#244 El Nido

El Nido's limestone cliffs (Wikipedia photo)

El Nido is one of the most well known towns in Palawan province located some 238 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital city.

With the Sulu Sea in the east, and the South China Sea in the west, El Nido is best known for its stunning beaches, wild life, picturesque lagoons and world-class diving sites. The town is composed of 45 islands and islets, and each has its own unique geological formations. The highest peak is at Cadlao Island, towering up to 640 meters above sea level.

In 1954, the town got its present name, El Nido, after the edible nests of swiftlets (Collocalia fuciphaga), found in the crevices of its limestone cliffs. These nests, “nido” in Spanish, are the main ingredient for the gourmet nido soup which are sold at around US$ 3,000 per kilo. Because El Nido was quite remote from most of the inhabited islands in the Philippines, its pristine beauty was hidden to the world until 1979 when a sea accident occurred in Bacuit Bay. Since then El Nido is one of Palawan’s top tourist attractions and is widely known in and outside the Philippines. (From: Wikipedia)

Mabuhay ang El Nido!

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  1. Tried Nido soup last year from like http://www.geocities.jp/hongkong_bird_nest/index_e.htm . Tastes really good… yeah, I thought it was gross at first, but wow, you won’t regret it.

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