The next morning, we headed out to the Puerto Princesa Bus Station at 10 a.m. There are two ways to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa: via 7 hour bus or 5-6 hour van ride. We took the RoRo (Roll on-Roll Off) Bus because it's slightly cheaper (378 Pesos per person) than a van (normally 600 Pesos if you book through an agency) thinking it would be a more stable ride. Not to mention, we were told at the bus terminal that RoRo bus was the only one going to El Nido.
|It's a long scenic route from Puerto to El Nido|
|RoRo bus wasn't in the best condition and housed many mosquitoes. |
But on the up side, there was AC.
The bus ride was extremely windy and bumpy; our driver preferred not to brake into the turns. Some of the 2-lane road we were driving on was not paved and we played chicken a lot, to get ahead of the other vehicles. The bus takes longer because the driver stops occasionally to pick up locals waiting along the side of the road. Most people don't have cars out in the country and they rely on the buses that go between Puerto and El Nido to get to their destinations. RoRo Bus makes 2 stops: in Roxas and TayTay so passengers can use the toilet and buy food.
|One of the many small villages we passed on the way to El Nido.|
|We made a stop so that inspectors could ensure we were not bringing mangoes from the south part of Palawan into the Northern part. Something about transporting weevils of some sort... I took the opportunity to take a picture of the coast|
|Children alongside the road; they like to wave :)|
We finally arrived in El Nido around 5 p.m. Just in time to find and check into a bed and breakfast and head straight to dinner. Travel days, even though not quite "active", always take a lot out of me. In hindsight, we found out the alternative bus company is Cherry Bus, which looked a lot newer and well kept in comparison. It costs more, but if you don't want to compromise comfort, give Cherry Bus a try.
|El Nido Beach at dusk|
|OG's Resto Bar Happy Hour 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.|
San Miguel Beers 35 Pesos
All Cocktails 100 pesos
|Mango Daquiri at Ogie's Resto Bar|