Journey to El Nido

I traveled to El Nido, Philippines in June 2007 with my family and few other friends. We left Manila early morning and took a small propeller aircraft, I believe it was an 18-seater, that brought us to El Nido, at the northern tip of Palawan island. The hotel where we stayed was another 1 hour wonderful-full-of-blue-sky-and-water journey by boat from the El Nido airport. Full of mid tone color, and you know when you are shooting a scene that is full of mid tone color, you almost can’t get anything wrong. Your camera exposure system will be alright as that’s how they are calibrated. So, just point and shoot, but since you have traveled that far, try to check the LCD monitor once a while to make sure everything is OK.  🙂  The technology is there to help you. The photos posted here were shot using both my DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras.

The plane was ready for boarding.

This was my 2.5 year old daughter trying to help herself because of the air pressure that hurt her ears. She did not cry though. Tough little girl.

It’s blue and blue everywhere. The view from my seat.

The fast shutter speed “stopped” the propeller. Can you see the propeller blades?

Now it’s blue and white everywhere.

Looking down, enjoying the God’s creation.

Landed safely at the El Nido airport.

We then took a short jeepney ride from the airport to the beach where we took a 1 hour boat ride to our hotel. Waiting for our boat to arrive.

The boat ride to our hotel.

That’s our destination. Getting there!!! Yay!!!

Arrived at our destination. Beautiful huh?

After a wonderful lunch, we went out for our first activity, visiting the bat cave and snake island. The weather didn’t cooperate though. The sky was getting darker and was going to rain anytime soon.

We arrived at the Snake Island and got off the boat. Picture this … the snake island is actually just a narrow strip of beach in the middle of the sea and during high tide, the entire “beach” is under the water. Can you tell from the photo below? Family photo at the Snake Island, taken by one of my friends.

We ended our first day by enjoying the beautiful sunset from the hotel’s pier.

As I am writing this, I can’t help but feeling that I want to be there again. I’ll be back one day, hopefully.

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  • SUPERADRIANMEJuly 7, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    Hey nice photos. Like the “non moving” propeller shot. 🙂
    Keep them coming!!ReplyCancel

  • Hendra LauwJune 11, 2010 - 10:29 am

    Thanks Jeff. Hopefully we get to travel together one of these days. You’ll be my translator. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JeffJune 11, 2010 - 10:20 am

    it’s nice to know that there are a lot of people who appreciate the beauty of the philippines… it’s sad, though, that many pinoys take it for granted… tag us along the next time! 🙂ReplyCancel

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