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Day 19: El Nido (boat trip 2)

On our last day at El Nido we went for a second boat trip, to some further-flung islands in the bay.

On our last day at El Nido we went for a second boat trip, to some further-flung islands in the bay.

Rock on the flanks of Matinloc Island.

Rock on the flanks of Matinloc Island.

Somewhere on Matinloc.

Somewhere on Matinloc.

Another swimming/snorkelling spot.

Another swimming/snorkelling spot.

More rock than you can shake a Hilti at...

More rock than you can shake a Hilti at...

Intestines from a pig (i think), not sure, but I ate them anyhow. Yum.

Intestines from a pig (i think), not sure, but I ate them anyhow. Yum.

Bakery treats - don't be fooled by colourings and different shapes - they all taste identical. Although the small 'breasty-like' ones with a single red spot have nice coconut stuff in them.

Bakery treats - don't be fooled by colourings and different shapes - they all taste identical! Although the small 'breasty-like' ones with a single red spot do have nice coconut stuff in them.

Tricycles, Hama Street, El Nido.

Tricycles, Hama Street, El Nido.

Serona Rd, El Nido.

Serona Rd, El Nido.

Serona Rd, El Nido.

Serona Rd, El Nido.

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Day 18: El Nido (boat trip 1)

El Nido Bay, Cadlao Island

El Nido Bay, Cadlao Island.

El Nido - and what could be a sweet limestone crag.

El Nido - and what could be a sweet limestone crag.

The way to spend your time in El Nido is to go out on boat trips round the islands, lagoons and narrow straits that surround Bacuit Bay.

The way to spend your time in El Nido is to go out on boat trips round the islands, lagoons and narrow straits that surround Bacuit Bay. For around NZ$40 you can hire a boat and a guide (who cooks you barbequed fish for lunch) for a whole day.

The trip visits several lagoons, some big enough to float a bangka into, and others that you can only enter by swiming through a small hole.

The trip visits several lagoons, some big enough to float a bangka into, and others that you can only enter by swiming through a small hole. A gap in the cliff ahead allowed us to swim into Small Lagoon (Miniloc Island).

Inside Big Lagoon - Miniloc Island

Inside Big Lagoon - Miniloc Island.

Heading back out of Big Lagoon. Miniloc Is.

Heading back out of Big Lagoon. Miniloc Is.

Limestone karst. The entire bay is formed like this - and the rock forms everything from jagged slabs to massive overhanging walls.

Limestone karst. The entire bay is formed like this - and the rock forms everything from jagged slabs to massive overhanging walls.

One of the many amazing beaches we stopped on.

One of the many amazing beaches we stopped on.

Coconut palms and our bangka.

Coconut palms and our bangka.

the full range of coral, reef fish, barracuda, turtles - really good visibility too.

The snorkelling around these islands was amazing: the full range of coral, reef fish, barracuda, turtles - really good visibility too.

Day 17: El Nido (Cadlao Is.)

We had some postcards to send.

We had some postcards to send.

What better to do after 4 days in a row in the saddle than paddle out to a desterted beach and listen to your ipod in the sand.

What better to do after 4 days in a row in the saddle than paddle out to a deserted beach, go for a snorkel, and listen to your ipod in the sand. (Photo: Hana)

Looking back across to El Nido bay.

Looking back across to El Nido bay.

Cool trees around.

Cool trees around. View across Bacuit Bay.

Tree and limestone boulder

Tree and limestone boulder.

Chilling on Cadlao island.

Chilling on Cadlao island.


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