Instead of going to the ticketing office, we humbly asked Kiko to book us our land trip to El Nido through the famous van service, Fort Wally for P700 per head. We also requested the hotel’s staff to prepare our breakfast for early travel.
The Fort Wally van picked us up in the hotel at 7:30am and had a short stop at Hibiscus Hotel to pick three foreign tourists. Another group of foreign passengers were waited for us in Fort Wally terminal. The staffs arranged our baggage on the top of the vehicle and started our way to El Nido. After 30 minutes, the van stopped in Puerto Princesa public terminal to pick up local passengers which one of them was drunk and not wearing shirt. He boasted his apple phone and that he is working in California, USA. He talked a lot but nobody was listening for we’re all sleepy. Anyway, we’re with the drunk man for a short period of time because he dropped 30 minutes after we left the terminal.
While on the way, we saw a local jeep flowering with passengers and stuffs on side and top. People with drums, cages, boxes, and sacks of products. The foreigners in our trip took their cameras for the unusual scenario.
We arrived at Fort Wally terminal in Roxas at 9am for breakfast. It was also the time for us to stretch our muscles for we already took our breakfast in the hotel. It is still a long way to travel. After 30 minutes, we left Roxas and took another couple of hours to Taytay. In Taytay, all our baggages was transferred inside the van for the road to El Nido was rough and dusty. We arrived in the amazing town of El Nido at 12:30pm.
The town is small and surrounded with mountain cliffs. We booked immediately our return trip in Fort Wally with discounted price of P600 per head. We rode a tricycle to Coral Bay Resort in Corong Corong. We preferred the resort so we could take a glimpse of the Bacuit bay during sunset.
Location: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Where I Stayed: Coral Bay Resort, Corong Corong
Coral Bay Resort is 10 minutes away from the town and we finally met the owner, Robert. We were surprised that we’re the only costumer of the resort on that day. The room is made of native materials and enhanced with a creative mind of an artist as seen on the wall portrait. I booked the wide room for P2,500 per night including breakfast. Booking in this resort didn’t require an advance deposit. Mr. Robert explained that the brownout (electricity interruptions) started at 6am and will back at 2pm for the entire town. In the resort, they are using generator from 6am to 10am to help the costumers have ample time to prepare everything before the power off. He also contacted a tour operator to negotiate personally regarding island tour packages in El Nido.
Heavy rain dropped in El Nido in the afternoon so the sun was hiding until nightfall. We took our dinner in Greenview Bar and Restaurant. A few minutes away by walk from the resort. The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor leaving our slippers downstair and passing those sleeping big dogs. They have delicious locally served foods and great numbers of foreign costumers.