With over 7000 islands, there is no shortage of wonderful sandy beaches in the Philippines. But interestingly enough, only few of them get a lot of attention from the international community. While millions flock to the beaches of Southern Thailand and Bali, Indonesia every year; most Philippine beach spots have yet to gain the same level of international fame. But things are about to change as one beach town has slowly been creeping its way to the hearts of Southeast Asian beach fanatics. The name of the town is El Nido, which is translated as “The Nest” in English. The town is perhaps named after the nests of swiftlet birds that frequent the caves in the region.
Chasing Places guarantees that El Nido is absolutely stunning and breathtaking. It is definitely a worthwhile place to visit not only in Southeast Asia but also in the world. And we’re not the only ones saying this! In CNN’s World’s 100 Best Beaches list, El Nido garnered the 14th spot. MSN Travel also hailed El Nido as one of the best beach resorts in the world. At this point, we might have convinced you enough, but believe us; it is developing quickly so plan your trip as soon as possible. But before you book your ticket and pack your bags, here are the other 6 main things you need to know about enchanting El Nido.
1. It’s the Archipelago that Truly Matters
The name El Nido may be the destination name most often used in travel books, but strictly speaking, this only refers to the municipality and the town where accommodation and the supporting tourist infrastructure are established. No offense to the town’s main beach because it’s actually quite nice; but the main reason why anyone should come to El Nido is to experience the Bacuit Archipelago. This group of islands is spread around the bay of the same name, just off the coast of El Nido town. Bacuit has plenty of delightful surprises to visitors. It has caves, hidden lagoons, coves and of course, the topical palm fringe islands which are like tiny patches of paradise. If you adore white sand and clear blue waters, then in Bacuit, you will not only find one, or two but a whole range of beaches to choose from.