El Nido

Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Blessed House

Flag of Philippines  , Palawan,
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

For the first two days the weather was overcast and cloudy, meaning days at the beach weren't really an option! On the third day we explored the island and caught a trikshaw to another beach along the coast, Los Cabanas.

Despite the clouds and a bit of wind, the beach was beautiful. me and Jo went exploring whilst the girls read their books. Despite a few tourists, you can walk along and feel like you were on a deserted beach. The water was low and rocky and we didn't go in a first but as it got a bit hotter we ventured in...

Unfortunately, as we found out later, this beach in February and especially on windy days has a few jellyfish in the water - something Jo quickly found out! After just getting in the water, she shouted to me and Jane, who were already in. We swam over and she had long tentacles wrapped around her leg, stuck to her! Luckily I had my snorkel mask on me and knocked them off. Jo said it felt like she'd been slashed with a knife and when she got out of the water we could all see how painful it was. It had left a massive burn right around her knee and ankle as the pain got worse we asked a barman in a beach bar what to do. He ran us into the back and bathed it in white vinegar and then got some natural aloe vera from the garden and coated it in it. He was really good and i was pleased we'd asked him! 

It was a scary day and even now the mark is still really nasty, horrible things! None of us have dared go in the water since! We've just been dipping our feet!

For the next few days we chilled and went  out at night. We met some Canadians and went to a live music night on the beach where me and Allison were dragged up to sing! There was also a great bar on the front where we went and could play music and had a few good dancing nights!

El Nido is a really small little town with a lot of tourists who come and do scuba diving or island tours. However, it still has a really local feel to it. We had some great seafood and also enjoyed the Mexican and Italian (despite the clams giving Jo food poisoning). It was just missing a few things, a cash machine and a sign on the beach warning about Jellyfish!
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