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Introducing El Nido

The ordinariness of El Nido only heightens the contrast between the mundane and the sublime, much like towns the world over that are the gateways to beautiful sights. Spanish for ‘the nest’, El Nido is the base for exploring the fabulous Bacuit Archipelago. The town is sandwiched between towering limestone karst cliffs and Bacuit Bay, and is cluttered with buildings that creep onto the beach. Centre stage, however, is the looming Cadlao Island just offshore.

Taking a room in town means being close to restaurants and beachside bars, but also closer to the everyday sights and sounds; otherwise, you can stay in one of the nearby communities, or splash some cash for accommodation in the archipelago itself.