I have spent my birthday last week in the beautiful island that is El Nido. It’s somewhat comparable to Coron; in terms of how “untouched” the place is.
The most common way to reach El Nido is to book a flight to Puerto Princesa and go on a 6-hour land transfer from there. You can do that or take a direct flight to paradise which costs about P8k per person per way. Of course we took the first option. haha
Eatery somewhere in Roxas
About 2 hours along the course of our transfer, the driver made a stop over at an eatery in Roxas City, Palawan. He said we are going to stay for 3-4 more hours on the road so we decided to eat. We had ginisang ampalaya and beefsteak with rice (P200+)
We reached El Nido at almost 7PM, checked in to hotel and tried to find the nearest decent place to eat. We spotted Sizzling Republic just few blocks from our place in Corong Corong. I had chicken ala king while C had beef teriyaki; both served ala rice bowl and P120 each. Not bad since it came in big servings, we almost didn’t finish it.
We were up early the next day to grab breakfast at the Mezzanine at the town proper. The place is overlooking the bay where island hopping tours sail from. I had their Filipino breakfast which consisted of corned beef, eggs, garlic rice, coffee and fruit juice. The meal is for P280, relatively pricy than other meals that you can get from other restos nearby but who doesn’t want to have breakfast with a view?? 😁
After breakfast, we took a 45-minute tricycle ride off the beaten path to Nacpan Beach. We stayed there until afternoon; just enjoying the non-crowded part of El Nido. There were only few eatery that serves lunch and we had ours at the first one that we saw. We had grilled chicken and squid, rice, mango shake and iced tea. Everything cost P500; and yes the food were tasty. 😂
The Beach Shack
From Nacpan Beach, we freshened up and went on the other side of the town to Maremegmeg Beach to hopefully catch the sunset. It rained in the afternoon though so it was cloudy and no sun at all. So we just had my birthday dinner at the Beach Shack. We had Chicken Schitznel and Poker Steak with iced tea. The meal cost us about P600, expected since it was a front side bar. By the way, the best place to catch the sunset is at Las Cabanas Bar at the very end of the shore sharif the Beach Shack. You’ll get a nice sunset view there without distractions.
We headed back to poblacion to look for dessert and found Gusto Gelato. We tried their strawberry and dark chocolate flavors. Cup with 2 scoops was P150. I still don’t know what’s the difference of a gelato to a regular ice cream hehe
Our accomodation came with set breakfast and we have decided to try it before taking the tour. We really didn’t have a choice of which food to have; they served rice, hotdog and egg with a banana. Not complaining because I also didn’t expect much about it. On the other had, free flowing water and coffee is always available at the hotel lobby. 😊