With its towering cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and white-sand beaches, El Nido in Palawan is one of the most remote regions of the Philippine archipelago.
It’s a challenge to get here. It’s uncomfortable, it’s exhausting, it’s literally painful.
It’s worth it.
The coastal settlement comprises of 45 islands and islets and until recently, has been relatively unknown to foreign tourists.
The town itself sits between massive limestone karst cliffs while Cadlao Island looms offshore.
Before El Nido was discovered by “outsiders,” fishing and harvesting swift nests (“Nido”) were the main sources of income. Nowadays tourism has become the municipality’s main source of revenue and the town has exploded with shops, bars, restaurants, and guest houses.
Breathtaking views of nature are the main reason to visit El Nido. We chose to explore the surrounding area via motorcycle and the vistas didn’t disappoint.
Thirty minutes outside of town, at the bottom of several dirt switchbacks and a treacherous flight of stairs sits the Orange Pearl Bar.