A tropical paradise, fit for romance and nature, this country of 7,000 islands puts on a dizzying display of beauty. The Spanish influence can be found around every corner, but modern culture takes on many American traits. The pride of the Filipinos along with their gracious welcome and enthusiasm to share their culture with visitors really make this country shine as a top destination in Asia.
El Nido is a coastal settlement of Palawan, Philippines that consists of 45 islands and islets also known as the Bacuit Archipelago. The pristine warm beaches and clear waters is a short walk away from the jungle and main town Bacuit Bay. El Nido which also means, “The Nest” has been inhabited by humans as early as 22,000 years revealing fossils and burial sites with imprints from the Late Neolithic Age. Since 1225CE, the Chinese have been trading with the residents of El Nido in search of the edible birds’ nest that engraved the island’s history and name. El Nido is presently a large marine sanctuary protected by the government preserving its flora, fauna, and natural beauty. Travelers can go island hopping in the Bacuit Archipelago, or spot dugongs, turtles, manta rays, coral reefs, and gentle whale sharks. Travelers can also explore the 12,000 year old Ille Cave, dive their way beneath water trenches to reach the “Secret Beach” not frequently visited by outsiders, or kayak through a cathedral-like cavern and bird watch the “nest gatherers.”