July 2016“Fill your life with experiences, not things.
Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
Oddly enough, we planned our trip in less than a week, and everything was perfect.
The route we took to get to Philippines was Madrid – Abu Dhabi – Manila. To do this, we flew with Etihad Airways, which I highly recommend. The services and facilities they offer make their flights a great experience. Despite being a long journey (one day approximately), traveling with Etihad Airways was amazing.
The most comfortable flights I’ve ever been.
Once in Manila, we took an internal flight to El Nido, our first destination. It lasts one hour and a half. We stayed five nights in El Nido, at Coco Resort. A beautiful and quiet hotel located near Corong Corong beach. We liked it a lot, because it consists of only eight cottages, so service was very personal. We woke up between nature, breathing fresh air.
At Corong Corong beach, we went to two open air restaurants. La Plage, with comfortable armchairs for a drink in the sea; and Republica Sunset Bar, where food is amazing (spanish food which I really needed there) and sunsets leave you speechless.
Nacpan Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in El Nido. We were lucky because we could enjoy it without people. When we arrived, a group of children came running to play with us at sea, it was magic. Gradually the storm was approaching, but until raining the place is amazing. Someone recommend us to go to that beach only in the morning, because in the afternoon there are a lot of mosquitoes.
We rented a scooter in to get around the island. We went by road while it was raining, muddy, but it was fun. I felt alive.
El Nido village is chaotic. There are no streets as we know, there are no structure or consistency, everything seems to be placed randomly. The lifestyle is very different, but it is interesting to know it closely. I think is charming that the village is surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Las Cabañas Beach is another known beach in El Nido. With some open air restaurants and resorts. It is better to go in the morning too, but this time because of the sea. The tide rises and falls, and in the winter afternoons is low, so it is not so pretty.
The following two days, we visited the islands in front of El Nido. I recommend hiring a private tour to enjoy all islands and beaches completely alone, without more tourists. It is the most beautiful I’ve seen in my life. The images speak for themselves.
Big and Small Lagoon
“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”
The second part of our trip was Panglao, Bohol. We took a flight to Cebú and then a ferry to Tagbilaran, Bohol. But I recommend to take a flight from El Nido to Tagbilaran, because the ferry ride was not very nice, despite being short.
The first days, we stayed in South Palms Resort , a beautiful and relaxing hotel with private beach. It was amazing.
After that days of relax in the resort, we changed to Hennan Resort, in Alona Beach, to visit the zone. The hotel was the better of the beach. But personally, I didn’t like that area so much. The reason is that it is much more exploited, there are a lot of tourists, so is not so relaxing and impressive as the other places we visited during the trip.
For those who wonder if it is a good season to travel to Philippines, YES. There are hardly any tourism, compared with summer. The weather is not perfect, sometimes it rains, but never all day and every day.
Philippines is a paradise to be visited now.
Infinite thanks to Etihad Airways for giving us the opportunity to live this amazing experience.
“It doesn’t matter where you are, but who you’re with that makes life special.”
With love, Us.