El Nido is emerging as a great destination for Corporate gatherings and MICE tourism for its breathtaking landscape and heavenly environment. The beaches are rated among the best in the world and you will witness the best of Filipinos hospitality. The resorts and island activities are inspiring enough to provide you with high motivation for achieving more for yourselves and also for your team.
Groups can indulge in sports and team-bonding activities on the beach with a glamorous audience sipping beer in one of the many bars and cafes alongside ready to raise a toast to your performance!!!
Talking of El Nido, it’s a beautiful, calm and quiet place on Palawan island. It’s a top favorite destination for island hopping, and other water sports and adventure activities. The heavenly marine reserve of Bacuit Bay has a charm that’s difficult to find elsewhere. It is in true sense a relaxing and inspiring place, so much so that Alex Garland wrote “The Beach” while living here. Scuba diving is also a popular activity here with over 30 dive sites for varying levels and skills; from taking the plunge and learning to dive for the first time, to perfecting your expertise and advancing your qualifications.
El Nido is a magical place. From its ageless towering marble cliffs to its white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, it’s exceeds the mythical charm of a paradise. There are over 50 beaches to discover, so many in fact that sometimes you feel as if you are on your own secluded private beach. You will also find enchanting lagoons with tranquil turquoise-green water, caves that can take you to hidden beaches, and a very diverse variety of wildlife. I was actually lost in a different world while snorkeling and witnessing the beautiful fish underneath the water surface.
It is about 420 kms (260 miles) south-west of Manila, and about 238 kms (148 miles) north-east of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital. A managed resource protected area, it is famously known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, limestone cliffs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago.
El Nido is currently ranked #4 in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the world.” CNNGo has called it the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.
There are several activities to choose from; cliff climbing, waterfalls, kayaking, cave exploration, windsurfing, plus you can also hire a motorbike and discover the surrounding north of Palawan.
Seafood is a local specialty, and fact is that many fish are exported to Manila, and on to other South East Asian countries. There are restaurants scattered around the town offering various foods to suit most palates. From seafoods to meat dishes, salads, pastas, stews there is something for everyone. One uniquely noticeable thing is that restaurants also have foreign influence including French, German, Swiss and Australian, and I presume this is because, as it is in Bali (Indonesia), El Nido is also fast emerging as a favorite destination for Digital Nomads.
A number of bars offer different entertainment including billiard, dancing, live music, karaoke, and of course along the beach front the chance to unwind and watch the beautiful view as the day comes to a close.
You will be surprised to know there is no Bank in El Nido, but one can exchange currencies at various outlets. The airport is a private one too, catering to resorts’ guests as well as other travelers.
Palawan is frequently referred to as “The Final Frontier”and once you have been to the island you would realize why, and enchanting El Nido is truly breathtaking, for its serene charm and secluded feel and yet having so much on offer to explore.
At El Nido, you would experience what exactly is sustainable tourism!