Enchanting El Nido

Palawan is beautiful.

With a sinuous coastline that stretches almost 2,000 kilometers, and embraced by an expanse of water that is with a conundrum of islets and islands (many of them still untamed), and comely white sand beaches and coves, it is the province to beat when it comes to lovely natural attractions.

Picture-perfect Big Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

Out of 23 municipalities, the remaining two I have not visited are the island towns of Magsaysay and Agutaya. I don’t know why, but I hope I’d get to them eventually.

The towns I frequent are Narra, Brooke’s Point, Quezon and Bataraza in the south, and in the north, Taytay and El Nido, because of my work as a journalist. My favorite town however, is EL NIDO.

Located approximately 238 kilometers north of the provincial capital Puerto Princesa City, the place used to be called “Bacuit” until it changed its name to “El Nido” after the edible nests of the swiftlets (Collocalia fuciphago) that are harvested from hollows and cavities on limestone cliffs.

What’s enchanting about El Nido are the limestone cliffs that give the whole town a different character compared to the other places in Palawan. They’re majestically towering and they look like Damocles’ sword pointed to the sky.