My solo adventure continues after a day of fun and misadventures in the little town of El Nido, Palawan.
The good weather the day before was nowhere in sight. Instead, I was woken up by a storm-ish wind and rain combo that literally drew all the waves (and everything with it) to the shore. I was convinced that my plans for the day will be canned so I just took it easy and drank my coffee. I brought out my reads because the rain was stopping to bother me and decided that it is indeed a day to chill when the tour guide went up my hostel and asked me if I’m joining the tour group.
Of course, my first question was if it was safe. I mean, by golly, the weather is just starting to be fine and we always never know with our weather here in the country. The tour guy told me that yes it was safe, and they’re very capable of protecting us (WOW MAN VS. NATURE EP IF EVER). After 30 seconds (I really didn’t have that much time to think), I lowered my guards and YOLO-ed this thing. I mean, what will be the worst thing I can experience here, like being stuck in the middle of the ocean, pheeeeesh. HAHAHA. (You can read straight below if you really wanna know what happened :P)
So the agenda for the day was to see the beautiful lagoons aka Tour A:
- Small Lagoon
- Big Lagoon
- Secret Lagoon
- Simizu Island
- Entalula Island
- 7 Commando
The highlight of any El Nido trip I think will be the lagoons. Beautiful natural waterworks enclosed in limestone cliffs in an ecology weathered by time and tempest. But I am deeply sorry as I have no photos to show you as my misadventure the day before rendered me camera-less for the days to come.
Nevertheless, I’ll try to describe them in the best I can. The real highlight was the lagoons – both small and big. Though a word of caution — the depths in the small lagoon are treacherous. I know how to swim but I was really surprised when it was all of a sudden deep, I almost drowned 🙁 But the sights were endlessly romantic. The small lagoon looked like a secret cove for lovers – you have to swim through a hole, formed between converging limestone formations. As always, the view is stunning and it sticks to your head. When I close my eyes I can still see those beauties. The big lagoon is a massive waterway with a funnel in the middle, which I heard is a habitat for vegetarian sharks (interesting!) but I didn’t bother to swim through. Scaaaaared!
We didn’t go through Secret Lagoon though, which is very sad since we didn’t do Secret Beach the day before (awwww no secrets at all for this trip!) as the weather was pretty not in our favor. But the beach in 7 Commando Beach was a perfect ending as we just rode waves as it tossed us back to the shore. Imho, those are one of the biggest waves I’ve seen (Don’t judge, I really haven’t surfed or met any big waves in my life hahaha.)
The Misadventure Log:
The misadventures didn’t really stop on Day 1, so here’s a log of my happy (though I can do away with, really) misadventures. I tell you, they were YOLO material.
- So the day really started with a really, really bad weather and I wasn’t expecting to tour. But my YOLO self just wanted to make the most out of my time even though it just literally stormed. My logic was down and I joined the tour group even though it seems a bad plan. We were in the small lagoon when it started getting REALLY gloomy. Like it looked (and sounded) like the heavens were angry for anyone pushing through the tour. Midway swimming back to the boat it was zero visibility. In the middle of the ocean.
- I was really like, “Aww, the weather’s gonna get better,” but that was me trying to console myself for my
baddecision. We stayed for a while when the winds had gotten stronger and rain even blocking our views. The limestone mountains could no longer be seen and we were literally stuck in the ocean’s belly.
- We can’t be stuck anywhere, since to begin with we were on a tour. It was so cold and I was actually scared of dying. I needed to calm down so it was a grateful moment when I smelled cigarette smoke and somebody brought pack loads of ’em. Don’t worry as we disposed of the butts really carefully 😛
- All the time we were in the boat it was really cold, and I have my towel only with me. There came a point that I want to regret everything but hey, those views really saved me the whole trip. There is a reason why I am in El Nido and YOLO-ing.
The Stranger Log:
- I met three girls who work at the same area in Manila that I do — Anjo, Roma, and Heidi — and like the day before they agreed on having dinner together! It was nice that I met and hanged out with some Filipinos as well (though I really didn’t expect anybody from my home country to be just spontaneous like that.) They even invited me over the place they’re renting… such nice people!
- Some of the people in the tour group the day before were still in this group… I just didn’t get to hang with them a lot, since y’know we’re really busy keeping warm.