My Own Travels
October 29, 2012
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This article delves into one of the main ecotourism sites in the Philippines. A world-famous destination which is a major tourist attraction in the Philippines is the small municipality of El Nido. This would be a series of articles on this amazing municipality as there are so many things that it has to offer. Located in the equally famous province of Palawan, El Nido is roughly 420kms southwest of Manila. It is composed of 45 islands and islets each of which has its own unique geological formation. Being part of the Eurasian Plate, the islands are dotted with limestone cliffs similar to those found in Vietnam, China and Thailand.

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El Nido has come to be known as a top destination site for tourists. Given the number of islands that belong to this municipality, it is perfect for island hopping. It is also a marine and wildlife reserve which is the main reason why it is also a major ecotourism destination. A popular activity in the municipality is scuba diving. El Nido offers over 30 dive sites for varying skill levels which visitors can enjoy according to their diving expertise.

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The municipality also has over 50 beaches that visitors can enjoy. Lagoons that are almost fantasy-like in their beauty and tranquil waters, caves that lead out to hidden beaches, and the sheer diversity of marine life that one can expect to find at every step are just some of the multitude of reasons why every traveler should take a visit to these islands. The astounding limestone cliffs of El Nido that were carved out of the thick coralline deposits that abound in the area is also another reason why these breathtakingly beautiful islands deserve the attention it has received from tourists worldwide. Formed 250 million years ago, these layers of coralline deposits rose from the sea as a result of a collision between India and mainland China about 60 million years ago, giving birth to the limestone structures that form part of the El Nido islands.

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With its scenic landscapes, its crystal-clear waters, the myriad attractions each of the 45 islands offers, and the relatively-isolated location of the municipality, El Nido’s islands and the waters that surround them, presents a wide selection of activities, attractions and adventures for any traveler. Mountain trekking and climbing are two activities one can surely enjoy in the islands where the trails can be rough and dirty but provides breathtaking views and exciting opportunities to observe Palawan’s wildlife up close. Schools of fish that abound in its waters make them perfect for snorkeling and diving. The lagoons that dot the islands are perfect for swimming and kayaking. El Nido is one of the best sites for communing with nature at its finest. Indeed, El Nido is a paradise lost and a peaceful retreat in this sometimes harsh planet called Earth.

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