Palawan has the best beaches in the Philippines, and it is one of the top destinations in the world! With its crystal clear waters, awe-meyzing marine sanctuaries, stunning lagoons and spectacular shipwrecks. Palawan is indeed a PARADISE.
I had to wait 8 (long) months before my travel to Palawan cos I got my ticket on a promo. Tickets tend to be cheaper when booked in advance, plus it gives you the privilege to plan out your trip, like the ticket that I got to Puerto Princesa. But no complains, cos I knew for sure that it will be worth it.
After months of waiting, we finally landed in Puerto Princesa, welcoming us with a breeze of the wind blowing our hair to different directions that made our hair go tangled. There’s a low pressure that they are monitoring on that weekend which made me a little anxious on what’s going to happen on this trip. Luckily, there was zero rain when we arrived which gave me a relief.
When we got out of the airport, I saw a guy standing at the arrival area holding a paper with my name on it, I later on realised that he was our driver. El Nido is about 4-5 hours drive away from Puerto Princesa airport. There is only one airline company that flies out directly to El Nido which is Airswift, it’s pricier than other airline companies but you’re paying for the convenience of not going through that 5-hour journey. So, if you’re someone who doesn’t like long drives, I highly suggest to book with them.
I was asleep the during whole trip to El Nido, but I still felt how zig-zagy the road is. It was like a 5-hours of roller coaster ride. We arrived in our accommodation at around 1AM, and we were starving! We decided to walk around and look for a place to eat and luckily, there is a 24-hours “tapsilog” or “tapsihan” few blocks away from where we were staying. We headed back to the guesthouse as soon as we’re done eating so we can recharge for the tours.
The next day, I woke up to the wind howling the window of our room. I went out to check and it was so gloomy. I immediately asked the care taker if the island hopping will push through and he said that the coast guard has already cancelled all the tours during that day since the wind is too strong and it is dangerous for boats to sail. We then asked for other options, if there’s any place they can recommend us to go just so we don’t waste our 1st day. He suggested we visit Las Cabanas or Nacpan beach.
Las Cabanas is only 5 to 10 minutes away from where we were staying depending on the traffic down town, you can rent a tricycle for 150 pesos per way. There’s no fee to get in. Nacpan beach on the other hand is quite far, it may take 45 minutes to an hour, and rent for a tricycle would cost you up to 1,500 pesos per way. The road to Nacpan beach isn’t smooth and fixed yet, as per the locals. So, we decided to see Las Cabanas instead, although there’s nothing much to do there aside from there are cute restos where you can chill.
On our 2nd day, the sun is still not up and the rain was on and off. We were hoping that the weather will get better and island hopping will be back to normal, however, everything is still cancelled. Day 3 came and nothing has changed. The sun never came, it never showed and the rain is getting harder each day. What could be much worse than be stuck in a room in a paradise like El Nido? I’m just glad we had movies on our thumb drives cos if none, I wouldn’t know what to do. To cut the story short, this trip failed.
This is the first time I have experienced a bad weather while on a trip. It’s a nightmare for someone who loves the ocean cos the sun adds so much life in an island. However, I am still lucky we weren’t stranded in an island where we don’t have access to food, electricity, water or anything we’d need. Things like these happen, and they happen for a reason. El Nido wouldn’t go anywhere anyway, I can always come back, as much as I can, as long as I could.
See you soon, El Nido. I promise to be back.