Island Hopping in El Nido

Island hopping in El Nido is a huge South East Asia tourist draw card for the little island of Palawan in Southern Philippines and it's essentially the only thing to do while visiting El Nido. 

There are four options when it comes to Island Hopping in El Nido - the most popular being tours A and C which visit the well known locations around the Island. I decided to join tour A and simply had the best day exploring El Nido on the water. 

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Diniwid Beach

I ended up on Diniwid Beach by total accident - and it was one of the best un-planned visit during my visit to the Philippines. 

I set off from downtown Boracay in the morning in search of Chowking's Halo Halo, and determined not to take a tuk tuk, I ended up walking on the road for over an hour - just to reach the shopping mall for a very well deserved Halo Halo! After making it that far I decided to find the closest beach to Chowking to rest my legs and jump into the ocean. Thankfully for me, that closest beach was the quaint Diniwid Beach. 

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Puka Beach

We spent the day lounging around Puka Beach - a short tuk tuk taxi ride away from the famously popular White Beach of Boracay. The vibe was more laid back and local and we loved resting in the sunshine and jumping in the clear blue waves. 

 

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Downtown Boracay

After spending two weeks in the Northern Philippines it was time to head down South to explore the Islands. The first stop on my Island tour of the Philippines was Boracay - a very popular tourist island destination. While I tired to get off the beaten path in Boracay and explore more remote areas, it was still exciting to walk around the busy 'downtown' area where locals sold hats and sunnies on every corner and the vibe was exciting and alive. 

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Sagada

Sagada is a lovely and remote mountain village nestled into a valley in the Northern Philippines. After leaving Baguio we hopped onto another local bus and headed further north into the village of Sagada where we spend three days exploring the tiny village (complete with one main road) and the surrounding mountainous country side. 

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Baguio, Philippines

Baguio is known by the local Filipinos as the Summer Capital - the perfect place to spend a weekend away from the heat of Manila and the surrounding lowlands in the Philippines.

We arrived into Baguio at the end of the Flower Festival, a very festive and lively time in the city, where locals and Filipino tourists come together to celebrate the colorful flowers and vegetation that grows around the region. I wandered around the city watching as visitors enjoyed street food and flower floats in the park. Children dressed up in the costume of the local villagers and families hopped aboard swan shaped paddle boats for cruising in the small lake. It was a wonderful experience to see Baguio alive and energetic! 

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Intramuros, Manila

There are not too many 'must see' places in the city of Manila - but Intramuros and Chinatown are two places that many visitors check out while spending time in the big city. As I only had one full day to explore Manila I set out to see both Intramuros in the morning and Chinatown in the afternoon, and with a fast pace I was able to see both spots during my time. 

Intramuros, also known as the Walled City, is the oldest district and the historic center of Manila, and during the Spanish Colonization Period this area was the city of Manila. I loved wandering around the cobblestone streets lined with palm trees taking in the historical setting and stopping for a local meal of rice and Adobo. 

Chinatown was a bit more chaotic! Chinatown, also known as Binondo, is the oldest Chinatown in the world, and I could feel the layers upon layers of history as I walked around the streets. There were so many smells, colors, and movements to experience while I spent time in Binondo it was actually quite overwhelming as a visitor - I ended up cutting my time short after an hour and headed back towards my hostel for a relaxing evening on the rooftop with new friends! 

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Local Manila

Manila is a world of its own - hectic streets, local neighborhoods, children running wild and free! While I only had one full day to explore the city of Manila, I managed to fit a lot of action into 24 hours in the big city before heading up into the Northern Philippines. 

I started my morning with a quick hostel breakfast (nothing to write home about!) and headed out on my own two feet to explore the city. Many visitors tend to just see Chinatown and Intramuros but while I was wandering around I saw a whole different side to the city of Manila - a vibrant and lively local Manila! 

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