Back in October I took a solo trip to the Philippines thanks to a flight deal I snagged Christmas day 2014. I booked a week of travel out of NY to Manila and eventually decided to visit the city of El Nido. For some reason i underestimated how long it was going to take me to get there so i spent the first 3 days getting to Manila, then I was supposed to take a flight out the night I landed in Manila but i missed my fight and ended up sending the night in a hotel/hostel in Manila. The next morning i caught the first flight to Puerto Princesa, and then took a 5 hour bus ride to El Nido. The bus ride was one interesting experience, imagine a bus going at 70m/hr up and down winding hillsides, half of the bus passengers got car sick, and I was relieved to get off the bus the moment we arrived. (I took a flight from El Nido directly back to Manila on my way back home)
El Nido was amazing!! I stayed at this super cool hostel called Spin Hostel, which was clean, had good breakfast and super helpful staff. I ended up doing two of the island hopping tours but unfortunately since I spent half the time getting there I only had 2 full days to spend there. I made a friend in my hostel and we ended up doing the two tour trips together. We also found ourselves at a midnight beach party where I met some really cool fellow travelers. We drank, partied and had great conversations late into the night. I went snorkeling with so many different colored fishes, jelly fish (I did not get stung) a few snakes, i saw so many weird fishes (some of which i saw on display at the Aquarium in Manila on my way back), and we even got rained on during one of our snorkeling trips but everyone was having such a great time we didn’t even notice.
I didn’t get enough of the Philippines and I plan to make another trip in the near future. The only thing i was not sold on was the food I am big fan of spicy food and there just wasn’t any in the Philippines so I lived off breakfast at the hostel and dried mangos.
Enjoy the pictures.