spent our 2nd day enjoying the quietness and exclusive privacy of the resort. You wake up to the sounds of exotic birds and a refreshing view of the bay. So quaint and so enchanting. After a sumptuous breakfast served in our villa, we decided to dip in the pool. We had the place for ourselves. With only 4 villas, this resort was very private and yes…romantic.
We checked out by noon to go to our next hotel. The high end beach hotel in El Nido. CADLAO BEACH RESORT, via tricycle of course. No wonder it is pricey. The resort is located at the far end of the beach.
They have around 25 villas and 2 swimming pools. The rooms are big enough and have porches. Our room is called “walo”, Filipino for number 8. Cadlao is the best resort in town.
On our first night there we had dinner at the pool side table. We brought a bottle of wine and the restaurant bar allowed it without corkage. After dinner we swam in infinity pool. There we met with 2 other couples. Germans and Australians. We hit it off and became fast friends. We arranged to go on island hopping the following day.
The next day we had breakfast and then proceeded to take Tour “A” Island hopping. It is an executive package for only 1900 pesos each for 07 Destinations. It includes free use of snorkeling gear, kayaks and a delicious lunch at a private cove!
On our last night we checked in at Orange resort in Maremegmeg beach. Our simple native room was at the beach. We capped of our special vacation tryst with another sunset show and margaritas!
Rising early, we took the 8am Flight back to MNL! El Nido! We will surely return!