Monthly Archives: April 2010

Aper El Nido Palawan

el nido
Image taken on 2008-11-27 23:41:44 by chesca.

The Reefs of El Nido


El Nido is a relatively untouched place of beauty. The precipitous limestone islands here frame the ocean with scenic backdrops. Beneath the surface the view is equally appealling. Although there are few big fish to be seen, most likely all having ended up on dinner plates, the reefs are alive with diversity on a smaller scale. Myriad fish and invertebrates crowd colourful coral reefs that thrive on the jagged limestone topography. The province of Palawan sees this as a managed resource protected area which one can only hope will see sound practise to preserve this amazing place even in the face of growing resource demands from tourism and an increasing island population.

Enchanting El Nidom Small Lagoon


Today, we invite you to join us as we explore one of the most beautiful places that can be found here in El Nido, the Small Lagoon. The Small Lagoon is located on Miniloc Island, just a short kayak ride away from Miniloc Island Resort. The travel time from the resort to the lagoon is about 15-20 minutes. The Small Lagoon also lies right next to the Big Lagoon, which we featured in our last Enchanting El Nido episode. Unlike the Big Lagoon, which is accessible by boat, the Small Lagoon is only accessible by kayak, as the entrance is too small for boats to pass through. And during high tide, even kayaks cannot pass through as the high water level would partially or completely block the entrance. A person would then have to swim through in order to get in. Upon entering the Small Lagoon, one is quickly transported into an entirely different world, into a place where nature still reigns supreme. Surrounded by the towering limestone cliffs El Nido is known for, a person can spend a good hour just listening to the calming sounds of nature. Like the Big Lagoon, scientists hypothesize that the Small Lagoon was once a cave whose roof collapsed upon itself, creating what is known as a sinkhole. Despite the harsh conditions of the limestone cliffs, many species of plants do manage to thrive, providing food and shelter for birds and other animals. The calm and clear waters of the Lagoon also provide an ideal shelter and breeding ground for many species of fish and other marine