Beaches, Visayas

Nalusuan Island: A Marine Sanctuary in Cebu

After snorkeling at Hilutungan Island, we were off to our next destination.

I was pretty excited because I heard that’s where we were going to have our lunch. Haha The snorkeling can be very exhausting, so I look forward to the next island which is called Nalusuan.

It was our second day in Cebu with some international travel bloggers as part of the TBEX post tour. I was one of the Filipino bloggers invited by our Tourism Promotions Board. We woke up  early that morning for the island hopping in Mactan. When I hear about islands in Cebu, the first thing that usually comes to mind are Bantayan and Malapascua etc. Well, those islands are actually very far from the city and that would take hours of travel time.It’s about time for you to know that there are beautiful islands near Mactan Cebu that are equally stunning and most of them are Marine Sanctuaries.

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

El Nido, Palawan: DIY Travel Guide to the Philippines’ Best Islands

I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging but it’s not me, it’s the biggest media and travel sites who declared El Nido as one of the best island and beach destinations in the world.  And there are still a lot of raves and accolades, but the list might not be enough.

What I am trying to say is, if you’re planning to visit the Philippines, don’t forget about El Nido. For Filipino travelers, El Nido should be the ultimate destination in your bucket list!

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

Talisay Beach, Tapiutan Island in El Nido

 

A beautiful second option.

That was something that crossed my mind when I first saw Talisay Beach in El Nido. How could this beauty be just a second option? El Nido Tour C originally includes Star Beach as one of the destinations to explore, but during that time Star Beach was closed.

Our guides said, it was being used as a location for a reality television program from other country. That’s something to be proud of right? And honestly, I don’t have issues for deciding to go to Talisay Beach instead of Star Beach, because it’s gorgeous.

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

El Nido Tour A: Breathtaking Lagoons

Our second day was also the start of exploring the islands, beaches and limestones of El Nido.

Tour A is one of the most popular in El Nido. If Tour C has hidden and secret beaches, Tour A is all about lagoons!

We were early on our rendezvous at the port. Smiled and chatted with fellow tourists, a chance to talk and connect with fellow travelers. There, we met Michael and Sarah, the Swiss couple who shared to us their travel stories and also how they enjoyed the Philippines. This is one of the best things about travel, it’s the people you meet along the way.

By 8 AM we hopped on the boat and the tour began.

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

El Nido Tour C : Secret and Hidden Beaches

If you’ll have an ultimate destination in your bucket list in the Philippines, it should be El Nido!

Dubbed as one of the best islands in the world , this archipelago will surely captivate you with its white beaches, stunning rock formations and limestone cliffs. The question is, if you will spend like a few days in El Nido, what would you do? I recommend that you avail the island hopping tours.  

And definitely one of the best is El Nido Tour C. This tour covers the best and most adventurous beaches. It will entail a lot of swimming yet every destination is truly worth it. So let’s start exploring this islands in Palawan.

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

El Nido’s Underwater Madness at Matinloc Island

We were stuck in the middle of the sea.

It took about 30 minutes before our boatmen were able to fix the anchor jammed in between rocks underwater. Then we were off to go to our last destination.

Based on what we know Tour C includes a trip to Matinloc Shrine, but for some reasons our guides said that we will do the snorkeling instead. And we had no complains about it, because snorkeling with fishes and corals was actually better than going to a man-made structure on the island.

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

Helicopter Island of El Nido, Palawan

This island has a strange shape.

We were slowly realizing it as we got closer to it. Some said it looks like a whale while others have their guesses. But for me, it looked like a helicopter without a propeller, I knew it because the boatmen told me it’s called Helicopter Island. Haha!

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

The Secret Beach of Matinloc Island, El Nido

Our boat stopped at the end of huge rocks and limestones. I heard we were going to a Secret beach.

Well, it looks like it’s really a secret. Where’s the beach? Haha I could only see rocks and that’s it.

And we need to swim again. But where? I asked our guide. He said just follow around. Oh oh! It was only a matter of seconds when I realized people were swimming under those huge rocks!

I couldn’t quite see it, but I first thought, “maybe there’s a hole there”

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

Exploring the Secret Lagoon of El Nido

The moment I jumped into the sea, I already felt those sharp rocks on my feet. If there’s one tip for you who plans to do the tours in El Nido, put your aqua shoes on.

Because aside from the breathtaking views and beaches, there are gems in El Nido that you have to discover, and going there is never easy.

Ouch! Those rocks hurt. So I walked, glided to the water slowly.

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Beaches, El Nido, Luzon

Shimizu Island, El Nido : Our Boatmen’s Favorite Island

Our next island to explore has a strange name. It sounds Japanese.

It’s called Shimizu Island. And being the nosy me, who always wants to know the story behind the destinations I traveled, I asked our guides. Jojo was accommodating enough to tell me the story.

It was decades ago when a group of scuba divers explored the underwater beauty of El Nido. They went into a deep underwater tunnel, but unfortunately one of them wasn’t able to come back.

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