Day 5 – El Nido
It was my last, and by far the most amazing day I had in El Nido. I think I have never in my life seen so beautiful beaches and lagoons. At around 9am I had to be at the boat tour company in El Nido Town. From there we hoped on the boat and started our journey. This time, I decided to go for Boat Tour C, which I definitely preferred to Tour A. And you will see why.
Our first stop was a beautiful lagoon. We all rented a Kayak and paddled into the lagoon. The water was very shallow, which made it much more enjoyable for us. Whenever I wanted, I could just hop off the kayak to have a swim or take some pictures. I definitely preferred this lagoon, to the once I have seen on my first boat tour. Not only because this time, there weren’t as many people, but also because the whole atmosphere and the nature were incredible. I also got to know some people from my boat. Obviously, the majority were couples again, but that didn’t bother me as much. They were all pretty open minded and kind. I almost forgot the time here and paddled back when everyone else was already waiting for me. Oops!
The next spot was an amazing beach. I do not remember the actual name anymore. I think it was called Helicopter Island, or was it Talisay Beach? But what I remember is that the beach looked stunning. Our group was the only one at that time on the beach, which made it much more enjoyable. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to snorkel and swim, which was really fun!
But then something happened I was waiting for the whole time. I actually already gave up that I will ever see such a place during my Philippines trip. But here we were! Wow! Wow! Wow! It was just breath-taking. I still can remember every minute we spent at this beautiful place. The tour guide told us that we might not have the opportunity to visit a secret beach. Similar to the secret lagoon last time, there was only one entrance and one exit. During high tide, the entrance is not accessible as it would be under water. But we made it just in time.
I was considering if I even should bring my camera this time. But I am so glad I did! When I swam through the small hole and entered the bay, I had no words. It was definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. This time, I could understand why it’s called secret beach. We were the only people here and it actually felt like we had just discovered tis beach. This perfect white beach and the crystal clear light blue water. Amazing! I really didn’t want to leave. I could have literally spent the entire day here. But obviously, that wasn’t in my choice.
The only thing that convinced me to leave was the fact, that it was lunch time. Finally! We were all hungry already and couldn’t wait to get some food. The lunch spot this time was on Matinloc beach, if I remember correctly. A beautiful spot to enjoy an island lunch. The food this time was pretty similar to the one last time. I ate grilled fish, some seafood, veggies, rice and fresh fruit. So yummy!
For the rest of the day, we went snorkelling and swimming in the sea. We also visited another “secret lagoon”. But there were so many people, that I didn’t think it was worth it to take some pictures. And then, it was already time to head back. The ride back was definitely not the most comfortable one. We were so so lucky with the weather so far, but suddenly it got pretty windy and wavy. I was lucky that I didn’t sit at the front. The people there were completely wet when we arrived. But everyone took it with humor. It couldn’t ruin our day. Nevertheless, I was quite happy when we arrived in El Nido Town.
It was already around 5pm when I hopped off the boat. Therefore, I just decided to eat something for dinner now, even though I wasn’t that hungry. As it was my last day in El Nido, I just needed to get another Smoothie Bowl. And that was just what I needed.
Back at the hostel, I took a shower, watched the most beautiful sunset ever, packed my backpack, set my alarm at 4am and tried to sleep as early as possible. It was an amazing, but also exhausting last day in El Nido. I am so happy though that I had the honour to experience this boat tour and to see those amazing places of nature.