. Lots of walks and lovely food, coupled with lazing on the beaches and a really lovely birthday for Lucy (which ended with one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen) really was El Nido. It was so difficult not to relax and unwind in such an idillic location which is exactly what we needed!
We did go out on the boat for one morning so that i could get my dive fix...strong currents, lots of jellyfish and not great visibility did not hinder my enjoyment of the beautiful coral reefs and abundance of life in the area. 2 dives and some wonderful "dive friends" made meant a lovely morning (Lucy made friends with the captain of the boat while we were underwater, maybe she will get the hang of this Tagalog someday!)
All the time we were here, we kept bumping into the crew from the Tao who were clearly having a well deserved rest and every time were were greeted with friendly smiles! There really is a sense of pride and welcome in Palawan, I'm hoping this will last as we head on to our next destination, via a 5 hour bus journey!
Oh by the way, we did get into our room away from the road on the second night and it was lovely! I really see that we dont need electricity for half the day, have we become too consumerist in the west? Thoughts on a postcard to: Da Perkins, Phillipines :-)
After our amazing experience with the Tao, a well earned rest was needed and so El Nido served to that very aim. Upon our arrival at our lovely little "tourist inn", we were informed that they weren't expecting us until the following day but we could stay in their cheap little budget room on the road for the night and we just didn't care....after so much fresh seafood and rice, we just wanted European food and sleep! The arrangement was to meet at the Art Cafe with the guests and crew from the Tao boat for the evening and so we did, although after a pizza and sprite it was bed time and as we headed off we left the crew being plied with Jeager Bombs (apparently they went on to a disco that night til very late!). 3pm the next day we arose from our slumber to find our way around the beautiful town and area of El Nido. Even though we were staying slightly outside the town in Corong Corong (so good they named it twice), a brisk 25 minute walk and we were in the centre of quite a touristy little town that had electricity from 2pm til 6am and a few beautiful beaches surrounded by towering limestone cliffs