My iPhone picture diary of the five days spent in the best place ever, El Nido. A heaven, where we found proper coffee after too long break, dined above the waves on a terrace at Atmosphere, stayed in the coolest hostel Le Banane, and spent a day diving into caves and hopping on deserted islands. Discovered a new fruit, cherimoya, which became our favorite. Every now and then Patti Smith’s biography took me for a while to New York… We felt like being so far yet at the same time had a familiar feeling – at some twisted way El Nido reminded us of a bit of Europe, a bit of Hamptons, but with just right amount of sense of a local Filipino town.
The ride to Port Barton was by no doubt the most random in our lives, making us think there simply can not exist any kind of life in the end of the road. Finally, however, we ended up to a tiny yet beautiful village by the beach. Port Barton made us realize how simply one can live – with no electricity most of the time, no grocery store, no warm shower, no wifi, not even a proper toilet anywhere to be found. The nature and beach were however amazingly beautiful. We hiked our way to a huge waterfall, wondered around the village and ate the best mangos I’ve ever had. Highlight was an island hopping day which took us to places I’ve never stepped a foot before. Tourists were nowhere to be seen, the water crystal clear which allowed us to explore the underwater life by snorkeling.