When we reached the PP city proper, we were brought back to Marianne Home Inn. Gladly, MD and I were allowed to use a vacant room to clean up. We quickly showered and changed taking extra care not to mess up the room. Once done, we went to the lobby to wait for the van arranged by Joaquin’s BnB… to take us to our final destination.
We still have some time and decided to go to the nearby stalls and buy bibingka and puto bungbong that will tide us through our travel.
The van picked us up around 5:00 pm. A couple and a mother and daughter team would be joining us. I started to feel feverish in the van. I had to ward off the feeling of weakness.
When we reached El Nido way past midnight, I was running a fever and just wanted to flop on a bed.
Spanish for ‘the nest’, El Nido is sandwiched between towering limestone karst cliffs and Bacuit Bay. It’s known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, a group of islands with steep karst cliffs. Miniloc Island is famed for the clear waters of its Small and Big lagoons. Nearby Shimizu Island has fish-filled waters. The area has many dive sites, including Dilumacad Island’s long tunnel leading to an underwater cavern.
Where did We Stay?
Most hotels and inns in El Nido can provide for all your needs, even tours for Underground River, Puerto Princesa. Same thing with hotels or tour operators in Puerto Princesa, they can provide everything you need. There will be differences in the price points and the offerings. If you are on a budget, you can do a comparison. Doing DIY might save you some money if you have the time to research and compare. I didn’t realized earlier that we can have it all in one place until I finalized our bookings. I ended up booking with three providers for our Palawan tour. It might have its advantages like having the best of all options and disadvantages like different prices. By having all activities and needs handled by one service provider, you can haggle prices and providers are more flexible if they can get bigger business. However, you are stuck with their services and offerings come what may.
We had different bookings for accommodation because of my indecisiveness while making our itinerary for El Nido. As I was choosing options for accommodation, I came across Organic Spa BnB which was relative new. The rooms and the view look fantastic from the pictures. At that time, it has no review so I was hesitant to book it. Yet, I kept thinking about the place. I also kept delaying my decision until I noticed people started booking it and available rooms became scarce. When I finally booked it, only two nights were available during our travel dates. Compared with other accommodation options I was looking at, Organic Spa BnB is more expensive considering it doesn’t provide breakfast. However, the one who manages the place, Ms. Janette, as well as her staff, are very nice.
I booked a 2-night stay at Organic Spa BnB for P2,500 per night (without breakfast). I booked a tour package priced at P12,000 that includes 2 night-stay with breakfast (P2,000 per night), our island tours (Tour A – P1,000, Tour C- P1,100, striped Tour E – P900 per pax) and RT van transfer (P1000 per pax) with Joaquin BnB.
I checked the reviews of Organic BnB and Joaquin BnB as I was writing this and there are both negative and positive reviews. I guess this is true for most low and mid-range accommodation options in El Nido . Different staff serve each guest at particular times so the experience may vary…..
Let me share my own with the two accommodation options we chose for this trip …..
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