Back from El Nido!

And have lots and lots of pictures to share!  We did 1 day of island hopping, and 2 days of diving (saw turtles! rays! mantis shrimp! pipefish!).

El Nido?  Definitely paradise!  It was hard going over to Puerto Princesa after that, since El Nido was so incredible.  I will have to go back again with Karl.

It’s super expensive to fly there, but it’s worth it.  We took the smallest commercial plane I’ve ever been in…

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Had my first tricycle/tuk-tuk ride…

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Stayed in a beach front cottage at Golden Monkey Cottages…

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And yes, they have monkeys too!

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Saw amazing limestone rocks and clear blue water from our many boat rides…

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Visited salt water lagoons we could snorkel in…

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Explored little beaches…

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Spent a lot of time in the water enjoying the ocean and appreciating the view…

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Visited sandy white beaches that reminded me of Brazil…

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Had the smallest lizard/gecko (I never know which is which – in Brazil we have different names for every type!)  I’ve ever seen visit me in our room… Please ignore the wrinkly hands and unpainted nails…

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Walked around El Nido town…

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Saw cute pigs!  (And tried not to think that they were being kept as future dinner.)

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Enjoyed daily walks through here…  (Though my friend wasn’t a fan of the 10 minute walk to town every day, I loved it.  So relaxing!)

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And enjoyed beautiful sunsets from the balcony of our room…

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I still believe the Philippines are one of those “secret” places that Americans don’t know about.  My friend visited me from the US and admitted that until I was posted here, this was never on her list of places to visit.  Then she googled it, and knew she would HAVE to come.

After El Nido, we took a 6 hour van ride to Puerto Princesa – that was hell.  Packed to the brim traveling on winding roads.  I think it’s worth paying for the expensive ticket back to Manila.

Tomorrow:  Pictures of our dives!

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