So there are no more excuses.And here's what I discovered.
the long road to El Nido Palawan
One more thing,the view is really beautiful.Looking out of the window from your car feels like "therapy".Ito yung moments na ang sarap mag-imagine at gaganahan ka to plan for your next getaway.I even told myself on several occasions "I wanna get lost here".
The reason why traffic is smooth is because the area North of PP is remote.The only major towns you will pass through are Roxas and Taytay.Even by saying "major", I didn't even feel those towns are big enough to cause traffic delays. Unless you are really tired or travelling at night,try to appreciate the view.Especially when you get to the area of Taytay,that's when the sight becomes "eye candy".
I would love to explore Taytay one day.I heard it is gaining popularity these days.
Before entering El Nido,you will notice the road getting bumpy.It will be a bit difficult to sleep during this time coz it could really get noisy with all the small rocks hitting the belly of the van.It's nice to note though that the local government is already working on it.As one of the foreigner we were travelling with exclaimed "they are on it".And you can tell coz the road is already bulldozed and many half- sections are already concrete.Even at this point,vans could still go as fast as 50kph.Van drivers to and from El Nido are fierce!But it is safe don't worry,they drive new vans and you can tell that they are in top condition.You wouldn't feel worried at all.
Better Road in the Years Ahead
I talked to the van driver on our way back to Puerto Princesa and he said it is much better now compared a few years ago.He said the only concrete section of the entire route five years ago was from Puerto Princesa-Roxas.I immediatelly looked at my google map and I was surprised.PP-Roxas is halfway palang.Meaning,kalahati ng buong route a few years ago is rough road? Yes,he said it usually took them 8hours to El Nido.During rainy season, they had to brave muddy sections."Dadating don sa point na magdadalawang isip ka kung itutuloy mo pa or babalik kanalang sa Puerto Princesa" he said.I guess things are really looking up.
I am for making El Nido more accessible.This is a win-win for everybody.The heck with thosw who say it should stay isolated and difficult to reach so as to maintain the beauty of the place.I believe development and protection of nature can be sustained.I find the "keep-it-isolated-to-keep-it-beautiful" mentality rotten.It is elitist.The reason why until now,the ones who go to El Nido are either those who "have the money" or those who have "the luxury of time".Both are hard commodities to find.Make El Nido more accessible for everyone to enjoy.
depending on what tour company to take.
RORO Bus to El Nido
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SECURE YOUR RIDE PRIOR TO FLYING TO PP
I would suggest you contact a tour operator beforehand.I highly recommend NORTHERN HOPE Tours.
It is an El Nido-based tour operator manage by Ms.Neriza --0939 902 2216.She can arrange van transfer for you.Standard rate so no need to worry. Well, she can actually arrange everything. It was with her tour company that we took the island hopping tour. She has an Inn as well and she well connected with other establishments in El Nido so you can contact her prior to the trip and she will make things a lot easier for you. ^^
(+63) 939-902-2216 (Smart)
(+63) 927-735-3221 (Globe)
(+63) 942-375-2441 (Sun)
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