I have always dreamt of visiting El Nido, Palawan and stay at El Nido resorts but have always found it way too expensive, so we’d opt to go to Phuket or Boracay instead. But last year my sister and I decided we’d celebrate Christmas in Palawan since it will be just us two. 🙂 ❤
So December 2016, just days before the 25th, I found myself staring outside the plane window, seeing the most impressive shades of blues and greens mixed in the most glorious way possible and I just couldn’t believe that I was still in my country – that I was just an hour plane ride away from Manila. It was a dream – and imagine… I wasn’t even out of the plane yet.
I know Philippines has quite the collection of magical destinations hidden within its 7,641 islands. I’ve seen Cebu, Boracay, Bohol… I’ve swam in Balicasag Island with some sea turtles… But every time I see another part of this country, it always leaves me staggering and stuttering with the amount of beauty it holds. The photos of some amazing spots that can be found in this country that we would see on social media and the internet really cannot give justice to the islands when you see them in person.
So… Lagen Island. The first island on our list for the Christmas festivities. We stayed in Lagen Island for 1 night and 4 nights in Apulit Island.
The word I’d choose to describe Lagen Island would be enchanted. In between a lush forest and a calm, shallow lagoon, Lagen Island, is a secluded, Eco-Sanctuary island resort that is every nature lover’s dream… along with the comfort and luxury that El Nido Resorts provide… It’s a slice of heaven.
Complete with white painted rooms, glass windows, palm trees, a pool – where you can lounge on the side – sip Jack and coke while watching the colors of the sky change, palm trees every where and the friendliest and accommodating staff surrounded by a lush forest with magnificent limestone cliffs as its backdrop. – If you want to recharge from all the stress of the city life…and if you’re looking for a place where you can take your family, a loved one, a friend -that guarantees a lot of privacy; this is a perfect place for you.
When your plane lands, a jeepney would pick you up and then drive you to the ‘bahay kubo’ airport where you will be greeted by a group of singing and dancing ladies to welcome you in El nido.
El Nido’s airport is a modern version of a ‘bahay kubo’ it was warm and cozy and a great touch for that island feel. Inside the airport they have refreshments and snacks for the traveller’s/visitors.
From there, you just wait for an El Nido staff to call you and bring you to your van ride. A 15-minute van ride then takes you to the port which will then be followed by a 30 to 45 minute boat ride to Lagen Island depending on tide and weather conditions.
Breakfast buffet comes with the room booking. ❤
Address and Contact info:
Flights to El Nido:
Airswift offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido, Palawan. Travel time is approximately 55-minutes using a 48-seater ATR aircraft.
Address: Manila Domestic Airport Terminal 4
Andrews Ave, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila
Contact no. for Flight Reservations: (+632) 318 5942, (+632) 318 5943
AirSWIFT Main Office:
2nd Floor ALPAP Building,
Andrews Avenue, Pasay City,
Office hours: 8:30AM – 5:30PM (Monday to Sunday and Holidays)
AirSWIFT BGC Office:
3rd flooor Alveo Corporate Center
728 28th Street Bonifactio Global City
Taguig City, 1634 Philippines
Office hours: 8:30AM – 5:30 PM (Monday to Saturday)
- I would just like to note that Airswift services isn’t really the best but unfortunately they’re the only airline that has a lot of flight schedules to El nido.
- I bought a ticket from their website and didn’t notice that they never sent me my ticktets. Good thing, pesopay.com sent me an official receipt. So a day before our flight, I was about to print our tickets and couldn’t find it… so I called Airswift and most of the numbers that I called were already on break for the holiday season. And by the time I got through to them the phone operators I was talking to weren’t so helpful. I don’t think they were trained to handle errors made by their system.
The plane ride was okay though. 🙂
You can also reach El Nido via Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Although this would be a longer route and would take up most of your day. But if you have a lot of time to spare and you want to save some cash… this is the way to go.
El Nido is also accessible by land from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It takes approximately 6-hours to travel by land from Puerto Princesa City to El Nido, Palawan.
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines flies to Puerto Princesa
For more info on El Nido you could also go to this website: http://www.elnidopalawan.com/go.html
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