El Nido Island is a little gem; unknown to many but visited by few. I am blessed to be one of those who have stepped their feet on this haven in the Philippines.
Where We Stayed:
We spent our weekend in Lagen Island Resort, nestled between a lush forest and a tranquil lagoon. It serves as the sanctuary not just for the people but for various kinds of birds and mammals as well.
The warmth and hospitality of the staff made our stay an extraordinary and memorable one.
The Water Cottage located by the lagoon faces a clear and crystal blue waters, perfect for de-stressing from the busy city life. The rooms are very well-ventilated, truly suited for an island resort.
The pool, with tall coconut trees standing surrounding the area, is an eye-candy.
The resort's chef grilled us some tasty, fresh fishes, making our lunch one of the best.
Aside from diving and snorkeling, we also visited the famous Big and Small Lagoon, an altar and a cave within the island.
We also got to see the Pacalsada’s Balete Tree. It’s famous for an old tale in which three young men serenaded the tree and two women in white appeared from the trunk. The women told the men they have such a wonderful voice and invited them to sing with the women inside the tree. Out of fear, the men ran off and said to be speechless for a month.
The balete tree was said to chime in sounds of different kinds, including ships passing, airplanes flying and bombs exploding which lead people to think about the World War II.
Not only that, we were able to paddle board under a very fine weather, too. We're so lucky to experience this paradise under the bearable heat of the sun, knowing Philippines in this time of year has a rainy season.
Our island hopping experience turned out to be very special because of the beautiful hymn of the ocean's waves.
Highlight of the Trip:
What I like most about my weekend escapade was the early morning sunrise cruise.
From our resort, we sailed to another island and stayed there to witness the beauty of the sun coming out, alive and bright. Watching this magnificent view beside my beautiful wife and with a cup of coffee on hand was the time I thought to myself, what a terrific life I have.
Waking up as early as 4:30 AM was really hard but totally worth it.
Until next time, I’m your friendly global traveler, Johnny, encouraging you to step back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful gift our nature has to offer.