Malpacao Island in El Nido

Stunning El Nido in Palawan

The stunning rock face of Malpacao Island dwarfing squid fishermen as they are approaching the island

The stunning rock face of Malpacao Island dwarfing squid fishermen as they are approaching the island

WOW!

That was all I can utter as islands upon spectacular islands of El Nido, the nest, as it is known for the high quality swift nests that are prized in Chinese restaurants, was unfolding herself to me. With mouth agape and in disbelief, I was in awe, I was in astonishment, I was in love.

Soaring cliffs, jagged rock faces, jutting out from the sea that all these seems so surreal yet wonderfully spectacular that it burns into the mind and sears into memory. Never mind if I got wet during the journey to Lagen Island on a small outrigger boat beset by the waves brought by the Habagat (southwest monsoon). What was important was the then, that moment when I was experiencing, pardon the cliche, breathtaking vistas, the same experience that I had when I visited Calayan.

Five days, five short, work days that I’ve barely enjoyed El Nido’s offerings. Five days, five short days and I just visited a fraction of the wonders of El Nido. After the initial wonder, now that I’m back in Puerto Princesa, I have to at least decide that I should visit again.

So wild, so spectacular, so El Nido. Soon.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

4 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    July 28, 2014 @ 23:09

    Stunning El Nido in Palawan: The stunning rock face of Malpacao Island dwarfing squid fishermen as they are ap… http://t.co/MX3Vn21fYq

  2. Marvin
    July 29, 2014 @ 13:00

    I will never get enough of El Nido. I heard Coron offers a different excitement as well. Hopefully soon, I can get back Palawan and revisit El Nido and enjoy Coron.

  3. A convenient and cozy place to stay in Puerto Princesa » langyaw
    August 7, 2014 @ 15:40

    […] has been a tiring two weeks: trekking in Abra and shooting in El Nido, Palawan, staying at different resorts per day. The result, I was tired and was yearning for days […]

  4. Carmen B
    March 21, 2015 @ 5:25

    I can’t wait to go back to El Nido!
    There was a typhoon when we were there, so only got a glimpse of it…
    Check out my blog for more inspiration on travelling in Philippes:
    http://bonatravels.com/2015/01/09/country-summary-philippines/

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