Boat life must have been tough because my first day in El Nido consisted of me switching between a hammock and chair while drinking coffee/beers and reading an entire book on our bungalow porch. I cannot remember the last time I had done that. And it was awesome.
El Nido (Spanish for “the nest”) is on the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan in the Philippines and the gateway Bacuit Bay and the Bacuit Archipelago. Town itself is bustling, a busy tourist hub for day trips to the surrounding islands, lagoons, beaches, and reefs. Even though the book is set in Thailand, Alex Garland wrote “The Beach” while living in El Nido, the spectacular landscapes serving as inspiration.
For me, there’s not much to say about our stay in El Nido. We were supposed to be there three days, stayed six, and still didn’t want to leave. We simply continued island life.