El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

The Municipality of El Nido is a first-class municipality and a resource-protected area in Palawan province. It is about 420 kilometers southwest of Manila, and about 238 kilometers northeast of Palawan’s capital, Puerto Princesa. It covers an area of about 465 kilometers in  the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan. In its border are the Lacapan Strait in the north, and the Sulu Sea in the east, and the South Cina Sea in the west. It is composed of 45 islands and islets with each unique geological formations. The highest peak is at Cadlao Island, about 2,100 ft above sea level. The rocks and limestone cliffs of El Nido are similar to those found in Guilin in China, Krabi in Thailand, and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

At El Nido town, there is always a lovely ambience you will find along the beach front during your stroll, especially around sunset. Choose from a variety of restaurants for your sunset dinner. Some have candlelit tables on the beach – picture perfect for a romantic dinner or just a dinner in paradise. A few bistros have live bands, and music is good. Island hopping is one of the main reasons tourists go to El Nido. There are several tour packages available, but choose the one with snorkeling for your money’s worth. Most operators offer at roughly the same price. A full coastal tour of the Municipality of El Nido would take you around the the island and circling back to El Nido town.

Taytay, Palawan, Philippines

The Municipality of Taytay is a first class municipality in Palawan province. During the Spanish colonization of the Philippines in 1818, Taytay became the capital of the Province of Calamianes, the entire territory of Palawan, and the Province of Castilla, a land area occupying the northern part of Palawan. However, during the American era, Taytay ceased to be Palawan’s capital, and its administrative boundary was reduced by approximately 500,000 hectares upon the creation of the Municipality of El Nido.  Its most famous relic, the 17th century Fort Santa Isabelle, still stands today and takes center stage in Taytay’s magnificent seascape.

Include Taytay as part of your Palawan vacation. There’s a lot of things to do here– island-hopping, snorkeling around the many islands, swimming in the hidden lagoon (cave), kayaking on the beautiful Lake Manguao, Irrawaddy Dolphin watching in Malampaya Sound, and swimming in the refreshing Canique Waterfall. Being not far from El Nido, Taytay is a good escape from the El Nido crowd during the peak seasons.